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Enderby’s Traditional Christmas Celebrations – Thurs December 1 – Sun December 4th Friday December 2nd Kris Kringle Street Market on Cliff 4:00 to 8:00 pm Parade at 6:00 pm Soup at Chamber after Parade Bonfire & Sleigh rides at The Chamber of Commerce Shopping Spree through out town 6:00 to 9:00 pm Saturday December 3rd […]

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Photo: Bennie Bos

You can expect to see a lot of birthday cake at public events in Vernon next year. Not only will Canada be celebrating its 150th anniversary but the City of Vernon will turn 125 years old. Earlier this week, council was asked to give early budget approval of up to $3,200 to be spent on a Vernon […]

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Destination Canada

It’s great news for Canadian tourism with double-digit growth in arrivals Overnight arrivals to Canada expanded by 13% in September 2016 and by 11% over the first three quarters of 2016. For more statistics and details on Destination Canada’s key markets, check out the September Tourism Snapshot.        Read More Destination Canada’s 16th Annual Public Meeting […]

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Image Credit: Big White

Big White Ski Resort in Kelowna, BC has today experienced its largest mid-week opening in the company’s history, with over a thousand skiers scanning through the lift gates before 10am. The mountain has had 42cm fresh snow in the last seven days alone, building up the alpine snow base to 70cm and ensuring that skiers […]

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Image Credit: TIAC

Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) and HLT Advisory (HLT) released the 2016 Annual Report on Canadian Tourism. Focusing on the potential opportunity to target American travellers, this fifth annual collaboration reviews the parameters powering global industry growth in contrast to the perennial factors constraining Canadian performance. Insights from the Report include: The correlation of […]

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The sighting of actor Nicolas Cage at a Buy-Low store in Osoyoos was no coincidence. Cage is in the South Okanagan for filming of the movie The Humanity Bureau. According to a story in the Hollywood Reporter, the movie will begin filming this week. Set in 2030 after global warming has destroyed the American Midwest, the […]

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Sun Rivers Golf Course

A tentative deal that would have seen Sun Rivers Golf Course change hands has collapsed. In September, Rancho Enterprises signed  a letter of intent to purchase the golf course and associated Hoodoos Restaurant from Sun Rivers Partners. At the time the potential sale was announced, Bill Amy, an investor and spokesman for Ranchero Enterprises, said […]

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The new campsites and other changes were announced as part of the B.C. Parks Future Strategy, which includes images from B.C. parks, including this one from Stone Mountain Provincial Park in the northern Rockies. (B.C. Parks Future Strategy)

The B.C. government plans to hire more park rangers and open more than 1,900 new campsites to meet growing demand, the premier announced Monday. The province will spend up to $22.9 million over five years to create the new sites as part of the B.C. Parks Future Strategy. “B.C. parks define who we are as […]

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Photo Credit: SilverStar Mountain Resort.

Eager skiers can thank the recent snowfall in the North Okanagan for the latest announcement from SilverStar Mountain Resort. On Monday, the company announced that the mountain will be opening early for alpine skiing on Wednesday, November 30th. The summit, commit and silver queen chair lifts will all be running from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 […]

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Join us for Artsolutely! The most vibrant art and artisan sale in the North Okanagan! Running from December 1st to the 24th, find all your Christmas gifts in one spot – here at the Vernon Community Arts Centre in Polson Park! Celebrating its 11th anniversary, Artsolutely is an annual juried Christmas show and sale featuring […]

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Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality (SPMRM) has agreed to a firm price construction contract with A & T Project Developments Inc. of Kamloops. The new Sun Peaks Health Centre will accommodate doctor’s examination rooms and offices, triage area and ski patrol services. Mayor Al Raine indicated that the Municipality is pleased to have the project […]

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WHMIS 2015 Pictograms

Exposure to some types of hazardous products can result in health problems for workers. The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) provides employers with health and safety information about hazardous products in the workplace. WHMIS first came into effect in 1988 across Canada and was updated in 2015 to reflect a new set of rules […]

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The world has been discovering B.C. in ever increasing numbers this year. Over the first nine months of 2016, nearly half a million more international visitors have travelled to B.C. That’s an increase of 11.9 per cent over the same period a year ago. The latest figures from Statistics Canada also show a sharp increase […]

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A decade-old plan to dedicate the Conkle Mountain area as parkland will be going to a public hearing on Monday (Nov 28). A plaque was placed at the entrance to the Centennial Trail which notes the area was dedicated as parkland on Oct. 1, 2006, but according to a staff report, no records could be […]

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Photo: Big White

Good news for skiers itching to hit the slopes. Big White has moved up its season opening date. The Kelowna ski hill is now slated for a Wednesday, Nov. 30 opening. Originally, the hill was slated to open last Thursday to coincide with the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. However, a lack of snow prompted a change […]

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Photo Credit: KelownaNow.

