Here's why Vernon is the ultimate spring weekend getaway

Jan 29 2019, 6:25 pm

We’re already a month into 2019 — how did that happen? By now you’re settled back into your routine at work and the holidays feel like a distant memory (sigh). But spring is on the horizon and that means one thing – a vacation.

There’s an incredibly charming small town in BC calling your name, and it’s the ideal place to spend a weekend at the end of winter or the start of spring. Less than five hours’ drive from Vancouver lies Vernon, one of the only towns in the province with a quaint vibe and world-class amenities.

If you’re looking to take an affordable (but quality) vacation,  this is where you’ll want to be. Here’s a look at everything waiting for you in Vernon this season.

SilverStar Mountain Resort

 

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Escape the city for the true winter wonderland setting of SilverStar Mountain Resort. Home to BC’s third largest ski area, the resort offers ski-in, ski-out access to over 3,282 ski-able acres. One of the best things about SilverStar is the fact that it’s beautifully uncrowded which means you won’t be wasting precious time in lineups.

Pro tip: Make the most of Canada’s first all-inclusive, affordable lift ticket at SilverStar.

Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre

 

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Not a fan of speeding down the mountainside on a snowboard? No problem. Try Nordic skiing on the pristine, groomed trails at Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre. Immerse yourself in the sub-alpine environment with dry snowfall as you explore the vast terrain.

Snowshoeing here is also totally worth your time with narrow trails through a vibrant forest landscape. Both SilverStar and Sovereign Lake are located on the same mountain, a short 25-minute drive from downtown Vernon.

Vernon’s historic downtown core

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Downtown Vernon boasts a vibrant community filled with arts, culture, local shops, restaurants, and more. Visit the many Vernon heritage sites to uncover more about the city. And check out the must-see murals that adorn the city’s downtown buildings, depicting the history and folklore that make Vernon what it is today.

Exploring the city by bicycle is a great option as you can visit spots of interest at your own pace. Besides, you can stop off for coffee at Ratio Coffee and Pastry, too!

Sparkling Hill Resort 

 

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You can only be the best version of yourself when you take time out to focus on you. And that includes a visit to Sparkling Hill Resort when in Vernon. The world-class health and wellness retreat is a modern oasis and one of the premier destination resort spas in the world.

Book a mountain or lake view room and soak up the bliss before a massage, followed by a farm-to-table meal at the restaurant on site. Let’s not forget about the stunning walks and hikes in the area which showcase the beauty of the Okanagan. Bonus point: You can drive to the downtown core in 15 minutes from the resort.

Predator Ridge Resort

 

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Predator Ridge Resort has something for all the family to enjoy year-round. It’s the perfect basecamp from which to discover the riches of the Okanagan. Visit one of the eight award-winning wineries located just 15 km away from the resort on the famous Scenic Sip wine route.

You’ll find plenty of fitness amenities at the resort, cooking classes, as well as the Range Lounge and Grill, and Pallino’s Italian Bistro where you’ll find moreish Italian lunch dishes. Check out the accommodation options you can choose from, including private cottages, here.