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Resiliency at the Heart of the Thompson Okanagan Regional Pledge   In November 2019 we launched the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Pledge entitled “Seven Affirmations for Seven Generations” drawing from rich indigenous values    1 |  TRUE ROOTS 2 |  TREAD LIGHTLY 3 |  GOOD NEIGHBOUR 4 |  TRAVEL SAFELY 5 |  LIVE IN HARMONY 6 […]

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COVID-19 has changed the way businesses in the tourism industry operates, both in the short term and long term. Admittedly, adjusting to various new health guidelines and regulations has been challenging. However, businesses and organizations in the tourism sector have displayed a tremendous amount of initiative and creativity to provide their products and services to the communities […]

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Midnight Musings from our CEO NATIONAL TOURISM WEEK #BCTourismMatters   May 24th – 31st, we celebrate National Tourism Week in Canada, and this year more than ever we need to highlight the importance of our tourism industry in the Canadian economy. The trickle-down effect of tourism businesses and operators unable to open or struggling to […]

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UPCOMING WEBINARS WEEK 5/11/2020   Return to Work Webinar: Employment Law and COVID-19 – 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday 5/13/2020 This Webinar will be featuring a team of lawyers from the law firm Fasken, who will provide information and advice on how to respond to changes employers are facing and how to properly prepare for the ‘new normal’ […]

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Sun Peaks continues to expand with seven new businesses bringing you everything from good eats to health and wellness this winter. FONDUE STUBE The Fondue Stube offers a cozy and relaxed atmosphere with traditional cheese, meat, and chocolate fondue. This one-of-a kind dining experience is complemented with wine from their expertly curated wine list. They also offer […]

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Luv’n the Loops: The Highlight Reel 380 participants, 65 local businesses, and 12 monthly tours later. Luv’n the Loops tours have wrapped up for the inaugural year. READ MORE Workshop | Accessible Tourism Join Canadian Paralympian Jessica Vliegenthart for a candid conversation about disability and accessibility for tourism operators. READ MORE Tourism Kamloops learnings, opportunities, and recaps… […]

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Year after year, the epic snow conditions, ski-in, ski-out convenience and the Village lifestyle attract potential employees to Big White – and now, there’s another draw: brand-new, fully furnished staff accommodation in Black Forest. Construction on the over $10-million project began in summer 2017, with the first of the four buildings completed in time for […]

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380 participants, 65 local businesses, and 12 monthly tours later, Luv’n the Loops tours have wrapped up for its inaugural year. From March 2019 to February 2020, Tourism Kamloops took a busload of locals each month on free, mystery tours to experience four tourism products across the city. There was one goal – ensure that every Kamloopsian can easily share […]

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The Trails to the Boundary Society, has elected Pat Henley, a Rock Creek resident as President of the Board. The Board has 7 board positions representing each of the 7 communities in the West Boundary; Greenwood/Jewel Lake, Midway, Rock Creek/Kettle Valley, Westbridge/Christian Valley, Bridesville/Baldy, Beaverdell/Carmi and Big White. The Society recognizes the values of trails […]

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VICTORIA – Rural communities affected by mill closures throughout British Columbia will benefit from $1 million in funding to develop tourism opportunities, creating new jobs for people. “British Columbia is an amazing place with unparalleled natural beauty that we are proud to invite the world to come explore,” said Premier John Horgan. “This tourism investment […]

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For Immediate Release January 30, 2020 – Tourism Kamloops has joined the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Limitless campaign, announcing at the 4th Annual BOLD Hospitality Awards a $50,000 donation to fund hands-on learning opportunities for students. Limitless is the university’s largest-ever fundraising campaign, with a goal to raise $50 million for TRU’s 50th anniversary, in support of students, […]

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Pop artist Billie Eilish might have taken home five Grammys last night – but on Saturday night, closer to home, at the Okanagan Housing Awards, Big White’s Snowpeaks Lodge was the big winner! The construction company responsible for the stunning 7,500 square-foot private chalet, Weninger Construction & Design Ltd., in partnership with Linda Trenholm Design, […]

