Relocating to Vernon, BC and the North Okanagan Area
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Located in the north of the beautiful Okanagan Valley, Vernon is a vibrant city as evidenced in the downtown murals depicting its history.
The outdoor recreational opportunities in the North Okanagan are endless. With 1,903 hours of sunshine annually, locals and visitors enjoy some of the finest lakes in the world, from 135 km long Okanagan Lake, famous for the Ogopogo, to Kalamalka Lake with its breathtaking indigo colour derived from suspended calcite in the water column. Enjoy golfing at a world class course and finish the day with a fine wine from an award winning winery.
SilverStar Mountain Resort, just 25 minutes from downtown has runs to suit every skill level from the beginner to the adrenalin junkie. Voted the number one Nordic Destination by the US National Ski Team in Forbes Travel Magazine, the mountain continues to cater to the many international visitors lured by the friendly atmosphere and dry powder.
Locals are used to a relaxed lifestyle with an average commute of just 4.4 kilometres and a revitalized downtown within easy walking distance for many. The proximity to Kelowna International Airport with daily service to the oil patch means Vernon has become a viable option for those willing to work in the North while their family lives here.
There are currently over 40,000 “Vernonites” and a regional population of 83,000, including the towns of Coldstream, Lavington, Lumby, Armstrong and Enderby. This number is projected to grow by 22.8% by 2030. With new facilities being built to enhance the rich, social fabric and wonderful, educational opportunities for our youth, it is easy to see why Vernon and the surrounding areas have a bright future.
Vernon, BC Communities and Surrounding Area
Downtown – Vernon, BC
The downtown core of Vernon is a housing mix of one level strata, multi – story condos and detached homes on smaller lots. Many strata complexes targeting seniors are situated in the downtown area with centres such as the Recreation Centre, Performing Arts and the Schubert Seniors Centre being very popular. A younger crowd is also moving in, attracted by affordable, older homes and the benefits of a revitalized downtown and business district.
Adventure Bay – Vernon, BC
Magnificent, unparalleled lake views define the Adventure Bay area including Canadian Lakeview. An area of higher end homes with private beach access, boat launch and hiking trails situated in a natural setting provides a highly desirable lifestyle.
Alexis Park – Vernon, BC
With a convenient location within easy walking distance to downtown, elementary school, amenities and ease of access to transit, this neighborhood offers very affordable housing options from older detached homes interspersed with duplex and strata properties.
The Armstrong City motto, “Heart of Country” says it all. This small farming town has experienced a resurgence in recent years as out of town buyers discover the tranquility of the rural lifestyle and the convenience of having Vernon just fifteen minutes south. Famous for hosting the largest provincial exhibition in the interior, the IPE, Armstrong has repeatedly shown the small town, country welcome that return visitors have come to appreciate. Older character homes in established neighborhoods interspersed with newer subdivisions and larger acreage farms on the periphery, Armstrong offers good value and lifestyle for the home buyer.
Blue Jay – Vernon, BC
This desirable neighbourhood is located to the north of Vernon overlooking Swan Lake with views across rolling farmland to the city lights beyond. Residents are attracted to the peaceful pastoral setting and the space offered by the traditional, larger residential lot. Predominantly family homes from the 1970’s that have been well maintained with attractive yards.
Bella Vista – Vernon, BC
Bella Vista experiences the charm of orchards, vineyards and lake influence, yet still conveniently located close to downtown. Home to The Rise golf course with high end executive homes and established neighborhoods with a mix of detached homes and strata, Bella Vista offers many housing options.
BX (North/South) – Vernon, BC
This area derives its name from the Barnard Express stagecoach line that serviced the Cariboo. The company established a 6000 acre horse ranch in the area which contributed to the founding of Vernon. The area today is a pastoral mix of orchards, residential homes and larger acreages, perfect for hobby farms. Popular with people who desire the space and peacefulness of rural living yet still being close to Vernon shopping.
Coldstream – Vernon, BC
The District of Coldstream is situated to the south of Vernon with world famous Kalamalka Lake as the focal point of the community. Established neighborhoods of older homes with tree lined streets within easy walking distance to excellent schools attract many younger families. Stunning Kalamalka Provincial Park is popular with outdoor enthusiasts. Housing includes amazing waterfront estates, older family homes and farms on the periphery.
Commonage – Vernon, BC
Located on the ridge between Okanagan Lake and Kal Lake, the Commonage offers larger properties on rolling hills and open grassland. Predator Ridge Golf Resort and Sparkling Hill Resort are a short jaunt away.
The pleasant City of Enderby is situated on the banks of the Shuswap River, thirty three kilometres north of Vernon and lays claim to being the gateway to the Okanagan. With a mix of detached homes and strata properties, many people are attracted to the slower pace, affordable housing and easy access to Salmon Arm and the Shuswap.
For those looking to get away from it all and maybe even own some acreage without the price tag of the Okanagan, look no further than Falkland. Situated forty four kilometres from Vernon on the highway to Kamloops, this small community is home to the largest Canadian flag in Western Canada and the Falkland Stampede Rodeo. Housing is incredibly affordable and the region offers endless outdoor recreational opportunities.
