The City of Vernon has a population of 35,944 (2006), while its metropolitan region, Greater Vernon, has a population of 55,418 (2006). With this population, Vernon is the largest city in the North Okanagan Regional District. A resident of Vernon is called a "Vernonite".
In 2005, on an episode of The Early Show, Vernon was ranked as one of the top six most desirable communities to retire to in North America by Consumer Reports.
Each winter, Vernon plays host to the Vernon Winter Carnival. First held in 1961, it is now Western Canada's largest, and North America's second largest Winter Carnival.
Also, in summer, there is the Sunshine festival, held on the main street.
Vernon is also home to a state of the art performing arts centre, The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.
Vernon is known for its lakes and beaches in the summer, and skiing and hockey in the winter. It is therefore a year-round tourist destination and weekend get-away for people from Vancouver and Calgary. During the summer Vernon hosts a large SloPitch tournament (Funtastic).
The Vernon area is home to several golf courses. Among these is the prestigious Predator Ridge Golf Resort, a 27-hole golf resort and community.
Village Green Dining in Vernon, is well known for serving generous portions and good cuisine in a relaxed family atmosphere, or sample something from the pub menu while watching your favourite game on one of the numerous TV's.READ MORE
Opal Resources Canada Inc has a cutting shop in Vernon where we conduct the mining, cutting and setting of our opal gemstones, with our gift shop being the primary distributor of Canadian precious opal products.READ MORE
The Prestige Hotel and Conference Centre in Vernon is an elegant 4.5 star full service hotel offering luxurious accommodations and superior service for the discerning business or leisure traveller. Discover the wonderful combination of relaxation and revitalization at our swim and fitness centre.READ MORE
Best Western Lodge Dining in Vernon provides a smoke free environment so that you can enjoy great food and good times while watching the big game on one of the many televisions placed for your convenience.READ MORE
Strand Lakeside Resort in Vernon, understands how important your pets are to you, and that they are often included in your vacation plans, so we?ve set aside a limited number of suites as pet friendly.READ MORE
On any visit to Davison Orchards in Vernon, there is always a lot to sample and taste, such as cherries, melons, and over 20 varieties of delicious apples. One taste of any of our produce will solidify why buying local from us makes sense.READ MORE
Don?t waste time searching for paradise in Vernon, just go to Harbour Lights Bed and Breakfast and feel it. This bed and breakfast is a bit of heaven with wonderful hospitality and panoramic lake and mountain view from all rooms thrown in.READ MORE
Step into the tranquil environment of Essential Elements Day Spa in Vernon, and your body will immediately start to unwind as you capture the scents or admire the attention to detail given throughout our spa. READ MORE
Pets owners have peace of mind about boarding their pets at Hy Country Kennels, as they know their pets are being well taken care of by the Hy Country staff, who are always friendly and very accommodating. Hy Country Kennels is definitely a home-away-from home for your pet.READ MORE
Lakeside Illahee Inn rises regally from the shores of beautiful Lake Kalamalka in Vernon, and is dedicated to providing exceptional quality accommodations, in a lakeshore retreat, and offering vacation and business travellers the best in western hospitality.READ MORE
For a truly urban renewal, let Just for You Spa and Salon in Vernon take you back in time with mother nature's stone therapy. Warm stones with essential additives are placed over your body, while others are used to massage and penetrate heat to your body, mind and soul.READ MORE
Vernon Yacht Club in Vernon has always benefited from a dedicated group of volunteers who donate their time and energy to not only keep the business at hand running smoothly, but also plan for the future.READ MORE
At Allan Brooks Nature Centre in Vernon, we are committed to promoting the enjoyment of nature and increasing awareness of habitat conservation through environmental education and nature-related activities in the North Okanagan region.READ MORE
Looking for a gift with a difference for that special person in your life? Why not give a gift certificate, treating this special someone to a unique salon and spa experience Seasons Salon and Spa in Vernon.READ MORE
Paraglide Canada in Vernon is located in the Okanagan Valley, featuring some of the best terrain, and with the most consistent weather conditions for paragliding. So, while having a great vacation, why not learn to fly at the same time.READ MORE
Plant Bee Honey Farm and Gift Shop in Vernon is open all year and visitors to the farm can still observe the bees in their glass hives during winter, however summer is the best season for observing the bees at work.READ MORE