It is important to respect other trail users and support the organizations that maintain the trails where ever you ride.

Tips on how to ride safely and responsibly.

Thompson Okanagan


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The Hidden Gem of the Okanagan

Vernon is a must-ride destination for all mountain bikers. From flow trails with scenic views of Kalamalka and Okanagan Lake to forested technical riding, there is something for everyone in Vernon. Located in the North Okanagan, Vernon shares the enviable lifestyle of Okanagan communities—beaches and peaches—but has the added benefit of having great hillsides and mountains right next to downtown.

Kalamalka and Ellison Provincial Park all have mountain biking trails, developed and maintained by the North Okanagan Cycling Society, with close enough access to jump in the lake right after a great ride. Nearby SilverStar Mountain Resort—located just 25 minutes from downtown Vernon—has lift-accessed mountain bike trails with over 1,600 vertical feet of great terrain. The trails have been created to meet a full range of riding expectations from beginners to experts.

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Vernon Inspiration

Uncovery stories of Vernon and beyond.

Getting Here & Trail Access

Situated in the heart of the North Okanagan, getting to Vernon is easy.

Many major highway intersect in Vernon, including Highway 97 and Highway 6 and Highway 1 (Trans-Canada Highway) is just 45 minutes north via Highway 97.

Travel Distances & Times:

  • Vancouver - 441 km (275 mi), 5 hours
  • Calgary - 556 km (345 mi), 6 hours 20 minutes
  • Nelson - 339 km (211 mi), 4 hours 45 minutes

Kelowna international Airport (YLW) is just 30 minutes south of Vernon and provides national and international flights daily.

Trails in Vernon can be accessed from four main trail areas:

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Support Our Local Trails

Consider supporting the associations in Vernon that help maintain the trails and advocate for the mountain bike community.

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