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Photo Credit: Mission Hill Winery on Facebook.

Even though the weather hasn’t been as warm as usual in Kelowna, wineries in the area are reporting record visits and sales. Ezra Cipes, CEO of Summerhill Winery, said up to this point this has been the best year they’ve ever had in their wine shop. When it comes to visitors and spending, last year […]

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An increase in the city’s hotel tax is needed to compete with other markets and their increasing budgets, said the president of the Kamloops Accommodation Association. Hoteliers will vote this summer whether to renew an agreement to charge guests a hotel tax that goes to Tourism Kamloops to market the region. The current tax is […]

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The Screaming Eagle Swing (Photo: Ron Betts)

Adventure seekers be aware, a new adrenaline-junkie attraction is waiting for you in the Shuswap. The Screaming Eagle Swing officially opened to the public on the weekend, brought to Chase by Treetop Flyers co-owners Ron Betts and Matt Lepp. “Imagine a swing set in a playground and now imagine the Marvel comics version of that, it is […]

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Photo: Carmen Weld

While the cooler summer temperatures may have hurt beach traffic, tourists are still flocking to the Okanagan and they are hitting up more wineries than ever before. BC Wine Institute marketing director Maggie Anderson says wineries up and down the Valley have seen an increase in traffic, despite the rain. “From April through to July, we […]

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Photo: O'Keefe Ranch

O’Keefe Ranch’s summer corn maze has become a popular attraction for tourists. The three-acre maze takes 25 to 30 minutes to complete, according to ranch general manager Glen Taylor. “I’ve been talking with people who have been through a lot of different corn mazes and they tell me it is the best one they’ve been in,” […]

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#exploreShuswap

In honour of BC Day on August 1, 2016, Explore BC is helping to organize 20+ Instameets around the province as a way to celebrate. What’s an Instameet? An Instameet is where a group of photographers and Instagrammers come together, at a pre-determined time and place, to take photos and share them to Instagram using the […]

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Photo: Contributed

After a call out to the community to design a logo for the Sncəwips Heritage Museum, a Westbank First Nations member’s sketch was chosen. Jordan Coble, the curatorial heritage researcher for the museum, says the public art committee was looking to enhance the logo to reflect more of what the museum represents. “Out of that came […]

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(left to right) Morris, Bond, Harris - July 4th

People with disabilities will soon have an easier time enjoying the outdoors in Northern BC with a new project announced in Prince George July 4. More than 150 parks, trails and outdoor spaces will be graded on their accessibility and catalogued online. “People with disabilities want to play outside,” said Pat Harris with Spinal Cord […]

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Prestige Harbourfront Resort Salmon Arm

The City of Salmon Arm will be seeking the B.C. Government’s approval to implement a two per cent hotel room tax. Provincial government approval will be based on a Municipal Regional District Business Plan and Application, put together by the Salmon Arm Economic Development Society (SAEDS). Council supported a recommendation to submit the application to […]

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Photo: Nicholas Johansen

There’s a new brewery in town, and they’re all about diversity. Kettle River Brewing Company held their grand opening Saturday (July 16), where they were rotating through 16 different types of beers throughout the day. “We do super tiny batches, but we can ferment a whole bunch of variety,” said Chris Dedinsky, one of the partners […]

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Those looking to get outside and enjoy some local parks may be asked to spend 15 minutes answering (Photo: RDCO)

Those looking to get outside and enjoy some local parks may be asked to spend 15 minutes answering several questions. The Regional District of Central Okanagan is launching their new visitor use surveys in Mission Creek, Kaloya and Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Parks between now and mid-September. Park staff will be approaching visitors in the […]

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The Father Pandosy Mission signage to be in both English and French

Signage for a heritage site in Kelowna will now be written in English and French. The Father Pandosy Mission Society received funding under the 2013-18 Canada-British Columbia Official Language Agreement on French Language Services. This money will be used to translate promotional material for the Father Pandosy mission heritage site. “These changes will make the […]

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Courtyard Gallery, Enderby

Courtyard Gallery presents its first annual Clothesline Art Sale during the Enderby Arts Festival on July 23. There will be music and food and artisans booths along with the original works of art hanging on our clothesline in the courtyard of the Courtyard gallery. Come early and don’t miss out on the choices of original, […]

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Through the efforts of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA), Destination BC, sub-regional partners and Destination Canada, journalists, editors, producers and bloggers are pitched story ideas, hosted in region and then write and publish stories, shows and blogs. These stories are referred to as earned media and have significant reach in many markets targeted by […]

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Glenn Mandziuk, TOTA President & CEO

Christmas comes early ….and it’s a good thing! You might think this is a reference to the rather chilly start to our summer season but that is not what this musing is about. Nor is it a comment on  the many unique marketing initiatives that take place around the concept of Christmas in July, something […]

