Vernon is situated at the ‘Top of the Okanagan’ between two lakes; the northern tip of Okanagan Lake in the west and Kalamalka Lake in the east. Vernon’s economy has traditionally revolved around the agriculture industry and the railway infrastructure to help service it. Vernon, because of the proximity to two incredible lakes, has also been a tourist destination throughout the summer time.
Coldstream is a district municipality located at the northern end of Kalamalka Lake in the Okanagan Valley. Incorporated on December 21, 1906, Coldstream celebrated its centennial in 2006. The municipality is directly southeast of Vernon and is considered part of Greater Vernon. It is a member municipality of the Regional District of North Okanagan.