Vernon - British Columbia

Vernon is the northern gateway to the Okanagan Valley. The region provides year round fun and entertainment with its water sports, wineries, festivals, orchards and close proximity to ski mountains.

As the oldest city in the Okanagan, Vernon is a cultural centre for the region and with lakes on three sides and surrounded by farms it is also one of the most picturesque in the province.

Vernon is 35 minutes north of Kelowna International Airport, 6 hours from Calgary and 5 hours from Vancouver.

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  • Allan Brooks Nature Centre
    Located just 5 minutes from downtown Vernon, with its spectacular views of Greater Vernon and the 3 surrounding lakes, it is a great place to experience the diverse nature of the North Okanagan – A very popular attraction for bird & outdoor enthusiasts. Take a leisurely tour along the grasslands trail to learn more about the local wildlife and plant life and explore the wonders of the Discovery room with hands-on nature exhibits, and other fun and educational activities.
  • Atlantis Waterslides Park
    Ready to make a BIG splash! Atlantis Waterslides has something for everyone! Atlantis Waterslide Park offers 10 slides to choose from including two kiddie slides and the very popular "River Riot" Tube Slide, sure to thrill sliders of all ages.
  • Historic O’Keefe Ranch
    The Historic O'Keefe Ranch has been designated as a B.C. Heritage Site, serving as an important tourist attraction in the Okanagan Valley. Here you will discover some of the oldest remaining structures in the Vernon area, all carefully preserved or restored, as well as a fine collection of vintage farm machinery. Enjoy the huge model railway display and visit with the many rare breed farm animals.
  • Okanagan Science Centre
    For those with curious minds and a yen for learning, the Okanagan Science Centre will pique your interest. Here you can view optical illusions, discover energy, or explore the myths and legends surrounding the constellations in a "mini-planetarium"!
  • Mackie Lake House Foundation
    Mackie Lake House is nestled on the edge of Kalamalka Lake in Coldstream, British Columbia. Mackie Lake House presents a unique situation where, through private philanthropy, a significant heritage house and property have been preserved. Upon the death of Patrick F. Mackie the house and property were bequeathed to the Mackie Lake House Foundation. The house was designed in high-style Arts and Crafts architecture with a unique eastern Canadian influence.
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