Excited to lace up your skates? An opportunity to get out on the ice in Kelowna isn’t too far away. Free skating at the Stuart Park outdoor ice rink is set to start on Thursday, December, 1st, at 10 a.m. After that, the rink will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily until […]

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Monte Creek Winery overview

Monte Creek Ranch Winery’s proposal for an open-air amphitheatre passed third reading at Thursday’s meeting of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s board of directors, but not without stipulations. A majority vote of the board approved third reading of zoning bylaw after a public hearing, subject to establishment of a noise-management plan that is acceptable and enforceable […]

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Photo: Shuswap Trail Alliance.

It has been almost a year since the historic signing of the Shuswap Regional Trails Strategy. More than 75 leaders from business, education, government and Secwepemc (Shuswap) First Nations hammered out the strategy. They plan to meet in Enderby Nov. 30 to review that work. “It’s a work in progress,” said Phil McIntyre-Paul, executive director […]

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All waxed up with nowhere to go? Sun Peaks will be welcoming skiers this weekend. The Kamloops ski resort announced Monday it will open for the season Saturday. “The forecast is quite promising for later this week with a combination of natural snow and cooler temperatures that will allow our snow-making system to kick into […]

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Tinhorn Creek Vineyards' CEO Sandra Oldfield

Oliver, BC (November 23, 2016) – Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is thrilled to announce that CEO Sandra Oldfield has been named as a Top 100 award winner in the Sun Life Financial Trailblazers & Trendsetters category of the Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN) 2016 Canada’s Most Powerful Women. The 2016 Top 100 Award Winners will be celebrated […]

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Auctioneer Don Raffan with the Rail Trail's Brad Clements (Photo: Kalamalka Rotary)

Funds for the Okanagan Rail Trail could top $2 million by the end of the month. The Kalamalka Rotary Dream Auction held in Vernon on Saturday (Nov 19) raised close to $255,000 for community groups and projects, with the trail a big winner. The gala auction raised $88,000 in pledges for the trail, according to Brian […]

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Wine Tour Handbook

NEW Program Opportunity:   Wine Tour Handbook Stay up to date with all Co-Operating Marketing Program Reserved Pool opportunities and to view all the 2016/17 opportunities:  http://totabc.org/programs/marketing/ 2017 Wine Tour Handbook The Wine Tour Handbook to British Columbia is very pleased to partner with the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) to extend discounted rates and […]

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Glenn Mandziuk, TOTA President & CEO

“Winter will be colder than normal, with above-normal precipitation and snowfall. The coldest periods will be in early and mid- to late December and mid- to late January, with the snowiest periods in early and mid-December and mid-January.” Farmers Almanac 2016/17 One of the most exciting times in the winter season is the opening of […]

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Some Canadians hoping to escape winter for a brief getaway might be able to do so on the cheap. Recently, low-fare airline NewLeaf announced new flights from Canada to the U.S. Starting Jan. 15, flights will be available from Hamilton International Airport to Orlando, Melbourne Florida on Sundays through to April, for $198 (roundtrip). In […]

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Rod Charlesworth's A January Cold Spell is one of the Kelowna artist's whimsical winter scenes that will be on display during Gallery Odin's 15th annual winter exhibition, opening Nov. 24 and 26.— image credit: submitted

For the past 15 years, skiers on Silver Star Mountain’s Aberdeen Skiway have, perhaps unknowingly, whisked past a treasure trove. Located among the hill’s alpine, Nordic and snowshoe trails is a little art gallery filled with contemporary paintings and sculpture in all manner of mediums. Owned by longtime Silver Star residents Kalman and Maria Molnar, […]

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Photo Credit: The Drinks.

Wines of British Columbia partnered with The Drinks Business Hong Kong to bring 16 B.C. VQA Wines to Hong Kong for a Wine Masterclass attracting over 40 industry professionals. On Nov. 9, the BC Wine Institute showcased top quality BC VQA Wine at the China Club in Hong Kong. Their seminar explored the quality wine […]

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Camping Reservations

Changes to the BC Parks Discover Camping Reservation Service for the 2017 season aim to improve fair access for everyone looking to book a campsite in B.C.’s world-class provincial parks. Beginning in 2017, the mid-March “opening day” for reservations will be eliminated and the three-month rolling reservation window will be extended. Reservations for the 2017 […]

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Sunflower by Jasmine Rempel

Artist Jasmine Rempel presents an art exhibition Here Comes the Sun Nov. 23 – Dec. 17, 2016 KAC Main Gallery at the Old Courthouse (In KAC Hallway Gallery artist Sarah Sondergaard will be exhibiting nature themed impressions in acrylic.) Local artist Jasmine Rempel inspires sun and warmth with her flowers and abstract garden views in […]

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