On behalf of Council, Staff, and the residents of Vernon I would like to welcome you to The City of Vernon.
I grew up in New Westminster and moved to the Okanagan in 1993. Having lived in Vernon for the past twenty one years, my family and I have enjoyed our “four season” community through active participation in the sports, recreation and cultural activities. This eclectic area provides my family of four all the amenities we need in a community.
Vernon has three lakes within fifteen minutes, Kalamalka Lake, known as the lake of many colours, Okanagan Lake, which one can boat all the way through Kelowna to Penticton, and Swan Lake. We have Silver Star Mountain Ski Resort, a true ski in/out hill with runs for all abilities and only twenty minutes from town. On the way to the hill you can stop by Sovereign Lake Cross Country for Nordic events.
We have a variety of first class golf courses, Predator Ridge, The Rise, Vernon Golf and Country Club, and Hillview, again all within twenty minutes of each other. We have hiking and biking through Kal Lake Park, Silver Star Mountain Biking, Grey Canal Trail, and BX Falls. The Vernon Recreation Centre provides numerous recreational opportunities and Kal Tire Place is home to Vernon Vipers. Our VantageOne Centre is the Okanagan base for the Vancouver Whitecaps Soccer Academy, and we host the biggest slow pitch tournament in Western Canada, Funtastic.
Looking at the cultural side we have The Performing Arts Centre, which hosts numerous events, Powerhouse Theater, Vernon Art Gallery, Vernon Museum & Archives and our own Okanagan College. Downtown comes alive all year round, from the Downtown Christmas light up to the summer Sunshine Festival. Winter Carnival in February is the third largest in Canada, a week full of activities and pageantry. We are a vibrant and attractive city for many businesses who want their employees to enjoy their lifestyle after hours.
We promise you that once you visit Vernon, you will want to come back, or even set up roots here like I did many years ago. Come ride the wave in Vernon, you’ll enjoy the experience.