Vernon - North Okanagan

Welcome to the City of Vernon

  • Population approximately 41,000
  • Accessibility - the region's international airport is only a 35-minute drive from the city centre
  • Mild, dry climate
  • Surrounded by orchards & award-winning wineries
  • World-class skiing and snowboarding
  • Located between beautiful Okanagan Lake and Kalamalka Lake


Vernon is located in the northern region of Canada’s well known Okanagan Valley in British Columbia,

A community that is surrounded by the natural beauty of the countryside and three beautiful lakes, the city of Vernon is located approximately 400 km. east of Vancouver and 600 km. west of Calgary. Vernon is easily accessible to visitors, it is only a four-hour drive from Vancouver or a quick 50-minute flight from Vancouver or Calgary.

Explore Vernon, BC

Vernon Downtown


Vernon's gentle climate, relaxed lifestyle and abundant recreational and cultural amenities, have givien it an international reputation as one of the most desirable areas to live in Canada. Greater Vernon has become both a year round vacation spot and an attractive place for those searching for the perfect balance of small-town charm and the modern conveniences of an urban destination. An excellent place to study English, the city of Vernon offers a thriving cultural community, shopping, theatres, music, restaurants, nightlife, spectator sports, outdoor festivals, beaches, parks and more.


Recreational opportunities include some of Canada’s best golf, snowboarding and skiing. In winter, Vernon is a skier’s paradise, with powder snow conditions on nearby ski hills, including Silver Star and Big White. In summer, students can enjoy swimming, boating, camping, canoeing, sailing and numerous marathon and triathlon events.

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