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We, the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, are pleased to announce that we have been nominated for the North America’s Responsible Tourism Award! The World Travel Awards voting is now open with the deadline approaching in a few months. The World Travel Awards serve to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism […]

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Tourism is one of the most unique and interesting industries in the world. It brings people together, improves communications, builds relationships, provides education, is an outlet for cross-cultural experiences, promotes understanding and in doing so creates a vehicle for peace.  And notwithstanding all of these lofty outcomes, Tourism can also bring tremendous fun and joy […]

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In an effort to finish the Okanagan Rail Trail, Predator Ridge Resort near Vernon has started a campaign fundraiser. The local golf resort challenges the community to raise some cash and they will match any donations up to $25,000. “What we want to do is invite the community to raise $25,000 and Predator Ridge is going […]

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A festival dedicated to showcasing British Columbia food and wine returns to the Okanagan Valley this month, with an “outdoor extravaganza” at a well-known B.C. winery. The BC Wine Insititute’s Chef Meets BC Grape event is back for its second year, this summer scaling back its presence in the Okanagan to include events in Vancouver and Calgary. […]

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The BC tourism industry is one of the largest employer of youth – one-third of employees are between the ages of 15-24. Entering the workforce for the first time can be intimidating for young workers, and statistics show that more than half of workplace accidents involve young and new workers during their first six months […]

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The largest street fair in the North Okanagan is set to return this weekend, Vernon’s summer kick-off party, the Sunshine Festival will take place along 30th Avenue in Downtown. More than 15,000 people are expected to take in the excitement on Saturday. Visitors will be able to enjoy a day of live entertainment, food, shopping, and […]

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The Golf Course at Sun Peaks Resort is now open for 2018 and we’re looking forward to another amazing golf season here in the mountains! If you’ve yet to tee off at our course, here are five reasons you should add it to your golfing hit list this year: YOUR BALL FLIES FURTHER Forget about expensive new […]

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Summer is in full swing in Osoyoos! That means the lake is jumping with activity. For those who enjoy quiet contemplation on the shimmering water, paddleboards, kayaks and canoes await you. If you’re hoping for a little more zip, jetski and speedboat rentals are yours for the taking! The team at Watermark is happy to […]

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This 120 hour certificate program prepares participants to teach ESL to both adults and children. In class (2 weeks) or online (9 weeks) options are available. The program is composed of 50 hours of pre class assignments, 50 hours in class time and 20 hours of homework and assignments during class time. A 25 hour optional […]

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It’s expected construction will begin this fall on a $725,000 revitalization of the trail network on Giants Head Mountain in Summerland. The final trail redevelopment plan is being presented to council next week, outlining multiple phases of work that will see just over six kilometres of trails improved, while a similar amount are decommissioned. Just […]

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I rode the KVR Okanagan Trestles Tour route starting at Gillard Road to Penticton on Wednesday May 30.  We skipped Myra Canyon because we know that section is great and well maintained by BC Parks. The trail inspection ride was organized by Travel Penticton’s Executive Director – Thom Tischik, we were joined by two other […]

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Christina Lake Tourism, supported by RDKB Area C, will be hosting a series of two Familiarizing (FAM) Tours on June 26 and Sept 10, from 8:45am-4pm.  Inviting local Business and tourism ambassadors, Regional and Provincial tourism stakeholders, and media, to an all day tour of Christina Lake.  Experiencing the lake on all levels, from high […]

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With the sudden and unexpected death of Anthony Bourdain this week it was once again brought home that no matter what one’s life circumstances are or appear to be on the surface, even the most unlikely of individuals can carry with them an intolerable weight and sadness. To the world, this man lived a life […]

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Residents of Copper Desert Country are benefitting from a $24,000 contribution from the Federal Gas Tax Fund to expand the wheelchair-accessible trails at Isobel Lake. “We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and everyone should get to experience our parks and trails,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and […]

