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Vernon is situated in the North Okanagan, 50 km’s North of Kelowna and 120 Km’s south of Kamloops. Vernon has a long history of mountain biking, but has been often overlooked by travelers passing through on their way to larger destinations. Recent trail expansion and the growing popularity of the Silver Star Bike Parkhave given riders a reason to stay and experience the local trails. Over the past few years the North Okanagan Trail Society has more than quadrupled in membership size showing that the the mountain biking scene is alive and healthy. With over 100 trails, including Silver Star, there are styles and difficulties of trail for everyone from beginner to expert. The system is broken up into four main zones, Kalamalka Provincial Park, Ellison Provincial Park, Sovereign and Silver Star Bike Park all of which are within 20 minutes of downtown Vernon.
To really get a feeling for the area we joined up with local photographer Robb Thompson, local riders Bas van Steenbergen, Steve Critchlow, Mark Dowhaniuk, Noah Brousseau and threw in NorCal shredder Tyler McCaul and what a trip it was. Hitting up all four riding areas was a total treat (the post ride lake time never hurts either) and the crew crushed it, so sit back and take in all the single track that the Vernon area has to offer.