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Tourism Valemount is proud to announce the completion of the Website Re-development of VisitValemount.ca with services provided by Symphony Tourism Services, a subsidiary of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association. Check out some of our new features: New Social Wall: What People Are Saying About Valemount (Instagram posts) Improved Business Directory Listings Improved Event Listings New: Blog Posts New and […]

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A Vernon café has launched a reusable coffee mug program designed to vastly reduce the amount of waste of to-go drink orders. Ratio Coffee and Pastry drew inspiration from a program that has has successfully garnered high levels of acceptance in Australia and other countries. The HuskeeCup is made from repurposed coffee husks and non-toxic, BPA-free plastic. The cup features […]

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International Gateway Kelowna is the only school in Canada offering EIKEN. The current  program runs until the end of June. EIKEN is an abbreviation of Jitsuyo Eigo Gino Kentei (Test in Practical English Proficiency), one of the most widely used English-language testing programs in Japan. It is offered at 7 levels: Grade 1, Grade Pre-1, […]

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It’s lights, camera, and action at West Kelowna’s Quails’ Gate Winery. The musical film documentary The Lake/N’-ha-a-itk has begun filming at the winery. The film is an expansion of live performances that took place at Quails’ Gate in 2014. The production was based on B.C. composer Barbara Pentland’s 1952 opera and a true-life event in the […]

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Two prolific South Okanagan winemaking regions are now able to market themselves as distinct regions on bottle labels. The Naramata and Skaha benches are the two latest sub-appellations to be approved by the provincial government, allowing wineries to differentiate themselves from the rest of the Okanagan. “The Okanagan Valley has always been known as one […]

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The federal tourism minister is coming to the Okanagan for lunch next week. The Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce is bringing in Melanie Joly to speak about Canada’s new federal tourism strategy and how it will create new opportunities for jobs and generate economic growth that benefits everyone. The lunch will be held […]

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A major movie industry conference will be held in Kelowna early next month. ShowCanada 2019, an annual conference that brings together all sectors of the film industry from Canada and the U.S., will take place June 4-6. It is co-ordinated by the Movie Theatre Association of Canada. “Our delegates look forward to experiencing new parts […]

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Ironman is coming home to Penticton. City council voted unanimously Tuesday (May 7) to have city staff move forward with negotiating a five-year agreement with Ironman Canada to bring the iconic race back to the city. “Ironman coming back to Penticton is like a divorced couple getting back together again,” Coun. Julius Bloomfield said, explaining […]

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One of the ‘HOTTEST’ programs at International Gateway Kelowna for ages 30+ is Practical ESL+’Hot’ Yoga in conjunction with the Hot Box Yoga. This year we have hosted students from Quebec, Switzerland and Japan for this unique 2 week program. This program begins weekly year round for ages 19 and up. International Gateway Kelowna (IGK) […]

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The team at Penticton’s TIME Winery is celebrating today (May 9) and checking stock levels, after capturing the inaugural Best of Show award at the Okanagan Wine Festivals BC Best of Varietal competition. TIME Winery CEO Harry McWatters and winemakers Graham Pierce and Nadine Allander attended the awards ceremony, and the trio was thrilled when it was announced that TIME […]

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The Regional District of North Okanagan has started working on enhancing a portion of the Okanagan Rail Trail at the 3.7 kilometre mark. Additional funding has been received from a private donation for the improvement and restoration of select areas along the Okanagan Rail Trail in Kelowna, Lake Country and the RDNO. Improvements will include […]

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Vernon’s SilverStar Mountain has been recognized as one of the top ski resorts in North America for environmental performance. The Star was the only Canadian resort to receive a nomination for the 2019 Golden Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence from the National Ski Areas Association. Silver Star was up against U.S. giants Vail Resorts, Colorado, Sun […]

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86 years since the family business was first established in Vernon, Davison Orchards is now open for another busy season of agri-tourism. Vernon’s favourite family destination is ready for what’s to be expected as the best year on record and that’s a tall order. In 2018, over 300,000 people came to experience everything the farm […]

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Crowds gathered on the banks of the Penticton Channel Thursday morning to see thousands of sockeye salmon babies off on the start of their journey to the ocean. The annual Okanagan Nation Alliance fry release is part of an ongoing effort to revitalize the sockeye salmon population in local waterways, and educate the public about […]

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Taste the delicious wine and indulge with a locally inspired alfresco artisan menu while relaxing amongst stunning views of the South Thompson River. Monte Creek Ranch Winery is delighted to announce their new partnership with Chef Romeo and Uptown Chefs Catering & Events. Chef Romeo’s passion for showcasing local ingredients that represent a sense of […]

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Join International Gateway Kelowna’s worldwide network of more than 1300 travel agents and make great commission on all individual and group bookings. Here’s an example of what you can earn: IGK is currently hosting a Mexican youth group (ages 8 to 17) for a customized morning ESL and afternoon activity and cultural program for 9 […]

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Listening to Kevin Johnson talk, you can’t help but get lost in the long history surrounding the property he and his wife Darcie now watch over. It all got started, he says, approximately a century ago. The combined population of Kelowna and Penticton was a mere 7,000, and the First World War was just wrapping […]

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In celebration of Earth Day, we are proud to announce that the Kelowna Visitor Centre has received Gold Certification from Sustainable Tourism. This certification comes on the heels of Tourism Kelowna becoming a Biosphere Committed Entity earlier this year. During construction, the visitor centre task force was focused on making the building as efficient as possible. By entering into […]

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The results are in. The residents of Penticton do not like Air Canada’s new schedule at the Penticton airport. The City of Penticton has released the results of a survey it launched after Air Canada announced it would be cutting its early-morning and late-night flights in and out of the community in favour of larger planes. The changes are […]

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On Wednesday, May 15 R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum, located at 751-Highway 97B in Salmon Arm, opens for the season.  It is a lovely place that offers a unique and authentic experience for visitors to come and explore our rich Heritage. Set on 40 acres of the prettiest farmland in the Shuswap, the Heritage […]

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The Kelowna Hotel Motel Association held its second annual Heart of Hospitality Awards luncheon last Thursday at the Best Western Plus Hotel where 37 nominees were honoured for their service delivery over and above expectations. Award Categories included Heart and Soul which was awarded to Shannon Gauthier, assistant housekeeping supervisor at Coast Capri Hotel, Service […]

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The Okanagan’s only drive-in theatre is just 30 days away from opening day. Enderby’s Starlight Drive-In Theatre will open for the summer on May 3, a Facebook post from the theatre revealed. The theatre is one of the Okanagan’s most popular summer attractions for both locals and tourists. It’s located at 5341 Hwy 97A, 22 […]

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It will not be long before Merrittonians can sip on IPAs, lagers and sour beers brewed right here in the Nicola Valley. Kyle and Kelly Hall are coming close to unveiling their craft micro-brewery — dubbed Empty Keg Brew House — and have pegged mid-April for an official opening. The pair has already jumped through most of […]

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The City of Penticton has approved the operation of a bed and breakfast at one of the city’s oldest homes. Council unanimously approved a rezoning Tuesday to allow the business to run at 434 Lakeshore Drive West. According to the Canadian Heritage Registry, the Warren House was built in 1912 for J.J. Warren, president of the Kettle […]

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