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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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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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