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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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Coming next winter, a brand-new quadruple chairlift will be installed at Manning Park Resort ski hill to replace the existing Orange Chair. At a large gathering on Sunday morning, General Manager, Vern Schram, made this major announcement at the ski hill location where the new lift will be installed. Schram stated that “work will commence […]

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Tourism Kamloops is adding a Digital Marketing Specialist to the team in 2019. Read below for full details on the position. Digital Marketing Specialist (link to PDF here) Full time, Permanent Tourism Kamloops promotes Kamloops as an attractive, affordable and accessible getaway for outdoor enthusiasts, families, athletes and weekend warriors. We lead innovative marketing strategies to […]

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Kelowna golfers who aren’t ready to put away the clubs for the winter are in luck. Shadow Ridge Golf Club has announced that the course will reopen to players Nove 29 and plans on staying open throughout the weekend. For those who haven’t checked their calendar recently, that means December golf! With Kelowna expecting milder […]

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The Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce has a new board of directors for 2018-19. “The chamber has been a part of the community for 87 years,” president Peter Rotzetter said. “We are looking forward to working together with our members, municipal partners and the community to make Armstrong Spallumcheen an even better place to do […]

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Sun Peaks Resort’s favourite Olympian is no stranger to accolades, Hall of Fames, or ‘best ever’ lists. Since her famous victory at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France and record success on the World Cup circuit, the name Nancy Greene Raine is familiar to every Canadian winter sports fan. This time, however, it’s decades of work […]

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Some ski hills in B.C. are delaying their opening day, but not Big White. Big White has seven runs open and a 66-centimetre snow base, with three lifts open. Jim Loyd, sales director with Big White, tells Castanet: “the Ridge Rocket will spin at 8:45 a.m. and we’re celebrating opening day with a party at the bottom […]

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Anyone who has every been to Wells Gray Provincial Park knows how spectacular the falls can be, but few have seen them in the winter. This winter, the Spahats Creek Falls viewing platform in Wells Gray Provincial Park will be open to the public as it will be cleared and maintained as part of a […]

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A graduate of Brock’s Oenology and Viticulture program has once again been recognized for his winemaking at one of the most revered and influential wine competitions in the world. It was announced this week that Derek Kontkanen (BSc ’02, MSc ’05), lead winemaker at Inniskillin Okanagan in British Columbia, won the World’s Best Product Trophy […]

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Crowds of skiers and snowboarders flocked to Sun Peaks this past weekend (Nov 17-18) for the first runs of the season. Chief Marketing Officer Aidan Kelly says all things considered, it was a great opening for the resort’s 2018-19 winter season. “So about 4,000 people approximately in total over the weekend.” Over the years Sun […]

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A new hotel at a signature intersection in Kelowna appears to be on hold. In January of last year, city council approved a development permit for two six-storey towers and a multi-family apartment at the corner of highways 97 and 33. The hotel, featuring 200 rooms, would be run by the Marriott chain. However, with […]

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The longtime executive director of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce has announced her resignation. Deb McClelland will be resigning from her role effective Dec. 31 of this year. “While the board will feel the loss to the Kamloops Chamber, they are confident that, with the team that Deb has assembled, the chamber will continue to […]

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Bob Calder has decided, after 30 years, to get out of the golf business. Calder, who along with longtime partner Norm Keglovic, opened Sunset Ranch Golf Course in 1990, has sold the property. The sale is effective Jan 1, 2019. Officials at the golf course would only say the course was sold to a local […]

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Big White is investing $10 million to expand staff housing. This first of four new staff accommodation buildings was completed earlier this fall, and seasonal staff are now moving in, preparing for opening day of the ski and board season, which is just two weeks away. The $3.5-million building opened up 48 more beds for […]

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The trail formerly known as the Peterson Creek Multi-Use Pathway is ‘officially’ open, and it has a new name. The 1.7-kilometre long Xget’tem’ Trail has been accessed by cyclists and pedestrians for weeks, but on Monday (Nov. 5) mayor, council, city staff and community members gathered to cut the ribbon on the new path. The […]

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One of the Okanagan’s own chefs was recently celebrated on the national scale after his cookbook took home a silver medal in Toronto. Chef Rod Butters, co-owner of Raudz, Micro Bar & Bites and Sunny’s in Kelowna as well as Oliver’s Terrafina, published Okanagan Table: The Art of Everyday Home Cooking in August 2017. This past […]

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Destination Osoyoos (DO) will be ending its role in economic development at the end of the year to focus its efforts on tourism and marketing. That’s when a five-year contract with the Town of Osoyoos that started in 2014 to provide economic development services expires. Kelley Glazer, executive director of DO, said the decision not […]

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Valemount’s Three Ranges Brewing Company won first place in the North American IPA beer category at the 9th Annual BC Beer Awards. Tail Slap IPA, brewed on 5th Avenue in Valemount, won the judge’s favour over second place finisher Jagged Face from Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company. Third place went to Axe & Barrel Brewing Co’s […]

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Starting November 1, Hotel 540 in Kamloops will shut its doors for five months due to renovations. At the beginning of this year, the Kamloops-based National Hospitality Group announced a franchise agreement that would transform the hotel at 540 Victoria St. into a Delta by Marriott property by next spring. Along with the rebrand, the hotel is […]

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Monte Creek Ranch Winery, located just outside of Kamloops, BC, is honored to announce that they took home the TRU Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts & Tourism and Tourism Kamloops Tourism & Hospitality Award at the 32nd annual Kamloops Chamber of Commerce Business of Excellence Awards. Award Criteria: This Kamloops-area business or organization must offer […]

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BCsBestLiveMusic.ca, which offers opportunities for musicians to gain exposure and perform, was launched on Tuesday October 23. The website, which covers the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and Lillooet, also helps promote venues that support live music and helps visitors and residents find live music. BCsBestLiveMusic.ca is supported by Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia, […]

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Tourism Valemount is receiving a 150% increase in funding from the Resort Municipality Initiative. At last Tuesday’s council meeting economic development officer, Silvio Gislimberti sought permission to develop a strategy to qualify for the funding. Until 2018 Valemount was receiving $40,000 per year, now they will receive $100,000. Apart from $10,000 that can be used […]

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Poplar Grove Legacy 2014 red blend takes top spot at the fourth annual Judgement of BC at the Hotel Eldorado in Kelowna on October 24th. “Winning such a prestigious award validates what we’re doing in the vineyards, at the winery as well as the dedication and purposeful work of the team which supports the entire […]

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