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Generous donors raised more than $30,000 in just one day to support the Nick Bevanda Architectural Scholarship. Attendees of the Nota Bene Release Party, held at Black Hills Estate Winery in Oliver on Saturday, bid on live auction packages and supported fundraising efforts with a total $21,430 in donations. This was added to private donations […]

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Grab your sunscreen and sunglasses – Big White Resort is officially opening for the summer season this weekend. Click here to get a sneak peek of how it’s looking on the mountain right now – yes, there’s still enough snow for snowball fights up top! On Friday, June 23rd, be the first to visit the […]

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Monte Creek Ranch has added two new wines to their exciting portfolio.  This month the winery will release for the first time a Sparkling wine and a Haskap berry wine.  Both wines are unique and delicious.  These special wines are available at the winery this Summer while quantities last. “We take pride in always evolving […]

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The Rotary Club of Lake Country, in partnership with the District of Lake Country, Heritage Canada, and our community supporters, invites Lake Country residents and visitors to come to Swalwell Park on July 1st to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. “This year’s Canada Day celebration includes a full day of multi-cultural, family-oriented activities and has something […]

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After over 17 years with Tourism Kelowna, President and CEO, Nancy Cameron has decided to leave her position to relocate with her family to Vancouver Island. “We would like to extend our thanks and deepest appreciation for Nancy’s contributions to the development and operation of this highly effective organization that generates such benefits to our […]

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Key Milestones and Measurements Significant investments in products, services, network, aircraft and our employees High employee engagement with measured improvements Unprecedented 10-year labour agreements Job growth Measured customer service improvements CEO of the year and CFO of the year Since 2009 we have profitably grown our capacity outside Canada by 74%. Or, put another way, […]

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KAMLOOPS — Airport Manager Fred Legace is planning a new flight path. Legace, who began working at the Kamloops Airport nearly 15 years ago, says he feel it is time to step aside. “What we’ve got now is a good service,” Legace said. “I think there’s probably still a lot more work to do, and […]

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Sandbag inventory helps planning for clean up Since flooding began in early May, 2 million sandbags have been installed as part of the flood protection measures across the Central Okanagan by residents and emergency crews. Today, the Emergency Operation Centre in cooperation with Emergency Management BC launched a digital tool that uses crowd sourcing to […]

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Promote your destination through the Route 97 blog. Route 97 targets the touring and exploring markets in BC, AB and WA. Share your destination story by submitting a Blog! All blogs will be reviewed prior to publishing and we will add a link to the corresponding Route 97 road trip page that features your community. […]

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Tourism Kamloops has opened a new downtown visitor centre location to welcome what is expected to be an increased number of guests and visitors this summer. “We want to make Kamloops as welcoming as possible during our peak season.  We partnered with the City of Kamloops and the Kamloops Blazers to create a central gathering […]

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Widely recognized as a destination for handcrafted organic bread and pastries, Summerland’s beloved organic craft bakery celebrates its 5th anniversary on Saturday, June 24th. Todd Laidlaw, Owner of True Grain, reflected on the past five years by saying, “We’re honored to have received New Business of the Year (2012) and multiple Business of the Year […]

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Two of the Okanagan’s prestigious art schools are partnering to celebrate indigenous culture for Aboriginal Day. “We loved the idea of providing a setting where everyone can be together to celebrate indigenous culture,” said Jane Shaak, of the Okanagan School of the Arts who are working to put on a daylong celebration with the En’owkin […]

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There’s nearly always something interesting taking place in our region. This year there are many events celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary. Take a look at our listings below. We look forward to sharing in this special celebration with you. Salmon Arm Art Gallery: “The Blue Trail” Multi-Media Exhibition Exploring Canada’s Waterways Enderby Canada Day Celebrations Salmon […]

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The go2HR Health & Safety team is pleased to offer a webinar on the best practices of workplace accident investigations in the tourism and hospitality industry. Hear from Alex Booth, Adviser with the Employers’ Advisers Office (EAO), on how to simplify and streamline the process to meet WorkSafeBC reporting requirements. The webinar will cover the […]

