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Official 2013 Vernon Visitor Guide

Our STORY Set amidst a natural backdrop at the foot of the Monashee Mountains at the north end of Okanagan and Kalamalka Lakes, Vernon provides your ideal canvas to create the vacation of your dreams. With a heritage rooted in agriculture, our Vernon blends small city charm, urban amenities, robust cultural events, and exhilarating outdoor adventures to create a destination worth discovering. We’re home to Sparkling Hill Resort and the largest spa in Canada with the only cryotherapy chamber in North America. Sovereign Lake, a world-class Nordic ski centre, and Silver Star, BC’s second largest ski resort, are also found right here. Add the warmth of our welcoming community 2 make it yours

and it’s easy to spend time playing in our backyard. Look around any bend and you’ll find beautiful scenery and abundant recreational opportunities. Splash down in our lakes – there are three surrounding the city and a hundred more within a short drive. Hike our ribbons of green, watch eagles soar our

ancient grasslands. Explore the wonders of nature or the universe at interpretive centres headquartered here. Take a culinary tour of the city exploring orchards, vineyards, meaderies and distilleries, tasting the Okanagan. Test your skills at some of the best golf courses around, like Predator Ridge and The Rise, then unwind and relax

at our spas – where Mother Nature and our landscapes inspire exotic treatments sure to restore your balance. Immerse yourself in our cultural scene at galleries throughout the city. The exquisite beauty of our neighbouring mountains and lakes provides inspiration to artists of every medium. Stroll our downtown,

itself an outdoor art gallery, and learn the history of our region. Pop in to a jazz club or the Performing Arts Centre for artistic expression of a whole other kind.

the largest in western Canada, in the spring when our orchards are in bloom or the fall, when a whole range of harvest celebrations fill up your calendar.

No matter which season you first discover Vernon, you’re bound to come back again and again…to Funtastic Summer Festival, now in its 29th year or to Winter Carnival,

Visit our Vernon and make it yours and you’ll find a place that’s unhurried, unspoiled and unnaturally unassuming! We think you’ll agree…it’s worth the stop! 3 Cover photo and inside spread photo from Don Weixl

The Great Outdoors

No Remotes Required


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Put away your remote control, head to our great outdoors and you may just remember how much fun playing outside can be. Reconnect with nature and with each other, in ancient interior rain forests, or blooming wildflower meadows; both are just outside our city limits. Learn to swing like a girl or stand up and surf, there are lots of choices for personal enrichment here. Three glittering lakes make for plenty of sundrenched entertainment and whether you’re fishing, boating or picnicking by the shore it’s all quality time with the family. You can revel in the feeling of an open road with all the time in the world to get there, but first... you’ve got to get outside!

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Not Your Average Sightseeing Tour With a natural backdrop of mountains and lakes, there’s plenty of spectacular scenery in Vernon and you can experience it all in traditional ways, but if you’re up for a oneof-a-kind adventure that will get your heart pumping then try sightseeing from a perch 10,000 feet up in the air. Trust us when we say, skydiving our valley is not your average sightseeing tour!

A long summer season and a wide, sprawling valley make Vernon one of the best places to take up skydiving. Embark on your adventure with comprehensive instruction on the art and science of soaring 120 mph. The flight-seeing tour as you gain altitude gives you time to take a deep breath and take it all in…the patchwork of farms that makes up the valley, the constantly shifting colours

of Kalamalka Lake, the bird’s eye view of the Monashee Range, orchards, vineyards and so much more. Step through the portal and into the air! Cascading and tumbling and drinking it all in, skydiving over Vernon may not be your average sightseeing tour, but it’s one you’ll be bragging about just as soon as your feet are firmly planted back on the ground!


Roam Where Your Hiking Boots Take You Head off the beaten path; it’s easy to do around Vernon. Disconnect from your routine and reconnect with nature, stepping out on trails that start within our city limits, or further afield, in the Monashee Range. Hike through incredible vistas of jagged and rolling mountain peaks, ancient grasslands, and vibrant wildflower meadows; alongside cascading waterfalls and at the door of abandoned gold and silver mines. The tranquility of the deep forest can restore your equilibrium like no place else. No matter where you roam, you’ll be stepping into a region that simply invites exploration. Escape your To-Do list and hike the forested path along the BX Creek Trail. Its towering cedars not only perfume the air, but also provide a quiet canopy for the easy-to-hike trail, making it a favourite family hike well within city limits. It takes less than an hour to uncover the steep stairs that lead down to BX Falls. Follow the trail and discover cascading water pooling into the creek.

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Stay awhile and cool off in its mist before returning to the trail. Witness Mother Nature’s beauty in all her dazzling glory amidst wildflower meadows at Silver Star Mountain Resort. A short chairlift ride will deliver you to open slopes bursting with blooming Indian paintbrush, lupine, flox, and heather. Don’t forget your camera… the Selkirk, Cariboo, Monashee and Purcell ranges provide a magnificent backdrop and enough photo opportunities to fill your Facebook feed. Indulge in a guided hike through fields of wildflowers gathering stories of BC’s ranching and gold-mining past, then tuck into a mountainside picnic sharing your journey with others you encounter along the way. Whether you’re in to watching wildlife, listening to the gentle sounds of nature or simply aiming to reset your equilibrium, slip away to our great outdoors and connect with it all.

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Gravity Fed Fun Get down and dirty on mountain biking trails that stretch from the shores of Kalamalka Lake to the summit of Silver Star Mountain Resort – there’s plenty of half and single track drama to be found around Vernon! Start your mountain biking tour at Silver Star where winter’s ski runs magically transform into some of the gnarliest single track in the Okanagan. Green, blue or double black diamond, there are 18 gravity-fueled trails waiting for you at the top of the Comet Express. Saddle up and challenge yourself on Pipe Dream or Rock Star, two of BC’s most progressive jump trails or take a freeride along the World Cup trail, where plenty of vertical will challenge even hardcore shredders.

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More two-wheeled nirvana can be found on the trails at Cosens Creek in Kalamalka Provincial Park. Ride blue and green trails right down to the beach where the emerald waters of Kalamalka Lake beckon and jump right in for a cool respite from a hot day in the saddle. Dave Silver


Vernon to Nakusp – Hwy 6 (388-km roundtrip) Discover… … Rolling ranch country and old growth rainforests … The perfect touring highway with wide-open spaces and plenty of elbow room Revelstoke … Picnic ingredients collected along the way from Zelaney Farms, Ida’s Bakery and Triple Island Cheese Farm

Out on the Open Road Most visitors to the North Okanagan soon discover all roads eventually lead to Vernon, making it the perfect starting Kamloops point for day trips full of discoveries. Interior old growth rainforests, cascading waterfalls, ferryboat crossings, lazy days on the river and boutique wineries are all waiting for Monte Creek you, out on the open road.

… The sensation of a waterfall spraying your face at Rainbow Sicamous Falls in Monashee Provincial Park Chase

… How sweet it is to cross a lake aboard a cable ferry … The restorative experience of the healing mineral waters Mabel Lake at Nakusp Hot Springs

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Here are some trips you can take and still be back in the city in time for dinner:

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West Kelowna


Vernon to Kelowna – Westside Road and Hwy 97 (155-km roundtrip)

Vernon to the Sicamous via 97A and 97B (160-km roundtrip)



… The rugged back road to Kelowna along a well-traveled blacktop hugging the western shores of Okanagan Lake

… A wide, expansive, emerald green valley where horses and cattle graze

Revelstoke … Our cowboying ways at Spallumcheen’s Historic O’Keefe Ranch

… The flavours of the Okanagan at orchards and U-pick farms peppering the highway

… Insights into the Okanagan’s past with a visit to historic Fintry Estate

… Blooming wildflowers and breathtaking views hiking the 1200 metre summit of Enderby Cliffs

… The roar of tumbling water gushing from a three tier Chase waterfall at Fintry Provincial Park

… Lazy days kayaking, canoeing or simply floating along the Shuswap River

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… Great bald eagles fishing right alongside you on the shores of Shuswap Lake Revelstoke


… Intimate Kamloops



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Lake Country

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The Sweet Spot for Golf Early springs and long summers mean you can golf almost seven months of the year here and with five courses within minutes of downtown, you could say the whole city is a sweet spot!

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Vernon’s Sweet Spots for Golf: The Golf Club at The Rise 250-545-7425 Hillview Golf Course 250-549-4653 Predator Ridge Resort 1-250-542-3436 Spallumcheen Golf & Country Club 250-545-5824 Vernon Golf & Country Club 250-542-9126

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Swing Like a Girl At the Predator Ridge Academy, we offer something for everyone, especially women. Honestly, if everyone could do it, they certainly would…“Swing Like A Girl” that is! Spend the day with our pros at the Academy and come away with new appreciation at how good of a golfer you really can be. Grab your best girlfriends or come on your own; join us for hands-on camps aimed at taking the fear out of the game, your swing, and your score. Discover how simple adjustments and a whole lot of laughter can make all the difference to your game. Whether you’re

just starting out, or wanting to enhance your skills for tournament play, the friendly pros at Predator Ridge will have you swinging like a girl in no time! Surrounded by rolling grasslands and sundappled lakes, Predator Ridge is one of BC’s most challenging and scenic courses, placing it at the top of most golfers’ bucket list. With 36-holes of Doug Carrick and Les Furber designed nirvana, there’s no better place to learn the game or hone your skills. Women are immersed in a whole game experience, from long to short game,

pitching to putting, game etiquette to club use; there’s plenty to learn from each clinic. Laugh right alongside former LPGA pro, AJ Eathorne as she demonstrates the finer points of posture and tempo. Stop your embarrassing flubs and inevitable 3-putts and begin to enjoy the whole round of golf with tips specific to a woman’s anatomy. You can find your sweet spot at clinics and multi-day camps from June to September. Swing Like A Girl – you’ll be glad you did when you hit the 19th hole, blushing and bragging having taken on the boys, one swing at a time.


