Vernon, British Columbia, Canada is a Northern Okanagan Valley community surrounded by backcountry mountains, lakes, alpine plateaus, forests and agricultural farmland. The community of Vernon rests on the shores of Okanagan Lake and Kalamalka Lake and is the northern entry point to the Okanagan Valley.
A trip into Vernon also provides an opportunity to visit the vast collection of murals painted on the downtown buildings. Beside the murals are attractions like art galleries, museums and theatre. One of the more popular attractions is the Interior Space and Science Centre located in Polson Park.
The community of Vernon BC is a year round recreation destination with numerous parks and trail systems. In the summer months activities enjoyed include golfing, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, windsurfing, birdwatching, boating, mountain biking, backpacking, dirt biking, atving and agricultural tours.
During the winter months people enjoy many snow activities. Cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are popular activities along the backcountry gravel roads behind Vernon. Silver Star Mountain, north of Vernon, is a resort ski hill popular for downhill skiing, cross country skiing and snowboarding.
Because of the many parks, trails and lakes in the region there is much to do. Some of the more popular recreation destination parks in the region include the Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park and the Ellison Bay Provincial Park. A sandy beach attracting allot of attention in the summer is Kal Beach near Coldstream.