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A group of hospitality businesses in Osoyoos, B.C., wants to bring an oil field work camp to the South Okanagan to house seasonal hotel and motel workers. The 49-bed camp is currently in Fort McMurray, Alta., and would be trucked to Osoyoos at a cost of approximately $100,000, said Watermark Beach Resort General Manager Ingrid Jarrett. “They are single […]

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As part of Team BC, TOTA attended Destination Canada’s Canada Media Marketplace in San Francisco April 8 – 11 to promote the Thompson Okanagan region to top US Media. Canada Media Marketplace (CMM) is about great storytelling. The annual event brings together the best in US travel media with provincial/territorial and regional Canadian tourism organizations, […]

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The 5th Annual Giants Head Grind – Christopher Walker Memorial Race, returns to Summerland, BC on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Runners, Walkers, Crawlers… and again this year Cyclists are invited To “Climb The Giant” in Summerland, BC from Peach Orchard Park to Giants Head Peak. The Summerland Rotary Club utilizes the funds raised for Colon […]

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Further to the announcement on February 8 about the revision of general minimum wage in the province, Minister of Labour Harry Bains announced today the revision of minimum wages for five additional worker groups. These include liquor servers, who will see their wages rise incrementally starting June 1, 2018 to reach at least $15.20 per […]

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Everything’s coming up Spring in the South Okanagan! Take advantage of our sunshine and pleasant weather this season. Watermark Beach Resort has a special rate for spring. Enjoy our well-appointed, full-kitchen suites, the freshest local farm-to-table fare at the Restaurant at Watermark, and the perfect temperatures for biking, hiking, or lounging by our beautiful pool, starting […]

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This lively industry-insider event is your opportunity to stand in the spotlight and tell hundreds of local tourism professionals and the community about the new and exciting things that are happening within your business this season. Get some valuable face time with the people that are the go-to source for the best spots to stay, […]

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Okanagan Falls, BC – April 17, 2018 Who says lightning cannot strike twice? Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery is proud to announce that it has won Best of Show at the 2018 Cascadia Wine Competition held recently in Washington State, for its 2017 Pinot Gris. Last year Wild Goose won best of show for the […]

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Craft beer and cider enthusiasts from BC and beyond gathered in Penticton to celebrate this past weekend.  A hopping good time was had by all who attended the 23rd Annual Okanagan Fest of Ale and organizers are calling it the best event to date. “We are always very fortunate to attract some of the best […]

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It’s time for your Spring renewal. Focus on whole body wellness with this special May local offer from Sparkling Hill Resort. Local rates starting at $239 CAD per night weekday (Sun – Thurs) and $269 CAD per night weekends (Fri & Sat). Offer is based on single or double occupancy. INCLUDED WITH YOUR STAY Resort Inclusions: Daily Hot European-inspired […]

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Courtyard Gallery will be celebrating its Fifth Anniversary on Saturday, April 28 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  In gratitude for the support of our community, an invitation is being extended to you to come out and share in the birthday cake and celebrate with the artists. Focusing on the work of local artists only, […]

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Mother’s day brunch at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club is the perfect way to show the amazing mothers in your life just how special they are! Chef Tim has designed a mouth watering menu drawing inspiration from fresh, local ingredients.  Our brunch offers a great variety of items, it’s sure to please everyone in your group! […]

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The federal government is donating $1.3 million to the development of the Okanagan Rail Trail. “Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament for Kelowna–Lake Country, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, was in Lake Country Thursday to announce the federal funding for the Okanagan Rail Trail project,” according to a Government […]

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Extreme Rodeo… Not to be missed! Featuring 10 of Canada’s top bronc riders and stock competing for thousands in prizes in beautiful Armstrong, British Columbia. Also showcasing the jaw dropping 6 man Ring of Fear and 4 man Mexican Bull Poker special events. This professional Extreme Rodeo will highlight 35 of Canada’s top bull riders […]

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Mother’s Day is Coming Soon! What better way to show Mom you love her than with a beautiful, fresh, locally-inspired brunch by the lake? Watermark Beach Resort’s Mother’s Day Brunch tickets are on sale now. Give her the gift of a weekend getaway (and let someone else do the cooking!) The sun is shining, the […]

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Wine lovers will get the opportunity to taste a variety of vino in just a few weeks time. The 20th annual Kamloops Wine Festival runs from May 5 to May 12, and will offer an array of wine-related activities at restaurants all over the city, with funds raised going directly to the Kamloops Art Gallery. […]

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The Okanagan Rail Trail received a big boost Thursday afternoon in Lake Country. Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr announced $1.3 million in federal funding on behalf of Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi. The 50-kilometre multi-use trail project spans four communities: the City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, Okanagan Indian Band and Regional […]

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Traveller numbers soared at the Kamloops Airport during the first three months of 2018. YKA recorded its busiest first quarter on record, welcoming 92,471 travellers through January, February and March. It reflected a 5.8% increase over the same period in 2017. Airport managing director Heather McCarley said she couldn’t attribute the surge to anything other […]

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Soon, you’ll be able to further identify where some of your British Columbia Vintners Quality Alliance (BC VQA) wine is coming from. Later this year, the Ministry of Agriculture will be establishing four new wine regions in B.C. The new regions are the Thompson Valley, Shuswap, Lillooet and Kootenays. Currently, B.C. has six official geographical […]

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Spring is now in the air here in Sun Peaks! The long days of spring sunshine will soon be uncovering our beloved dirt trails from their snowy hibernation, and we can’t stop daydreaming about the upcoming summer of biking ahead. Speaking of summer, mark your calendars for opening day of the Sun Peaks Bike Park on […]

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A long-standing attraction in Cache Creek, B.C., is taking a shot at making a combeback. Semlin Valley Golf Course shut down after over 30 years in operation, because of last summer’s devastating wildfires, owner  Brenda Whitehead says. The property, mostly ranch land, is owned by Whitehead and her common-law husband. They have decided to take a […]

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What are some current tourism labour market trends in BC? How can I be an employer of choice? Where can I find resources to help me recruit and retain good staff? Where do I start when it comes to setting up my health and safety program? Where can I turn for help to train my […]

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The province of B.C. has announced a new  wine award. The Office of the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, with support from the Government House Foundation and The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society, is pleased to announce a new partnership to recognize the best of British Columbia wines by creating the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards. […]

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Spring is in the air and the Vernon Farmer’s Market is getting ready to return for the year. The popular market will once again set up in the parking lot of Kal Tire Place starting Thursday, April 19. The 2018 season will mark the 39th year for the market that features numerous items from local […]

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The Ministry of Transportation continues to gather public feedback on its Highway 1 Kamloops-to-Alberta four-laning program. The Ministry hosted the project’s second open house on Feb. 1, to gather public input on options under consideration for the Trans-Canada Highway 1 RW Bruhn Bridge and Approaches Project. The project involves four-laning about 2 km of Highway 1 in […]

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The embers are still hot on another record-breaking winter season at Big White Ski Resort, which closed on Sunday, April 8, following the second annual Season Ender Slush Cup. Big White Ski Resort would like to thank all its season passholders, guests and the local communities for the continued support for what was truly a […]

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Celebrate the wonderful women in your life all throughout May with our Mother’s May Special package. Rates starting at $299 CAD / $234 USD* per night weekday (Sun – Thurs) and $329 CAD / $258 USD* per night weekends (Fri & Sat). www.sparklinghill.com/mothers-day-offer Package Inclusions: • $100 KurSpa credit • In-room truffles upon arrival • […]

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