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It’s our “let our hair down, pop some corks and celebrate the harvest” event, and is a wine and food event for wine enthusiasts to plan an Okanagan Fall weekend around. An evening celebrating the coming of harvest featuring distinctive wine tastings from 28 Naramata wineries, local cuisine, and live music. Our member wineries are […]

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Kelowna’s newest craft beer restaurant is set to open downtown. Craft Beer Market, built on the former Paramount Theatre site on Bernard Avenue, will officially open its doors June 28. “We’re thrilled and excited to get the doors open finally,” said owner PJ L’Heureux. The Paramount closed in March 2016. Five months later, construction crews […]

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A vineyard in the Osoyoos area has been given approval from the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen to build a cosmic-looking winery on its property. Osoyoos Larose Estate plans to build a winery about four hectares in size on its hillside property between Highways 97 and 3, located at 17808 103rd Street. Renders of the winery show a […]

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It’s back for its 25th year entertaining the city. Music in the Park is celebrating its silver anniversary this year, and this week the schedule for the 2018 outdoor concert series was announced. The nightly concert series begins on Canada Day at Riverside Park and runs every night throughout the summer, with a weekly show […]

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From 11am-1pm on Saturday, June 16th, the South Okanagan Desert transforms into a New England Seaport!   Come and witness 7 stellar Canadian chefs compete in the Devour! Osoyoos CHOWDER SMACKDOWN   Chefs from Nova Scotia, BC, and Alberta present their enticing takes on this classic seafood dish. A panel of judges will decide this year’s […]

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Wine & Stay Packages Welcome to Wine country. Combine a wellness stay with the delight of exploring some of BC’s most renowned wineries. All Wine & Stay Packages are based on double occupancy for two-night stays. Resort Inclusions: Daily Hot European-inspired Buffet Breakfast for 2 in PeakFine Restaurant Complimentary WiFi Valet Parking Included KurSpa Inclusions: […]

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Surround yourself with the beauty of the Okanagan sunshine while you immerse yourself in a wellness experience. Rates starting at $309 CAD / $239 USD* per night weekday (Sun – Thurs) and $339 CAD / $262 USD* per night weekends (Fri – Sat). Offer is based on single or double occupancy. INCLUDED WITH YOUR STAY Resort Inclusions: Daily Hot […]

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We have a fantastic lineup for our 1st concert festival event! We have room for 3 great bands – Honeymoon Suite, Appaloosa, The Young’Uns – to finish the day off right on the Sunset Ranch Golf Course grounds! Gates open from 5:00pm – 10pm. Everyone registering to golf will have a free ticket to the […]

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Industry professionals and local representatives from Chase businesses were treated to a fantastic day experiencing everything Chase, BC has to offer. Visitors from both the Lumby and Armstrong Chambers of Commerce, TOTA, Shuswap Tourism and many local businesses were hosted by delegates from Chase, including Mayor Rick Berrigan and Chase Chamber manager, Ali Maki. Some […]

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SuperHost launch

Vancouver, BC – go2HR – BC’s tourism human resource association – relaunched the revitalized SuperHost, including new and refreshed courses, at Science World on May 31, 2018. The event honoured the historical roots of the program, bringing back beloved Expo 86 mascot “Expo Ernie” to celebrate the relaunch! SuperHost was originally launched in 1985 in […]

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The Fat Cat Children’s Festival is a non-profit organization that has been serving the Okanagan for over 25 years! The festival is back for its 28th year and we are excited as it is just around the corner! This year the theme for the festival is “World of Wonder.” The festival will take place in Waterfront […]

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There is a feeling that can best be described as awe-inspiring when you step into any one of our historical government buildings located across this country. Whether you are visiting the House of Parliament in Ottawa or in our own Provincial Legislature in Victoria the magnitude of the work that has taken place during this […]

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A new Minister’s Tourism Engagement Council (MTEC), with a diverse membership to help guide government’s tourism policy, strategy and program implementation, has been announced by Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Beare made the announcement to media and tourism industry stakeholders prior to the first official gathering of the council this morning. “This council […]

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