Play Your (Golf ) Bucket List Golfing Predator Ridge Nestled in the windswept grasslands of Vernon’s Commonage where eagles fly and raptors frolic, is one of the most challenging and rewarding golf courses you’ll ever play. It’s special here. You’ll notice it the minute you step onto the tee box. Predator Ridge is the place to indulge your lifelong passion for golf or to begin a new love affair with the sport. Designed by legendary course architects Les Furber (Predator Course) and Doug Carrick (Ridge Course), the two courses are set in a semi-arid, mountainous playground that will take your breath away. The only Canadian course rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest, Predator Ridge Golf Resort can only be called a stroke of genius, but you may call it number one on your (golf) bucket list! Discover why Hockey Canada has made Predator Ridge its summer home and why SCOREGolf Magazine deemed the Ridge Predator Ridge


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Course the “best new course in Canada” in 2010. Locals and visitors return year after year for clinics, tournaments and individual play with former two-time PGA winner Dick Zokol. Take up the sport or brush up on your game with one-of-a-kind instruction at Predator’s Swing Like A Girl clinics led by former LPGA Pro AJ Eathorne. What sets Predator Ridge apart is the care their staff takes to make you feel welcome on their course. Keeping your eye on the ball is one of the first rules of golf, but playing Predator Ridge can make that almost impossible! One look at the view from the Ridge’s 5th hole is an instant reminder why playing here is at the top of your bucket list. Watch eagles, hawks and osprey circle above you or listen to their haunting call as they hunt the surrounding grasslands and you’ll soon realize golfing Predator Ridge is more than just a game, it’s a full-sensory experience!

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Golfing The Rise Ask anyone who’s golfed The Golf Club at The Rise in Vernon and you’ll hear countless tales about the magnificent views. Trust them when they say you should pack some binoculars along with your golf bag, the eye candy is almost as impressive as the course itself. But don’t be distracted by poetic descriptions of inspiring views, this course was made for playing and with five different tee boxes on every hole, there’s plenty of game to be had at The Rise.

You can get so caught up in the views from The Rise, it’s easy to forget you came to play golf, but well-paced tee times allow you to play out each hole and drink in the views without feeling hurried. And what views there are…from the 4th, 8th and 9th holes clinging 1,000 feet above Okanagan Lake, to the sage-filled rough surrounding fairways, an almost perfect camouflage for unique hazards that include coyotes, deer and the occasional bear.

Golf where the pros play at one of BC’s most unique resort courses. The Rise is the first signature course in the Okanagan, and a must play on any serious golfer’s scorecard. Freddy “Boom Boom” Couples and Gene Bates teamed up to create both a traditional links and coastal mountain golf experience in the orchard-lined mountains just outside of Vernon.

Putt out on 18, then wind down with a cold one at Freddy’s Patio – considered by most to be the finest around. Sweeping views of the Monashee Mountains and Okanagan Lake create an amazing backdrop for casual dining and a prime spot to check out Vernon’s live music scene. The Rise


What’s Blue & Green & Wet all Over? Jump right in! With Okanagan, Kalamalka and Swan Lakes within minutes of Vernon’s downtown core, it’s easy to get all wet here! Unforgettable vacations are made along the shores of our sparkling lakes, where fishing, swimming and perfecting your stroke in the latest sports craze are as easy as putting on your bathing suit. So come along and get all wet…there’s no better way to beat the Okanagan heat!


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A Kaleidoscope of Colour Sure, there are plenty of ways you can get all wet around here, but for sun-drenched fun right in our own backyard, most Vernonites head straight to the shores of Kalamalka Lake (Kal Lake to us locals). Kal Lake is a 26-km watery wonderland for boaters, paddle boarders and for those in need of a cool break from our hot Okanagan summers. Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, it’s a kaleidoscope of constantly shifting colours and the perfect refreshment on a hot summer day. Crystallized limestone deposits may have you rethinking your idea of blue as you watch the lake shift from azure to emerald and back to aquamarine. The Okanagan First Nation called it the lake of many colours, but you’ll call it awesome after spending a day playing in its watery depths.

The mere size of Kal Lake makes it one of the most popular in the region for boating along its quiet shores. Those who prefer to propel their own craft can skim the lake’s surface by kayak, canoe, or by stand-up paddleboard, one of the fastest growing water sports to ever hit our shores. Follow paths etched out of sage-filled grasslands and discover quiet coves with sandy beaches, ideal for picnicking, sunbathing and swimming. Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park offers hiking, cycling and horseback riding trails and all the amenities you’ll need for a day at the beach, while nearby Kekuli Provincial Park is your (boat) launching point for sun-baked days of adventure on the water.

Vernon’s Top 10 Beaches Kalamalka Lake Kal Lake Juniper Bay Jade Bay Kaloya Regional Park Cosens Bay Kekuli Bay

Okanagan Lake Kin Beach Paddlewheel Park Ellison Point Beach Lakeshore Beach



Kalavida Surf Shop

He came to see: The largest Stand-up Paddleboarding competition in Canada His Vernon: Included private SUP lessons from the guys at Kalavida Surf Shop

He’ll Never Forget: Kicking back with a cold one, watching the lake’s magical metamorphosis from turquoise to jade to emerald green.


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You can feel adrenalin course through your veins the very first time you step to the top of your board. Dip your paddle into the warm waters and slice…skimming across the surface of Kalamalka Lake, believing you’re the king of the world! You’ve just mastered your first Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP) run. Pat yourself on the back then get back on the board, there’s still lots of lake to conquer. A board is waiting for you on the shores of Vernon’s Kalamalka Lake (you can call it Kal Lake, like the locals), a pristine playground quickly gaining a reputation as one of the best locations to experience SUP in all of BC. Warm, clean waters, wide sandy beaches, magnificent scenery and expert instructors make a day SUPing Kal Lake no ordinary day at the beach.

SUPing is easier than it looks, but for gear rental and expert instruction, look no further than the folks at Kalavida Surf Shop who offer a full range of equipment, introductory clinics and skill building workshops for individuals and groups. Master the board, then, test your skills at the 4th annual Kalavida Classic August 31 to September 1, 2013. The largest SUP festival in Canada, it’s open to all levels of paddlers, young to old, novice to expert. Compete in short courses, relays, or, the granddaddy of them all, the 18-km Kal Lake Crossing, and you may just uncover your inner-surf dude in the process.

Water-fueled Fun Tranquil beaches, quiet fishing holes, long lost shipwrecks and hidden coves ripe for exploration – Vernon is overflowing with water-fueled fun. Whether it’s rowing or dragonboating on Swan Lake, outrigger canoeing on Okanagan or kayaking on Kal, those who love to paddle will find plenty to get excited about in Vernon. All three of our lakes offer an escape to a watery playground, but for a day on the water unlike any other, canoe or kayak beside the reedy shores of Swan Lake, a quiet nature preserve and bird habitat. Whether you’re bird watching, fishing for trout, or simply along for an inspiring ride,

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the opportunities for discovery are almost endless here. Explore the underwater depths of Ellison Provincial Park, the Okanagan’s only marine dive park, and you’ll uncover the secrets of the deep – and maybe Ogopogo too! Search for sunken treasures or have an underwater conversation; scuba diving the depths of Okanagan Lake is sure to buoy your spirits. Whether you spend your time building sandcastles, playing beach volleyball or splashing about the lake, one thing is certain, you’ll want to spread your beach towel and stay awhile!

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When the Snow Flies…

Not all snowbirds flee south each winter… some flock straight to Vernon to play in our snow-filled backyard at Silver Star Resort and Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre. Legendary champagne powder, hundreds of kilometres of groomed and backcountry trails, Nordic, Alpine and terrain park adventures are waiting for you, less than 30-minutes from downtown. Get your thrills chilling out at Silver Star Mountain Resort and discover just how much fun playing in the snow can be. Small, friendly and easy to navigate, the mountain boasts 115 ski runs giving you plenty of powder to conquer, no matter your ability. Days spent riding snow-ghost lined glades are only part of winter’s scene. Experience the romance of a horse-drawn sleigh-ride through a frosty forest. Connect with the gang playing pick-up shinny, or take a run down Tube Town’s slippery slopes and you’ll


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be laughing like a kid and racing back up to do it all over again. The magical beauty and quiet serenity of winter really should be explored on a set of skinny skis. Most people ski Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre by day, but we recommend going at night! On select evenings throughout the season, Sovereign Lake’s forested trails are illuminated by the warm glow of moonlight and lanterns, creating a twinkling path for skiers to enjoy.

