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Overview of Vernon, British Columbia, Canada

Vernon , British Columbia is nestled between Okanagan Lake and Kalamalka Lake. Vernon is known for its lakes and beaches in the summer, and skiing and hockey in the winter. The city is the oldest community in British Columbia's interior.

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  • Population: 33 494 (2001)
  • Area: 77.92/km²
  • Population Density: 429.9/km²
  • Latitude: 50°15?56?N
  • Longitude: 119°16?26?W
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Elevation: 381 msl
  • Time Zone: Pacific
  • Language: English
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History of Vernon, British Columbia

In the early 1900's, Vernon was recognized as the economic hub of the Okanagan. This period of growth and development came to an end in 1913, when an economic depression slowed the movement of capital for land development. The establishment of the military camp in Vernon in 1913 and the growing food packaging industry softened the economic blow. During both World Wars, Vernon was an important training ground for Canadian Troops. Internment camps were also located in Vernon during the World Wars; in World War I for Ukrainian Canadians and in World War II for people of Japanese decent mostly from Vancouver.

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Vernon's Demographics

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Vernon's Climate

The Vernon climate is generally mild and dry.

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Education in Vernon, British Columbia

School District #22 serves the city of Vernon. In Vernon there are both elementary and secondary schools. For those children too young to enter the school system, Vernon also has preschools to start the kids learning. Okanagan College also has a campus in Vernon.

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Transportation around Vernon, British Columbia

Vernon Regional Transit System is operated by BC Transit and has public bus transit system within the city of Vernon and District of Coldstream. And operates Monday through to Saturday.

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Tourism and Attractions of Vernon

Vernon has many attractions and recreational activities. Visit the Allan Brooks Nature Centre, Atlantis Waterslide Park or take a sight seeing boat cruise on the Spirit of the Okanagan on Okanagan Lake, take a ghost tour with the Ghost Tours of Vernon, visit the Okanagan Science Centre or stay at the Silver Star Mountain Resort. There is also a public art gallery and museum for those rainy days.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Vernon
  • Armstrong
  • Spallumcheen
  • Lavington
  • Lumby
  • Coldstream
  • Killarney Beach
  • Suswap Falls
  • Cherryville
  • Ewing
  • O'Keefe
  • Glenemma
  • Sweetsbridge

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Geography of Vernon, British Columbia

Greater Vernon is in the Okanagan Valley and centrally located northeast of Vancouver, and west of Calgary, Alberta.

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Vernon's Government

The City of Vernon is governed by the Municipal Council, which is comprised of Mayor and six Council members.

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Vernon's Economy and Industry

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Vernon's Culture and Significant Events

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Sports in Vernon, British Columbia

Along with area ski hills Vernon also has various sports teams, including the Vernon Greater Minor Hockey Association.

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Media of Vernon

The Daily Courier is a local newspaper in Vernon that is published daily and keeps residents of the area up to date on local and world news. The city also has a couple of FM radio stations that broadcast out of Vernon.

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