Greater Vernon is located between three lakes; Kalamalka, Okanagan and Swan and surrounded by world class mountain bike trails and is home to destination resorts including Predator Ridge and Sparkling Hill. It’s an outdoor athlete’s paradise where you can ski, mountain bike and SUP all in a day – and then enjoy one of the many cafe’s or restaurants in the heart of the North Okanagan.
If you’re into skiing or snowboarding, Silver Star Mountain Resort is the place to be and it transforms itself into one of Canada’s top mountain bike destinations in the summer months.
For Stand Up Paddling, Vernon is one the top destinations in BC. The region serves up a number of warm water lakes all within a short drive and of course the Shuswap River system that offers meandering afternoon paddles, fast moving current and even rapids and whitewater action.
Be sure to check out Tourism Vernon to find out what to do and where go. From great restaurants, cozy cafe’s, to the vibrant art scene, Vernon has it all. In the meantime, Here’s a short list of things to do and places to stay.
Places to Stay and Play:
Silver Star Mountain Resort – Mountain Bike Park, Ski and Boarding in the Winter
Predator Ridge Resort – Enjoy one of North America’s Top courses and resort
Sparkling Hill Spa Wellness Resort – How about a four-hand massage? World Renowned crystal architecture
Accommodations nearest to the shop:
Dutch’s Campground – 3 minute walk to the shop/beach
Tiki Village Motel: A taste of Polynesia/5 min. drive to Kal Beach
Vernon Atrium and Conference Centre: Indoor Pool and courtyard. Great place to stay with the kids
Kekuli Bay Campground – 10 minute drive on Hwy 97
Gatzke’s Farm Market – 20 minutes from the shop between Kalamalka and Wood lake
Stand Up Paddle Links:
Okanagan Stand Up Paddlesurf – News, features, reviews and locations for SUP
Paddlesurf Canada – Great place to find out all things SUP in Canada including links, info and locations
Paddle for the Planet – Bob Purdy’s year-long mission to raise money & awareness for the environment
Stand Up 4 Great Bear – Norm Hann’s efforts to protect the waterways of the Great Bear Rainforest
Things to Do in and around Greater Vernon Area:
Oyama Zip Line – At the South End of Kalamalka Lake
Okanagan Sky Dive – Skydiving Adventures
Davisons Orchard – Farm fun for the whole family
Bishop’s Bird Sanctuary – East side of Lake at North end
Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park – East side of the North end of lake
Canada's largest (& Funnest) Standup Paddleboard Festival
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