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GRAND FORKS, BRITISH COLUMBIA – February 2, 2016.  Phoenix Mountain has joined an international consortium of community and independent ski areas, known as the Mountain Playground Group.  Facilitated by the Mountain Rider’s Alliance (MRA), participating ski areas will band together to increase skier visits and share best practice and marketing strategies. “Mountain Riders Alliance has been studying […]

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It's a Wild Interactive Adventure for the Hotel Guest!

KELOWNA, BC – Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites has partnered with award-winning technology company QuestUpon, to create an interactive experience for hotel guests, with the ‘BC Wildlife Adventure’ that features both Kelowna and BC’s wildlife. “Our staff often notice that our younger guests are looking for things to do. We were inspired by […]

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Shuswap Happenings

Come join us for a winter you’ll never forget, and find out why it’s one of our top four favourite seasons! You might know the Shuswap best for our lovely lakes and sultry summers, but there’s adventures here year-round –just take a step in our direction! Love snow? Discover the Shuswap’s cross-country ski, snowshoe, and […]

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Best Places to Travel in 2016

With rolling hills dotted with sagebrush and ponderosa pine—and thousands of acres of vineyards—the Okanagan Valley can no longer be considered a nascent Napa. Lying between two mountain ranges and stretching roughly 125 miles north from the U.S.-Canada border, the geography varies from the desert-like conditions in the south to the green plateau of the […]

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Fireside Steakhouse has reopened

After celebrating New Year’s Eve, we took the opportunity to close for some renovations, refurbishment and TLC. At the same time. Executive Chef Mike Swann went to work on our menus, perfecting some delicious new dishes to enjoy for lunch or dinner. Fireside is now reopened with a bright new artwork by local artist Tricia Sellmer […]

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Funky, colourful Hotel Zed

Get ready for a splash of colour downtown. Hotel Zed, with its self-described colourful and funky design, is in the process of remodelling the former Abbott Villa across from City Park. Council issued a form and character development permit, with one striking reservation. “Love to see investment going into downtown. I love the upgrade of […]

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Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada Kicks Off in Sun Peaks

This Wednesday, February 3, Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is hosting their opening ceremony at Sun Peaks Resort, Canada’s second largest ski area. The 16th installment of the annual event will be highlighted by a star-studded roster of hockey legends and a public viewing of the Stanley Cup. The event will be hosted by Sportsnet’s […]

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Economic investment into the city ‘paying off’

WestJet may be cutting flight services but Penticton’s economic development officer believes the region still comes out ahead in the long run. The plan was to have two flights daily between Calgary and Penticton Regional Airport starting Feb. 15. However, the airline announced recently the extra flights would only be three days a week. “The […]

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Chefs Go for the Gold

Next week will see some of Canada’s top chefs and athletes arriving in Kelowna for the Canadian Culinary Championships. They’ll also be spending time at Big White Ski Resort leading up to the event, which is fundraiser for Canada’s Olympic team. Tuesday through Thursday, Gold Medal Plates guests including last year’s champion, Ryan O’Flynn, entertainer Barney Bentall and […]

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Seeking #ExploreBC photos of Food and Drink

Attention all Culinary Enthusiasts! Destination BC is looking for a way to highlight British Columbia’s great food and drink through creative and original photos on social media. If you often eat out at amazing restaurants in beautiful locations across BC, or enjoy a trip to the local farmers market to track down your own fresh […]

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Sip with Your Sweetheart (along the Westside Wine Trail)

West Kelowna, BC – The highly anticipated Sip with Your Sweetheart event is back for its fifth year on Sunday, February 7th. From noon to 4 pm sipping sweethearts will be able to enjoy an afternoon of chocolate indulgence and have their taste buds savour wine and chocolate pairings. This complimentary, open house style event […]

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Kelowna Airport Numbers Down in Face of Oil Patch Woes

KELOWNA – Kelowna International Airport has enjoyed steady passenger growth for years but the downturn in the oil patch has finally ended that run. Airport director Sam Samaddar says fresh numbers for 2015 show a half per cent drop in the number of passengers using the city-owned airport, down a fraction from the 1.6 million […]

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Big White Racers Earn Podium Finishes in Ski Cross Series

The host Big White Ski Club took advantage of an outstanding course on its home mountain to send several members to the podium during the weekend at the Matrix Western Canada Ski X Series. Kiera Swift, 10, led the way by living up to her surname with first- and second-place finishes in the U12 girls’ […]

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Free Family Literacy Night

Friday February 26      FREE Family Literacy Night at Northills Mall 6:00pm to 7:30pm Discover the BIG Little Science Centre travel booth and all the fun it has to offer when you visit Northills Mall for Family Literacy Night. Organized by the Kamloops Early Language and Literacy Initiative, Literacy Nights have fun available to children of […]

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Annual Dine Around the Thompson-Okanagan event kicks off

Are you ready to dine around the Thompson-Okanagan region? That’s the question area restaurants will be asking over the next 2 1/2 weeks as the annual Dine Around event takes place here, featuring 55 restaurants from Kamloops to Osoyoos—including Kelowna—that will offer diners three-course meals for $15, $25, $35 and, new this year, $45 per […]

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Kamloops Adult Learners Society (KALS) Science Program

Register at the KALS office: 236-421-1199; email is: info@kals.ca http://www.kals.ca/ Cost is $10 per individual week or $50 for all 6 weeks Feb 3: Electricity: Continuing our exploration of circuits, electricity; an exciting time! Feb 10: Magnetism: How does it work? What does it work on? What tricks can we try? Magnets are pretty attractive […]

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Okanagan Wine, Beer and Spirits Paired with Meals for Restaurant Promotion

KELOWNA, B.C. – It’s an annual event to draw diners back after an indulgent holiday season. Dine Around Thompson Okanagan was launched with a culinary event at Okanagan College Wednesday night, celebrating more than 50 restaurants from Osoyoos to Kamloops that are participating in the promotion. “Traditionally, this time of year is a slow time […]

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Green Tourism: Free Webinar Series

Do you have an hour to spare to grow your business? Learn how to unlock the desires of your customers and attract new guests by connecting with their values. These complimentary webinars will help you do all that, plus improve your sustainability performance. Register for one or more of the following webinars: Webinar 1: February 11, 10-11 am PST What […]

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Hotel Expansion Approved

A proposal for an ambitious expansion at Penticton Lakeside Resort has been unanimously approved by council. The expansion will add a new six-storey annex on the southwest corner of the site, constructed of a mix of cross-laminate timbers, wood paneling, glass, concrete and metal. In addition, the $14-million project will add 70 new hotel rooms to complement […]

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Big White Leads North American Contest for Best Terrain Park

Big White is currently in first place for the favourite terrain park in North America. USA TODAY 10Best editors and the U.S. snowboarding team partnered together to nominate the 20 best terrain parks across North America. Out of the 20 there are two parks nominated out of Canada. Big White Ski Resort is currently in […]

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Pilot Hospitality Training Program Launching in Osoyoos

Destination Osoyoos and Okanagan College are partnering to deliver Passport to Employment – an innovative program that aims to grow the food, wine and tourism industry by providing free, hands-on training to high school students in Osoyoos and Oliver. “We recognized that if we could offer a hands-on training program to our local youth, we […]

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Destination BC: Learn the basics of EQ through our workshop

Destination BC wants to help all our industry partners learn the ABCs of EQ (Explorer Quotient). We’ve recently developed a new EQ 101 Workshop and are now ready to share the information widely with British Columbia’s tourism businesses and organizations. Destination BC is basing these sessions on a series of pilot workshops we recently held […]

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AtBC’s Online Aboriginal Tourism Expert Program

Travellers and those in the travel trade may not fully appreciate the variety of Aboriginal cultures, language groups, and traditional territories that still flourish today in British Columbia. AtBC has developed the online Aboriginal Tourism Expert program with the goal of increasing the knowledge amongst travel trade partners of BC’s Aboriginal tourism experiences. A better […]

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Destination BC 2015 stakeholder survey provides valuable feedback, shows positive trends

Destination BC’s 2015 annual stakeholder survey results are in, and satisfaction ratings with the organization and Destination BC programs rose among several segments of industry partners and held steady, at high levels, in others. The 2015 results showed satisfaction levels rose significantly among respondents from tourism businesses, Regional and Community Destination Marketing Organizations and sector […]

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Skaha Bluffs

A program designed to combat theft at a popular Penticton climbing area has been given a financial boost by council. Council recently approved $15,454 for a park watch program at Skaha Bluffs. “We recognize the value of a world renowned climbing area as a destination for many outdoor adventurists that travel to Penticton and the importance […]

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An apres-ski celebration at Sun Peaks, the 18th Winter Okanagan Wine Festival

Those with an affinity for fine wine and good times will flock to the mountains of Sun Peaks, just outside of Kamloops, for the 18th Winter Okanagan Wine Festival this weekend. This year the festival will span 10 days from Jan. 14 – 24 and will feature 48 B.C. wineries. The festival has become so […]

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