Welcome 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 BC. Serving a regional population of over 100,000, the community is surrounded by three lakes and is well known for its hot summers and mild winters, which have attracted businesses and residents from across the globe.
As one of the fastest growing communities in BC, 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 are desirable places 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 BC 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 they road, rail for industrial users or passenger air service. The Kelowna International Airport is located 25 minutes from downtown Vernon and moves over 2 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.
For more information contact: Kevin Poole, Manager of Economic Development and Tourism,
City of Vernon | P: 250-550-3249