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The BC Lions are roaring into Kamloops again The multi-time CFL Grey Cup champs will be holding their eighth consecutive training camp in the Tournament City this week. First-year Lions will get their first taste of CFL action with a three-day mini-camp from May 25-27 and the full squad will hit the field beginning May 28. […]

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Directed by BC’s Got Talent Spotlight Winner Allan Hopkins. Indian Road Trip, a Telefilm Micro-budget comedy directed, produced and written by Allan Hopkins will be in production in Merritt and the Lower Nicola Valley, BC May 24 – June 4.  Hopkins was awarded the Whistler Film Festival’s BC’s Got Talent Spotlight last year, and was  […]

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Jeff Martin, a British Columbia winemaker with more than 40 vintages in two hemispheres, dominated at one of California’s oldest and most respected wine competitions. La Frenz Winery on the Okanagan Valley’s revered Naramata Bench won four gold medals, including a best of class award, at the Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition. Formerly known as […]

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Oliver council voted unanimously Tuesday (May 23) to approve an 80-room hotel on the site of the Centennial RV Park. The vote followed a lively but respectful public hearing which drew 200 people and 40 speakers, split evenly in favour and opposed. “Everybody collectively believes that we need a hotel in Oliver,” said Mayor Ron […]

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PENTICTON, BC – Travel Penticton, Tourism Summerland and Discover Naramata are working in partnership with Destination BC to promote Chain of Events. Now in its second year, the Chain of Events campaign will continue to use the website www.okchainofevents.com and social media handles @okchainofevents as platforms to promote upcoming cycling events, rides, tours, camps, lessons and clinics. Originally […]

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Residents now have access to a new state-of-the-art public viewing platform at the Vaseux Lake Wildlife Refuge in the South Okanagan. Area dignitaries, volunteers and residents gathered at the location Friday for the grand opening of the three-storey structure, known as a bird blind. “I am extremely happy,” said project manager Eva Durance. “I think it’s going […]

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Tourism Kamloops demonstrated its ‘Boldly Unscripted’ approach to destination marketing last night at the mysterious Tranquille laundry facility. The new brand and tag line – Boldly Unscripted – invites visitors to explore Kamloops and encourages them to experience an authentic story-filled adventure much the same as local residents do. In spirit of the new brand, […]

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2017 Kettle Valley Express cover

The 2017 #5 edition of the Kettle Valley Express is now available on line at www.kettlevalleyexpress.com and in print at Visitor Centres near you. We have had significant growth this year, adding 16 more and recreating a larger, more informative Rail Trail map, included in every issue with 10,000 extra maps printed this year as […]

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Tourism Kamloops completed a first ever Value of Tourism analysis and the results are clear: tourism is a key economic driver for the City. Using Destination BC’s Value of Tourism Model, the research evaluated commercial accommodation sector data to produce estimates of overall tourism visitation and expenditures within the city. The research gathered data from […]

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Golf course rankings for 2017 are starting to come in, and Tobiano is very honoured to still be holding their position as the #1 public course in British Columbia! Canadian Golf Magazine named Tobiano Golf Course in Kamloops the #12 course in Canada in their 2017 Top 50 + Next 10 rankings, giving them the […]

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The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce didn’t have to look far for its new executive director. The 1,350-member organization has hired Dan Rogers, previously with the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce, for the job. In his three years at the Vernon chamber, Rogers oversaw an increase in members, advocacy, partnerships and chamber programs. Before moving to […]

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Five premium cabins are to be built this summer, with a planned total of 25 new cabins to be constructed over a 5-year period. Complete road paving will be done around the Resort from the highway exit to the Pinewoods building. Guests will enjoy the finished renovations and refurbishing of Pinewoods Dining Room and lodge […]

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From its humble beginnings during The Great Depression, the Okanagan wine industry got its roots in Kelowna. Starting in 1932, Calona Wines (now called Calona Vineyards) was the first of its kind in the valley. At the time, Kelowna was a small town, with an economy based on apples and a port service, said Sandhill/Calona […]

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Health should be a key priority for everyone, yet too often the chaos of everyday life gets in the way of relaxation and healing. Luckily, Watermark Beach Resort has come up with the perfect solution: combine a lakeside holiday with rejuvenating add-ons in an inspired, outdoorsy setting. This spring, the resort is rolling out the wellness welcome […]