Spend a day (a week, or more?) playing in our backyard and you’ll be falling in love with winter all over again. Your winter escape starts here: parkpgs/silver_star/

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They came to see: Panoramic photo ops; Untouched wilderness; Snow ghosts

Their Vernon Includes: Skiing

Adrenaline junkies make an annual pilgrimage to Silver Star Provincial Park to satisfy their need for speed…sledding backcountry bowls, steep and deep with Okanagan powder. There are 50 kilometres of sled-worthy trails in the park, more if you ride next door at Silver Star Mountain Resort. Whether you ride your own machine or join a guided tour, an invigorating day spent carving fresh tracks can only be described as simply sublime.

champagne powder at Silver Star; Sledding back-country bowls; A pickup game of shinny on Brewer’s Pond

Silver Star Mountain Resort/Rowan Thornton

They’ll Never Forget: Laughing like a kid, riding inner tubes down a snow covered mountain; Their first sip of Okanagan wine and meeting the wine-maker at Silver Star’s Wine & Dine weekend; Skiing fresh powder, untouched by any other


Silence So Grand, You Can Hear Snowflakes Fall Simply strapping on snowshoes and heading outdoors can add a dimension of delight to a cool winter day. Take a guided backcountry snowshoe expedition at Silver Star Provincial Park and explore thickets of snow laden trees, undulating white meadows and a silence so grand, you can hear yourself think! Bring the whole family, or your best bosom buddy and discover enchanting landscapes and more than one way to get a great workout in! Daytime or night there are plenty of unexpected surprises in the backcountry for trekkers young and old. Break your own trail and discover evergreens decked out in their winter finest, deep in the heart of the forest. Snow draped cedars appearing as “snow ghosts” make an excellent backdrop for photo memories, so don’t forget your camera. Headlamps light your way under a blanket of stars or snow-filled skies on evening treks through the forest. Turn off your 20

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lamps and listen to the silence, you’ll soon hear the sounds of winter, screeching owls, trees crackling under the weight of snow and the sound snowflakes make landing on your jacket. Nothing builds an appetite quite like snowshoeing deep Okanagan powder. Sign up for the evening expedition and you’ll trek your way to Wild Horseman’s Cabin, a rustic and remote outpost where a hearty dinner awaits. Lit with soft candles and lanterns and a warm wood-burning stove, your hosts

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set the stage for an impromptu house party complete with storytelling, picture sharing and cozy camaraderie. Romantic, nostalgic and just plain awesome, your return to Silver Star will be a lot quicker aboard a horse-drawn sleigh. Hear the silent night air come alive with jingling bells as you make your way home from the party with a few new friends and plenty of stories to tell. Book your snowshoeing adventure at

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It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s a hot air balloon! No matter when you gaze up to the sky you’re bound to see something floating in the air above Vernon. During Winter Carnival, a rainbow of hot air balloons illuminates the sky. In spring, majestic Great Blue Herons return to their local nesting site. In summer, thrill-seekers get an adrenaline rush paragliding, hang gliding or skydiving, and in fall, predator birds hunt our grasslands before their migration south. Birds of a feather aren’t the only ones taking flight around here.

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Food and Drink

Eat (and Drink!) It All Up!! Take a taste of Vernon and you’ll soon discover how easy it is to eat (and drink!) local here… at farm gates or farmer’s markets, in eclectic restaurants dotting our downtown, at our meadery or craft distiller, it’s all one big carnival of flavour and it’s all within our city limits. Here are just a few fresh suggestions on how to eat and drink Vernon up! 22

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Eat Up Our Restaurants When you come downtown, bring your appetite…we’ll satisfy your hunger with a vibrant culinary scene influenced by the international residents who call Vernon home. With a veritable garden growing at our backdoor it’s not hard to find inspiring food around here. Feed your passion for wine and tempting small bites at Crush Bistro where their menu is inspired by the seasons. Visit Crush during any of their live music nights and you’ll discover why date night in Vernon is no ordinary affair. Step inside the Curry Pot, where the saffron coloured walls are your first clue that a

culinary adventure awaits! Exotic aromas linger in the air when piping hot plates of sizzling Nepalese and Indian curries are served. Come on your own or with a whole group, half the fun of eating here is sampling off each other’s plates.

is bring an appetite and a sense of adventure to uncover the flavours of Vernon. For a complete listing of all of our dining options visit

Take a virtual tour of Thailand, one dish at a time. Ronnie Yamada, owner of Siam Orchid believes creating great ambiance is as important as serving great food and he does both with heart-warming grace. Taste why Tom Yum Noodle soup is so very…yummy, or just how hot, “Thai Hot” can really be. No matter your culinary leanings, downtown is full of edible treasures – all you need to do

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Eat Up Our Farmer’s Markets

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Indulge in our farm to plate tradition, where “buying local” begins with our growers. With a heritage deeply rooted in agriculture, supporting our farmers, buying local and eating fresh is just what we do, and you can too at farm gates, fruit stands and our local farmer’s markets. Tame your appetite for fresh, locally-grown produce when more than 100 area producers and artisans gather at the Wesbild Centre, or on Friday evenings at the north end of the Village Green Centre parking lot, offering a dazzling array of seasonally fresh fruits and vegetables, and countless hours of family style entertainment.

of fresh dill and find inspiration for your dinner menu. Stock up on artisinal cheese from a dairy found just down the road; nosh on old world pastries while watching street entertainers perform for gathering crowds. Talk to a farmer; find out how your food was grown. Learn to dance a Newfie jig, take a bite size taste of our unique cultures chowing down on samosas, perogies, Dutch cookies and Australian meat pies. Find handmade gifts and one-of-a-kind creations made by artists happy to share their inspirations with you. Discover what’s happening this week at the markets -

Stalls brimming with vibrant fresh foods grown right in our backyard create a riot of colour and the hub of our food-growing community. Stick your nose in a bouquet Food Action Society / Kathryn Zietsma


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Food Action Society / Kathryn Zietsma

Food Action Society / Kathryn Zietsma

Fresh is always best, here’s what’s fresh at the market! Apples . . . . . . . . . . .August-October Apricots . . . . . . . . . July-August Asparagus . . . . . . . . April-May Beans . . . . . . . . . . . .July-September Beets . . . . . . . . . . . . July-October Blackberries . . . . . . August-October Broccoli . . . . . . . . . .June-October Brussels Sprouts . . .October Cabbage . . . . . . . . . June-October Carrots . . . . . . . . . . July-October Cauliflower . . . . . . . June-October Cherries . . . . . . . . . .June-August

Corn . . . . . . . . . . . . August-October Cucumbers . . . . . . . July-September Garlic . . . . . . . . . . . July-October Grapes . . . . . . . . . . .September-October Lettuce . . . . . . . . . . May-October Melons . . . . . . . . . . August-October Nectarines . . . . . . . .July-August Peaches . . . . . . . . . . July-August Pears . . . . . . . . . . . . August-September Peas . . . . . . . . . . . . . May-July Peppers . . . . . . . . . .July-October Plums . . . . . . . . . . . August-September

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Potatoes (New) . . . .June-October Pumpkins . . . . . . . . October Raspberries . . . . . . .July-August Rhubarb . . . . . . . . . May-July Shallots . . . . . . . . . . August-September Spinach . . . . . . . . . . April-October Squash (various) . . .July-October Strawberries . . . . . . June-September Tomatoes . . . . . . . . June-October Zucchini . . . . . . . . . May-October


Drink Up! Aperitif, digestif or a welcome drink with your meal, slake your thirst for handcrafted beverages with a drinkable feast that can only be found at micro producers found right here in Vernon! Start at Planet Bee where winemakers are all abuzz transforming fermented honey into a concoction often called the “nectar of the Gods”. Planet Bee Meadery has been turning out award-winning mead since 2010, a sweet, welcome addition to the growing world of fortified wines infused with the essence of the Okanagan. Sample all the romantically named vintages – from Apricot Elixir to Okanagan Delight, Blueberry Bliss to Valhalla Mist. Discover which foods best pair with each bottle and open your palate to a whole new wine tasting experience. Experience the art of handcrafting spirits at Okanagan Spirits, purveyors and crafters of finely distilled elixirs made right in Planet Bee


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downtown Vernon. A cornucopia of treeripened fruit provides the foundation to creations that include single-malt whiskey, fruit liqueurs and spirits. The heady aroma of distillation in process greets you right at the door. Step up to the tasting bar for a nip, watch the master distiller work his magic at the copper pot still and discover a different way to sip and savour the Okanagan. If traditional wine tasting is more your thing, we’ve got plenty of that here too! Two of the Okanagan’s finest estate wineries are within a 20-minute drive of Vernon. Indulge in an afternoon of touring and tasting at Gray Monk Winery where sparkling lake views from their sun-drenched terrace rival every vintage you taste. Visit Ex Nihilo Winery and discover how a love of wine and art combined to create a rock star winery experience.,

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Coffee with a Cause Escape the hustle and bustle of a busy day of shopping and slip into the calming oasis of the Talkin’ Donkey Coffee Shop where more than just coffee is brewing. A coffee shop with a conscience, a portion of all proceeds supports the Salvation Army. Just think, the next time you order a triple shot, extra foam, soy milk latte, you’re caffeine addiction is helping others in need. Step into its new location on the north end of town and you’ll encounter friendly baristas happy to serve you up plenty of fairtrade coffee and teas, fresh baked pastries, made-to-order lunches and a whole selection of appies (after 4pm)! You can easily grab something to go, but we recommend hanging out for a

while. Cozy seating, bright windows and the scent of freshly ground coffee beans greet you. Place your order then browse the funky selection of fair-trade jewelry and one-of-a-kind accessories and artwork before curling up in a deep leather sofa, planning just how you’ll conquer the rest of your shopping list.

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cars in a race to the finish line; An open-air concert and the songs of their youth; The wildflower meadows at the peak of their bloom

Their Vernon: The Friday Night Farmer’s Market fresh picnic ingredients; Retracing the Gold Rush on hiking trails throughout the valley; Date night at Crush

They’ll Never Forget: Drinking in Okanagan sunsets and Okanagan wines; Learning to distill fruit into spirits; Finding tranquility and the perfect picnic site on the shores of Kal Lake


Put Vernon on Your To-Do List

With so much to see and do in town, it’s hard to know where to start…at O’Keefe Ranch roping cattle, singing campfire songs, or slipping and sliding at Atlantis Waterslides. Maybe you start off with a downtown shopping spree and finish up at an art gallery. You could head to Planet Bee for a really sweet experience, or the Okanagan Science Centre – it’s out of this world…or come for a party – we’re experts at celebrating almost anything around here. Just how you fill your time while you visit is really up to you, but we’d like to offer a smattering of suggestions to help you start building your Vernon 28 make it yours To Do List.

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Learn our Cowboying Ways Immerse yourself in the history of the North Okanagan by stepping back into our storied past. The Historic O’Keefe Ranch was established in 1867 to supply the Cariboo Gold Rush. Once the largest cattle operation in British Columbia it was a hub of communications for pioneers homesteading the valley. It’s still a hub today, where curiosity seekers and history buffs can experience unique insights into the day-today life of BC’s earliest settlers. Explore the ranch at your own pace on a selfguided tour of discovery. Heritage buildings still outfitted in furnishings from the Victorian era pique your interest in the daily life of the settlers. Demonstrations and reenactments of their day-to-day chores make history jump off of the page. Take a lesson in churning milk into butter or spinning

wool and weaving a blanket and you’ll appreciate our modern day conveniences. Watch a farrier work his horseshoes, learn how to rope a cow, pretend you’re a pioneer for a day at children’s camps held throughout the summer.

