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Chris, our talented distiller, was weighed down with eight World Spirits Awards medals as Okanagan Spirits received five Gold, one Silver and two Bronze with the pièce de résistance being the repeat Gold medal awarding of our exclusive Laird Of Fintry Single Malt! “As a craft distillery that specializes in producing 100% BC spirits, we […]

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Sun Peaks Resort is pleased to announce major infrastructure projects through a multi-million dollar investment to enhance overall guest experience. After consecutive summer and winter seasons of strong performance, the resort is well positioned to take another significant step forward with complete remodels of two key food and beverage outlets. Sunburst Lodge, located at mid-mountain, […]

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Kamloops Wine Trail, Monte Creek Ranch Winery, Kamloops BC, Maeghan Summers

Kamloops, BC, March 20, 2017 – Monte Creek Ranch Winery is thrilled to welcome Maeghan Summers to the team as the winery’s new Tasting Room Manager. Maeghan brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to Monte Creek Ranch Winery. She has strong relations in the local community. Maeghan specializes in hospitality and customer service and […]

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With divided highways and passing lanes as proven methods to increase highway safety, Valemount’s Village Council is hoping its membership within the Yellowhead Highway Association will prove valuable. At its Feb. 28 Council meeting, Village of Valemount Council passed a resolution to support the Yellowhead Highway Association advocating for twinning the Yellowhead highway. Council did […]

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Tourism Kamloops partnered with Green Tourism Canada recently to become a leader and mentor employing a sustainable approach to tourism operations. The process included a green audit and action plan for continuous improvement. Tourism Kamloops has achieved a Silver Medal Designation by Green Tourism Canada and the organization looks forward to implementing the report’s recommendations […]

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The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce elected its 2017-2018 board at its annual general meeting on Wednesday (March 15). Paul Ross of Emsland and Associates Insurance Services Ltd. is the new president, succeeding Ryan Scorgie, who will continue with the Chamber this year in the role of past president. Other members of the executive include: Joshua […]

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A Kelowna winery is being recognized for the best Chardonnay icewine in the world. Summerhill Pyramid Winery took top spot at the Chardonnay du Monde competition in Burgundy, France. The winery earned a gold medal for its 2014 Chardonnay icewine, described as “a vibrant dessert wine with notes of honey, apricot and poached pears.” “We show up really […]

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RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd. Is proud to welcome one of the South Okanagan’s most celebrated wine country restaurants, Terrafina at Hester Creek into it’s family of restaurants and bars. Terrafina is a gorgeous Tuscan style restaurant nestled amongst the vines of Hester Creek Estate Winery in Oliver. This unique vineyard dining experience provides the perfect […]

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The Shuswap, British Columbia – “The work partners throughout the Shuswap have done to enhance tourism and grow outdoor recreational opportunities is remarkable,” said Shuswap MLA, Greg Kyllo, announcing a funding commitment of $98,061.43 to support new trail work in the region through the Shuswap Trail Alliance. It was a very welcome announcement on the […]

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West Kelowna, Canada, March 2017- HotelsCombined, the Australian based hotel meta-search company, has started an extensive survey covering different types of accommodations within Canada. This survey is based on gathering data from millions of guest reviews, and translating them to an official Recognition of Excellence. The HotelsCombined Recognition of Excellence is not a ranking list […]

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Hot on the heels of WestJet’s announcement earlier this week of more non-stop Kelowna-Toronto flights, Air Canada on Thursday revealed it will beef up its offerings between the two cities. “This just happens to be coincidental timing,” said Kelowna airport director Sam Samaddar. “This is the time of year when airlines release their spring and […]

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Awaken your senses this April with this Thompson Okanagan local offer.

