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Those flying from Kelowna to Vancouver, Edmonton or Toronto can now save a little more on their travel costs starting. On Friday (Dec 15), Kelowna-based Flair Airlines begins service as the first ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC) in Canada to fly from Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ) and Kelowna International Airport (YLW). The […]

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Wine tasters brought their palates out in record numbers for the 10th annual Big Reds Wine Festival on Friday and Saturday at Big White Ski Resort. The two-night event saw more than 600 guests flow through the Village Centre Mall sampling the handcrafted wines, making it the best attended Big Reds to date. Big Reds […]

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SilverStar is shining for the season! The Mountain Resort celebrated the annual Christmas Light Up Friday evening, with an array of events. The annual Christmas Light Up included vendors in the village. The mystical “Trail of Lights” snowshoe adventures, free Sleigh Rides and the light show throughout the village. There was also entertainment from the Kinshira Performance […]

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Since 1999, Sun Peaks Resort LLP and its guests have supported the Kamloops Food Bank through donation drives. The largest and most successful is the annual High Five Day, held at the beginning of the winter ski season. On December 4, 2017, thousands of skier and riders hit the slopes on High Five Day, contributing $10,240 in cash […]

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Big White Ski Resort in conjunction with Coast Capital Savings has entered into an agreement as the official naming sponsor of the immensely popular Cruz the Blues event series. Cruz the Blues is an on-mountain scavenger hunt challenging participants of all ages to ski or snowboard Big White’s 44 blue runs over a two-day period […]

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Throughout the winter, promotion of Route 97 continues with a focused effort of marketing in British Columbia, Alberta and Washington State. The objective is to create awareness of winter product available and inspire travel to the region. All operators with winter product receive a free link on the Wonder of Winter section on Route 97. Send […]

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OpenTable has come out with their top rankings for B.C. restaurants. Only one restaurant outside of Vancouver managed to crack the list and that was a Kelowna winery. A total of 14 B.C. restaurants are ranked among the best 100 dining rooms across the country, according to OpenTable’s new year-end list. The list is based on […]

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Some of the fastest cross-country skiers in North America went head-to-head at the Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre last weekend The Haywood NorAm & Sprints/USSA SuperTour races are a national series for Canada and the U.S., sanctioned by Cross Country Canada (CCC) and the United States Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA). “This year’s NorAm was a […]

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Summerland will soon have a JK to Grade 12 international school offering boarding. Unisus International school is the only one in Western Canada which will offer day, weekly, and  international boarding and will accept applications beginning January, 2018 from JK to Grade 9 for September, 2018 school year. Bus transportation for students to and from […]

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Last week I heard a startling statistic.  Our BC food banks currently assist over 103,000 people every month, a full third (34,000) are children and these numbers are continuing to grow. These statistics are overwhelming in a province and country of so much wealth and prosperity. While the holiday season tends to bring a renewed […]

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Five small BC wineries, intervening on behalf of a coalition of more than 100 BC wineries, had their day in court on Thursday, December 7, during a rare two-day hearing at the Supreme Court of Canada. The wineries were represented by Coulson Litigation. The R. v. Comeau hearing addressed the legal barriers to inter-provincial shipping of Canadian […]

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Baldy Mountain Resort is happy to confirm that they are opening this Friday, the 8th December. The Sugarlump chair and the magic carpet will be operating. General Manager, Andy Foster said “After the early November snowfall we had some mid-November rain and have had little snow afterwards. Meaning we are not in a position to open […]

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CITAP, Winter Event, Asia Pacific, RTO,

TOTA continues to support CITAP and recently attended their 21st annual Winter Event at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver. TOTA is a long time member of the association. Canadian Inbound Tourism Association – Asia Pacific (CITAP) is committed to further developing Canada as the preferred destination for Asia Pacific travellers. CITAP was established in 1997 […]

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The South Okanagan is bustling with seasonal excitement, as Baldy Mountain Resort hosts its opening weekend. With our Ski & Stay packages, snow lovers can take full advantage of the incredible Okanagan powder, as well as the great amenities that Watermark Beach Resort has to offer. Contact us today to book your ski getaway! For […]

