The city of Vernon lies at the north end of the Okanagan Valley. The city is located at the north end of Okanagan and Kalamalka Lakes, between the Monashee Mountains and Okanagan Highlands. It is conveniently situated just a 45 minute drive to Kelowna international airport, and mid-way between Vancouver (441 kms) and Calgary (556 kms).
Why Buy Real Estate in the North Okanagan?
I like to keep it a secret, so don’t tell anyone… The Okanagan Valley has the reputation of being one of the most desirable places to live in Canada! Most people are drawn here by the stunning natural beauty of the mountains and lakes, combined with a gentle climate, relaxed lifestyle and abundant recreational amenities.
Living in Vernon BC is all about lifestyle:
If you want an amazing year-round outdoor lifestyle experience Vernon is the place to be. It is the fastest growing region in all of interior BC, and maybe that is because of how much the city has to offer. Outdoor enthusiasts love to visit our little city because of the picturesque mountain views, miles upon miles of trails and parkland as well as the copious amounts of sunshine that warm our expansive emerald lakes. Here in Vernon we enjoy lots of local resources such as the Vernon Performing Arts Center, Okanagan Science center, the historic O’Keefe ranch, Sparkling Hills Spa, abundant orchards, and Atlantis Waterslides just to name a few.
Additionally, the North Okanagan is home to many amazing wineries. You can attend local wine tours, and many wineries offer complimentary wine tastings.
Vernon is home to the famous Silver Star Mountain Resort. The village atop the mountain boasts a collection of colorful homes & hotels, if your looking to ski in and out right from your back door. It also has a terrain park, rental shop, spa, and restaurants. With year-round access Silver Star is a must see, any time of the year!
Renowned golf resorts such as Predator Ridge, which was home to the World Skins Game, twice. It was also chosen by Hockey Canada as their summer location. The Rise Fred Couples Signature golf course offers gorgeous views of Okanagan Lake, as it resides 1000 feet above ground level.
Vernon really has everything outdoors! You can rent boats, kayaks, canoes, etc. to enjoy our expansive lakes. Take in waterfalls, and mountain views or follow miles of hiking trails. Camping, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and off-roading, what ever outdoor activity your heart desires!
The Vernon area is renowned for its warm summers and mild, temperate winters. With 152 frost-free days, and over 1,900 hours of sunshine annually, the growing season lasts from late April to early October.
January Mean Daily Temperature: -5.1 C (22.8 F)
July Mean Daily Temperature: 19.1 C (66 F)
Average Sunshine Per Year: 1,903 hours
Average frost free period: 152 days
Growing Season: Late April – Early October
The mild temperatures here create the famous Okanagan “champagne powder” which provides plenty of fun for skiers at Silver Star Mountain Resort or Soveriegn Lake Nordic Centre during winter, while down in the valley temperatures generally remain mild. Early spring brings warm days ideal for skiing in the morning, and playing a round of golf in the afternoon. The long, hot summers are perfect for enjoying numerous outdoor activities, from barbecuing on the deck to swimming or boating on the lakes. It is truly a four season playground!
Visit Tourism Vernon’s Website for loads of information and visitor guides.
North Okanagan Regional District, Vernon & Coldstream Population Levels:
Census data sourced from BC Govt Statistics.