What to do when you visit Vernon?


Here are some suggestions to help you plan your time in our community:
Visitors and locals alike love how small-city charm comes together with world class amenities and signature Okanagan experiences in this thriving community. Vernon’s winter story is one of champagne powder, unforgettable vistas, warm and welcoming spaces, active living, and vibrant culture and history.

Vernon’s history begins with the Interior Salish First Nation. The Okanagan Rail Trail is a great opportunity take a walk and learn about the Syilx (Okanagan) people and their traditional territory. Check out the Rail Trail’s website. It’s a great outdoor activity that’s open year round and it is wheelchair accessible!

If you are going to be up on Silver Star mountain, there's always skiing! Downhill and cross-country skiing are two of the best ways to enjoy our winter wonderland. If you head into the woods, You can Cross country ski on more than 100 km (62 mi) of cross country trails at Sovereign Lake and SilverStar Mountain Resort.

Prefer snowshoeing? The trail system at Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre is perfect for novices and experts. Need snowshoes? Not to worry - you can rent then at Sun Country Cycle and Stussi Sport.

It’s fat biking season! Fat bikes are mountain bikes that are made for riding in the snow. Getting their name from the wide tires, fat bikes are simply mountain bikes made for riding in the snow. You can rent fat bikes at SilverStar Mountain ResortSun Country Cycle, Stussi Sport, and Vernon's other bike shops and show some sporty love!

Enjoying winter sports for people with disabilities
Not many sports are so closely connected to nature as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing – experiencing the natural beauty is one of the greatest benefits of the sport, and can have an invigorating effect on the body, mind, and spirit. A variety of emerging accessible avenues for people living with disabilities makes recreational or competitive winter sports pursuits an option for more of the community.

Sovereign Lake
Sovereign Lake Nordic Club is proud to share an ongoing partnership with  to offer adaptive cross-country skiing and snowshoeing options on our trails. Sovereign Lake Nordic Club is equipped with accessible parking, washrooms, and access to adaptive equipment to help more people experience our sport. For more information about how access the facilities as a disabled skier with your own equipment, please call or email Sovereign Lake at:  250-558-3036

The SilverStar adaptive program makes snow sports accessible to everyone, regardless of their physical or cognitive challenges and are for guests of all ages.

Silver Star Adaptive Snow Sports (SSASS) is a volunteer-run registered charitable society located at SilverStar Mountain Resort (SSMR). SSASS offers alpine skiing and snowboarding lessons to children and adults with diverse physical, cognitive, and behavioral learning needs who are not able to participate in regular SnowSport School lessons.

Contact or Visit our office in the lower level of the National Altitude Training Centre in the village

Email info@ssass.bc.ca       Phone (+1) 250 260 3737

SSASS operates under the Canadian Adaptive SnowSports (CADS) and BC Adaptive SnowSports (BCAS) umbrella.

Community Links

Tourism Vernon welcomes all BC Games participants, family, and friends to our community and invites you to #ExploreVernon.

For more great things to see and do, where to stay, and much more, check out Tourism Vernon’s Events Calendar, or give them a call at the the Vernon Visitor Services.

BC Games Society - 200 - 990 Fort Street, Victoria, BC V8V 3K2