Open from May to October; check out Historic O’Keefe Ranch’s complete schedule of events at

Every day promises something new at the Ranch so you can experience it over and over again. Come for the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre and you can be part of the act. Dine in casual comfort at the Cattlemen’s Club Restaurant where hearty portions of Alberta Beef is the centerpiece of the menu. Settle in for a night under the stars listening to cowboy poetry, country music and singing around the campfire. Pack a picnic and take in a show during movie night on the hill – the ranch’s version of a drive-in theatre will have you rolling around on the grass in no time.


Down Home Fun on the Farm You can meet some of the friendliest people down on the farm, except around here, “down” is “up” at Davison Orchards, a fourth generation apple orchard perched in Vernon’s foothills, celebrating 80 years of farming in 2013 and home to the best pies around. Gather the clan for a day of family fun, fresh from the farm. Meet farmer Bob who engineers the vintage apple train through the orchard, sharing family stories of farm life. Learn how apples go from blossom to box and why some are best for baking and others for drinking. Bring your camera – you’ll want to take a shot of the valley stretching below you before picking your own apples.

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If you’re more into buying than picking your own, that’s okay, the fruit stand sells them in 10-lb lots perfect for picnicking or baking with later. Set a spell beneath the shade of an old apple tree, drinking in the views and freshly pressed apple cider. Discover what apple juice really tastes like. Allow enough time to take in the full farm experience. Introduce your kids to the petting farm’s (goat) kids; bunnies and donkeys and race rubber ducks. Pretend you’re a farmer working the fields aboard a collection of antique tractors. Let your kids do the same in the Kiddie Corral where pintsize replicas of farming equipment and animals make for good, clean, down home fun.

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The sweet scent of homemade baking will lure you in to lunch at Auntie May’s Café. You can start with one slice, but the ovenwarm pies are so darn tasty you’ll be heading over to the Apple Crate Bakery to take home a whole pie before you’re done. Visit in spring when the apple blossoms are in bloom or at the height of summer when sunflowers almost steal the show from trees draped with 28 varieties of apples. Fall is one of the most magical times to visit the farm when everything’s ripe for the picking. Help celebrate 80 years of farming – enter daily contests to win a pie a day for 80 days! All the details can be found at www.

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They came for: A visit with family and friends; a break from big city life and a taste of farm life

Their Vernon Includes: A lunch with the girls at Auntie May’s Café; family fun at Pumpkin Fest; gorging on deep-dish apple pie from Davison Orchards

They’ll Never Forget: Watching their kid’s face light up, hand-feeding goats; caramel dipped apples, still warm from the sun; playing hide & go seek in the pumpkin patch

Embark on a wet and wild adventure and beat summer’s heat splashing through rivers and waterfalls at Atlantis Waterslides, where soaking up fun is a family tradition.

part of the fun. Work up a thirst for an afternoon in the water, playing mini-putt and arcade games – or simply unwind while soaking up the sun.

Get your fill of thrills surfing, sliding or tubing 10 different slides in the Okanagan’s largest water park. Fly down the waterfuelled roller coasters, plunge into warm pools, chill out in the hot tub, get submerged in good clean fun. Try it all and discover why Atlantis has been voted Best for Family Fun year after year by readers of Okanagan Life Magazine.

Put making memories at the top of this summer’s To Do list, after all the season only lasts so long – Atlantis is open from June to September.

Build up an appetite slipping and sliding a watery playground – concession stands, an ice cream parlour and picnic tables make refueling for your afternoon adventures

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Allan Brooks Nature Centre

Allan Brooks Nature Centre

A Living, Breathing, Flapping, Chirping Introduction to Nature Feast your eyes on the valleys stretching out before you and drink in views of the nearby mountains, now rounded smooth by the elements and time. Watch whispering grasses blowing in the wind and great Bald Eagles soaring overhead. This is the Commonage, the living, breathing, flapping, chirping and buzzing home to the Allan Brooks Nature Centre where your introduction to the Okanagan’s unique ecosystem begins. Explore on your own, as part of a group or through instructed workshops and learn about the natural habitats of the North Okanagan and the endangered species 32

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that live here. Visit The Discovery Room’s exhibits where learning about nature is a hands-on experience.

antics wander the Naturescape Gardens and discover which varieties of plants will attract wildlife to your own yard.

Stroll the Grassland Trail – bring your sketchpad, watercolours or digital camera – the slopes of the Commonage are an inspiring location to create while watching predator birds in flight. It’s also a great place for a picnic on a bright Okanagan day and one of many locations you can spy the yellow-bellied marmot. You’ll hear their whistle long before you see them racing about Marmot City, scampering in and out of their dens. When you’ve tired of their

Watch the glittering skies for dazzling displays at Starry Night events throughout the summer. The absence of artificial light makes the Allan Brooks Nature Centre a prime site for stargazing and exploring the heavens. The Allan Brooks Nature Centre is open Monday to Saturday from May to October. Explore their full-line up of events at

“Eureka!” Moments

OK Science Centre

OK Science Centre

Unleash your inner science nerd! Vernon is the smallest community in Canada to have a full spectrum science centre. Located in Polson Park, the Okanagan Science Centre is housed in a heritage schoolhouse, built in 1893, one of the oldest remaining brick schoolhouses in British Columbia. An everchanging collection of hands-on exhibits makes it hard to discern where the learning ends and the fun begins.

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Have a “eureka” moment exploring exhibits that demonstrate principles of sound, light and optics. Beam up to the OSC for a guided tour of the universe – learning and playing are hands-on here. Train like an astronaut in the gyro chair – scary, fun and a little bit crazy, it’ll satisfy your inner

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daredevil. Dance on a keyboard, learn how to play Happy Birthday with your feet then head to the basement where remnants of pre-historic creatures reside. Discover where dinosaurs were found right in our backyard. Ignite your curiosity at the OSC guest speaker series where insightful, inspiring and nationally renowned experts begin a conversation about science in society. Spark the minds of your youngsters at “Silly Science” and “Saturday Fun” workshops that captivate their attention while expanding their minds. Uncover the complete spectrum of possibilities at the Okanagan Science Centre; visit


Dig This! Dig right in – you may be surprised what you find! It’s long been known that the mountains surrounding Vernon hold deposits of silver and dreams of gold. Embark on a journey of discovery to Vernon’s backcountry where hidden treasures await at Canada’s first precious opal mine. Your quest for precious stones is guided by expert instructors who help you identify and excavate unique opal deposits. Put on your explorer’s hat and dig right in, uncovering agate, common opal, precious opal and more. Anticipation builds with each stone that’s unearthed. Look for the shimmering play of light that first gives an opal away. Keep the specimen, or have it handcrafted into an original piece of jewelry. Uncover your inner rock hound; book your full-day excavation at


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Opal Resources Canada Inc.

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Vernon’s Top 10 Spots for Live Entertainment • Experience live theatre, name-act concerts and dance performances at Vernon’s Performing Arts Centre

• Watch the curtain rise on touring Broadway productions at the Powerhouse Theatre

• Laugh so hard you’ll be crying at The Hub Arts Collective Full Frontal Improv nights

• Rock out to classic rock tunes at Funtastic Summer Fest

• Slip into the Talkin’ Donkey Coffee Shop for cool tunes by up-and-coming musicians

• Groove to smooth sounds at the Vernon Jazz Club

• Sing along with the band at outdoor summer concerts

• Walk hand-in-hand with a ghost on a ghoulishly fun haunted tour of downtown

• Get in on the act–solve a murder mystery at O’Keefe Ranch’s Dinner Theatre

• Discover distinct flavours and fresh local talent at Crush Bistro

She came for: A creative break

Art for Art’s Sake

from the everyday life; a lesson in Vernon Community Arts Centre

Traditional, alternative, hands-on, immersive – there’s no single way to experience the arts, which is what makes our arts scene so inspiring. Discover the unusual ways we showcase the arts at community workshops, on a variety of stages around town, in our city streetscapes, and even on our downtown parkade! Get in touch with your muse, creating oneof-a-kind pieces and learning new skills at the Vernon Community Arts Centre workshops. Meet other artists and inspiring instructors at classes devoted to teaching fundamentals in a variety of media. Channel your inner Rembrandt then step into Polson Park and see what inspires you. Learn how to play more than Smoke on the Water with guitar or keyboard lessons geared for every level of player. Throw a pot, knit a throw, sculpt, shoot and scribe…potters, crafters, writers, photographers and sculpture artists all find plenty of creative outlets here. For

a comprehensive list of workshops this year visit Discover an open-air art gallery and history museum by strolling our downtown streets. Colourful murals depicting our heritage and landscapes adorn many buildings throughout downtown Vernon, revealing our storied past. Explore on your own with the self-guided map of the murals available at local visitor centres. For a one-of-a-kind walking tour, sign up for the Vernon Mural Experience. Visit for tour schedules. Uncover national and international treasures at rotating exhibits of the Vernon Public Art Gallery, where Taking Part in Street Art has become an annual tradition each August. Go to a Riot on the Roof and celebrate everything alternative…body art… performance art…street art and more. Visit for a full roster of events.

painting landscapes; a party at the parkade

Her Vernon Includes: Open learning classes at Vernon Community Arts Centre; countless hiking trails in and around the city; a celebration of alternative arts

She’ll Never Forget: Creative inspiration found in hiking mountain slopes; the view that inspired the art now hanging on her wall; how good it felt to learn something new


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Retail Therapy Shop Vernon’s one-of-a-kind boutiques and specialty shops for unique gifts for you and your family. Whether you prefer locally owned shops found in our downtown core, or trusted brand retailers and the big box stores, we’ve got plenty of retail therapy here! Stroll downtown and you’ll find 150 independently owned boutiques offering a different kind of shopping experience. Bold, colourful displays literally pop from each window, inviting you in to explore.

