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Annual Events in Vernon, BC
Vernon Winter Carnival (February)
The Vernon Winter Carnival is a 10-day event held that has been celebrating the winter season for over 50 years. Every February, carnival-goers can take in dozens and dozens of events, including a parade, sleigh rides, snow and ice sculpture competitions, a stock car derby on ice, polar bear swim and much more. Check out Vernon Winter Carnival for more details.
Okanagan Spring Wine Festival (May)
The Spring Wine Festival is an annual event that takes place over a 10 day span during Spring. The festival offers over 100 events taking place throughout the Okanagan.
Creative Chaos (June)
One of Western Canada's largest craft sales occurs annually at the Vernon Rec Centre. With over 200 artisans and crafters in three buildings, a food fair, performances and activities this three day fair should not be missed.
Okanagan Summer Wine Festival (July)
This annual event takes place during July at various Okanagan venues. Events include live music, several wine tasting opportunities, dinners, visual art exhibitions and more.
Things to do in and around Vernon:
Visit one of the nearby Provincial Parks
Kalamalka Provincial Park Virtually at the back door of the City of Vernon, this fine example of north Okanagan grassland is dotted with ponderosa pine and groves of Douglas-fir. The spring wildflower show is truly spectacular. The largely undeveloped park has an all season appeal to those interested in its natural setting.
Kekuli Bay Provincial Park is located off Highway 97, 11 km. south of Vernon. The park is situated on a beautiful bay on the west side of Kalamalka Lake, a destination for waterskiing and boating.
Ellison Provincial Park - Nestled on the northeastern shore of Okanagan Lake, Ellison Provincial Park includes 200 hectares of forested benchlands above a rocky shoreline of scenic headlands and sheltered coves. The park's natural attractions, combined with the dry, sunny Okanagan climate provide many recreational opportunities from spring through fall.
Fintry Provincial Park - With almost two kilometres of waterfront property, the park has opportunities for camping, swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking and wildlife viewing. Recreational users can enjoy the natural sand beach while wildlife viewers can hike the Canyon trail and view a variety of birds, small mammals, deer and bighorn sheep in the higher regions.
Silver Star Resort - 22 km (14 miles) from Vernon to Silver Star and
65 km (40 miles) from Kelowna Airport to Silver Star
Winter - We offer the ultimate Canadian winter experience with superb ski-in ski-out accommodation and 7 meters of 100% natural snow each winter. Our variety of terrain featuring 115 marked trails, a progressive park and the renowned backside, make Silver Star the ideal destination for everyone, from beginners to adrenalin junkies.
Summer - Offers 18 distinct and marked bike trails
4 hiking only trails and 2 multi-use trails serviced by 2 summer chair lifts. Enjoy mountain biking or hiking all spring, summer and fall.
Okanagan Science Centre - is a non-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to " inspire scientific inquiry through dynamic and interactive learning experiences; to encourage all ages to appreciate the relevance and universality of science, and its application in our region."
Allan Brooks Nature Center - Minutes from downtown Vernon or Highway 97, visitors leave the traffic and city behind to experience the diverse nature of the North Okanagan at the award winning Allan Brooks Nature Centre. The breathtaking view surrounding this ridgetop location is a perfect introduction to the diverse nature of the North Okanagan.
Golfing near Vernon, BC
Predator Ridge - Designed by the architect behind three of Score Magazine's top five courses in Canada, this is Doug Carrick's signature 18. To play The Ridge Course is to earn serious bragging rights. Defined by breathtaking views of Lake Okanagan, dramatic elevation changes and beautiful granite outcroppings, The Ridge Course is challenging and scenic. A true must-play.
Coldstream Golf Course - Located in the beautiful North Okanagan Valley along Duteau Creek.
Hillview Golf Course - This executive course will challenge all levels of golfers with a varied mid-length course that may require every club. The landscaping adds to the challenge and scenic surroundings with a creek that meanders through the holes and feeds eight lakes on course.
The Rise Golf Club - Set at an elevation of 400 meters above the Okanagan Lake in the community of The Rise, this golf course is a product of a ten-year partnership between legendary golf course designer Gene Bates and popular player Freddy Couples.
Spallumcheen Golf & Country Club - With a backdrop of the mountains and hillsides of Okanagan, this championship course incorporates 62 bunkers, 10 water holes, a creek and many strategically placed trees to make it a challenge for even the most seasoned golfer.
Vernon Golf & Country Club - Established in 1913, this centre has an 18-hole, par-72 championship course.