Best Long Weekend Spots: Vernon, B.C.
Just 45 minutes from Kelowna Airport, four hours from Vancouver and 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 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. Top agritourism attractions include honey experts Planet Bee and working farm Davison Orchards.
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