Vernon city is located within the south-central region of BC. The city got its name from the previous BC MLA, Forbes George Vernon. He helped found the famed Coldstream Ranch. On December 30, year 1892, the City of Vernon was incorporated. In the area referred to as Greater Vernon, or the metropolitan region, the population is 55,418, while the City of Vernon has a population of 35,944. Individuals who live here are referred to as "Vernonites."
The city of Vernon is popular for its beaches and its lakes during the summer and its hockey and its skiing in wintertime. It is considered a year-round tourist place. Several people from Vancouver and Calgary rely on it as a weekend get-away. One of the major summer events that Vernon hosts is a huge Slo-Pitch tournament.
Predator Ridge Resort is among the few golf courses within the area. This resort is a 36-hole community and golf resort that is one of only 2 public courses within Western Canada to have been ranked by Score Magazine as one of the top twenty five golf courses within the last 8 years. Predator Ridge has proudly hosted the Skins Game two times. The first time was in 2000 and featured Sergio Garcia, Fred Couples, Phil Mickelson and Mike Weir. During 2008, the course held the event again and Colin Montgomerie, Mike Weir, Camilo Villegas, Greg Norman and Fred Couples graced the course. A new Fred Couples Signature course is presently open. It is known as "The Rise" and it showcases unsurpassed views of the city of Vernon itself combined with views of the Okanagan Lake.
Skiing is among the most popular winter sports within the city of Vernon. There are two major ski spots there. They are Sovereign Lake Nordic Club and Silverstar Mountain Resort. Silver Star is identified as among the top ski resorts within North America. It has a big cross-country skiing area that hosted a 1991 FIS Cross-Country World Cup event. Sovereign Lake is known for over 50 km of skiing terrain. It is considered a premier cross-country skiing site. As the host of a 2005 FIS Cross-Country World Cup event, this Nordic Club gained international exposure.
A different popular sport within the regions is curling, with the local Vernon Curling Club hosting a lot of curlers and events frequently. In the past, the city has hosted various major national curling events consisting of the 1979 Canadian Senior Women's Curling Championship and the 1992 Canadian Junior Curling Championships. In the year 2004, the Canadian Senior Curling Championships was likewise held. In 2008, the first worldwide event was the Ford Women's Curling Championship which was held at the Vernon Multiplex.
Tennis is also very popular in Vernon city. There are a lot of picturesque courts with amazing views. The Vernon Tennis Association was established in October 2008. Its focus was to bring together all tennis players of various skill levels within the Vernon area to be able to provide both competitive and social programs that were not being presently provided to player. Now, the VTA operates programs 15 hours a week in association with Greater Vernon Parks, Recreation and Culture.
Kalamalka Beach is one of the most popular near Vernon. There is a huge pier situated there that was built by a local service club. It is used for sunbathing, jumping and diving. During nighttimes, beach volleyball is a popular event. Kin Beach and Paddle Wheel Park found on Okanagan Lake are amongst the most popular of the twenty or so larger beaches situated in the area. It is possible to find your own private beach haven or real estate if you feel the larger beaches are too crowded. There are various pieces of beach real estate available. If anyone searches hard enough, they could possibly find their own private accessible beach and maybe even their own private lake. The possibilities in the area are limitless.