Welcome to Vernon
The Okanagan glitz starts to fade before you reach Vernon. Maybe it's the weather. Winters have more of the traditional inland BC bite here 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 life is found along 30th Ave, known as Main St. Confusingly,... Read More
Top experiences in Vernon
Giverny and Monet's Garden Bike Tour
Once in Vernon visit the charming farmers' market to buy picnic supplies. You'll then hop on your bike and pedal across the river to a beautiful park along the banks of the Seine for lunch. At lunch you can also sample the local's favorite drink: cidre. It will then be time for your relaxing 5 kilometer (3 miles) ride down the bike path to the village of Giverny and the world-famous gardens of Claude Monet. Cruise past the Giverny church and its cemetery containing graves of local citizens dating back to the 17th century, British soldiers from World War II and even Monet himself buried within his family's vault. You will pass the Hotel Baudy, where Impressionists Manet and Renoir used to paint. Shortly you will arrive at the highlight of the day - Monet's Garden Spend about 1.5 hours enjoying Monet's gardens, his house and the famous water lily pond where some of his most famous works originated. Be sure to bring your camera and plenty of film! Additionally, the village of Giverny offers you the American Museum of Art (across the street from Monet's Gardens), numerous cafes and small streets begging to be explored.
Day Trip Bike Tour of Giverny and Monet's Residence
This bike tour is a perfect day trip to immerse yourself in the beautiful countryside villages of Vernon and Giverny, as well as explore the famed residence of Claude Monet, the father of Impressionism. This unique tour is tailored for an intimate experience, with a group maximum of 15 people. Your trip begins with a train ride from Paris to Giverny with a professional guide, who will then lead you by bike on a scenic ride along the banks of the Seine from Vernon to Giverny. During this leisurely and easy paced route of 4km, you will stop to visit landmarks like the old Mill of Vernon, the Château des Tourelles and the Giverny church, home of Monet’s final resting place. You will then enjoy an exclusive guided visit of Monet’s residence and extensive gardens where the painter spent 43 years of his life, and was a source of inspiration for his famous masterpieces. You will learn the history of Monet’s works and step through the canvas to see the iconic Japanese Bridge, bamboo trees and water lily ponds of his garden. After a lovely lunch at a quaint local restaurant, you will enjoy a one-of-a-kind visit to a Givernois artist’s atelier who will share with you their works and experience. This tour is a fascinating adventure that is perfect for art and nature lovers alike and by the time you get on the train back to Paris, memories of Giverny’s stunning landscapes will be forever etched in your mind.