Okanagan Valley in British Columbia offers guests a summer paradise full of activities and adventures. Vernon is no exception, located between three lakes, surrounded by world-class golf courses and less than 30 minutes from Silver Star Mountain Resort, one of Canada’s most popular ski destinations.
Most visitors plan to spend about one week in the area, which makes it difficult to determine the attractions and events to visit. Here are the prime attractions to watch that will guarantee your unforgettable vacation experience in Vernon!
Water slides in Atlantis
“Best Family Fun Place” was voted by Okanagan Life magazine, and just 5 km north of Vernon, Atlantis Waterslide Park is fun for the whole family. The park features ten slides, river tube rides, a hot tub, gift shop and franchise – making it the perfect place to beat the summer heat.
Enter the starlight
For an old cinematic experience, plan an evening at Starlight Drive-In located in the beautiful city of Enderby, 22 minutes from Vernon. Children are welcome in this family place. Starlight has the most massive outdoor cinema screen in North America and will open for the season starting in May.
Silver Star Mountain Resort
During the winter months, Silver Star is a hub for outdoor activities. Inspired by the typical 19th-century mining town of British Columbia, Alpine retreat offers slope skiing, snowboarding, Scandinavian skiing, snowboarding, outdoor skiing and many more children’s programs. During the summer months, the resort provides a peaceful retreat from the city with activities such as mountain biking and hiking.
Predator Ridge Golf Course
One of the most famous golf courses in Okanagan, Predator Ridge is now offering players an impressive 18-hole and 18 other courses scheduled to be completed by 2010. These premium vegetables have hosted TELUS World Skins Game 2008 with players sharing unique couples, camel vigas and mike ware. Make sure to book your tea times early to ensure you get the chance to play in this world-famous tournament.
Vernon is full of history and ghost tours in the city is an educational and entertaining way to learn. Walking tours depart from the Vernon Museum and take you across the city centre, Easiest Side-side as listeners draw stories from Vernon’s terrifying past, haunted buildings, and reported ghosts. Ghost Tours is open from 27 to 30 October.
Lake Kalamanca Regional Park
Frankly, the Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park is simply beautiful. The pleasant summer meadows are surrounding the park highlight the beautiful blue and green colours of Lake Calamanca. Plan to spend the day enjoying one of the many beaches that offer picnic areas, play areas and lots of shade. For active vacationers, there is more than 10 km of hiking and cycling trails around the park. Water skiing, water skiing and boating are popular activities on Kalamalka Lake, and there is a boat launch available on the western side of the lake at Kekuli Bay Park.
Come and discover one of the most extensive outdoor art galleries in Canada. With 27 impressive murals (some of them up to 300 feet!), Vernon’s city centre streets offer a colourful assortment of boutiques, restaurants and speciality stores. Each of these detailed artwork depicts the history, culture, and scenery of the Okanagan Valley.
Visits to vineyards
The Okanagan Valley is known as the “wine country” of Canada, and Vernon is no exception with many wineries and wineries within a short drive. Many of these wineries offer guided tours of their properties, an opportunity to taste and buy their products, and gourmet restaurants on site. Many companies are operating in Vernon that offer tourist bus services that include transportation to and from the most famous wineries.
New farmers market
Every Friday evening from May to October, the local Vernon Wal-Mart car park turns into an old-fashioned farmers’ market. Local vendors set up a store and allow visitors to sample the local produce that makes the Okanagan Valley famous. Buy fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, eggs, pastries, canned food, flowers and various types of homemade crafts.