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Air Canada Express is pumping up its Western Canada routes for this summer’s peak period, including the Vancouver-to-Kamloops run. In a news release, Air Canada says it is deploying more of its Bombardier Q-400 aircraft, a move meant to result in “enhanced services for customers”. Starting this spring, the Vancouver-to-Kamloops route will run four times […]

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It used to be a nightclub, but these days the former Mule on Martin Street is being transformed into Penticton’s newest craft brewery. Hatchery Brewing took delivery of its huge brewing tanks Thursday morning (Feb 14), a big leap forward toward getting the facility up and running. “Today’s a big day. It’s a project that’s been […]

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Travel Penticton’s “Real Time” social media campaign, which ran throughout July and August received much attention from business owners, members of the public and other tourism organizations. Executive Director, Thom Tischik explains; ‘2018 was a challenging year for tourism throughout BC, dealing with the physical and negative economic impact of forest fires in the province. While […]

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Michael Alexander is tired and cold, but what he is working on these past few days might just be the best ice wine ever. The winemaker says the team at Summerhill Pyramid Winery started picking for ice wine late Sunday and started processing the fruit around midnight. “It is actually quite amazing with how warm […]

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International Gateway Kelowna is very pleased to welcome a group of 24 university students from Nagoya for the 8th year in a row for a 3 week customized ESL+Customer Service and Volunteer Program. Students will be volunteering in the community for 1 week at a number of local businesses and non profit organizations. The students […]

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Another ultra-low-cost carrier is going to be flying out of Kelowna. Canada Jetlines Ltd. announced Thursday it has reached an agreement with Kelowna International Airport to fly out of the Okanagan, subject to the completion of the airline licensing process and the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals. “The Okanagan region represents a very significant leisure […]

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As both a summer hot spot and winter wonderland it is no wonder Kelowna is a vital Canadian vacation location. A new report from a popular Canadian vacation rental marketplace has placed the city in the top 10 most travelled to places in the nation. CanadaStays released its 2018 Canadian Vacation Rental Year in Review […]

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Another low-cost airline will soon enter the airways of Kelowna International Airport (YLW). Swoop began its initial service last summer with flights out of Abbotsford and will now expand to Kelowna. Starting on May 24, 2019, Swoop will provide non-stop service from YLW to Winnipeg Richardson International Airport (YWG) three times per week. “Kelowna is […]

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The Village of Valemount will have a new top administrator starting in February, and in a way it’s a homecoming. Wayne Robinson lived in Jasper from 2002 to 2008 and says he looks forward to moving back to this area as the Village of Valemount’s new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). “To me, this is like […]

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A new passenger record has been set for Kamloops Airport. Roughly 351,631 people flew in and out of YKA in 2018, compared to 314,364 in 2017. Managing Director Heather McCarley says that 10.6 per cent increase can be attributed to a number of factors. “I believe that the aviation industry has seen some good growth over […]

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Today, Kelowna International Airport (YLW) released its final passenger numbers for 2018, with figures showing airport travel reaching an all-time high at YLW. In 2018, passengers totalled a record-breaking 2,080,372, a 31 per cent increase or more than 486,700 passengers over the last three years—becoming the 10th busiest airport in Canada. “Surpassing 2 million passengers […]

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The Summerland Chamber of Commerce has opened nominations for its 81st annual Business Excellence Awards. The awards aim to recognize the best of local business through 12 categories. While nominees will come from the public, the chamber says the award winners will be determined after a “conversational-style interview” with a three-person panel. “It was really […]

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Registration is now open at Valemount College for two PTIB accredited post-secondary certificate programs: Tourism Administration, and Rural Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. Set amongst the breath-taking beauty of spectacular mountain ranges, our smaller class size offers a friendly alternative to the impersonal world of large, urban post-secondary education institutions. In addition, for every full-time […]

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At 8:30am on the morning of Christmas Eve, the brand new Orient quad chairlift opened to our guests and residents. The completion of the Orient project was highly anticipated by many people, especially those guests and locals with accommodation in the East Village, who were looking forward to the improved skier access it provides between Sundance, Morrisey, and the main village. […]

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Changes have been made to a jewel of the North Okanagan. Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon is now adult only, and it will no longer be available for weddings or wedding related events. In a release to media, the high-end luxury resort stated that it was staying true to its vision as a destination health and […]

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Big White Ski Resort opened its new, $4-million Powder 2.0 Quad Chair on Friday (Dec 14). The lift provides skiers and boarders access to 13 fresh runs previously closed this season. “Exams can wait,” said Marcos Avina, one of 12 people to win a ride on one of the first chairs. “It was so nice. […]

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Distinctly Kelowna Tours has changed hands. Former owner Debbie Dupasquier has moved on to become an outside regional sale representative for Bluestar Coachlines, an executive-style, luxury motorcoach travel service. Distinctly Kelowna Tours, which has been a part of the Kelowna landscape since 2003, has been purchased by Terri and Michael Metcalfe of Roots and Vines […]

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BC Tree Fruits was a big winner when the second annual Cidercraft Awards were handed out on Monday (Dec 17). The Kelowna company received double gold recognition in the hopped cider category for its Broken Ladder Apple & Hops. Cidercraft Magazine is the only publication dedicated to cider in Canada and the United States, and […]

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First company in North America to introduce Finland's biodegradable containers

Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm is a 4th generation family farm located in Kelowna, that has been working towards a more sustainable model for a number of years. This week they became the first company in North America to import a new biodegradable wood chip container from Finland to present four of their premium products […]

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Kelowna is Canada’s most famous year-round resort destination and the perfect place for a learning holiday. The city boasts mild and sunny weather and is well known for its pristine beaches, abundant orchards, award-winning wineries, championship golf courses, and ‘champagne’ powder skiing. This Executive Tour program attracts office workers, executives, corporate and incentive groups and […]

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The Tourism Kelowna Society held their Annual General Meeting today (December 11) at the Kelowna Yacht Club where they updated stakeholders on how the destination market organization continues to grow Kelowna’s national reputation as a four-season outdoor destination of choice. Reports from the CEO and Board of Directors highlighted the success of the major events […]

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Corcelettes Estate Winery has recently acquired a large parcel of land on the Keremeos Upper Bench in the Similkameen Valley. The current Estate is nestled against the black rocks east of the Village of Keremeos. The new property wraps around the Estate from the north, and adds higher elevation, south facing, desert plateau vineyards. “This was […]

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A newly discovered cave in a remote valley in British Columbia’s Wells Gray Provincial Park might just be the country’s largest. The feature was spotted by a helicopter crew from the province’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in March, when they were conducting a caribou census through the northeastern part of the park. Geologist Catherine Hickson, […]

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Winemakers in the Valley are on standby, waiting for the perfect night to harvest grapes for ice wine. Summerhill Pyramid Winery assistant winemaker Michael Alexander says ice wine is a premium product. “It is difficult … to make, and it is a risk,” he said. Countries like Germany only get to make ice wine once […]

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