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TOTA, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Jonview Training, Destination BC

As part of Team BC, Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Media Specialist for TOTA travelled to Toronto and Montreal November 27 – December 1 to present regional iconic experiences at Explore BC to over 40 key Travel Trade accounts. Joining other Destination BC, Aboriginal Tourism BC, and BC regional partners, Explore BC presentations focused on […]

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Start the year off right with a midweek stay at Sparkling Hill Resort this January. Rates start at $199 CAD per night midweek (Sun – Thurs). Offer is based on double occupancy. INCLUDED WITH YOUR STAY Resort Inclusions: Daily Hot European-inspired Buffet Breakfast for 2 in PeakFine Restaurant Resort-wide WiFi Complimentary Valet Parking KurSpa Inclusions: 7 Uniquely […]

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Hollywood has once again set up shop in Vernon. A field off of Commonage Road near the Allan Brooks Nature Centre has been turned into a movie set for the Second World War film Peace. Crews have erected several small and large army tents, brought in vintage army vehicles and dressed people as Second World […]

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The Shuswap’s reputation for working together despite seeming odds and limited resources continues to grow with the latest gathering of the Shuswap Regional Trails Roundtable last Wednesday hosted in Chase. Provincial leadership at the event acknowledged the gathering is unique in BC. 37 organizations were represented by over 70 representative leaders from throughout the Shuswap […]

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British Columbia remains a top tourism destination, according to newly released numbers from Statistics Canada. Figures from September show 4.6 per cent growth over the same month in 2016, with more than 26,000 more visitors arriving in B.C. The total year-to-date international overnight custom entries to B.C. are also up 3.1 per cent, with more […]

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A new multi-purpose cultural facility for Greater Vernon has moved a step closer. Regional District of North Okanagan directors have hired Diamond Schmitt Architects from Vancouver to work with RDNO and community partners on the project. The goal of this project is to develop a building solution that will meet the site and infrastructure needs […]

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The Okanagan Basin Water Board is not alone in advocating for more measures to protect against invasive zebra and quagga mussels from invading the Okanagan valley watershed. It just feels like it sometimes. At two recent public meetings, OBWB staff presentations about the current state of the invasive mussel prevention concerns have echoed sentiments about […]

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Mountain bike enthusiasts from near and far will have another reason to invade the countryside surrounding the beautiful Nicola Valley. Two passionate local riders — Travis Fehr from Breathe Bikes (BB) and Darch Oborne — have completed the mapping of the EPIC 150, a monolith of a route linking all four local mountain bike riding […]

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On Friday, December 1, the community of Big White Ski Resort welcomed the start of winter with a very special celebration that included a 30ft. bonfire and the highest altitude Drive-In movie in Canada. After another beautiful day on the slopes, blasting through Big White’s 111cm alpine base of fresh powder, families gathered in the […]

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Oliver’s Baldy Mountain Resort will officially open for the skiing and snowboarding season this Friday (December 8). The Sugarlump chair and the magic carpet will be in operation Dec. 8, with the third lift to open in the coming weeks. “After the early November snowfall we had some mid-November rain and have had little snow afterwards,” said […]

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Dinner-and-a-movie tickets are valid at either Salmar Theater (Classic or Grand) for any showings from December 7th to January 1st.  We have asked our participating eateries to tie these tickets to a dinner special on Wednesday nights (December 7th, 14th, and 21st).  With the purchase of a Dinner and a Show Special, diners will receive a […]

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These days, having vegetarian options is not enough. Aside from personal beliefs, many people have allergies to wheat, corn, dairy and eggs. More and more, individuals are choosing customized diets that help them feel their best. With these changes, Chefs and restaurant alike have the opportunity to make adjustments and begin broadening the reach of […]

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Ring in the new year at Sparkling Hill Resort this December. Enjoy our Casino Royale experience complete with casino tables, live entertainment and dancing, all part of our 2-night New Year’s Eve Package. Package Rates starting at $499 CAD/$413 USD per night for two adults. This is a 19+ event only. Package Inclusions: 2-nights’ luxury accommodation New […]

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