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The Thompson Okanagan is committed to being an inclusive and welcoming destination and through our brand new travel guide, we will be highlighting barrier-free tourism experiences throughout the region. Do you offer accessible parking? Do you have an accessible entrance? Do you have an accessible washroom? If your business is friendly for those with mobility […]

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The Trails to the Boundary Society, has elected Pat Henley, a Rock Creek resident as President of the Board. The Board has 7 board positions representing each of the 7 communities in the West Boundary; Greenwood/Jewel Lake, Midway, Rock Creek/Kettle Valley, Westbridge/Christian Valley, Bridesville/Baldy, Beaverdell/Carmi and Big White. The Society recognizes the values of trails […]

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Last weeks announcement of additional $1 million in regional funding facilities, through the BC tourism regions such as TOTA, for rural communities negatively effected by Mill closures is a tremendous collaboration between the Ministry of Forest Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development together with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, and Destination BC. […]

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Advertising Space in the 2020 Route 97 Road Trip Map is now 85% Sold! Secure your spot now to avoid disappointment. Due to overwhelming demand, a Route 97 Road Trip Map will be published and distributed across BC and WA in 2020. Advertising opportunities are now available for interested stakeholders. Where Will the Map Be […]

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Vancouver, BC (February 6, 2020): The BC Hotel Association (BCHA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ingrid Jarrett as president and chief executive officer. Ingrid brings to the position more than three decades of experience in business leadership, strategic hospitality & tourism development and successful collaboration with partners and stakeholders. She is the first […]

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VICTORIA – Rural communities affected by mill closures throughout British Columbia will benefit from $1 million in funding to develop tourism opportunities, creating new jobs for people. “British Columbia is an amazing place with unparalleled natural beauty that we are proud to invite the world to come explore,” said Premier John Horgan. “This tourism investment […]

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For Immediate Release January 30, 2020 – Tourism Kamloops has joined the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Limitless campaign, announcing at the 4th Annual BOLD Hospitality Awards a $50,000 donation to fund hands-on learning opportunities for students. Limitless is the university’s largest-ever fundraising campaign, with a goal to raise $50 million for TRU’s 50th anniversary, in support of students, […]

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[Kelowna, BC, February 3, 2020] – On March 8, International Women’s Day is being marked with a special 5-course collaborative fundraising dinner by The Paisley Notebook at Liquidity Wines in Okanagan Falls. All profits from the fourth-annual dinner will be donated to Foundry Penticton and Kelowna, South Okanagan Women in Need Society and Slow Food […]

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The Australian bush fires have claimed twenty-nine human lives with the loss of wildlife estimated at one billion animals. Over ten million hectares of habitat has been consumed by flames. To date, a landmass larger than the Thompson Okanagan has been destroyed leaving 244 animal species without sufficient food or shelter. Not yet halfway through […]

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For Immediate Release Wednesday January 29, 2020 Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League in association with the 2020 Memorial Cup Presented by Kia Host Committee have confirmed the schedule and start times for the 102nd edition of the league’s prestigious national championship which takes place May 21-31 in Kelowna, British Columbia. The host Kelowna […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) and go2HR are proud to announce a renewed partnership between our organizations. TOTA and go2HR are teaming up to enhance regional efforts to align tourism businesses with the Biosphere Certification and the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. As part of the Biosphere Adhesion Program, go2HR will be providing […]

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Pop artist Billie Eilish might have taken home five Grammys last night – but on Saturday night, closer to home, at the Okanagan Housing Awards, Big White’s Snowpeaks Lodge was the big winner! The construction company responsible for the stunning 7,500 square-foot private chalet, Weninger Construction & Design Ltd., in partnership with Linda Trenholm Design, […]

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The Province and its partners are leading a review to ensure B.C.’s trails remain sustainable for people’s outdoor enjoyment. In 2019, the Provincial Trails Advisory Body, co-chaired by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (Recreation Sites and Trails B.C.) and the Outdoor Recreation Council, began a process to complete a […]

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Biosphere Adhesion Monthly Newsletter Why Measure Sustainability?  Measuring business practices, as it pertains to reducing negative impacts, establishes a baseline and framework for the development of programs/projects, such as waste reduction projects, energy-efficient programs and carbon measuring adoption. Measurement is also essential in communicating progress, anticipating new requirements and managing the progress towards the sustainability goals. This […]

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Regional Monthly Highlights: Read the full report here: Thompson Okanagan Monthly Overview – December Update Total Visitation from Canadian travellers to the Thompson Okanagan Region increased by 12% in December 2019. British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario are the top 4 Visitor Origin Locations. BC visitation increased by 25% in December Alberta visitation decreased by 7% […]

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Following eight busy days of sleigh rides over the Christmas holidays, the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs received a New Year donation of $3000. Horse Drawn Okanagan hosted their 3rd annual sleigh ride event at a new venue in Armstrong with resounding success. With 11 draft horses and four sleighs running simultaneously, the event was at […]

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Clara Schumann, an “astoundingly talented” pianist and composer, was at the centre of a triangle of talent in the mid-19th Century, along with her husband Robert Schumann and his student Johannes Brahms, from which emerged some of the most admired and influential music of the Romantic period. It was also possibly the most tragically romantic […]

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