Vernon & Whitehorse: Two Unique Summer Experiences

More and more people are looking for new summer vacation experiences. This year, set your sights on Vernon, BC and Whitehorse, YT. These two distinct locations are chock full of unique and wonderful experiences that will have you wondering why you’ve never vacationed there before.

Both Vernon and Whitehorse are easily accessed by air. Once you’re there, rent a car, or let the local transport companies take you around on a one-of-a kind vacation.

Summer in Vernon BC Okanagan Rail Trail Robb Thompson

Image Credit: Robb Thompson

Experience Summer in Vernon

Vernon is conveniently located 30 minutes from the Kelowna International Airport. Take your pick of one or all of the four lakes that surround Vernon. Spend your days diving or looking for the Ogopogo on Okanagan Lake. Kick back and relax beside the marled waters of Kalamalka Lake. Spend some quiet time fishing on Wood Lake or explore the protected habitat of Swan Lake.

There are mountain and valley adventures to fill your days. Zip over trees tops, hang glide or paraglide over a valley, or jump out of an airplane for the world’s best view. Then head up to the mountain and tackle the SilverStar Bike Park.

For something a little more laid back, hike or bike the historic rail trail and canal, or head to one of their five golf courses and sink the perfect putt.  Vernon has some of the richest soil around. That means there are lots of delicious fresh foods and some amazing meads, wines and liquors waiting for you to discover them.

The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Vernon has an active nightlife with plenty of places with live music and dancing, live theatre, and a casino.

Yukon Suspension Bridge Whithorse YT

Image Credit: Yukon Suspension Bridge

Experience Summer in Whitehorse

It’s easy to get to Whitehorse in the summer. North Air has several direct flights from Kelowna. Whitehorse is known as a small city with a big back yard. And what a yard! Stop at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve on 700 acres, home to over a dozen northern animals.

Come experience Miles Canyon, created years ago from lava flows. It’s the perfect combination of history and natural beauty. Learn about salmon and other species at the world’s longest wooden fish ladder. Whitehorse has its own marvellous mountain with a great bike park and, weather permitting, it’s the perfect spot to do some paragliding.

There’s more history to be had at the S.S. Klondike sternwheeler, a science and history museum. Impress yourself and friends with photos taken from the Yukon Suspension Bridge. Grab a bite to eat at the Cliff Side restaurant after you snap some great shots of wildlife and the rapids, 65 feet below.

No northern vacation would be complete with viewing the northern lights. Take a one-in-a-lifetime tour that includes the aurora borealis as well as hiking, wildlife, and hot springs.

There’s so much more to do in Vernon and Whitehorse. You may have to come back again!

 

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