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WestJet Airlines launching a new discount airline service makes good business sense, says the director of Kelowna International Airport. Sam Samaddar says it’s still unknown what markets the no-frills, low-cost flight option will access. “At this point I don’t know any more than you do, other than I know why they are going in that […]

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Some North Okanagan residents will soon have their say on a proposed recreational corridor. On Wednesday, the Regional District of North Okanagan board approved an electoral approval process to borrow $2.17 million to purchase the former Canadian Pacific line from Spallumcheen to Sicamous. “If we communicate what’s involved, people will understand the value in pursuing […]

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Tourism Kelowna spends hundreds of thousands of dollars each year promoting the city. But, it’s unexpected events like an impromptu visit by the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks that help put the city on the map. The Ducks made news across North America when they decided to step away from the hustle and bustle of the Stanley Cup […]

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Pacific Coastal Airlines announced the addition of a new flight between Victoria (YYJ) and Kelowna (YLW), effective June 5. The additional flight leaves YYJ at 11:45 a.m. and arrives at YLW at 12:50 p.m. The return flight will leave Kelowna at 3:45 p.m. and arrive back in Victoria at 4:50 p.m. “It’s great to see […]

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STAY THIS JUNE Stay this June with this rate offer starting at $289 CAD / $212 USD* per night midweek (Sunday – Thursday) and $319 CAD / $234 USD* per night weekends (Friday & Saturday). Your Stay includes: Luxury Accommodation Daily Hot European Buffet Breakfast for Two in PeakFine Restaurant Access to KurSpa (40,000 sq.ft.) including: 7 Uniquely Themed Steams and Saunas […]

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Apex Mountain Resort has been sold. A new group, calling itself Apex Mountain Resorts Partnership Ltd., has purchased all outstanding shares of the South Okanagan resort, taking over operations immediately. The group is led by Mike Duggan, a B.C. ski industry veteran of over 30 years, who has held senior roles at Sun Peaks, where […]

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Kelowna B&B , A View to Remember B&B, Green Tourism

A View to Remember B&B located in West Kelowna is proud to announce that they have received Gold Level Certification from the world’s largest and most credible sustainable tourism certification program. A View to Remember B&B was the first B&B to be Green Tourism Certified. Their initial rating was Silver giving them the opportunity to […]

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After 18 months of preparations, Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards is now open at Greata Ranch, north of Summerland. Gordon Fitzpatrick, president of the vineyards, said the winery had a soft opening earlier this month. Organizers are now planning for a formal opening While the winery is new, the Fitzpatrick family’s connection to the Okanagan wine industry […]

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Whatever you call them — millennials, Generation X or the Internet generation — the people born in 1977 to 1995 are a boon to tourism in Kelowna. “The demographic of the tourists coming to Kelowna is getting younger,” said Tourism Kelowna CEO Nancy Cameron. “Millennials (those aged 22 to 40 this year) are active urbanites […]

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A place where you’ll uncover fun, adventure and rejuvenation around every corner. A place where you can do as much, or as little as you wish. You know, golfing, cycling, sipping, savouring, swimming, hiking, laughing, reading, relaxing, sharing, celebrating, reconnecting. Doing … whatever you want. Getaway this spring. Relax, unwind, have fun. We invite you […]

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The community of Salmon Arm is the recipient of nine original teak Chinese wooden dragon boats that were brought to Canada to introduce the sport of dragon boating during Expo 86 in Vancouver BC. These boats are part of a truly unique Canadian collection that also includes six yellow cedar Taiwanese dragon boats. The collection […]

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When you walk through downtown Kamloops, certain things stick out, whether it’s the shops, restaurants or the Sandman Centre. But for some in the city’s hospitality industry, there was something missing. Now there’s a chance for locals and visitors to learn about how downtown Kamloops came to be and what it used to look like. […]

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What better way to create demand for Kelowna and inspire travel to our area than by leveraging some of the beautiful user-generated content (UGC) that’s available?   It doesn’t matter the time of year, you don’t have to look far to see someone snapping a photo of the sunset, the lake, their friends enjoying themselves, or the plate of food […]

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