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Meet shop owners who are happy to help you select the perfect gift, find the right size, just the right toy, the latest in fashion or a tasty sweet treat. Personalized service means something here, and if their store doesn’t carry it, that doesn’t mean you can’t have it…many owners are happy to order specialty items, you don’t even need to ask! Reuse, recycle, repurpose – whatever you call it shopping vintage in Vernon is favoured pastime. Treasure-seekers come from throughout BC and as far away as Alberta to shop in our vintage stores. You can find a diverse selection of antique furniture stores as well as assorted consignment apparel, vinyl and book shops, where yesterday’s treasures become today’s great finds. For a complete list of shops in our downtown visit

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They came for: A relaxing retreat with just the girls, some down-time and pampering and a break from their everyday routine

Their Vernon Includes: A visit to Faith & Company for the latest in Canadian-designed fashions; a sweet bite at Pooh & Bean’s; roaming Blast from the Past antiques searching for the perfect find

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personally outfitted by the designer at Square One Apparel; how many things can be covered in chocolate at Cotton’s Chocolates; embarking on a treasure hunt, then striking gold at Carousel Consignments.


Festivals Galore

We love throwing a party and that’s a good thing because we have festivals galore! And we celebrate everything…nothing’s off-limits! From winter fun to slo-pitch ball, Halloween to Roots ‘n Brews, from Wings and Wheels and Back to Earth, we don’t need much encouragement to make an event of it! New events are always popping up, making your best source for the latest festivals, parades and parties around town.


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Back to Earth Community Harvest Fest / Lindsay Forslund

Our Prescription for Cabin Fever Our prescription to beat cabin fever is to celebrate the snow in all its crisp, white glory. Cold winter days are transformed into warm family memories at the Vernon Winter Carnival when the whole city comes alive under a glittering blanket of snow. The largest winter carnival in western Canada, we’ve been creating warm family memories for 53 years. Resist the temptation to stay in by the fire; a whole flurry of activity is waiting for you! The annual Hot Air Balloon Glow officially kicks off Winter Carnival when Polson Park vibrates with people waiting for the big show. Watch these magnificent creations light up the night while keeping warm under their glow. Come back the next day to watch them take flight, soaring over the city, flying wherever the wind carries them.

Jockey for a prime viewing spot at the annual Winter Carnival Parade where newly crowned royalty mix with the locals. Connect with your family at an outdoor skating party or at the toboggan park, slipping and sliding and wiping wintery tears from your face. Watch mesmerizing artists coax magical creations out of frozen blocks of snow. Tuck in to piping hot bowls of homemade chili, casting your vote for Vernon’s best recipe, then come back the next day and start all over again…Winter Carnival keeps cabin fever at bay starting at the end of January. A complete line-up of Winter Carnival events can be found at

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The Best Three Days of Summer Get caught up in Funtastic Fever singing, dancing, playing and partying at the largest slo-pitch and music festival in North America. Perfect your pitch, show off your short-shorts, rock out to the classics, watch fireworks explode, support a worthwhile cause and remember it’s okay to have fun. Experience Funtastic Summer Festival… three of the best days of summer on the Canada Day long-weekend. Teams from as far away as New Mexico and Iqualuit make our backyard their playground, playing slo-pitch ball by day then rocking out all night long. Proceeds from the festival help support amateur sport and recreation in Vernon. Be part of the party and you may

just end up hugging a stranger, dancing to the soundtrack of your youth, meeting new people and making new friends along the way. You’ll also be helping us build a better community in the process. You don’t have to compete by day to rock-out by night. It all takes place at one huge venue in south Vernon June 28 to July 1, 2013. Plan on coming all three nights – you’ll recognize the tunes as soon as they start playing… they’re the songs that remind you of long ago summers played by the stars of today’s classic rock stations.


For a complete roster of events visit Funtastic


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Fall into Vernon Pick your own apples, meet local chefs and search for the great pumpkin – fall in to Vernon in autumn and celebrate the flavours of the season at September Harvest Fest, Roots ‘n Brews and the perennial family favourite – Pumpkin Fest! Crisp mornings, golden leaves, big blue skies, and fresh pressed cider for breakfast; it’s a typical autumn morning at Davison Orchards where every September we celebrate the fruits of our labour. Escape to the foothills just above town where you’ll find trees hanging heavy with fruit just ripe for the picking. Pick your own apples, savour quiet moments with your family tasting assorted apple treats, playing in the orchard or the kiddie corral. Check out the September Harvest Fest(ivities) at Kick up your heels and dine locally at the annual Roots ‘n Brews Festival – it’s about

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as close as you can get to fresh-from-thefarm without getting your fingers dirty. Meet regional chefs as they serve up a harvest inspired meal, sourced from North Okanagan producers. Satisfy your innerfoodie, sample organic craft ale, savour Okanagan wine and have a foot stompin’ time September 21 at the Best Western Plus Vernon Lodge. For tickets or more information visit pages/Food-Action-Society-of-theNorth-Okanagan. Turn moments in the pumpkin patch into memories that last forever at Davison Orchards’ annual Pumpkin Fest in October. Take a ride through the pumpkin patch and search for the gourd of your dreams, then, head back to the village for a smorgasbord of pumpkin inspired treats! A full schedule of Pumpkin Fest activities can be found at

Muuwaaahaaahaaa…BOO! Experience the thrills and chills of the Halloween season in a spooktacular setting at the Okanagan Science Centre. Join other Okanagan families in what has become a treasured family tradition. You can choose whether you scream in fright or in peels of delight – two distinctly different hauntings are offered. All the frightening details can be found at


Unleashed! Pet Friendly Vernon! We all know your pets are part of your family, so why would you head out on vacation and leave your loved ones behind? If you’re heading to Vernon there’s simply no need, so pack your bag and your dog treats and bring them along, you’ll all be glad you did!

Sit: Well-behaved pets are welcome at some of Vernon’s outdoor patios and coffee shops, just be sure to check before you go in. Or, drop by one of the pet food stores for a well-deserved treat, your four-legged friend is on vacation too!

Dog Paddle: Beat the dog days of summer at Pebble Beach on Kalamalka Lake. Designated dog-friendly, there’s plenty of space for you and your four-legged friends on the beach or in the cool waters. Sunbathers head to Okanagan Lake’s Ellison Provincial Park where Sandy Beach welcomes dogs and their owners to kick back on its sundrenched, sandy shores.

Stay: Many accommodations welcome pets for a modest fee. Just like people, a wellbehaved guest is always welcomed back so check pet regulations before you arrive, ensuring any surprises are of the welcome kind.


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Play: Reconnect with nature and bring man’s best friend along, after all, someone has to chase squirrels off the trail! Explore wildflower meadows, ancient grasslands and

old-growth forests all in the company of your four-legged friends who appreciate a day outdoors just as much as you do! Give your pet a mini-vacation of their own – book a day at one of our doggie-daycares so they can hang with their own kind when you head out on your own.

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Good Dog! Vernon’s Top Dog Parks BX Ranch Park Forest Tree Plantation Heritage Natural Trust Area Mutrie Road Park Creekside Park Mission Hill Park Pioneer Park Stenquist Park Becker Park Gray Canal Trail

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Indulge in the Good Life


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Escape to the foothills just above Vernon and discover Sparkling Hill Resort, a luxurious, glimmering crystal palace and the crown jewel of Vernon, where indulging in the good life is the only item on your To Do list. Spoil yourself with a weekend experience and you’ll soon be booking a return stay. Opulent, lavish and grand, you can’t help but feel like royalty here. You can expect to be pampered with unique experiences and by the attentive staff that put your comfort at the top of their priority list. Watch the morning sun as it rises; see predator birds sweeping above sage-filled grasslands, all from the comfort of your bed or your soaker tub. Cozy up before floorto-ceiling windows designed to maximize the breathtaking views of the Monashee Mountains and Okanagan Lake.

Recharge your batteries at the 40,000 sq. ft. KurSpa, the largest spa in Canada. Escape to the Serenity Room for quiet relaxation and gear up for a chilling experience. Sparkling Hill’s KurSpa has the only cryotherapy spa in all of North America – be the first in your crowd to plunge into the ice-cold chamber. Three minutes immersed in the -110°C cold-sauna will inspire conversations for weeks to come.

ingredients are elevated to a new level with European-influenced menus featuring hearty breakfasts, lunches and gourmet dinners. Savour your luxurious surroundings while exploring new frontiers of wine and innovative cuisine. Getting your ticket to the good life is as easy as visiting

Indulge in one-of-a-kind treatments, inspired by the elements surrounding the resort. Explore each of the seven aromatherapy steam rooms and saunas and decide which best inspires rest and relaxation. Redefine your meaning of “the good life” luxuriating by the pool. Make your reservation for a night to remember that includes dining in continental style at PeakFine restaurant. Locally sourced

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Wake Up and Smell the Tea!

