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The Board of Directors of the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) has authorized the execution of a Conditional Purchase and Sale Contract for the CP Rail corridor that runs from Sicamous and Armstrong, excluding a number of sections owned by the Splatsin, in partnership with the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD). While the agreement […]

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Destination BC holds media events in the three key markets of Vancouver, Calgary and Seattle. These media events invite top media based in each city to a reception or dinner that allows regional DMOs and city DMO’s to interact and build relationships with journalists. At the Vancouver Media Event on March 21, Howard Grieve, Travel […]

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As part of Team BC, TOTA attended Destination Canada’s Canada Media Marketplace in New York April 3 – 5 to promote the Thompson Okanagan Region to top US Media. Canada Media Marketplace (CMM) is about great storytelling. The annual event brings together the best in US travel media with provincial/territorial and regional Canadian tourism organizations, […]

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Break away from the every day with a spring escape to Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos BC. Spring is in full bloom here: the sun is shining, the golf courses are open and the wineries are welcoming wine tastings. Spring Dining Package Includes: $100 credit in The Restaurant at Watermark & Patio Starting From 199 […]

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Kamloops has made Expedia’s list of the 34 ‘Most Breathtaking Places in North America.’ Canada’s Tournament Capital comes in at lucky 13 on the list, just ahead of Durango, Colorado. The popular travel website cites the trails of Peterson Creek Park as justification for the ranking, as well as Kamloops’ burgeoning wine industry. Penticton comes […]

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In the tourism industry, we are extremely lucky to have the opportunity to share our love for this breathtaking country with visitors. To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, go2HR is putting together 150 reasons why we love working in the BC tourism industry, and they need your input! Share your love for working in BC’s tourism […]

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The Beaverdell community hosted Trails to the Boundary Society (TTTBS) on Saturday at the Beaverdell Community Hall. Locals met with trails coordinator Ciel Sander to learn about the potential for trail-related economic development, both within the community of Beaverdell and across the region. The section of the Trans Canada Trail that runs through the Boundary […]

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Big White has now officially closed for the 16/17 winter season. Thanks to the support of Big White’s Season Passholders, visitors, and local community, this has been Big White’s biggest season to date – including record snowfalls, new events and exciting resort developments. Please click here to watch our season wrap-up video.  On November 30th, […]

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The Kamloops YMCA-YWCA is working hard to present its pilot project, the Strength in Being a Boy Conference that is coming up on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017. Taking after its sister program, Power of Being a Girl, this one-day conference features three workshops and fun, interactive activities to engage young male participants between the ages […]

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An action-packed events calendar, return guests and some fantastic late season snowfall were contributing factors to another record setting winter season at Sun Peaks Resort.  As of the end of March 2017, Sun Peaks’ resort-wide room nights increased by 12% compared to the same period last year. A new record was also set for overall […]

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Kelowna will soon be home to a state of the art production studio. The Okanagan Film Commission says Eagle Creek Studio plans to build a studio in Kelowna on Spectrum Court near the Kelowna airport. Film commissioner, Jon Summerland, said the studio is a coup for Kelowna. “This kind of facility will create the infrastructure […]

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More than 29,000 people flew through the Kamloops Airport last month, down just 1.5 per cent from the same month in 2016. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is still down nearly six per cent. Manager Fred Legace says traffic is slowly recovering after a quiet January and February. “The first two months of the year were marked […]

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A newly proposed fishing pier in Peachland has received a large donation from the Freshwater Fisheries Society. The 400-foot, wheelchair-accessible pier gives the opportunity for families and individuals to enjoy the water front. Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. donated $25,000 to the project on Sunday. “We’re extremely grateful to the Society for this significant gift, […]

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A new 10-year lease on the Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos gives the operation much-needed stability, says Chris Mathieson, founder of Mathieson Heritage Services, which operates the site. “We can start to go for markets that require a year or two advance planning, like tour buses, conferences and things like that,” said Mathieson, who […]

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MOTHER’S DAY SPA GETAWAY Dine & Stay this Mother’s Day with a $50 KurSpa credit starting at $349 CAD per night midweek (Sunday – Thursday). Your Stay includes: Luxury Accommodation Daily Hot European Buffet Breakfast for Two in PeakFine Restaurant $50 KurSpa Credit Towards Treatments One 3-course Dinner for Two in PeakFine (per night booked) Access to KurSpa (40,000 […]

