Vernon Travel Guide
Welcome to Vernon!
Situated in the northern tip of the Okanagan Valley at the confluence of the Swan, Kalamalka and Okanagan lakes, the city of Vernon is the oldest community in British Columbia's interior. Beginning in the early 1860s, miners and ranchers began to flock to Vernon after the discovery of gold and favourable ranching conditions. This rich history can be explored at the Historic O'Keefe Ranch, located just north of the city, at the Greater Vernon Museum & Archives or throughout Vernon's downtown, where 19 murals illustrate Vernon's growth into a city. Area lakes provide a number of recreational opportunities and are the reason the city is an important shipping centre in the Okanagan. When the weather gets hot locals and visitors flock to Kalamalka and Kin beaches to enjoy the sun, sand and surf. A popular tourist destination, Vernon's population swells during the summer with visitors in pursuit of Vernon's culture, abundance of recreational opportunities and sun-laden days.
The largest of a chain of five lakes in the Thompson-Okanagan region, Lake Okanagan supports a variety of activities from houseboating to waterskiing.
Hotels & Motels
Strand Lakeside Resort is ideally situated on the shores of Lake Okanagan in Vernon and offers fully-equipped one-, two- and three-bedroom suites.
Visit haunted houses and hear stories of monsters, murders and paranormal activity on an eerie tour of downtown Vernon.