Residential Land, Commercial Land, Commercial Development, Resort Development
Land Acquired: 2019
Zoning and Subdivision: Planned for 2021
Port Okanagan, or The Port, is a unique area on the waterfront of Okanagan Lake. This area is identified in the City of Vernon’s Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre Plan as a new and significant development along Lakeshore Drive adjacent to Lakeshore Park and Beach.
This mixed-use development may contain retail stores along with various types of residential housing such as condominiums and rental apartments, and possibly a senior’s residence. In addition, offices, restaurants, coffee shops, and other stores will help shape the development. To complement this site and the entire area, a resort-type vision is planned, which includes a high-end hotel. This lake-front development has the potential to be a hub of activity for those living and visiting Vernon and the North Okanagan area.
The Port is named such as it was in this area where the roads, rail, and ships all met. People would come by train then board large paddle wheelers to travel down Okanagan Lake. It was a gathering place 100 years ago, and will be again soon.
The Port site contains wetlands, creeks, and is adjacent to Okanagan Lake. Anytime you are adjacent to a waterbody, approvals take extra time.
Currently, Port Okanagan is undergoing planning, studies, and approvals in order to proceed with development.