Vernon OverviewVernon is located in British Columbia, Canada. It's in the Okanagan region of the Southern Interior and dates back to 1892. The city has a population of about 40,000 and the Greater Vernon area has a population of about 58,584. It's the largest city in the North Okanagan Regional District. In many ways Vernon feels like most other towns around North America, but if you find yourself here with some time to spare, you can find a handful of activities that will help you see it's unique personality and interesting qualities. The town is most popular for its lakes and beaches during the summer monts, and its skiing and hockey during the winter months.
Vernon has a humid continental climate. The average highs in the winter are usually in the high 70s Fahrenheit and the average lows in the winter are in the mid to low 20s Fahrenheit. Average highs in the winter are around freezing.
SightsVernon has some relaxing places to explore and fun activities to participate in. Silver Star is the local ski hill which is a fun place to pass some time. There are a good number of golf courses nearby as well including Predator Ridge, Hillview Golf, The Rise Golf Course, and Vernon Golf and Country Club. You could also relax on the shores of either Kalamalka or Okanagan Lakes, both of which are quite nice. A trip to Davison Orchards is a fun way to pass some time as well. You'll also find all the major big box shopping stores around town if you need to pick something up.
NeighborhoodsVernon has a downtown core and outlying areas that you can explore. There are also golf courses, lakes, ski hills, and more in the surrounding areas.
ActivitiesOne interesting event in Vernon is the Vernon Winter Carnival. It began in 1961 and is now the largest winter carnival in Western Canada and the second largest in North America. It's well worth a visit. During the summer there is the Sunshine Festival that takes place on main street. Another fun festival in town is the Komasket Music Festival.
Food and DiningVernon has the typical chain restaurants and fast food restaurants that are found throughout the area. There's McDonald's, Wendy's, Tim Horton, and A&W, among others. There are also some slightly more interesting restaurants such as the Blue Heron Water Front Pub and Restaurant, Sir Winstons Pub, Squares Four Pub, and Kelly O'Brians. There's also a food court where you can grab cheap food at the Village Green Mall. The prices at most restaurants are comparable to what you'll find elsewhere in the region.
TransportationVernon does have small airport that receives infrequent flights. You're more likely to access the town by flying into Kelowna which is about a forty five minute drive away. A more affordable option if you don't have access to a car is to take a Greyhound bus. Buses arrival frequently from either Vancouver or Calgary and drop you off at the Greyhound bus terminal in town.
The City of Vernon, in partnership with the District of Coldstream and the North Okanagan Regional District, operate the Vernon Regional Transit through BC Transit. The system includes handyDART public bus transportation, but there are actually very few buses in the area and the service is infrequent to the point of being unuseable. It really is essential that you have access to a car if you hope to explore the area in any detail.