The Okanagan glitz starts to fade before you reach Vernon. Maybe it's the weather. Winters have more of the traditional inland BC bite and wineries are few. But that doesn't mean the area is without its charms. The orchard-scented valley is surrounded by three lakes – Kalamalka, Okanagan and Swan – that attract fun seekers all summer long. Downtown Vernon has some good eateries and is enlivened by over 30 wall murals ranging from schmaltzy to artistic. Most of the shops are found along 30th Ave (known as Main St). Confusingly, 30th Ave is intersected by 30th St in the middle of downtown, so mind your streets and avenues.