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Ultimate Canadian Long-Weekend Vacations (1/5)

Looking for the perfect place to spend a summer long weekend? These Canadian destinations are surefire hits.

Vernon, B.C.Photo: Roshan_NG/ShutterStock

Vernon, B.C.

Just 45 minutes from Kelowna airport, 4 1/2 hours from Vancouver or six hours from Calgary, this North Okanagan gem nestled between Swan, Kalamalka and Okanagan lakes offers something for everyone.

Nature lovers and adventurers are spoiled for choice. Beaches on both lakes range from accessible to off-the-beaten path, depending on your needs. Families will appreciate Kin Beach on Okanagan Lake for its wide sandy shore, large playground and picnic tables all located close to parking, while the Cosens Bay and Juniper Bay beaches within Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park (shown here) require more of a walk. Hikers and mountain bikers can explore the trails in Ellison Provincial Park or head up to Silver Star Mountain Resort for lift-accessed options.

Food and drink lovers, too, will have plenty to keep them busy. Vernon is home to multiple wineries as well as craft distillery Okanagan Spirits and cidery The BX Press, while top agritourism attractions include honey experts Planet Bee and working farm Davison Orchards.

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