Awaken your senses at Sparkling Hill Resort this April with this Thompson Okanagan local offer. April local starting rate $199 CAD based on double occupancy per night midweek and $229 CAD per night weekends. Your stay will include: Luxury Accommodation Daily Hot European-inspired Buffet Breakfast Resort-wide Wireless Internet Valet Underground Parking Access to our 40,000 […]

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It’s a special year for the owners of Gray Monk Estate Winery. Founders George and Trudy Heiss are celebrating a unique year of anniversaries as they look back on 55 years of marriage, 45 years of the vineyard and 35 years of the winery. The duo said their success comes from years of hard work […]

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Tourism Kamloops is pleased to announce the release of the Kamloops 2017 Trail Guide. A result of extensive community collaboration and strong partnerships with passionate, local trail enthusiasts, Tourism Kamloops’ Trail Guide presents over 200km of trails that visitors can explore and enjoy 12-months of the year. “Whether you are planning a relaxing family getaway […]

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WestJet made the announcement on Monday that the new service would become available starting on May 18th. “YLW is happy to announce this added service to Toronto as it increases connectivity options for our travellers,” said Sam Samaddar, YLW’s Airport Director. “With just one stop in Toronto, our passengers can travel to a number of […]

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Spring into travel this weekend at YLW. Kelowna International Airport hosts a spring travel event on Saturday at which travellers can meet air carriers, travel agents, hotel and resort reps – and maybe even win a vacation. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and visitors can get helpful travel tips and information on popular destinations. “This […]

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Winter is not even over and already there are indications that 2017 is going to be another banner year for tourism in Penticton. “Everyone is expecting August to be one of the biggest months in history,” said Don Kendall, president of the Peach Festival Society. Kendall has heard there are already problems finding rooms to […]

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New economic impact figures show that tourism is a billion-dollar contributor to the Central Okanagan economy, and an industry that continues to grow at a steady rate. With over 1.9 million visitors to Kelowna annually, the tourism industry contributes over $1.25 billion in total economic output. The tourism industry also generates $142 million in tax […]

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BC Innkeepers is proud to announce that two of our Kelowna area B&B members have recently been recognized with awards. A View of the Lake and Demonstration Kitchen in West Kelowna, and A Touch of English Bed & Breakfast in Kelowna have recently been recognized as top 25 B&Bs in Canada based on TripAdvisor Reviews.  […]

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Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is pleased to announce the reopening of its winery restaurant Miradoro, after their annual two-month closure for the winter months. Led by the award-winning team of Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest and Restaurateur Manny Ferreira, Miradoro offers modern wine country cuisine paired with Tinhorn Creek wines in an unforgettable setting with panoramic […]

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A new winery will be coming to the South Okanagan with a focus on the reds. In particular, the new winery by Phantom Creek Estates will focus on Bordeaux-style wines after acquiring three vineyards on the Black Sage Bench. “Family is at the core of our estate, and the sense of family extends to our […]

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One indicator of the strength of the tourism industry in the Okanagan is what’s happening at the Kelowna International Airport. “When we talk air traffic, in 2016 it grew 8.6 percent overall,” Airport Director Sam Samaddar said.   “140,000 passengers in a single year. Those are remarkable numbers.” Tourism Kelowna collects data on how many […]

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A quartet of Okanagan College students have pedalled their way onto the podium with an Okanagan-inspired business idea at one of B.C.’s most prestigious tourism case competitions. The team made of up Adrian Lemiski, Brooks Hewko, Merissa Hucul and Nick Gallant took second place at The Winning Pitch competition at the B.C. Tourism Industry Conference […]

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Watermark & Baldy Mountain Snowshoeing Weekend Wellness Retreat

If you’re looking to hold onto winter just a little bit longer, heading to the hills to snowshoe is an excellent way to explore our unique ecosystem, burn some calories and feel invigorated from your outdoor pursuits. Here in the South Okanagan, many of our residents, snowbirds and visitors are enjoying the snowshoe trails at […]

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Danny and Steve of Budget Car & Truck Rental hand the keys over to Chris Lewis of Tourism Kelowna

Budget Car and Truck Rentals have partnered with Tourism Kelowna for another year giving the mobile visitor services program a lift with a 2016 Ford Transit Connect. The van has just been wrapped with bright new imagery for 2017 and will be found attending events and festivals throughout Kelowna and the Central Okanagan. The van […]

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Shuswap Trail Alliance

Shuswap Trail Alliance grows partnership with Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile The Shuswap, British Columbia – “This trail is ten times harder than anything we’ve done yet,” says technical trails specialist, Jacob ‘Sutra’ Brett, with the Shuswap Trail Alliance. “Think Enderby cliffs on steroids. . .and every plant has 1” razors.” The trails specialist is […]

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