Life in Vernon

Welcome to Vernon

The City of Vernon is well known for its beautiful setting amid valleys, mountains, rivers and lakes. Bordered by Kalamalka, Okanagan and Swan Lakes, Vernon has a great climate with four seasons offering outstanding recreational opportunities. The population exceeds 50,000 with a healthy diversified economy based on services, manufacturing, forestry and tourism.

We are pleased to welcome International Students to study in our modern, well-equipped schools. We offer unique programs and high quality academics. We are proud to have one of the highest graduation rates in British Columbia.

Come join us! Experience the rich Canadian culture in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. Experience all that Canada has to offer.


Vernon is a leading tourist destination in Canada and a very desirable place to live. The City of Vancouver is a mere 4.5 hours away by car, or 45 minutes by air to the Kelowna International Airport. From the Kelowna International Airport it is a 30-minute drive to Vernon on one of the most scenic highways in Canada. Our host families welcome students from the Kelowna International Airport and drive them to their homestay.

Our world-class recreation facilities include SilverStar Mountain Resort (20 minutes from the city), Predator Ridge Golf Resort (one of Canada’s top golf courses) and the famous Sparkling Hill Resort.


Vernon boasts one of the best climates in Canada with mild winters and hot, dry summers. Students can experience snow in a short winter with mild, comfortable temperatures.

How to get there, here? To Vernon?

Vernon is a mere 50 minute flight from the Vancouver or Calgary airports arriving at the Kelowna International Airport. After your host family meets you, expect to experience one of the most scenic highways in Canada. From the airport to Vernon is just 35 minutes. The city of Vancouver is a 4.5 hour drive from Vernon.

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