We had the opportunity to spend a quiet Saturday wandering around the downtown centre of Vernon, British Columbia. No better way of maximizing the enjoyment than to check out the cities vibrant street art scene. It appears that about 20 years ago the city adopted a program of showcasing its heritage and encouraging pedestrian traffic in the core. All I can say is, job well done.
It was wonderful to see the quality of the murals and just as importantly the obvious maintenance of them to keep them looking so good. If you ever want to do the self guided tour definitely do it on a weekend as there are hardly any parked cars obscuring the murals and when you step off the curb to get a better view there are far fewer cars you have to avoid.
Kudos to the people of Vernon for supporting this program. For us, it puts Vernon, BC in the ranks of Georgetown, Malaysia and Melbourne, Australia for quality public art that anyone can enjoy. There are around 30 murals to explore so be sure to give yourself at least a couple of hours to wander and to top it off there are tons of coffee shops to stop, rest, and refresh at.
Well done Vernon.