Moving to Vernon

Vernon is situated between the northern tip of Okanagan Lake and Kalamalka Lake and Swan Lake in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, one of the most desirable regions in Canada in which to live.   The community is located approximately 4 1/ hours northeast of Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean by car, and 3 hours north of the US border at Washington State.  

Vernon is the hub of the North Okanagan and has a population of over 40,000. Vernon is surrounded by several small communities including Coldstream, Armstrong, Spallumcheen, Enderby and Lumby. There are approximately 87,000 people within a 15 minute drive of Vernon and over 100,000 within half an hour. The Okanagan Valley region as a whole, has a population of over 360,000. The area is known for its long warm summers and mild winter climate.


2016 Population



15 minute drive

  87,000 (approx.)

30 minute drive

105,000 (approx.)

1 hour drive

250,000 (approx.)

Vernon provides an exceptional quality of life with a mix of urban amenities, world class resorts, amazing recreational opportunities all situated in a natural setting. Vernon is a great place to live, work, visit or invest. Just ask anyone who lives in the region.

These pages have been created to help provide an overview for those that are looking at moving to the area.