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Mathieson Heritage Services, stewards of the Grist Mill and Gardens Provincial Heritage Site since 2013, has accepted a ten-year lease of the site with the Province of BC effective immediately. As part of the lease arrangement, “Mathieson Heritage Services” will turn into “Grist Mill CCC”, a new Community Contribution Corporation (C3). [Details here.] “We’re thrilled […]

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A group of film and television industry representatives from Vancouver were given the grand tour of the Okanagan Thursday, with the hopes of bringing work from the Coast. Jon Summerland, Okanagan Film Commissioner, took the group of 20 industry men and woman around Kelowna and Vernon, stopping at several studios, facilities and local businesses. “We’re […]

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Cider lovers rejoice. The Okanagan Craft Cider Festival is coming up on May 6. BC Tree Fruits Cider Co. is hosting the first annual event at its cidery at 880 Vaughn Rd. in Kelowna. Sample ciders from 14 cideries from across B.C., including: BC Tree Fruits Cider Co., SunRype Cider, Howling Moon Craft Cider, Wards Hard Apple Cider, Left Field […]

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If you are looking to fill positions for the summer, post your openings on go2HR’s job board, BC’s #1 free job board exclusively for tourism and hospitality employers. With nearly 40,000 visits per month, go2HR’s job board reaches an extensive pool of qualified candidates looking for frontline, supervisory, management, or executive positions. It is promoted […]

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This past week TOTA welcomed another bright young individual to the team, Theresa Schroeter! Visiting us for six months from Germany, her international perspective, propensity for languages and ambition for education make her an amazing addition. It is another example of the way in which millennials worldwide are taking new and unique approaches to learning, […]

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The artists of Courtyard Gallery have teamed up with the Royal Canadian Legion in Enderby to paint a Poppy Art Mural on the Legion wall to celebrate Canada’s 150. The help us succeed, donations are welcome.

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Big White Ski Resort hosted the Ski Mag team from Montreal last month. The result was a 22 minute TV show that aired in Quebec, garnering impressive viewership. The segment features skiing and terrain as well as Snowshoe Sams, the Village Center Mall, the Kettle Valley Steakhouse, Sundance Cabins, and Sundance Resort in the first […]

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It’s a sesquicentennial celebration in watercolours. “150 Banners for 150 Years by 150 Citizens,” is the first of a series of events and activities devised by Festivals Kelowna to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. “‘150 Banners’ is one of about 11 projects we will be rolling out this year in honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial,” said […]

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Baldy Mountain Resort has announced that the 1st annual Baldy Mountain Marathon, to be held October 1, 2017 (Sunday), will officially open registration this Friday –  April 7th, 2017. The Baldy Marathon will host more than 1,500 passionate runners in the Full Marathon, 20K, 10KM and Kid’s Run. “The Baldy Marathon will be like no […]

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KELOWNA – Okanagan residents can get excited for spring, and not just because of the warm weather. The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society is holding its twenty-third year of spring festivities soon and that’s giving some a reason to celebrate. From May 4 to May 14, local wineries will take part in the festival to mark […]

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The new viticulture diploma at Okanagan Culture received $600,000 in funding from the provincial government today. Penticton MLA, Dan Ashton, made the announcement today at Poplar Grove Winery. “The agrifoods sector is continuing to exceed growth expectations, and the province wants to ensure that our future generations have the skills and training that B.C. needs […]

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Big White Ski Resort and Peak Pride are excited to announce that Kelsey Serwa, Olympic silver medalist, reigning FIS World Champion and Winter X Games champion, will be leading the festival’s pride parade as grand marshal on Saturday April 8. The Parade is one of the events in the line-up for Peak Pride, Canada’s newest […]

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The 21st annual Kamloops Film Festival (KFF), which ran March 2 to 11, 2017 at the Paramount Theatre was another resounding success. KFF 2017 set records for the number of films, the number of students in attendance, and the level of sponsorship support. The ten-day festival saw an audience of over 4,600 patrons, six industry […]