Wildcraft Forest


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You could wake up and smell the coffee, but just outside of Vernon, we’re waking up and smelling the tea. It’s worth the twenty-minute drive to Wildcraft Forest Tea Plantation just to sample their botanicals, but this place is so much more…part interpretive art gallery, wilderness tea house and an encounter with nature – it’s one of our best kept secrets you’re invited to discover! You can’t get more back to the earth than at the Wildcraft Forest where 15,000 acres of old-growth forest serve as an organic farm for exotic tea ingredients. Beyond organic, mint, thimbleberries and wild hawthorn are just some of the plants harvested and dried to create exotic tea blends. Taste them all in the Tea House cum art gallery where wildcraft artwork adorns each wall. Learn

all about small footprint harvesting while sipping on such beguilingly named teas as “naked hippie,” “right of passage dream potion,” and “gatekeeper’s elixir”. Take in the full experience, which includes a guided walk through the forested sculpture garden, the largest of its kind in western Canada. An open-air art gallery, wildcrafted artwork can be found all along the trail… in the most unexpected of places. The artist in resident leads the walk, discussing their muse and art inspirations while teaching you about the plants they’ll soon harvest for the latest blends of tea. Guided walks take place on scheduled dates throughout the summer. For the latest schedule of what’s happening at the plantation visit

My Vernon by Mayor Rob Sawatzky Just how do I make Vernon my own? If it’s spring, I jump on my bicycle. Our on-going efforts to make Vernon even more bike friendly, means I have easy two-wheeling access to most of the town and the beaches. When I’m looking for something more challenging, I point my bike toward the mountains and start pedaling – it’s the kind of workout you can’t get at the gym. Spring is also the beginning of golf season, so of course I practice my swing for a season of play at five distinctly diverse golf courses that ring our city. And when I’ve over-done it biking and swinging golf clubs I head to a spa to relax and unwind. In the summer I try to take it all in…on the lakes watching sailors, rowers and everyone else having a great time, or at Funtastic…a legendary summer festival that’s back for its 29th year in 2013. Camping season

usually inspires me to put on my hikers. The Grey Canal Trail is just one of the many trails within city limits that makes getting out into nature so easy around here.

You’ll also find me out and about at Winter Carnival – it’s our love letter to winter where family-friendly activities keep you warm for ten wintery days, now in its 54th year!

When fall rolls around you can find me celebrating the season and all its beauty. Our city glows golden in the fall with aspen and cottonwoods making our already stunning scenery that much more impressive. We are experts at celebrating everything from apples to home grown brews at festivals and harvest parties in autumn – staying true to our agricultural roots – you’ll find me there, taking it all in.

Those are just some of the ways I make Vernon my own! Now I’d like to hear from YOU – Tell me how you make Vernon your own at

When winter wraps its arms around our valley some people choose to huddle indoors, but I like to get outside and play… at Silver Star Mountain Resort, or Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre – two internationally acclaimed centres for winter recreation, just minutes from my downtown office.

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S er vi ce s

We have many local organizations that can help you while you visit our community. Check out the ones below and don’t forget to stop by the Visitor Centre on Hwy 97.

We thank the following businesses for their support of this publication and we encourage you to support them when visiting Vernon.

City of Vernon Economic Development

Looking for the Okanagan Lifestyle? Find out how to Make it Yours. Vernon is a great place to live and to do business. We can help you with information on Vernon’s economic climate as well as our business environment.

Downtown Vernon Association

Explore Historic Downtown Vernon. We invite you to experience the sensational shopping, enticing edibles, outstanding art and wide-ranging entertainment that creates our lively downtown scene. The Downtown Vernon Association can help make your experience here one not to forget – stop in for more information!

Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce

Need a tire repair? A great place to eat? A pair of hiking boots? A back massage? A ski repair? Hot Yoga? Find whatever you need with over 600 businesses at, Vernon’s most complete online business directory. Look for the Chamber logo when you shop.

Red Door Photographic

We are a dynamic and creative team of professionals that express ourselves through great photography. We specialize in weddings, family portraits, pets and maternity. Contact us for your next family reunion or event in the Okanagan and invest in memories to last a lifetime!

Vernon Visitor Centre

For the insider’s guide to Vernon, contact the local know-it-alls at our Visitor Centre. Friendly, knowledgeable staff can make sure you get the most out of your visit to our area. Pet friendly. Internet available.

3001 – 32nd Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 2L8 250-550-3249 •

#4 3101 29th Street, Vernon, BC V1T 5A8 250-542-5851 •

#102 2901 32nd Street, Vernon BC V1T 5M2 P: 250-545-0771 • F: 250-545-3114 •

250-938-9351 • 1-888-283-1192

701 Hwy 97 South, Vernon, BC V1B 3W4 P: 250-542-1415 • TF: 1-800-665-0795 •


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Did you know that Vernon has more than 30 accommodation properties including B & Bs, hotels, motels, inns, and vacation suites? Check it out:

We thank the following businesses for their support of this publication and we encourage you to support them when visiting Vernon.

Alpineflowers B & B

Two spacious guest bedrooms in a pretty B & B on 6-acre wooded property. One bedroom with a queen bed, and the other a double plus a single bed. Comfortable lounge with satellite TV. Private bathroom.

BEST WESTERN PLUS Vernon Lodge & Conference Centre

Full service hotel with 124 deluxe guest rooms and suites, with many of them overlooking our indoor 3 storey garden atrium and natural creek. Elevator, indoor pool, hot tub, guest laundry, fitness centre, 2 restaurants, sports pub and liquor store on site for your convenience. Free wireless high speed internet access and ample free parking. NEW for 2013 — Complimentary hot served breakfast.

8245 Rogers Road, Vernon, BC V1B 3M7 250-542-8553 •

3914-32nd Street Vernon, BC V1T 5P1 250-545-3385 1-800-663-4422

Big Chief RV Park

Come and enjoy peace and quiet at one of our 21 campsites situated along Vernon Creek within the City of Vernon. Landing Plaza Mall is across the street and all amenities are only minutes away. All sites have power, water, sewer and cable hook-ups. Wi-Fi hot spot available.

Cedar Falls Campground

Wilderness camping at its best; large treed, private sites with fire pits; closest campground to Silver Star & BX Falls hiking/biking trail; hot showers, flush toilets; services available. Large sites, with room for 2 or more tents on the same site. 10 mins from Hwy 97. We proudly support Funtastic Softball Tournament.

5484 – 25th Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 7A8 250-542-7863 7063 Tillicum Road, Vernon, BC V1B 3N9 250-558-1559 •


The largest and most complete convention centre in the North Okanagan that can serve up to 700 guests. 3 Diamonds, 3 Green Key Eco Rating, Pet Friendly and 100% Smoke Free Environment.

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Places to Stay

We thank the following businesses for their support of this publication and we encourage you to support them when visiting Vernon.

Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott

Vernon’s newest Hotel! Located between the lakes in the North Okanagan’s all season playground. Featuring 98 deluxe guest rooms and studio suites, indoor pool and hot tub, 3 storey waterslide, exercise centre with cardio and free weights, free wired and wireless high speed internet, large flat screen TVs with HD channels and in room coffee/tea service. Have a great night’s sleep in our well-appointed rooms with comfy mattresses, fluffy pillows, cozy blankets, crisp clean linens and start your day with our Free Hot breakfast. Hotel is located close to Lake City Casino, big box shopping, local businesses and great restaurants for your dining pleasure. It’s Right. It’s Easy! It Works!

Historic O’Keefe Ranch

New to the Ranch are ten unserviced RV sites plus great grassy areas for tenting. Water and power are not available. However, there are washroom facilities as well as a “cowboy shower” which offers two very rustic showers. Rates: $20 plus taxes per night, this includes admission to the Historic Ranch for two adults and two children.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

Our 100% non-smoking property offers 85 deluxe guest rooms and suites featuring complimentary high speed internet, fridge & microwave, 37” flat screen TVs with HD viewing and On Demand movie options. Start your day with our complimentary hot deluxe buffet breakfast and enjoy our indoor pool, hot tub and fitness centre.

Journey Inn

The Journey Inn features comfortable and affordable guestrooms, all with refrigerators, coffee makers and free high speed wireless internet access. Only 33 km from the Kelowna Airport, with easy access off Highway 97. It is within walking distance to restaurants, downtown Vernon shopping, parks and the local hospital.

the Maria Rose Bed & Breakfast

This forested acreage is the perfect setting to unwind. 10 minutes from Silver Star Resort and Vernon. Internet, satellite tv, separate entrance, air conditioning, in-floor heating, infrared sauna and access to cooking facilities. Full breakfast served. Three private rooms with ensuites. Children under 5 years stay free. Small pets accepted.

5300 Anderson Way Vernon, BC V1T 9V2 250-260-7829 • 1-888-260-7829 9380 Hwy 97N, Vernon, BC V1T 6M8 250-542-7868 • 4716 34th Street, Vernon BC V1T 5Y9 250-550-7777 • 1-877-660-8550 • 3000 28th Avenue, Vernon BC V1T 1W1 250-545-2161 • 1-855-545-2161 • 8071 Aspen Road, Vernon BC V1B 3M9 250-549-4773 • 250-260-6578 •


Place s to St ay We thank the following businesses for their support of this publication and we encourage you to support them when visiting Vernon.

Pacific Inn & Suites

Vernon’s brand new hotel features 61 Executive King Guest Rooms and Full Kitchen Suites with a separate bedroom. All guest rooms are non-smoking and feature complimentary wired and wireless high speed internet access, in room fridge & microwave, 37” flat screen TVs with HD viewing and On Demand movie options.

Predator Ridge Resort

In the heart of the Okanagan Valley, Predator Ridge Resort defines what a BC Golf Vacation is all about. Stay at the Predator Ridge Lodge or one of our private cottages and enjoy 36 holes of championship golf, plus upscale casual dining at our award winning r a n g e restaurant.

4790 34th Street, Vernon, BC V1T 5Y9 250-558-1800 1-855-758-1800

301 Village Centre Place Vernon, BC V1H 1T2 250-542-3436 1-888-578-6688

Plus, Guests and Homeowners of Predator Ridge now have exclusive access for a fee to the world famous spas, saunas and treatments at the KurSpa at Sparkling Hill Resort, our neighbours “up the hill”. From Canada’s most celebrated wineries to magnificent lakes to champagne powder-covered ski resorts, all within a short drive, there is no end to the activities you’ll enjoy at Predator Ridge Resort.

Prestige Hotel Vernon

Exquisite rooms, superior service, scrumptious dining and all the amenities to complement your stay! The Prestige Hotel Vernon is your personal haven while away on business or holiday. Onsite features include deluxe guest rooms, studio and designer suites, convention and banquet facilities, restaurant, cappuccino bistro, fitness centre, day spa, and indoor pool. Complimentary breakfast and wireless internet included. Bring family, friends or colleagues to tee off on Vernon’s best golf courses, experience the wine country, explore local orchards and farm markets, visit distinctive shops and boutiques that all make Vernon truly unique. Customized Golf, Romance, and Getaway packages are available.

