Getting Around

There are numerous ways to get around Vernon be it for work, school, shopping, recreation or just getting out to have fun with friends. Many residents drive, but Vernon also has scheduled bus service including service to Kelowna and other communities throughout the region. With an increasing number of trails, bike lanes and multi-use paths, many are choosing to leave their vehicle at home and cycle or walk to their destination.

Many people drive their own cars and may car pool for longer regular commutes. Parking is metered in the downtown core and accessible sites are clearly marked on street and parking lots. 

We also have bike safety lanes in the city and trails around many popular routes. Walking, taking the bus along with taxi service and handyDART are also available. There is a regional transit system that connects other communities to Vernon.

Vernon is located just 30 minutes from the Kelowna International Airport by car. As one of the busiest airports in Canada, direct flights are offered to destinations such as Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Victoria and Seattle to name a few. The airport offers seasonal service to a variety of sun destinations. Vernon also has a busy regional airport that is primary used for commercial and private aviation as well as by the Okanagan College and their aviation program.

Kelowna International Airport

While some international visitors arrive in BC through Vancouver, our nearest international airport is located 30 minutes from Vernon, just north of Kelowna.   The  Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is your link to the World, serving 1.6 million passengers annually and offering more than 60 daily non-stop commercial flights with nine airline partners. As one of the  busiest airports in Canada, YLW’s total economic impact is 4,545 jobs and $789 million in total economic output to the province of British Columbia.

Transit

Vernon has a hub for transit transfers in the downtown core that connects a number of in city and regional bus routes.  A map can be downloaded showing the city routes.  More information on BC Transit and their connections to our municipalities is available here.