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Regional politicians believe tourism will boom once planned recreational rail trails are built along the old CP Rail line between Sicamous and Armstrong. But, first they have to buy the line. Last week, the North Okanagan Regional District announced that only 91 people voted against borrowing $2.17 million to pay for its share of the trail. […]

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Brittney Page, Kristin Postill and 12 friends standup paddleboarded the length of Kalamalka Lake on Saturday, both raising money and creating awareness for the rail trail. A beautiful day, calm waters and a light summer breeze made for a tranquil paddle, the same experience the rail trail will offer to cyclists, runners and walkers. “We […]

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BC Parks in consultation with the Kamloops Fire Centre, made that announcement Monday, after recent precipitation, cooler temperatures and a moderate fire danger rating in northern portions of the fire centre. The park will reopen at 7 a.m. Tuesday (July 25). The public will once again be able to use North Thompson Park, as well […]

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Coming this November, travellers will have 23 more flight options out of Kelowna. Kelowna-Edmonton, from four to six times daily (continued from summer 2017), more than any other carrier. Kelowna-Calgary, from 44 to 47 times weekly (seven times each business day), more than any other carrier. Kelowna-Toronto, from five to seven times weekly. WestJet flights […]

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The Oliver area is adding to its growing reputation as a destination for upscale tourism with the introduction of a prestigious new winery. Phantom Creek Estates has global aspirations in the wine business, according to president Ingo Grady who spoke to the Regional District board of directors yesterday, July 20. The $100 million dollar winery, […]

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Okanagan College is offering a 10-day (60 hours), hands-on refresher course designed to prepare culinary professionals to challenge both the practical assessment and the final written Red Seal exam. Two sessions available: Session 1: Sep. 5-15; 10:30am-5:10pm (Mon-Fri) Session 2: Sep. 18–29; 10:30am – 4:30pm (Mon–Fri) Admission Requirements: Participants must be pre-approved by the Industry […]

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With a fantastic start to the peak tourism season, the sudden wildfire situation has certainly caused much unease, discerning news coverage and a perception that the entire province has been affected by these tragic events.  Our hearts go out to those that have been directly affected and hope for a speedy return to their communities. […]

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A former strip of Highway 97 will soon be turned over to the District of Lake Country. Pelmewash Parkway, arguably one of the most scenic drives in the region, along the shores of Wood Lake, will become municipal property in 2018, with the signing of an agreement for its transfer from the Ministry of Transportation. […]

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The path is now clear for the North Okanagan Regional District to borrow millions of dollars to pay for its share of the abandoned CP Rail corridor between Armstrong and Sicamous. A report to NORD’s board of directors shows only 91 people voted in an alternative approval process against borrowing $2.3 million to acquire the […]

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The Info Centre opened Saturday morning to a situation completely different from the previous several months, a situation the Village, and province, had not seen since 2003. With an influx of tourists and locals seeking information about smoke, evacuations and closed roads, we assumed the role of community and tourist crisis information. The first day of the […]

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Bruce Fuller remembers all too well what it feels like when wildfire threatens your property. The president of the Desert Park Exhibition Society went through the harrowing ordeal at Rustico Farm and Cellars in August 2015 when wildfire threatened the property. He lost a horse barn; the horses were far away, safe at another location. […]

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The Kelowna International Airport (YLW) passenger numbers continue to climb, breaking monthly records for 2017. YLW broke records for the month of June again after welcoming 143,008 passengers. Last year’s numbers for June were 135,069 passengers. That means a 5.9% increase for June, according to the YLW. Currently, the monthly record for passengers remains at […]

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Craft beer lovers will have to wait a little longer for the much-anticipated opening of Kelowna’s new CRAFT Beer Market. Located in the old Paramount Theatre on Bernard Avenue, CRAFT will feature beer from B.C. and around the world, as well as fresh, local and sustainable food. The restaurant, which will surely become a major […]

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Penticton, and for that matter the whole Okanagan, is “still happening.” Using that catchphrase, and hashtag on social media, Travel Penticton is hoping to rein back tourists that may be only receiving news that the province is on fire. “We are working diligently to get that message out there,” said Thom Tischik, executive director of […]

