BCBusiness in partnership with BCEDA and the City of Vernon

Diversity. Community. Livability

Downtown Vernon streetWelcome to Vernon and the sunny North Okanagan, where our casual lifestyle matched with spectacular outdoor recreation opportunities has led Vernon to become one of the most diversified communities in B.C. Serving a regional population of over 100,000, the community is surrounded by three lakes and is well known for its four distinct seasons that attract businesses and residents from across the globe.

As one of the fastest growing communities in B.C., Vernon is seeing strong employment growth in our professional services sector, the traditional resource sectors of forestry and agriculture, as well as the tourism, technology, manufacturing and service sectors.

Ongoing public investments ensure Vernon and the region is a desirable place to locate. Recent public investments include the acquisition of the Okanagan Rail Trail, a major hospital expansion, library, secondary school and a new ice arena. The City of Vernon has been investing in improved civic infrastructure, transit expansion, and trail connections to enhance livability.

Companies seeking to locate in Vernon have access to a highly skilled workforce. The University of B.C. Okanagan and Okanagan College campuses ensure employers have access to the best and brightest to help their business grow.

Vernon offers excellent transportation linkages be it road, rail for industrial users or passenger air service. The Kelowna International Airport is located 25 minutes from downtown Vernon and moves more than two million passengers a year. The airport offers many direct flights to destinations such as Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Victoria.

With a strong sense of community and beautiful Okanagan location, Vernon offers a great business climate and unmatched livability. We invite you to Activate Life in Vernon.

Contact: Kevin Poole, Manager of Economic Development and Tourism