Foothills – Vernon, BC
A neighborhood of newer homes at the base of Silver Star, this subdivision enjoys panoramic views of the city and Kalamalka and Okanagan Lake views in most locations. Residents are attracted to the proximity to Silver Star Ski Resort, wonderful elementary school nearby and being a short drive down the hill into Vernon. An added bonus is the additional sunny days in the winter above the cloud in the valley bottom.
Harwood – Vernon, BC
Located north of downtown Vernon and delineated from East Hill by Pleasant Valley Rd, this affordable neighborhood has risen in popularity in recent years with the addition of a major shopping district and a creek side walking trail. Multiple housing options exist with town homes, detached homes and manufactured homes available. The area is anchored by two schools, Seaton Secondary High which offers French Immersion and Harwood Elementary, both within easy walking distance.
East Hill – Vernon, BC
From Vernon’s early beginnings, this coveted neighborhood with its elevated position above the town, attracted the gentry and business owners of the day. This is reflected in the many beautiful character homes existing today. The shaded, tree lined streets offer relief from the summer heat and the convenience of an easy walk to the numerous coffee houses and galleries in downtown Vernon are an added bonus. A wonderful place to raise children with many parks, a nationally recognized music school, public wading pool for the youngsters, a popular French Immersion elementary school within walking distance and the newest high school in the area. If walk ability and a strong sense of neighborhood is important to you, then this is the ideal locale for your family.
Lake Country, BC
Lake Country is a vibrant and fast growing municipality a mere twenty minute drive south of Vernon and twenty five minutes north of Kelowna. Comprised of four neighbourhoods, Winfield, Oyama, Carr’s Landing, and Okanagan Centre with a common theme of stunning lakes, wineries, world class golf courses and orchards that influence the lifestyle of each community. The proximity to Kelowna International Airport and the University of British Columbia Okanagan, plus easy access to the Okanagan Rail Trail, make this area a great hub for the ultimate lifestyle.
Lumby Village is the gateway to beautiful Mabel Lake and countless mountain fishing lakes, making this the perfect outdoor enthusiast’s playground. Located just twenty five minutes east of Vernon, many Lumby residents choose to work in Vernon but live in this small hamlet. With its own elementary and high school within easy walking distance and a pleasant downtown, Lumby has a charm all of its own. Housing priced significantly lower than the larger centre of Vernon, make this an affordable option for first time home buyer and retiree.
Mission Hill – Vernon, BC
The Mission Hill neighborhood varies as it expands west along the southern slope of the hill towards Okanagan Lake. Close to HWY 97 is zoned multi family with very affordable options. Moving further west the homes are larger and rise in value as Okanagan Lake influence becomes apparent. Convenient to schools, churches and amenities makes this one of Vernon’s original communities attractive to so many.
Okanagan Landing – Vernon, BC
Situated on the banks of Okanagan Lake is the historic Okanagan Landing area. Once, the southern terminus for the railway and a departure point for paddle steamers servicing the communities down the lake, today this neighborhood has a charm that is unique. With many tree lined streets, residents enjoy lakeshore parks, community hall, yacht club and the only waterfront pub and marina in Vernon.
Predator Ridge, BC
Stunning Predator Ridge golf course establishes this as the premiere golf influenced community in the North Okanagan. Built by award winning Wesbuild Homes, this community has a range of quality housing options including condos, multi-family, and executive homes. Beautiful vistas overlooking the fairways and greens are available from most homes. Kilometers of hiking trails are at your doorstep and the deluxe Sparkling Hill Resort Spa attract those pursuing an active and healthful lifestyle.
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Silver Star, BC
Champagne powder and varied terrain attract every kind of skier to BC’s third largest ski area. The colourful mid-mountain village offers true ski-in, ski-out access to the slopes, and Canada’s first all-inclusive lift ticket provides affordable, family-friendly fun for guests. With four distinct mountain faces and 132 runs, the progressive terrain is perfect for learning. For the more adventurous, the backside of the mountain is an uncrowded paradise of over 1,900 acres of steep and deep, black and double black diamond runs.
Stepping Stones – Vernon, BC
Elevated on the bench land between Swan and Okanagan Lakes, this rural neighborhood overlooks farmland north towards Armstrong. Estate acreage lots from one to five acres are common with the bonus of a reliable municipal water supply. It really does feel away from the hustle of the city yet just fifteen minutes drive into downtown Vernon.
If you are seeking peace in a tranquil setting, then this is the neighborhood for you. This unique enclave of stunning lake view homes on spacious, manicured lots is nestled in the forest high above Okanagan Lake. Close proximity to hiking and biking trails and beautiful Ellison Provincial Park, yet only fifteen minutes into town.
Located on the sunny western hills of North Vernon, Swan Lake offers sweeping, panoramic views of the valley. With its many farms and orchards, Swan Lake offers a mix of rural living with convenient access to Vernon’s amenities.
A region located on the west side of Okanagan Lake approximately thirty five minutes from Vernon, Westside is comprised of many small communities. From the elevated locale of West shore Estates with panoramic lake views, to manufactured home parks and homes on leased land, there are many housing options. In general, these communities are perfect for those willing to make the drive or retirees looking for a premiere lifestyle on a modest budget.