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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE More than $38,000 was raised by SilverStar Mountain Resort staff at the Sausage Sizzle fundraiser held on Wednesday afternoon. Local businesses, staff and hundreds of people came together at SilverStar to raise money for Australia while the country battles one of their worst wildfire seasons in history. “Wednesday’s fundraiser was […]

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For Immediate Release December 17, 2019 Penticton, BC. Just in time for the festive season, Cannery Brewing’s Kindling Imperial Stout is sure to light your fire. The rich and delicious Kindling is the perfect complement to Canada’s winter wonderland. Ian Dyck, co-owner of Cannery Brewing explained, “The Kindling is an Imperial Stout, brewed with coffee, […]

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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SilverStar Mountain Resort is excited to announce that Saturday morning the Powder Gulch Express lift, on the mountain’s backside, will open for the winter season. With the opening of Powder Gulch, all mountain lifts will officially be open. SilverStar has also opened Brewer’s Pond for skating and Paradise Camp restaurant […]

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Valemount, BC (December 10, 2019) –  Visitors to one of Canada’s most breathtaking destinations, Mount Robson Provincial Park, have a new place to stay with the opening of the Comfort Inn & Suites in Valemount. This new build addition to the area is located close to the entrance of Mount Robson Provincial Park, the highest […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BLUE RIVER, BC – The first guests of Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing (MWHS)’s 50th Anniversary season have arrived in Blue River, and the operation is excited to embark on the festivities at the resort throughout the next four months. In 1970, MWHS was established by founder, owner and heli-skiing pioneer Mike Wiegele. Today, MWHS […]

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019: Kelowna, BC – Joining forces to create greater economic impact: that’s the goal of a first-ever partnership between the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) and Tourism Kelowna. The two organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly leverage the region’s key industry sectors to generate business investment and attract […]

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After winning a prestigious national tourism award and being named best ski resort in the Okanagan last week, Big White Ski Resort has another reason to celebrate. Local chalet, Crescendo, was voted “Canada’s Best Ski Chalet” at the 7th Annual World Ski Awards in Kitzbühel, Austria this past Saturday. Upon learning the news, Crescendo owner, Mitch Perlman, said […]

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Big White Ski Resort is honoured to be chosen as winner of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s 2019 Pursuit Attraction and Adventure Award. The award ceremony, which took place Wednesday night in Ottawa, celebrates the best in Canadian tourism. “What a thrill to be honoured in the nation’s capital in front of the best […]

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Sun Peaks

We are open! On Saturday, November 23, Sun Peaks Resort was the first BC interior resort to kick off the 2019/20 ski and snowboard season! Competition for first chair was fierce this year, with a challenge thrown down in the early morning hours of last winter’s Opening Day leading to two groups showing up within minutes […]

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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mother Nature pulled through and SilverStar will open about 25 kilometres of groomed, packed and tracked set trails in the upper alpine trail system, this Saturday. The Nordic trails opening this weekend are accessible from the village via Cross Mountain Trail or Pinnacles Trail near the Brewer’s Pond Base. “We […]

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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SilverStar Mountain Resort is excited to release a one-of-a-kind video created by well-known filmmaker Mike Douglas with Switchback Entertainment, out of Whistler. The film, Storybook Adventures, is meant to take skiers, boarder’s and bikers into an enchanted wonderland revealing all the aspects that make SilverStar so unique. “The film displays […]

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The countdown to opening day of the ski and snowboard season is on! With several October snowfalls already giving us a taste of the good stuff, stoke for another awesome winter is building fast. From new businesses in the village to new events, there are plenty of exciting changes in store this season at Canada’s second largest ski […]

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For Immediate Release OLIVER, B.C.: Funding approved by the Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. (FESBC) facilitated the protection of Baldy Mountain Resort, the community, and the resort’s future sub-divisions with a 350-metre-wide fuel break. The last wildfire moved through the area in the 1930s. Since that time, a stand of dense fire-prone trees has grown back. The […]

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