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For a limited time only this summer, CheckMate Artisanal Winery in Oliver will be providing a unique visitor experience with an architecturally stunning “pop-up” tasting room designed by Seattle-based Tom Kundig. Called The Installation, the unique “pop-up” design will provide an opportunity for guests to taste these extraordinary wines for the first time on site at […]

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Starting at $429 CAD per night midweek (Sun-Thurs) and $459 CAD per night weekends, offer is based on double occupancy. Your stay includes: Luxury Accommodation Daily Hot European-inspired Buffet Breakfast Daily 3- course dinner for two in PeakFine Restaurant Resort-wide Wireless Internet Valet Parking Access to our 40,000 sq.ft. KurSpa: o  7 Aromatherapy Steams and […]

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Construction is underway on a new $100 million winery in Oliver. Phantom Creek Estates, located on the Black Sage Bench, will grow grapes for red wines, from the historic Phantom Creek and Sundial Vineyards. The winery will specialize in Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah wines, but it will also sell Riesling, Viognier and Pinot Gris […]

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A Kelowna icewine has received a perfect 100-point score and a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. Summerhill Pyramid Winery’s 2013 “Small Lot” Semillon Icewine received the distinction last week, something Stephen Cipes, the winery’s founder and proprietor, said was “an honour.” This year, the San Francisco International Wine Competition saw […]

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A South Okanagan farm and winery is making a name for itself internationally after winning top awards in Germany. Covert Farms Family Estate, in Oliver recently won four gold medals, one of which was a Top Gold award, at the International Organic Wine Awards for their 100 per cent organic wines. “We are super excited […]

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Urban Distilleries’ Craft Spirits Honoured with Medals For immediate release July 13, 2017 • Urban Distilleries British Columbia’s Urban Distilleries Wins Six Medals Including Gold for its Paul’s Tomb Gin at the 2017 International Spirits Competition SIP Awards Urban Distilleries was awarded one Gold and two Bronze Medals at the 2017 International Spirits Competition SIP awards as […]

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Off the Grid Winery takes pride not only in their history, but in their future. The winery owners are from a long line of farmers who have lived and worked their land for over a hundred years. As BC’s first “off the grid” winery, they have an exclusive experience to offer. From solar panels to […]

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The City of Kelowna has purchased 78 acres of land south of the Kelowna International Airport for $3.99 million. The land on Bulman Road is expected to be used to expand YLW in the future. “The purchase of this property was very important to guarantee the long-term success of the airport,” said airport director Sam […]

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WEST COAST Residents Summer Offer Stay 2 nights or more and receive our “West Coast Resident” rates. Starting at just $304 CAD weekdays and $349 CAD weekends July through August! Provinces and States eligible: AB, BC, AZ, CA, ID, NV, OR, WA. Your stay includes: Luxury Accommodation Daily Hot European-inspired Buffet Breakfast Resort-wide Wireless Internet […]

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What do the BC Lions, a couple from the United Kingdom and CFJC Today’s Susan Edgell have in common? They all now know first hand what it means to be Boldly Unscripted in Kamloops and they have the video to prove it! “As far as I’m concerned, nobody is off limits”, explains Tourism Kamloops CEO, […]

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Buy Local BC has released its 2017 Okanagan and Thompson-Shuswap maps, with more than 100 participants providing fresh local produce. The Thompson-Shuswap map features more than 50 participants, 28 farms and 20 other listings, and the Okanagan map has 75 participants, including 48 farms and 25 local businesses, providing everything from fruit and veggies to […]

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A new owner is breathing new life into the heritage Plaza Hotel in downtown Kamloops. The hotel was recently purchased by Sumer Dhillon, who already owns Tumbleweeds neighbourhood pub in Dallas. Dhillon says he was looking to expand his holdings in Kamloops, and when he saw the Plaza was put up for sale, jumped at […]

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It’s been a slow start to the tourism season in the Okanagan, but Tourism Kelowna says things have started to get back to normal over the July long weekend. Chris Shauf, director of marketing and communication for the local tourism promoter, says accommodations he spoke with reported they were at capacity, or nearly sold out for the […]

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Kamloops Winery

Enjoy a locally inspired alfresco dining experience on the Kamloops Wine Trail! Starting July 1st Monte Creek Ranch Winery will be offering late dining on the Terrace! The restaurant is open daily from 11 am to 6 pm with late dining available on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 8 pm. Enjoy a wine tasting from […]

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