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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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The University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) and Okanagan College have signed a letter of co-operation to explore the creation of a Green Construction and Training Centre (GCTRC) in the Okanagan Valley. The centre will see researchers, staff, students and senior management at the two post-secondary institutions work together to to create innovative, low-cost and […]

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The Penticton Indian Band is in talks with one of the founders of the Area 27 private speedway to build an “adrenaline super park” on PIB land. The First Nation says it is currently conducting due diligence and community consultation on a partnership between itself and Avion Developments Inc. for the construction of a family […]

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Business English Course South Okanagan Immigrant & Community Services (SOICS) is offering a free language training course for clients interested in pursuing a professional career in the business and hospitality industries. The course includes business conversations, intercultural awareness, unwritten rules in the workplace, idioms, pronunciation clarity and effective business writing. Students will have the option […]

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Senior management from Okanagan College and the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) are about to team up on a new “green collaboration.” A press conference has been scheduled for Thursday morning at Okanagan College’s Penticton campus to reveal the details about a new partnership between the two institutions, which will “further applied research and […]

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Ogopogo Tours received the Sustainable Resource Industry Excellence Award from the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber. This recognizes their commitment to sustainable tourism including the first Biosphere Industry certification in North America. Their right-sized vehicle policy, alternate fuel use and carbon neutral certification allow them to operate with net zero emissions. The goal of Ogopogo […]

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Kelowna businessman Saug Sekhon is tearing down a perfectly good hotel near the corner of Highway 97 and Highway 33 in Kelowna. “Kelowna is a destination for tourists and this product wasn’t good enough from our experience,” said Sekhon. So it’s coming down. In its place: A brand new hotel with American flair. Microtel — […]

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A new sign that speaks to the Penticton Indian Band’s roots in the Okanagan was unveiled Wednesday afternoon at Manitou Park in Naramata. The idea of assigning an Indigenous name to the park arose through an ongoing collaboration between the Regional District of the Okanagan-Similkameen and PIB. When suggestions for the name “Eagle’s House” came […]

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Effective October 9th, 2018 Hoodoo Adventure Company announced today that together with local investors they have purchased Chute Lake Lodge in Naramata BC and will take over operations effective immediately. The Hoodoo-led investor group intends to invest in renovations to refresh the historic recreation property while ensuring to honor its history in order to offer […]

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The results of the 2018 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards are in, and we are pleased to announce that Monte Creek Ranch Winery took home a medal! In 2018, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, with support from the Government House Foundation, and The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society announced a new partnership in recognizing […]

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O Spa Health & Wellness Centre is proud to have earned our QAA designation. Our achievement as one of only 21 Spas in Canada to have the Quality Assurance Approved Spa distinguishes O Spa as an industry leader. It  sends a clear message to our guests that we adhere to the highest industry standards related […]

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Letter from the Publisher of The Kettle Valley Express travel guide for South Central BC To all our valued Kettle Valley Express advertisers and stakeholders. This year has seen two major events that impacted the economy of Grand Forks and much of South Central BC, which is the coverage area of the Kettle Valley Express. […]

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Ground has been broken on a 15,000-square-foot wine centre and dining lounge at Mount Boucherie Estate Winery in West Kelowna. “Our winery opened in 2001. We are really blessed to have about 200 acres of vineyards across the Okanagan, and this is our moment to have a great winery experience centre to match the vineyards that we farm,” said general […]

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A View To Remember B&B, a Gold Certified Green Tourism Approved Accommodation, is pleased to announce they are the 2018 recipient of the Greater Westside Board of Trade Key Business Award for Sustainable Green Business. As the first B&B in BC to be Green Tourism Certified, and achieving the GOLD certification this last year, we […]

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The countdown to winter has officially begun in Sun Peaks. This list will help prepare you for hitting the slopes on opening day, November 17! LOAD UP ON CARBS AT OUR FALL FESTIVAL Now’s the time to start loading up on some carbs in preparation for those colder months. Save the time and effort of […]

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It’s been a long time coming, but the Okanagan Rail Trail will officially open later this month. The eagerly awaited official opening takes place Sept.27, and everyone is invited to attend the celebration that will begin at 11 a.m. at the Oyama Boat Launch on Wood Lake, 15455 Oyama Rd. The boat launch will be closed for […]

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There are only a few more weeks left this season to get out to the new cidery that opened its doors in Armstrong this past June. Farmstrong Cider Company has already made a name for itself across the North Okanagan. “It’s been fantastic,” said Halee Fried, co-owner, Farmstrong Cider Company. “We’ve had a great response […]

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