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The federal government just announced new changes to Express Entry. Effective June 6, 2017, additional points will be awarded to candidates who have strong French language skills. The Express Entry system currently awards points for language ability in either of Canada’s two official languages—English or French. On June 6, 2017, Express Entry candidates with strong […]

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The Tesla Model S is the world’s fastest sedan and you can now rent this 100% battery powered, electric vehicle in the Okanagan through Power Trips. Owner, Ryan Silverthorn, explains “we offer something very unique in the Okanagan Valley, an experience that is luxurious and exhilarating, yet environment friendly. After having noticed an increased interest […]

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Wednesday, April 19 – Science Centre Lecture Series Solar Power in the 21st Century: Roads, Planes, Buildings and Fields Dr. Michael Mehta, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Thompson Rivers University Dr. Mehta will review the current state of solar power, discuss various applications, and profile Canada’s first solar road which is being built […]

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A lifelong local resident has gifted the Okanagan Rail Trail a very large donation to help kick off the spring community campaign to finish the trail. “When I first heard about the CN abandonment and the concept of rails to trails, it was a distant vision with huge potential,” said retired businessman and philanthropist George […]

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Orofino Winery is proud to announce that they have received Gold Level Certification from the world’s largest and most credible sustainable tourism certification program. Orofino opened its doors in 2005 with Canada’s first energy efficient strawbale winery and later added a significant solar power component to the tasting room. Recently owners John and Virginia Weber […]

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CCSAA announces that the 2017 Annual Conference will be at SilverStar Mountain Resort in British Columbia, Canada.  The event dates will be April 4 & 5, 2017. The conference is scheduled to host over 20 ski resorts from across North America. This year’s event will be packed with interactive grooming, maintenance and snowmaking elements as […]

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An agreement to transfer the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce’s Festival of the Grape to the Oliver Tourism Association in 2018 is moving forward faster than originally expected. Oliver Tourism assumed control of the festival Saturday, a year ahead of schedule, to allow the Chamber to work more with its business partners. “We have come to a […]

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The Okanagan Chef’s Association in partnership with Okanagan College presents The First Annual Tourism & Hospitality Career Fair! Calling all Restaurants, Hotels, Wineries and Tourism – Reserve a booth today for the opportunity to meet future valued team members, gain new industry contacts and promote your business! When: Sunday, April 23 from 11am – 2pm Where: Center […]

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A joint exhibit with photographer Bill Fell and painter Liz R. Derksen showing their contrasting interpretations of nature. Bill Fell is a photographer who uses film and developing techniques to produce stunning black and white photography. Liz R. Derksen creates colourful interpretations of nature with acrylic paint. Bill Fell … began his photography career in […]

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News Release: April 1, 2017 The Shuswap, British Columbia – It was a very very good news day for Shuswap trails Friday morning with the announcement of Provincial support to assist with purchasing the Sicamous-to-Armstrong abandoned rail corridor. This is a game changing step closer to realizing the vision of a continous greenway trail corridor between Sicamous and […]

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This is not the first time that I have mentioned the outstanding group of young people that joined the TOTA team last May as a result of federal funding but yet again they have absolutely shown me how very talented they are. While throughout our region there is a backdrop of spectacular scenery and incredible […]

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Valemount Ski Resort Map

The Village of Valemount is ready to welcome Valemount Glacier Destinations with open arms. The proposed ski resort, that will feature North America’s second highest drop, received the green light to go forward with the project from the government yesterday. “The ski resort is a great fit for the town,” said Adam Davies, who serves […]

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Wicked Wine Tours

KELOWNA, British Columbia – March 30, 2017 – Wicked Wine Tours™, which provides exceptional tour experiences as the premier tour operator in the Okanagan for visitors and residents, today announced the launch of Kelowna’s first exceptional food tour. Guests will embark on a mouth-watering adventure and experience Kelowna’s culinary gems, visiting some of the best […]

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