Vernon is located 33 miles/53 km north of Kelowna in the North Okanagan. Highway 97 cuts through town as 32nd Street, crossing 30th Avenue which is downtown Vernon’s main street. Population: 41,671.
Visitor Information: Tourism Vernon Visitor Information at 39th Avenue; phone 250-542-1415, toll-free 1-800-665-0795.
Situated between Kalamalka, Okanagan and Wood lakes, Vernon is a popular tourist destination with year-round activities and attractions suited to a wide range of ages and interests. Local hiking and biking trails for all abilities are found in the 5 area provincial parks: Ellison, Kalamalka Lake, Kekuli Bay, Silver Star and Fintry.
Vernon is the Okanagan’s oldest city, settled in 1867 by Luc Girouard. As head of the Okanagan Lake paddle-wheeler service, Vernon grew in importance with the construction of a branch line of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Later, irrigation made commercial agriculture possible and the area exploded.
- Visit Polson Park, a green oasis lined with weeping willows and with a unique floral clock. See the historic turn-of-the-century courthouse surrounded by a flowery courtyard and waterfalls.
- Stop at Davison Orchards Country Village, family-owned and operated since 1933, for fresh produce, orchard tours, shopping at their gift shop or enjoying special seasonal events. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 1 to Oct. 31. You can reach Davison Orchards from Highway 97 by turning west on 30th Avenue to Bella Vista Road, then right on Davison Road.
- Farmers Markets are held mid-April until Canadian Thanksgiving (second Monday in October) on Mondays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Fridays only noon–4 p.m., from after Canadian Thanksgiving to mid-April.