the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort.
“The state of being healthy, in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort.”
Except that, if it’s wellness (in both body and mind) you’re seeking, you will find it in Vernon – with very little effort at all!
Our city offers a multitude of wellness experiences, both in nature and in the city itself, guaranteed to activate wellbeing in body, mind and soul. Whether your zen, happiness and well-being thrives on connecting with nature or on an urban spa experience, is dependent on good food and mood or high level outdoors activities, we have just the well-rounded wellness experience for you. Read on to activate zen – in whatever form that may take.
For Angeline Chew, Tourism Manager for Vernon, wellness takes the form of “a SUP (stand up paddleboard) after work. Not only does that have the obvious physical health benefits, but it gives me moment to ‘stop’, time to connect with the cool lake water, warm sunshine on my face, and the beauty of my surroundings. An hour or so to be quiet has enormous restorative power; it puts me back into a peaceful state, in both body and mind,” reveals Angeline.
It is that combination of physical and mental well-being which Vernon’s many wellness experiences do so well. Not only does Vernon have renowned outdoors activities (think watersports on one of three lakes; hiking and biking in Kalamalka Lake Park; golf at one of our many golf courses; snow sports at SilverStar Mountain Resort and Sovereign Lake) allowing you to connect with nature no matter what the season, the plethora and depth of those activities ranges from beginner to professional level.
What’s more, none of these activities are stressful to access – many are found, quite literally, on your back doorstep. But it’s not only the ease of connecting with nature which has wellness experts and seekers so enamoured with the experiences to be found in Vernon. We have drop in yoga venues and urban spa experiences to rival any to be found in the big city; Okanagan Float offers the ultimate in stress-relief; yoga retreats at Predator Ridge will leave you feeling light and free for weeks after; and then, of course, there’s the Sparkling Hill Resort KurSpa experience – which includes access to homeopathic, naturopathic, psychological and kinesiological services as well as other medical professionals… undoubtedly a wellness experience in a league of its own.
“Vernon successfully blends health and wellness activities you can do on your own – such as physical activity in the great outdoors, with all the associated benefits for both body and mind – with wellness on a deeper level: practices and services like those to be found at Sparkling Hill Resort and beyond,” says Angeline Chew. “Taking that even one level deeper, we are also known as an agricultural hub – our local produce is second to none, which means what you put in your body, what you feed body and soul with here, is fresh and healthy. It’s a totality of wellness which you will find hard to replicate anywhere else.”
Welcome to the well-rounded Vernon wellness experience. Better than any visit to the doctor.
Photo Credit: Andrew Strain / Destination BC