Manic Monday – Get up, get out and hit the trails…

Have you ever taken the time to experience some of our region’s Rail Trails and see first hand what we and so many of our visitors are talking about?  Fall is the perfect time to get up, get out, and hit the trails….. or if you have ridden or hiked them before, find a section you haven’t done – there are literally hundreds of kilometers to explore. The rail trail grade is never more than 3 percent so almost anyone can take on the challenge without too much complaining from your muscles!

I have had the opportunity to cycle a portion of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail from Chute Lake to Penticton;  a great adventure that should be on everyone’s bucketlist. From the unique history of the Chute Lake Lodge where the owners, who have been there for 50 years, are still famous for their pie, to the spectacular views as you pedal high above Okanagan Lake with all of this followed by a  mouth watering market pizza at Joie Winery perfectly paired with a glass of pinot blanc. Travel the world if you like but these jewels exist right in our own back yard. The entire experience definitely left me wanting more.

These former rail lines have the ability to put the Thompson Okanagan on the world stage in ways we have never seen. Travelers from around the world are motivated to seek out places to visit based on criteria that we are well equipped to meet with products such as the Rail Trails.

Get up, get out and see what we have and what they may become…you’ll be glad you did..


A Few Highlights From This Weeks News Centre

Thank you to everyone that came out for this years 25th Anniversary Golf Tournament (View the photo album on Facebook) that took place September 2nd at the Bear Golf Course. The day was spectacular and perfect for Golf with the rain holding out until we were all inside for dinner. Thank you to the Bear Golf Course and their staff for all of their efforts in making the day and the dinner a great success.

September 1st certainly did feel like the beginning of fall with temperatures adjusting down but there are still a lot of tourists in the region and some of the best times to travel are in the fall. Events abound over the next few weeks with Bike for Your Life Century Ride taking place in the Shuswap (read more); Freak’n Farmer at Covert Farm (read more); and an Eating contest in Downtown Kelowna (read more) to name just a few.  Some major news this week included the much awaited transfers of lands from CP Rail to the Penticton Indian Band between Summerland  and Penticton (read more); minimum wage increase announcement (read more); and Vernon announced as this years location for Hometown Hockey (read more).

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