The BX Press Cidery is one of the places in the Vernon area to visit

Vernon one of the top places to visit in Canada has highlighted the 17 tourist destinations in Canada for 2017

Canadians are being told to make their way to the North Okanagan.

Vernon is one of 17 communities is encouraging people to visit in 2017.

“It’s very exciting to be recognized by such a large travel organization,” said Ange Chew, Vernon’s tourism manager.

“There is an opportunity to drive awareness.”

A number of reasons for visiting Vernon are highlighted.

“When those summer nights warm up, you know that the outdoor concerts at Mackie Lake House are just getting started. Catch a show and enjoy lake views in the process,” said author Jennifer Cuellar, who wrote the article for

“For other must sees, take a jaunt around the Grey Canal Trail or sip on drinks at the BX Press Cidery and Orchard.”

Among the businesses mentioned in the article are Wild Oak, Marten Brew Pub, Intermezzo, Okanagan Spirits and the Outback Lakeside Resort.

In terms of when to visit Vernon, Cueller says, “Autumn is magical in British Columbia. Visit during the fall months to attend the annual Vernon Fall Festival and enjoy ciders and brews on the Vernon tasting trail.”

Cueller also gets an inside tip from Chew.

“This four-season destination has plenty to do any time of the year. World class ski resorts, and hundreds of miles of trails and runs for skiers, snowshoers, hikers and bikers bring outdoor adventure to a new level,” says Chew in the article.

“Vernon is surrounded by lakes. Boating, stand up paddle board, water sports, scuba diving, swimming and fishing brings visitors from all over the world. Vernon loves to celebrate! There are winter carnivals, fun spring celebrations, summer fests and fall fairs.”

The other 17 communities are Rimouski, Que., Timmins, Ont., Rossland, B.C., Stratford, Ont., Fredericton, N.B., Kaslo, B.C., Charlottetown, P.E.I., London, Ont., Wolfville, N.S., Guelph, Ont., Calgary, Conception Bay, Nfld., Winnipeg, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa.

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