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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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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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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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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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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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The first full-service hotel in the Town of Oliver is taking shape, and is about a month away from opening to the public. Mundi Hotel Enterprises began building the 80-room Coast Hotel on Station Street in November, and the projected opening at the end of June will come just over seven months after construction began. […]

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A major donation has brought the Okanagan Rail Trail fundraising campaign very close to completion. The $1.45 million donation comes from the estate of an Okanagan pioneer, Harry Weatherill. Weatherill directed the executors of his will, his three nephews, to provide funds for a recreational facility for members of the public and for senior citizens […]

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Youth Vacation Program (ages 8 to 18) – 1 to 8 weeks IGK’s most popular camp combines morning English as a Second Language (ESL) lessons with dynamic afternoon activities in Canada’s #1 summer destination! In past years IGK has hosted students from Japan, Mexico, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Korea, Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Iran, Italy, Spain, Slovakia, Switzerland, Canada, […]

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Experience the Canadian Wilderness in a safe environment while learning the skills required for venturing out for overnight hiking trips on your own. This 4 day course begins Thursday afternoon. Friday morning will be spent in the class and the afternoon in the field. On the third day (Saturday) Peter will guide the class into […]

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There will be a rockin’ opening to Vernon second ice sheet in September. The city’s newest arena is attached to Kal Tire Place and three days of activities are planned to celebrate its opening, including a concert by ’80s rock super bands Platinum Blonde and Loverboy. Dean Francks and Calvin Cane of CFI Productions are […]

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The Barley Station Brew Pub in Salmon Arm likes to think it is ahead of the curve when it comes to Restaurant recycling. The first thing to go was plastic straws. In the summer of 2017 the owners (Kathy & Stu Bradford) daughter Emilie, who was working in the popular pub showed her parents a […]

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Summer play at the Sun Peaks Resort Golf Course is coming fast! Our team has been out on the course mowing greens and reclaiming fairways from the rapidly retreating snow, getting us ready for our targeted opening day on Saturday, May 26. With 2018 memberships now on sale and just a few more weeks before you can hit the links again, […]

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Okanagan Nation Aquatic Enterprises Ltd. (OAE) has completed the construction of a new Salmon & Seafood storefront. Tour agencies can book times to stop by the storefront to sample smoked Salmon treats, while learning about the artisanal Indigenous commercial fishery and the Okanagan Nation Alliance’s Okanagan Sockeye recovery program. Salmon tasting selections from our three Indigenous […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) is pleased to announce the launch of a new sustainability initiative for regional tourism stakeholders and communities that will continue to put emphasis towards responsible tourism development practices, upholding our region’s commitment to its importance. During the Central Okanagan Tourism Industry Showcase, a collaborative event between Tourism Kelowna, the […]

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Penticton city council is giving its support to the idea of a boutique hotel in a vineyard on the Naramata Bench. Tony and Barbara Holler, owners of Poplar Grove Winery, are hoping to build a 20-room, four-storey hotel on a piece of land adjacent to their winery at 468 Lower Bench Rd. The land is […]

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Tourism officials in British Columbia’s southern Interior are hoping that flooding and evacuations won’t discourage tourists from visiting over the Victoria Day long weekend. While rivers such as the Similkameen, West Kettle, Kettle, Okanagan and Granby have been flooding, and evacuation orders have been issued, the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association says there’s still lots for […]

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Having a strong family heritage is not something to be taken for granted. Seeing the passion and legacy of farming passed down to the 4th generation is not only a joy, but a rarity; less than 5% of family businesses stay in the family. With that in mind, the Davison’s feel blessed to be able […]

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It’s almost mission complete for the Okanagan Rail Trail. A $7.8-million fundraising target set nearly two years ago seemed almost insurmountable, but donations from individuals, clubs and businesses have brought it within reach. And, thanks to a generous contribution from a local family, plus a recent funding pledge from the federal government, the trail between Vernon […]

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The B.C. government is proposing legislative amendments that would change the names of three provincial parks. The province says the new names will better reflect the historic and cultural significance of the parks as part of reconciliation efforts with Indigenous people. Brooks Peninsula Park on Vancouver Island will be renamed to Mquqwin/Brooks Peninsula Park. Mquqwin means “The […]

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On May 19, the official grand opening of the Kelowna Paddle Trail will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and will feature Kelowna’s largest floatila (water parade). The approximately 27km Trail is a unique way to explore the lake and offer a fun way to visit some of Kelowna’s beaches and parks. Paddlers […]

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Sun Peaks will be buzzing this summer, and not just from the bees in the alpine blossoms. 2018 will see over $60 million in activity completed, or underway, to improve Sun Peaks’ overall guest experience. Highlights include: construction of a highly anticipated chairlift connecting the East Village area, planning for the multi-purpose Sun Peaks Centre, the transformation of the Sun Peaks […]

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Kelowna’s Tree Brewing Co. will shut down its Richter Street production facility at the end of the month as it moves much of its beer-making operations to Vancouver. The move comes after the company that owns the Tree Brewing agreed to a joint venture with Calgary’s Big Rock Brewing Company. The agreement will see Fireweed Brewing […]

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Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park has grown by 16.4 hectares after the province recently bought a parcel of private land. The land, known as the Harvard Road vacant acreage and located on the north end of the 7,677-hectare park, was purchased by the government for $947,000. “The parcel of land contains an open forest and grassland ecosystem, […]

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