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Photo: Facebook

After an unofficial soft launch last week, the ribbon will be cut on the new amphitheatre at West Kelowna’s Memorial Park Friday night (July 15). The official opening will take place prior to a performance by Elvis tribute artist Adam Fitzpatrick at Music in the Park. Mayor Doug Findlater and guests will perform the ribbon […]

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A unique event focused on snake conservation will take place in Osoyoos on the weekend. A celebration of World Snake Day is happening Saturday (July 16) at the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos. “This facility itself is on a very fragile ecosystem that is part of the Osoyoos Indian Band reserve and we want to bring awareness […]

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Chef Jeremy Tucker at CedarCreek Winery

TOTA is very excited to share one of the projects TOTA’s new digital team have been working on over the last couple of weeks. This is their first video for our consumer-facing brand Route 97 and features Chef Jeremy Tucker at CedarCreek Winery and his process of using local farms as his source for ingredients. […]

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go2HR, BC’s tourism human resource association, is pleased to share that the 2017 WorkSafeBC Base Rates will reduce for most tourism and hospitality sectors. The preliminary base rates were announced today (July 14) at the Employers’ Forum in Vancouver, BC. “This is wonderful news for our industry,” says Arlene Keis, CEO of go2HR. “A decrease […]

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The 2017 Kettle Valley Express media package has just been launched and sales are already well underway. For the 2nd year, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association is proud to be partnering with this publication under the Destination BC Reserved Pool funding program. The Kettle Valley Express, is the most comprehensive publication available which assists in the […]

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The province-wide search for an opening act for Merritt Rockin’ River Fest headliner, Sam Hunt, is nearing its end as nine talented individuals have been selected to compete in a final contest. CMT Artist of the Year Sam Hunt will be playing at the festival Saturday, July 30. The Georgia-bred guitarist, pianist and songwriter, who […]

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Andrew Allen at Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel & Villas

Join us for a lakefront concert, featuring the amazing Andrew Allen on Thursday, July 28th.  Tickets are now available for purchase at the following http://bit.ly/2a1gJkR ~ About Andrew Allen: Allen’s DIY ability and optimistic attitude have served him well. He’s scored three Top 10 hits in Canada, 2009′s “I Wanna Be Your Christmas”, 2011’s “I […]

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Photo: http://www.buylocalbc.org/

As the ‘Buy Local’ movement continues to pick up steam, Buy Local BC has released its very first ‘Buy Local! Buy Fresh!’ Thompson-Shuswap map. The Thompson-Shuswap map will be similar to one you may be familiar with. This announcement comes at the same time as the fourth-annual 2016 ‘Buy Local! Buy Fresh! ‘Okanagan Map hits the […]

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Photo Credit: District of Lake Country

In just 10 short days the Okanagan Rail Trail has received $450,422 worth of donations. At the end of June, an anonymous Okanagan resident wanted to up the ante and decided they would match donations up to $50,000 for the trail from July 1-10. With $33,000 being donated in the first three days, the donor […]

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photo: kelownanow.com

About 40 pieces of art by Dr. Seuss are currently on display at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort. Included in the collection are well-known images from his books along with “Midnight Paintings,” which is a collection of secret art by the icon. “The secret art of Dr. Seuss was never really seen in his lifetime. […]

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JazzCool Faculty Concert, July 28, 2016

Thursday, July 28 7 – 9 PM  Tickets $25 at the door or in advance at the Shatford Centre, 760 Main Street, Penticton (250-770-7668) Bernie Addington / Bass Stan Sabourin / Alto Craig Thomson / Tenor Mike Treadway / Drums Will Schlackl / Guitar Justin Glibbery / Piano Cash Bar / Appies Provided

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Salmon Arm Art Gallery Director/Curator, Tracey Kutschker, addresses a full house for the opening reception of Trail Mix: Artists & Guides Explore the Shuswap, produced in partnership with the Shuswap Trail Alliance. The new exhibition features 15 teams of local artists/photographers/and trail guide/storytellers who spent the last 12 months exploring 15 trails from around the Shuswap to produce 15 brand new installations of art, photography, and written/spoken word in one of the biggest collaborations to date for the Shuswap District Arts Council. The exhibition includes a published feel-good Trail guide sponsored by the Shuswap Community Foundation and Shuswap Tourism. Runs all summer, July 1 to August 27.

The Shuswap, British Columbia – The latest project from the Shuswap District Arts Council joins forces with the Shuswap Trail Alliance to bring together over 40 participating contributors in a remarkable exploration of the Shuswap natural and cultural landscape through its diverse trail system. 15 teams of artist/photographer/guide from different backgrounds and interests share a […]

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