Facts & Figures

Welcome to the City of Vernon, B.C. With a population of 38,150, Vernon is the commercial hub of the North Okanagan. Nestled in the grassland hills and surrounded by three lakes, Vernon boasts year round recreation opportunities that make it an attractive location for residents and tourists alike.

In 2010, Vernon was ranked the third best city in BC by MoneySense Magazine based on prosperity, affordable housing, lifestyle and weather, and was ranked number one in entrepreneurial spirit by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. Vernon's Historic Downtown boasts many local and unique businesses to meet all your shopping needs.

With cycling and hiking trails expanding every year, a growing transit system (providing direct access to UBCO), and a new public library and secondary school under construction, Vernon is the ideal location to raise your family, start a business or retire.

2012 was Vernon’s 120th anniversary.

Population: 38,150 (Greater Vernon: 58,585)
Elevation: 416m
Incorporated: December 30, 1892

2011 Vernon Census Information:

Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census - Census subdivision of Vernon1, CY - British Columbia

View of Vernon from the BX

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2001 Vernon Census Information:

2010 Legacies Now Measuring Up Vernon: Accessibility and Inclusion:

The Okanagan Valley has one of the most enviable climates in Canada. This makes Vernon and the Okanagan Valley a popular choice among visitors, immigrants and other Canadians who are relocating or retiring. Although Vernon enjoys a four seasons climate, it is not unusual to see golfers on the courses in the spring while skiers enjoy the deep powder of nearby mountains.

Weather Statistics:

Annual Mean Daily Temperature 7.5 C
January Mean Daily Temperature -5.1 C
July Mean Daily Temperature 19.1 C
Annual Extreme Max/Min Temperature 40/-38.9 C
Average Sunshine 1903 hours per annum
Annual Mean Total Rainfall 248.1 mm per annum
Annual Mean Total Snowfall 102.2 cm per annum
Average Frost Free Period 152
Growing Season 159 days, late April to early October

Source: Environment Canada: Climate Severity Index


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