Do NOT Move to Vernon - 5 Reasons You'll HATE It!

Welcome, future residents! If you're contemplating a move to the beautiful city of Vernon, BC, you've come to the right place. While there are numerous reasons why Vernon is a fantastic place to live, today, we're going to shed light on some factors that might make you think twice before making the move. I'm Lisa Salt, and as a long-time resident, I want to ensure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Extreme Weather Challenges:
Let's start with the weather. While Vernon boasts stunning summers and picturesque winters, it's crucial to acknowledge the extremes. From scorching hot days that seem to appear out of nowhere to chilly winters that can persist for months, Vernon's weather is a bit of a rollercoaster. But don't worry, we don't have tornadoes, hurricanes, or earthquakes – just the occasional weather surprises that keep life interesting.

Sleepy Hollow Vibes:
If you thrive on a vibrant nightlife and bustling entertainment options, Vernon may not be your ideal destination. The city tends to wind down early, with limited options for late-night activities. However, if you're content with a quieter lifestyle, Sleepy Hollow might just be the perfect fit. Plus, the bustling city of Kelowna is just a short drive away for those seeking a livelier scene.

Navigating the Tax Landscape:
BC has a reputation for its higher cost of living, and it's not just about housing prices. From provincial sales tax to property transfer tax, there are additional financial considerations. Stay informed about the latest tax updates, including the speculation and vacancy tax introduced in 2024, which might impact homeowners and potential buyers. It's all part of the "sunshine tax."

Cost of Living Realities:
While Vernon's housing prices are relatively lower than major centers, the overall cost of living encompasses more than just real estate. Fuel prices, influenced by BC's higher gas taxes, contribute to increased costs for goods transported to the area. This, in turn, affects the prices of construction materials and daily essentials.

Airport Limitations:
Vernon lacks its own international airport, and while Kelowna's airport is close by, it doesn't offer US pre-clearance. This means direct flights to certain US destinations might be limited. For those with frequent cross-border travel needs, this could be a deciding factor in choosing your new home.

Before you make the leap to Vernon, consider these factors carefully. While these challenges exist, they are only one side of the coin. Vernon has its charm, stunning landscapes, and a welcoming community. If you're still interested in making the move, be sure to explore our free relocation package at for a more in-depth look at what the city has to offer. Happy exploring!


About the Author: The article above, JDo NOT Move to Vernon - 5 Reasons You'll HATE It!, was provided by Lisa Salt, an authority on Vernon BC and area real estate and a leader in the field of real estate blogging and vlogging.  Lisa and her group have helped literally helped thousands of families buy and sell homes since 1993. 

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