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Marketing Manager, Austin Weaver is leading the charge of Travel Penticton’s “We’re Still Happening” Campaign, a collaborative effort with the City of Penticton and local businesses to highlight the fact that despite high water levels, it’s still business as usual in Penticton. Over the next few weeks Austin will be out and about, visiting local […]

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Okanagan College is offering a 10-day (60 hours), hands-on refresher course designed to prepare culinary professionals to challenge both the practical assessment and the final written Red Seal exam. Two sessions available: Session 1: Sep. 5-15; 10:30am-5:10pm (Mon-Fri) Session 2: Sep. 18–29; 10:30am – 4:30pm (Mon–Fri) Admission Requirements: Participants must be pre-approved by the Industry […]

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With great admiration and respect, Andrew Peller Limited, announced today that Sandhill Wines master winemaker Howard Soon, will be retiring effective Monday, July 24. Since joining Calona Wines in 1980, Howard is the longest serving winemaker in Canada, amassing an incredible 37 consecutive vintages. Howard is a true pioneer of British Columbia’s wine industry and […]

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Gray Monk Winery owners George and Trudy Heiss and their family started growing grapes and selling wine overlooking the north end of Okanagan Lake back in 1976, and for more than 25 years it was the only winery in the region. During their initial search for vineyard land, the advice was to look for a […]

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The Similkameen Wineries Association renamed itself last week, launching a new brand identity as Similkameen Independent Winegrowers. The group was formed in 2011, with wineries banding together in an effort to raise awareness of the local wine industry in the Similkameen Valley and the awarding-winning wines and ciders produced by its members. “We were known […]

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The Okanagan Trestles Tour is all set for Sunday, July 2. More than 600 participants from across Western Canada and beyond come annually to ride the historic KVR Rail Trail. The fully supported ride is not a race (no timing/no results), participants are encouraged to bring their cameras and enjoy the day. There are three […]

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143,061 passengers travelled through YLW in May, up 12.9% since May 2016, and beating passenger records for the same month in all previous years. Despite beating the records for the same time frame in previous years, the number of passengers for May 2017 is the lowest recorded for a month this year. The news follows […]

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This past week I had the opportunity to speak at a conference hosted by our new partners the Responsible Tourism Institute and Biosphere who will be assisting our region in achieving International Accreditation as a Sustainable Tourism Destination. This event was attended by tourism representatives from around the globe as well as members of the […]

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Canada Day celebration includes live entertainment, children’s activities, fireworks and more. On Saturday, July 1, the town of Osoyoos celebrates our country’s 150th birthday with the 69th annual Cherry Fiesta. The fun begins at 7:30 am with a Rotary Pancake Breakfast in the Town Square, followed by the Cherry Fiesta Parade on Main Street at […]

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We are excited to be sharing with you the details of the 2017 TOTA Annual Golf Tournament! Date: August 29, 2017 Location:  Sun Peaks Resort Golf Course Banquet & Awards: Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre Tournament website, sponsorship opportunities, and registration details will be launched at the end of the month so stay tuned! We […]

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Half a dozen Okanagan businesses are among the best outdoor dining restaurants in Canada, according to a list released today by OpenTable. OpenTable, an online restaurant reservation service, released its 100 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Canada for 2017 today, and the Okanagan Valley stood up impressively against the rest of the country. From Kelowna, […]

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Okanagan Wine Country Tours, the Okanagan’s original wine tour company has recently been nominated for the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce 2017 Business Excellence Award in the category of Small Business.  George Bartel, the company’s president is very pleased by this recognition, “Although a nomination at this time, it is great a that another one of our […]

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Funded by Government of Canada, Greater Vernon Museum, School District #22, The City of Vernon and Artist Michelle Loughery, Route Blue Project. Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, by taking part in an public art rededication and installation at the Greater Vernon Museum, June 27th, 2017, at 5:00 pm. An innovative community art engagement project, connecting schools, […]

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