Richmond House B & B

Richmond House is one of Vernon’s heritage homes. Built in 1894, and convenient to downtown, beaches and ski-hill, it has been lovingly restored to its Victorian beauty and charm. Three elegant rooms, all with private bathrooms/ensuites, full breakfast, guest lounge, private entrance, wireless internet.

4411 32nd Street Vernon, BC V1T 9G8 250-558-5991 1.877.737.8443

4008 Pleasant Valley Road, Vernon, BC V1T 4M2 250-549-1767 • 1-866-267-4419 •


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Sandman Inn & Suites Vernon

Sandman Inn & Suites Vernon is the smart choice when travelling to the North Okanagan! Centrally located, this Sandman features 86 comfortable guest rooms, including full Kitchenette Suites, an indoor pool, complimentary internet, petfriendly rooms and meeting & banquet facilities for your group and team travel needs. Whether you’re looking to visit the nearby Kalamalka and Okanagan Lakes, Silver Star Ski Resort or surrounding wineries, Sandman Vernon is the ideal location. Enjoy the convenience of our on-site 24 hour Denny’s restaurant, with the added comfort of room service. Call 1-800-SANDMAN (726-3626) to book your reservation!

Silver Star Mountain Resort

In summer escape the heat of the valley and stay in well-appointed mountainside condos from only $109 per night. One of North America’s premier mountain bike parks, hiking trails and so much more are just steps from your door.

4201 32 Street Vernon, BC V1T 5P3 250-542-4325 1-800-SANDMAN (726-3626)

PO Box 3002 Silver Star, BC V1B 3M1 1-800-663-4431

In the snow season, Silver Star’s charming resort village offers ski-in / ski-out lodging to suit your family and your budget. From skiing to snowboarding to cross country skiing to tubing to ice skating to snowshoeing, your full day lift ticket or pass includes it all. And then some.

Sparkling Hill Resort

A stunning new European inspired 149-room wellness hotel overlooking Lake Okanagan & Predator Ridge Golf Resort. Guests can experience KurSpa, 40,000 sq.ft, with 7 unique steam & saunas, over 100 treatments, an integrative medicine clinic & our signature treatment, the Cryotherapy Cold Sauna (-110°C/-166°C).

The Village Green Hotel

The newly renovated Village Green Hotel offers leisure and business travellers a friendly home away from home. Most of our 127 spacious guest rooms & suites feature balconies/patios overlooking our popular garden courtyard or city and mountain views. All rooms come equipped with mini-fridges, coffee/tea, hairdryers, 40” LCD TVs, irons and ironing boards, free WiFi & local calls. Guests can enjoy complimentary use of our indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and fitness room. On-site amenities also include a family-style restaurant, lively pub, liquor store, catering services and multi-functional meeting space. 100% non-smoking facility, ample free parking and the best pet friendly rooms in town!

888 Sparkling Place, Vernon, BC V1H 2K7 1.877.275.1556 • 4801 - 27th Street Vernon, BC V1T 4Z1 250-542-3321 1-800-663-4433


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Allan Brooks Nature Centre

Discover our region’s rich natural history and diversity. Located in the grasslands above Vernon, the nature centre offers views of all three lakes, engaging displays and lots to do around the grounds. Seasonally you will encounter birds of prey, rare grassland wildlife and an abundance of wildflowers. You’ll want to bring your camera.

Arts Council of the North Okanagan/ Vernon Community Arts Centre

The Vernon Community Arts Centre (VCAC) is located in Vernon’s Polson Park and is operated by the Arts Council of the North Okanagan. VCAC offers year-round art programs, camps, classes, and workshops for children and adults. Adults who wish to work independently on their own are accommodated through Drop-in Sessions at the Arts Centre. The Arts Council is always moving and looking forward with new initiatives, projects and programs. For more information about VCAC or the Arts Council, visit in person (located in Polson Park), or call 250-542-6243. For a complete listing of classes and programs visit us online at

Atlantis Waterslides

Spend the perfect sundrenched day riding the thrilling rapids at Atlantis Waterslides. With 10 slides to chose from, including two children’s slides and the Wild River Riot Tube, Atlantis Waterslide has something for every slider! After your wild-water sliding, enjoy a soak in the large hot tub, challenge your friends and family to a round of miniature golf or relax under the large umbrella on the grassed picnic terrace. Fill up on hot snacks and cool treats at one of two concessions and be sure to visit the Atlantis Gift Shop. Atlantis Waterslides is open daily from June to Sept. With affordable rates and plenty of car and RV parking, you’ll have plenty of family fun without getting soaked!

250 Allan Brooks Way, Vernon, BC V1T 9L4 250-260-4227 • • Apr 20 – Oct 31, Mon-Sat 9am to 4pm

2704A - Highway 6 Vernon, BC V1T 5G5 250-542-6243

7921 Greenhow Road Vernon, BC V1B 3S2 P:250-549-4121 F: 250-549-4129

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Bushwacker Paintball Games

Highway 97 next to Vernon Motoplex 250-542-1170 •


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If you are looking for an adventure, come out and experience the ultimate in fun at Bushwacker Paintball Games. We are located on HWY 97 next to the Vernon Motoplex. Open March to September. Give us a call and book some FUN!

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Crazy Cow Kid Corral at Davison Orchards

Kids can run and play with the many farm themed activities in the Crazy Cow Kid Corral. Race a duck using old fashioned water pumps, climb into the old tree house, dig in the corn bins, milk Bessie the cow or climb on straw or though the tunnels. Giant Spider Web, Truck, tractors and more! Parents FREE, Children $4.

Creative Chaos

Largest craft sale of its kind in western Canada: over 200 crafters, artisans, specialty foods, creative activities, performing arts & food faire. FREE Admission but food bank donations welcomed. New this year; indoor creative activities with air conditioned rest area. 3 buildings — four rooms of, well, “Creative Chaos”.

Davison Orchards Tours

Take a tour on the apple train and see the orchard, learn a little history and have some fun. Tours run daily in the summer and weekend in the spring and fall. (Adults $6, Child $4). Visit the farm animals, enjoy the extensive flower gardens or step back in time with the displays of antique tractors and farm equipment.

Downtown Vernon Historic Murals

Vernon walls speak! Downtown Vernon boasts one of the largest outdoor public art galleries in Canada. Over 25 incredible murals depict the history, culture, scenery & folklore that made Vernon what it is today. Join us on an adventure into our past. For group & individual walking and self-guided tours contact our office.

The Golf Club at The Rise

The Fred Couples Signature Design Golf Club at The Rise appeals to every level of golfer. With five sets of tees and vistas of Okanagan Lake and Valley the course has become the locals favorite place to play. Not a golfer? Come enjoy a cold beverage and bite to eat at Freddy’s Patio voted a “top 3” by Okanagan Life.

3111 Davison Road (off Bella Vista Road), Vernon, BC V1H 1A2 • 250-549-3266 •

June 7-9, 2013 Vernon Recreation Centre, 3310-37th Avenue 3111 Davison Road (off Bella Vista Road), Vernon, BC V1H 1A2 • 250-549-3266 • #4 3101 29th Street, Vernon BC V1T 5A8 250-542-5851 • 8500 Rising View Way, Vernon, BC V1H 1Z0 250-545-7425 • 1-877-243-7417 •


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Greater Vernon Museum & Archives

Presenting the colourful and unique past of the North Okanagan through in-depth exhibits on the region’s human and natural history. Highlights include the Allan Brooks Gallery, military displays, and special temporary exhibits. An extensive archives and public research facility is on site along with a gift shop and bookstore.

Historic O’Keefe Ranch

Founded in 1867, Historic O’Keefe Ranch tells the story of early BC Ranching history. Come tour the opulent O’Keefe Mansion and our heritage boardwalk. Artisans, animals, gift shop and restaurant on site. Book a horse or pony ride or overnight in our campground. Numerous events all season long.

Mackie Lake House

Travel back in time and experience this 1910 Heritage House on the shores of Kalamalka Lake. Learn about the characteristics and history of this unique home and the families that lived here. Tours are 10 am Thursdays June 20-Sept 12 at $10 per person, no reservation required. The Mackie Lake House bringing history to life!

MJO Tours

“Your Wine Tours Specialists for the Okanagan Valley”. Book our fully escorted wine tours for your comprehensive behind-the-scenes experiences. Don’t forget to call us for all your transportation needs: shuttle services for weddings, airport pickups, private touring experiences. MJO tours – 1.877.726.6548

Okanagan Recreational Rentals Ltd.

Okanagan Recreational Rentals Ltd. D.B.A Silver Star Snowmobile Tours is a Recreational Tour and Rental company offering Snowmobile Tours at Silver Star Mountain Resort in Vernon BC and Boat Tours and Rentals for the entire Okanagan Valley. Contact us for Tour and Rental Times and rates.

Okanagan Science Centre

The Okanagan Science Centre is a hands-on discovery science centre located in beautiful Polson Park. More than 200 exhibits, including exhibits on sound, light, motion and simple machines provide educational fun for all ages! Meet the critters in the Critter Corner, Dance on the Giant Piano and be in awe of the Universe in the Space for Space Galleries and Planetarium Shows! Visit www. for program and event details for ages 3 to 103!

