Moving to Vernon

Vernon is situated between the northern tip of Okanagan Lake and Kalamalka Lake in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, one of the most desirable regions in which to live. With a population of approximately 350,000, the Okanagan Valley offers a mild winter climate and long warm summers.

Vernon provides an exceptional quality of life with a mix of urban conveniences, resort amenities and recreational opportunities, all in a natural setting. Vernon is a great place to live, visit and invest. Just ask anyone who lives here.


Vernon has a well-deserved reputation for its superior recreational opportunities, including ready access to Okanagan, Swan and Kalamalka Lakes. The area is also home to three of B.C.’s best known resort developments: Predator Ridge, Silver Star and Sparkling Hill. Predator Ridge Resort is one of Canada’s top golf resort communities. Silver Star Mountain Resort is known for exceptional skiing and its champagne powder. Sparkling Hill Resort, a $122-million European spa and wellness centre, offers guests spectacular views of Okanagan Lake and the Monashee Mountains.

Public services

Recent and ongoing investments in public services and amenities are enhancing Vernon as a desirable place to locate. The hospital expansion is complete, and a new public library and secondary school were completed in 2012. The City of Vernon has been investing in improved civic spaces, transit expansion, more sidewalk and trail connections and the creation of cycling infrastructure to enhance the livability of the community.

Special events

Vernon also hosts various festivals and events throughout the year, ranging from the Funtastic Slo-Pitch Tournament to the Vernon Winter Carnival.


There are many services available to people and families who are moving to Vernon, either from another community in Canada or from another country.

Services for new residents: