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Every evening during the Fall Wine Festival our culinary team creates a 4-course wine-paired menu showcasing the best our valley has to offer. Indulge your senses and enjoy the peaceful serenity and natural beauty of the ever changing vineyard and stunning lake view while savouring every bite. Cost: $85 + tax & gratuity Location: Old […]

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“Snowy” Joey O’Brien, who has taken on the task of getting the Mount Baldy ski resort up and running again, was guest speaker last week at the Rotary Club of Osoyoos. (Richard McGuire photo)

‘Snowy Joey’ O’Brien plans to turn Mt. Baldy around   Joey O’Brien is counting down the days until the Mount Baldy ski resort re-opens on Dec. 1. “We have 109 days to pull this beast out of the ditch,” the resort’s new managing director told the Rotary Club of Osoyoos as guest speaker at their […]

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Glenn Mandziuk, TOTA President & CEO

Let it snow …Let it snow…Let it snow… Hard to believe but winter is not far off and as you have heard me say in numerous presentations,  one of TOTA’s areas of focus resulting from the 10 Year Regional Tourism Strategy is elevating our tourism visitations in the winter season. Our Wonder of Winter initiative, […]

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A conference designed to look at future growth and the direction of the Okanagan will be held next month in Kelowna. The conference, being put on by the Urban Development Institute, is titled Our Future City. “We wanted to put something on that would help spark the conversation around some of the important decisions our community […]

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Two South Okanagan agri-food companies are getting a shot in the arm from B.C.’s Buy Local program. The program splits the cost of marketing for local growers and producers to help promote the industry and increase support for local companies. Howling Moon Cider House in Oliver and Bordertown Vineyards and Estate Winery in Osoyoos will receive up […]

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Red Mountain Ski Resort in Rossland has launched a crowdfunding campaign. “Fight the Man. Own the Mountain” is the slogan for the campaign, which aims to raise $10 million. “It’s a unique way to raise capital for future capital projects, and gives people the opportunity to become an owner,” says Red Mountain CEO Howard Katkov. The […]

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Hotel staff at the W Paris communicate with guests via messaging services like WhatsApp. More and more hotels are finding different ways to engage with guests via messaging as a part of their customer service and loyalty strategies. Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Earlier this year, Skift proclaimed messaging as the “new language of the globe” and asked, “Are travel brands listening?” It looks like hotels finally are, if they haven’t already. With an expected additional 1.1 billion new users set to adopt messaging by the end of 2018, for a total of 3.6 billion users, it’s clear […]

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Location data is getting more important as a source for marketers to gather insights about travelers

Location marketing is having a moment in the travel industry. A feature that was once considered a “gimmick,” associated with check-ins and finding hipster coffee shops, is finally getting some respect as marketers realize the power of location data as a way to understand and capitalize on travel behavior. Just this week travel industry titan […]

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The provincial government just announced that there is $9.6 million in Canada-BC Job Grant funding available. Employers and organizations acting on behalf of employers can apply now for skills training funding with start dates between Oct. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2016. The Canada-BC Job Grant is a cost-sharing program that helps employers offset the […]

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Federal MP Richard Cannings leaves this week on a bicycle tour, Ride the Riding, across South Okanagan-West Kootenay. He’s inviting constituents to ride with him on trails and to meet him in restaurants and coffee shops along the way. (Contributed photo)

Member of Parliament (MP) Richard Cannings will be touring the electoral district of South Okanagan-West Kootenay (SOWK) by bicycle this week to get a different perspective on the people he represents. His trip is called “Ride the Riding.” The word “riding” is an informal term for electoral district. “I love getting out on my bike […]

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Monte Creek Ranch Winery is eyeing an amphitheatre similar to this one in Niagara on the Lake, Ont

Monte Creek Ranch Winery is one step closer in its bid to create an outdoor amphitheatre on its site nine kilometres east of Kamloops. The winery’s project was back at the Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s board of directors meeting last week, seeking a zoning amendment that will be required before it can break ground on the […]

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Join us on Saturday September 10th for our 5th Annual Naramata Paddle Regatta for a 6-7 km distance race, followed by a kids race then the Amazing SUP Race in the afternoon. The regatta is aimed at fun, fitness, health & community. Introducing SUP to newbies, families, friends of all ages!    

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A new wildlife fence along Highway 3 through the Crowsnest Pass will cut down on animal collisions. The Alberta government is installing the fencing along both sides of the highway through the critical wildlife corridor. The project is expected to save animal lives and make travel to Southern Alberta from B.C. safer. “Improving traffic safety while […]

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After three years of planning, the day for paving arrived this week at the Area 27 racetrack near Oliver. On Wednesday, workers from Peters Bros. paving put the first asphalt down past Turn 2, through to Turn 7. After breaking ground in December and commencing earthworks in February, crews are using an on-site asphalt plant to provide […]

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Glenn Mandziuk, TOTA President & CEO

A TOTA Health Tip If I told you that our team at TOTA could assist you with Weight Loss, Better Sleep, Reduced Stress, Heart Health, Strong Bones and Overall Longevity I bet you would want to know more! Well…these are all of the benefits of a sport that most of us are very familiar with […]

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Updates to the Thompson Okanagan Connector Visitor Centre located on Highway 97c are now complete. In December, TOTA applied for funds through Destination BC’s 2016 Innovation Fund improve overall accessibility within the centre. This project included the replacement of the Visitor Centre’s glass entrance doors to include a electronic handicap door opener and to ensure […]

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The new regional aboriginal tourism specialist for the Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) has big plans for cultivating industry in the Nicola Valley — but it all starts with making local connections. In early July, Greg Hopf was announced as the regional tourism specialist appointed to TOTA, the result of a groundbreaking partnership between the regional […]

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Big White has previously hosted four IPC Snowboard World Cup events and has been deeply involved in developing the sport within Canada ©Getty Images

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Snowboard, alongside Canada Snowboard, has announced Big White Resort as the official host for the 2017 World Para-Snowboard Championships. Around 80 Para-athletes from 25 countries will travel to Big White to compete in both snowboard-cross and banked slalom events between February 1 and 9 next year. Big White has previously hosted four IPC […]

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Downtown Kamloops at 3rd Avenue at 8:40pm, Monday August 15 (Image Credit: Chad Harris / CFJC Today)

KAMLOOPS — The heart of any city is its’ downtown core, and while Kamloops has a variety of options when it comes to entertainment, things tend to quiet down for most downtown businesses after 5 or 6 pm. A new initiative from Downtown Kamloops and Tourism Kamloops hopes to change that trend, by keeping some of […]

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Valemount Glacier Destination Resort is proposing to build year-round skiing and sightseeing facilities in the Cariboo Mountains near Valemount, B.C. (Valemount Glacier Destinations Ltd.)

A new B.C. ski and sightseeing resort planned near Jasper, Alta. could be up and running by December 2017, now that the province has approved the master plan for the Valemount Glacier Destination Resort project. The proposed $175 million resort would be built in the Cariboo Mountains just west of the village of Valemount and would feature year-round ski lifts and gondolas […]

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The Embassy of Canada in France will be participating in the first Salon du PVT (Working Holiday Fair) in Paris on September 10. There are already more than 600 participants registered for the fair, 70% of whom are interested in Canada and 36% of whom already have their open work permit. These work permits do […]

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Location of the proposed redevelopment (Photo Credit: Mission Group)

It has taken several years to get to this stage, but details on the redevelopment project slated for the Aqua Marine Valet and boat storage property along Okanagan Lake have been released. Preliminary plans were unveiled at an open house by Kelowna-based Mission Group Homes as the public got its first look at the six-acre […]

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The Super Static Electricity Show at the BIG Little Science Centre During the Week of August 30th to September 3rd, at 11am and 1:30pm An interactive, fun show that introduces static electricity, explores how it works and produces static in many ways, including using van de Graaff generators. Is it time for your science centre […]

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Roger Jewett, CEO, Jump On

There may be airline discounts to be had even below the rockbottom prices advertised with last month’s takeoff of NewLeaf in 11 Canadian cities. Jump On Flyaways, a Calgary-based bidding platform, has partnered with the “ultra-low-cost” air travel company while noting that as much as 40 per cent of NewLeaf seats are going empty. NewLeaf’s […]

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Festival & Workshops 2016 Dates Week 1 Workshop Aug 21st – Aug 26th The NimbleFingers Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival is Aug 27th  Week 2 Workshop is Aug 28th – Sept 2nd NimbleFingers Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival  The NimbleFingers festival promises a jam packed day of some of the top bluegrass and old time […]

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Preschoolers and their families are in for a treat when award-winning singer-songwriters Bobs & LoLo visit Kamloops for a live performance on Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Sagebrush Theatre. The four-time Juno-nominated singer-songwriters and creators and stars of the upbeat, musical preschool series Sing, Dance and Play with Bobs & LoLo were recently named Canada’s […]

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The Forces and Motion Show at the BIG Little Science Centre During the Week of August 23rd to 27th, at 11am and 1:30pm. A force is a push or a pull. Explore the different types of force surrounding us and how they create movement. Be prepared for some surprises & to make things move. The Exploration […]

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The organizers of the 7th annual Grindrod Garlic Festival invite you and your family to join local growers for a taste of everything garlic, and more! This year’s Grindrod Garlic Festival happens on Sunday, August 21, from 9-4 at the Grindrod Park, Highway 97A North of Enderby. Admission is $3.00 per person. Enjoy a day […]

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Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival

The 24th Annual Roots & Blues Festival will be held August 19th, 20th & 21st , 2016 Produced in the picturesque setting Shuswap Lake, Roots and Blues is a three-day event that takes place on the third weekend of every August.  From humble beginnings of stand alone folk shows in Salmon Arm community halls, Roots and Blues […]

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