This valley offers a vibrant mix of forests, vineyards, orchards, lakes, creeks, world-class ski hills and golf courses, and a stunning blend of beautiful scenery. While the Okanagan has many attractions, including its weather, it is the warmth of its people that most visitors remember.
Halfway between Calgary and Vancouver, Vernon is perfectly situated, 25 minutes to an international airport.
Engage with your classmates. Our class sizes enable lifelong friendships to develop as you work, study, and play together. Our close community is one of the wonderful benefits of OV! Just ask our Alumni! Meaningful connections develop through both college sponsored events and our community partnerships. See the difference community makes.
The city of Vernon provides a small town life-style experience, with a population of about 40,000. We are located right in the heart of downtown Vernon, within easy walking distance of restaurants, cafes, shopping, accommodations, fitness and recreation and cultural facilities. Okanagan Lake, Kalamalka Lake and Swan Lake are all within 10 minutes drive of the centre of the City.
Trail Running: Kal Park is a favorite among locals and there are many races that happen there throughout the year.
Rock Climbing: There are hundreds of sport and trad climbing routes as well as boulder problems in Cougar Canyon without the crowds!
Mountain Biking: Downhill mountain biking at the Silverstar Mountain Resort bike park and XC riding at Ellison Park and Kal Park.
Skiing: Downhill skiing at Silverstar Mountain Resort and world class Nordic Skiing at Sovereign Lakes.
Lake life: swimming, canoeing/kayaking, SUP on Kalamalka Lake, Ellison Beach and Okanagan Lake.
OV's campus in downtown Vernon is close proximity to everything. Many students walk to both school and work. Transit drops students right outside the main campus door, and there is secure bike storage for those on 2 wheels.
Fresh air, Fresh food and Fresh perspectives. That's why so many choose the Okanagan for their education.
In late spring, summer and fall, you can find a farmer’s market every day of the week. Pick fresh fruit right out of the many orchards and enjoy outdoor entertainment and eats at our fabulous cideries.
We can't say enough about the Fresh air! Enjoy a multitude of trails and parks in every direction and Breathe Deeply!
In Vernon you get to experience all four seasons ! Early spring, long summer, Balmy fall, and refreshing winters.
What traffic??? There’s no traffic! In Vernon you are in the drivers seat, not the commute!
Students want the highest education, not the highest cost of living. Vernon still offers affordable living. Students usually rent apartments, suites or houses. Many share accommodations. That has the added benefit of a built-in study partner! The average apartment & suite rental rates in Vernon: