Spring arrives in Vernon

Spring arrives in Vernon

The UK’s Daily Telegraph calls it ‘over-rated’ but we decided to take the Okanagan route to Vancouver. This is where Canada has Summer fun – but we’re here three weeks before the season really kicks off. So for us there’s no playing lakeside beach volleyball or picking fruit from the many orchards.

First stop Vernon. A sprawling town of motels, soulless retail and new housing that hides its charms well. However, the expensive tourist brochure prompted us to visit Main Street and a lone historic house. And a local setting out to go kayaking pointed us towards the lakeside provincial park. We enjoyed our brief stay.

Christine gave us a personal tour of the 1910 built Mackie Lake House. With Canada not having the equivalent of the UK’s National Trust, it’s great to see this slice of English life on a Canadian lake so well looked after
Every Canadian town we are visiting seems to have a pathological need to promote on its streets the benefits of diversity. This is from the Vernon “Respect Lives Here” public arts project
Hilary at the peaceful Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park – Vernon is in the far distance. After the snow of the Rockies we appreciate the coming of Spring

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