Vernon is proud of its heritage, as can be seen in the twenty-seven colourful murals that depict the region’s history, culture and stunning scenery; this makes it one of the largest public art displays in Canada! In addition, Vernon’s rolling grassland hills, jutting mountains and pristine lakes paint a glorious real-life vista!
The summer months in Vernon’s downtown offer free live concerts and colourful markets. Year-round you can also browse around one hundred and fifty independently owned specialty stores. The Bead Trails will introduce you to The BX Press Cidery
& Orchard tasting room, and Western Canada's oldest craft distillery, Okanagan Spirits
Pop back to the late 1800’s and take a stroll around the opulent O’Keefe Mansion
; admire the horse-drawn buggies, visit the historic school house, explore the museum and try not to get lost in the intricate corn mazes! Ask for the story behind their bead.
Capture the essence of days gone by and tour the 1910 country mansion, Mackie Lake House. Attend a concert or partake in afternoon tea.
If you dare - take a downtown walking ghost tour with Mr. Gabriel David Sumegi Newman the 2nd
. Advertised as also being suitable for children.
Witness the beauty and power of raptors at the scenic Allen Brooks Nature Centre
. Visit the interpretive Nature Centre for a hands-on learning experience. Wander the Naturescape Garden or head out to ‘Marmot City’. Can you guess what the Allen Brooks signature bead is?
Discover the sweet secrets of a working bee farm; witness the mysterious dance of the bees and taste a delicious variety of honeys and meads at Planet Bee
. A fascinating experience for the whole family, and the opportunity to add a busy little bead to your bracelet.
At Davison Orchard Country Village
you can visit with goats, rabbits, and other friendly animals. Relax in the shade as the children have some old-fashioned fun sitting on tractors, climbing, sliding, or digging in the sand box. Take a fun ride out to the orchards, see the fruit growing and then head to the café patio and taste it in a pie! Another fun bead for your collection!
Zip, play or free-fall; trek above the forest or practice your take-offs and landings at the thrilling Oyama Zipline Adventure Park.
A part of the Kelowna/Lake County Bead Trails, the adventure park is just a hop, skip and bungee jump from Vernon.
The prestigious Silver Star Mountain Resort caters to your need for speed in winter and summer; in the winter the four distinct mountain faces provide all levels of fun from learner to adventurer; from June to September the mountain transforms into one of Canada’s largest downhill and cross-country bike parks.
Discover the natural beauty of the area on hiking and biking trails; you may even come across an abandoned cabin or two. Walk beside an ancient lava flow or dip your toes into a waterfall pool.
Take a hike above Kalamalka Lake and see why it’s called the lake of many colours. Explore over twenty beaches on the area’s three lakes and decide whether you want to get-fit on the water or relax on a tree-lined shore.
February brings the winter Mardi Gras which features a chilly snow sculpture contest, a hot-air balloon race and a cool Blues Fest.
Claim a stake and experience gold fever as you take part in the annual Gold Panning Championships in nearby Enderby each may long-weekend.
Hold on to your hat and feel the thrills and spills of one of Canada’s oldest and beloved rodeos at the Falkland Stampede in May
There’s much more to know about Vernon so do ask at the Vernon Visitor Information Centre, which of course, is also on the Bead Trails!
Enjoy the Trails - every bead has a story!