3009 -32nd Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 2L8 250-542-3142 • 9380 Hwy 97N, Vernon, BC V1T 6M8 250-542-7868 •

7804 Kidston Road, Coldstream, BC V1B 1S2 250-545-1019 • #206-3317 - 30th Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 2C9 1-877-726-6548 • 250-549-3613

Located in Polson Park 2704 Highway 6 Vernon, BC V1T 5G5 250-545-3644 September - June: Tuesday - Saturday Summer: Monday - Saturday


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Pre-scheduled birthday parties, group tours and programs available. 250.545.3644 or

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Okanagan Spirits

Visit Okanagan Spirits in downtown Vernon and experience firsthand the processing of local fruit distilled in our copper-pot still. Our craft distillery produces awardwinning spirits and liqueurs, genuine absinthe, rye whisky, gin and vodka. Join us for a tour and a tasting—we are open year round, Mon-Sat, 9am - 5pm.

The Opal Miners

BC Precious Opals - Opal Digging Trips - Gift Shop Select a piece of opal jewellery made onsite at our gift shop. Arrange a day trip to dig for opals mid June to mid Sept. Visit Canada’s only Precious Opal producer!

Outdoor Discoveries

Discover the best views and natural places on award-winning fun, adventurous and informative walking & snowshoeing tours into wildflower meadows, mushroom fields, snow covered forests, mountain top views, nature parks and more. Prescheduled and custom tours for individuals or groups. Bring a camera!

Planet Bee Honey Farm & Meadery

OPEN ALL YEAR, Planet Bee is a favorite family attraction where you can learn a little more about bees and experience and sample the many delicious and healthy products of the honeybee hive. Now introducing “Honeymoon Mead,” a delightful table wine made from fermented BC honey and water. This ancient “Beverage of Love” was referred to as The Nectar of the Gods and dates back over 20,000 years.

2920 - 28th Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1V9 250-549-3120 • 7879 Hwy 97, Vernon, BC V1B 3R9 250-542-1103 • Okanagan/Shuswap/Silver Star 250-545-7446 • 5011 Bella Vista Road Vernon, BC V1H 1A1 250-542-8088 1-877-233-9675

Predator Ridge Resort 301 Village Centre Place Vernon, BC V1H 1T2 250-542-3436 1-888-578-6688

Safely observe and marvel at honeybees busily working behind glass producing their numerous nutritional products. Stroll through at your leisure on a selfguided tour or join the educational presentations at the indoor observatory. For anyone looking to golf in Canada, a visit to Predator Ridge Resort should be at the top of the list. With 36-holes of championship golf and a golf resort community of over 500 Homeowners, it’s no wonder that Predator Ridge is known as Canada’s best golf resort community and one of the best golf resorts in North America. It’s special here. You’ll notice it the minute you step onto the tee box. Predator Ridge is the place to indulge your lifelong passion for golf or to begin a new love affair with the sport. Our two courses are set in a semi-arid mountainous playground that will take your breath away. It’s simply 36 of the best holes of golf in Canada, let alone the world.


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“The Shoparama” Events

A merry mix of Artisans, Entrepreneurs, and Home Based Business. Baking toooo!! 1000s of unique gifts & décor items, all under 1 roof! There will be entertainment, door prizes and a yummy concession. Admission is FREE, however you are encouraged to bring a donation for the Food Bank. Hope to see you there! Join us on Facebook.

Silver Star Mountain Resort

From late June to early September, go with the flow in Silver Star’s renowned mountain bike park. Built with progression in mind, there’s a trail for all abilities. Ride a chairlift to the summit for a hike among fields of wildflowers; the views of the Monashee Mountains and the Okanagan Valley are simply spectacular.

December 6-7, 2013 and April 5-6, 2014 Rec. Centre Complex PO Box 3002 Silver Star, BC V1B 3M1 1-800-663-4431

Vernon Aquatic Centre

Take the plunge and get wet at the Vernon Aquatic Centre! Whether you want to get fit, play or just relax; this is the place to be. With a 25 metre, eight lane lap pool, a leisure pool, updated fitness gym, water slide, aqua climb wall, diving board, rope swing, hot tub, steam room and sauna all in a gorgeous Hawaiian theme; the Vernon Aquatic Centre has something for everyone! Visit us @ or call our schedule line at 250-550-POOL (7665).

Vernon Public Art Gallery

The Vernon Public Art Gallery presents exhibitions featuring emerging, midcareer and established artists working in a variety of media, including paintings, sculpture, video and installation art. VPAG is the largest public gallery in the North Okanagan and offers approximately 20 exhibitions per year for public viewing. Admission is by donation. The Gallery also includes an Art Rental Program and Gallery Shop filled with original art and hand-made gifts available for purchase. VPAG delivers educational and public programming which includes artist talks, film screenings, workshops and hands-on art activities for all ages.

3310-37th Avenue Vernon, BC V1T 2Y5 250-545-6035

Open Mon - Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat 11 am - 4 pm 3228 – 31st Avenue Vernon, BC V1T 2H3 250-545-3173


In winter 700cm of Okanagan Champagne Powder delights Nordic and Downhill sliders from around the world. Silver Star offers Canada’s first all-inclusive lift ticket and season pass. From skiing to snowboarding to cross country skiing to tubing to ice skating to snowshoeing, your full day lift ticket or pass includes it all. And then some.

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Place s to Eat

Fabulous food abounds at the many restaurants and eateries in Vernon. For a complete listing go to

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27 Street Grille

The 27 Street Grille located in the Village Green Hotel offers great food, generous portions and affordable prices. The relaxed atmosphere, Canadian-style cuisine and friendly staff make this the perfect place to enjoy breakfast, lunch, a snack or dinner from 6:30am to 9:00pm daily. Sunday Brunch: 9am-2pm and Daily Specials.

Auntie May’s Deep Dish Cafe

Fresh local food – from hearty soups and sandwiches to amazing desserts baked fresh at the farm bakery, you will find it hard to choose just one! Thirsty? Enjoy a specialty coffee or ice cold pure apple slush on our patio overlooking one of the best views in Vernon. Visit Auntie May’s, sit back, relax and enjoy!

Cattlemen’s Club Restaurant

The Cattlemen’s Club Restaurant located at the Historic O’Keefe Ranch is a rustic style ambience establishment nestled in the heart of the sunny Okanagan. Serving prime cuts of Alberta beef steaks, succulent slow roast ribs, fresh seafood, pasta and an array of classic appetizers and homemade desserts.

Downtown Vernon

Indulge in the enticing edibles that Historic Downtown Vernon has to offer! With more than 50 restaurants including unique cafés, world cuisine, specialty dining and casual restaurants, you’ll find you don’t have enough time to enjoy all the flavours Downtown Vernon has to offer.

Little Tex Restaurant

Little Tex has not changed one little thing over the past 23 years. It still is a little taste of a good thing! Enjoy its casual atmosphere and great menu designed with you in mind. We carry a Tex Mex - California fusion menu with health conscious people in mind.

4801 - 27th St, Vernon, BC V1T 4Z1 250-542-332 • 1-800-663-4433 3111 Davison Road (off Bella Vista Road), Vernon, BC V1H 1A2 • 250-549-3266 • 9380 Hwy 97N, Vernon, BC V1T 6M8 250-542-2178 •

Everything comes together at the intersection of Hwy 97 & 30th Avenue • 250-542-5851 • 3302-29th Street Vernon, BC V1T 5B2 250-558-1919


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From antiquing to specialty foods to great clothing stores, you’ll find it all in Vernon. We’ll tell you more at

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Davison Orchards Country Village

Enjoy the smell of fresh baked pies or bread from the bakery, taste samples of gourmet foods, relax on the patio, and browse the gift shop. Choose some of the freshest produce you will find anywhere, picked right from the surrounding orchards. Davison Orchards Country Village – A feast for all your senses!

Downtown Vernon

Historic Downtown Vernon boasts more than 150 independently owned specialty stores which make your shopping experience a distinctive adventure. Our friendly merchants offer fashion, gifts, jewellery, accessories, antiques, art, toys, candy, flowers, hardware and so much more.

Okanagan Spirits

Visit Okanagan Spirits in downtown Vernon and choose from a wide selection of award-winning spirits and liqueurs, as well as genuine absinthe, rye whisky, gin and vodka—all made from locally grown fruit. Enjoy a tour and tasting, then choose your favourites to take home. Open year round, Mon through Sat, 9am-5pm.

Vernon Farmers Market

Discover the diversity and uniqueness of the area at one of the very best Farmers’ Markets in the region. With over 200 local growers and artisans, we offer everything from fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood, crafts, art, gourmet foods, plants, flowers, gifts, and delicious baking. Buskers, live entertainment and children’s activities often add to the cheerful atmosphere. Lively chatter and friendly faces welcome residents and visitors alike. We’re surrounded by tons of free parking so bring the whole family to experience the vibrant colours, fresh flavours, aromatic smells, and fun sounds.

3111 – Davison Road (off Bella Vista Road), Vernon, BC V1H 1A2 • 250-549-3266 • Everything comes together at the intersection of Hwy 97 & 30th Avenue • 250-542-5851 • 2920 - 28th Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1V9 250-549-3120 • Mondays & Thursdays 8:00 am til 1:00pm Last week of April til the end of October Wesbild Centre Parking Lot, 3445 43rd Avenue 250-351-5188 Join us on Facebook.


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Come to enjoy the North Okanagan’s largest enclosed shopping centre

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Village Green Centre

4900-27th Street, Vernon, BC V1T 7G7 Monday to Friday 250-545-3204 Weekends and Holidays 250-542-0756

4900 27th Street, Vernon, BC

Hours: Monday-Wednesday & Saturdays 9:30am - 5:30pm Thursday & Friday 9:30am - 9pm Sundays & Most Holidays 11am - 5pm

For Every Day. For Everyone. Village Green Centre features over 68 stores and services in the North Okanagan’s only enclosed shopping centre. Whether you are looking for the season’s latest fashions, gifts for the family or looking for that must have item for your trip, Village Green Centre has something for everyone. Hungry? Get yummy and quick bites from our friendly food court or if you are looking for a sit down meal visit the all new Brown’s Social House at Village Green Centre. Lots of free parking and room for RV’s. Featuring: Target, BC Signature Liquor Store, Save-on Foods, The Bay, Sport Chek, Winners.

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Vernon BC's visitor guide.