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Vernon is in the big leagues when it comes to tourism. FlightNetwork has named 20 of the world’s best tourism organizations for 2017, and Tourism Vernon is 18th. “It’s pretty awesome,” said Ange Chew, the City of Vernon’s tourism manager. “It says what we’re doing is right. Just because you’re small doesn’t mean you can’t […]

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STAY THIS MAY Stay this May with this rate offer starting at $229 CAD per night midweek (Sunday – Thursday) and $259 CAD per night weekends (Friday & Saturday). Your Stay includes: Luxury Accommodation Daily Hot European Buffet Breakfast for Two in PeakFine Restaurant Access to KurSpa (40,000 sq.ft.) including: 7 Uniquely Themed Steams and Saunas 3 Nature Themed Experience […]

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“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been” – Wayne Gretzky. These thought provoking words are often quoted by Destination BC’s President and CEO Marsha Walden as our provincial tourism team strives to ensure that travel to British Columbia is elevated from consideration to selection by both […]

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The modern day lumberjack is an integral part of Canada’s competitive culture, this is due to the fact that as long as trees have been harvested in Canada, there have been competitions held in the lumber camps to see who the best lumberjack was. Today these competitions are presented in public venues to acknowledge the rich history of forestry and logging and to keep traditions […]

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Craft beer and cardio exercise don’t typically go hand-in-hand, but organizers behind this summer’s Penticton “beer run” are looking to change that. The Hoodoo Adventure Company is planning a 10km run down the KVR trail, with tasting stops from all five Penticton breweries on the route. Buses will pick up participants from the SOEC parking […]

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The Kelowna International Airport (YLW) broke records in March when they reported their busiest month ever serving 173,504 passengers. YLW broke the previous record set in December 2016, when the airport served 166,537 passengers. The number of passengers served in March 2017 is up 14.2% compared to March 2016, when the YLW served 151,909 passengers. […]

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Soon, people living with mobility challenges will be able to better access Cranberry Marsh in Valemount. Gord Peters, A Valemount resident, first initiated the idea for The Cranberry Marsh Mobility Trail — as the project will be known — as he first approached the Yellowhead Outdoor Recreation Association (YORA) with an idea to upgrade the […]

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Your business has been experiencing significant growth in the last two years and you have had trouble finding staff. You’re not alone. As an industry, where and how are we going to find the people to fill the job openings? Join our Regional HR specialist Ginger Brunner at a lunch and learn workshop hosted by […]

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The HillClimb, a snowmobile and snow mx event, returns to SilverStar this weekend (April 14-16) for its third year. The race filled weekend, co-hosted with the Vernon Snowmobile Association, starts on Friday with a head to head style race event. Saturday and Sunday will bring the qualifiers and final for the climb itself. Riders will be racing up […]

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Spring Content launched for Route97.net Content development continues with the launch of Spring Dreams the newest seasonal section of Route97.net. Spring content is highlighted by a series of “Route 97 Trails” including Rail Trails, Indigenous Experiences, Golf Trail, Local Flavours featuring the Ale Trail, Culinary Trail, Farmers Market Trail, Fruit Stand Trail and the Wine […]

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Tourism Wells Gray will contribute funding to allow the Wells Gray Information Centre in Clearwater to open two weeks earlier. Beginning April 17, the Information Centre will be staffed seven days a week and six hours a day to provide visitor services. The Information Centre will resume regular operation on May 1. “Having visitor services […]

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A Chardonnay icewine made in British Columbia’s picturesque Okanagan Valley won the top prize at a prestigious international Chardonnay competition in France. Summerhill Pyramid Winery’s 2014 Chardonnay Icewine beat 706 wines from 38 countries to take first place at the Chardonnay du Monde competition in Burgundy. Two other wines from Okanagan – the 2016 See ya Later […]

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As a twentysomething, Harry McWatters’s preferred way to spend a summer night was driving his 1965 Beaumont hot rod from Vancouver to British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. He had a few cool cars back then, but the Beaumont was a favourite, with a custom burnt-amber paint job and jet-black upholstery. He’d cruise up and down the valley, […]

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