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A Lower Mainland catering and events business owner is coming back to his roots by acquiring Penticton area company Joy Road Catering. “I grew up in the Okanagan in Kamloops. I have a strong tie to the area and the region means a lot to me because of the local produce and the wines and […]

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After nearly three decades of operation a Clearwater rafting business has changed hands, going under new ownership late last year. Riverside Adventures, formerly owned by Robert and Liana Beaudry, has been sold to new owner Sam Charvet, who bought the business last December. “After (almost) 30 years of rafting on this river the timing was […]

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Ground recently broke on Clearwater’s newest hotel project, which is expected to be completed in late summer or early fall. The 72 room Best Western, that’s being built on Eden Road beside the Clearwater Lodge, is sized to handle a couple tour bus loads worth of guests, and has been in the works for roughly […]

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Experienced tourism experts had a big role in designing the new tourism management diploma program at Okanagan College. The program’s first intake of students will take place this fall at the college’s Revelstoke Centre, which will also host an information session on April 16 at 7 p.m. “This diploma has been designed with a great […]

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Longer days and warmer temperatures mean there’s an exciting buzz in the air. Get inspired to spend some time out in the sunshine with these 4 reasons to visit Sun Peaks in the spring. LONGER DAYS = MORE TIME FOR ACTIVITIES The clocks have sprung forward, gifting us an extra hour of sunshine at the […]

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It’s the first official day of spring, and what better way to take in the season than to pull out the golf clubs and hit the links. Rivershore Golf Link was the first major course in Kamloops to book tee times on Wednesday (Mar 20), bringing out members and the public to enjoy the beautiful […]

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The first ever batch of Okanagan Valley maple syrup was boiling at Maple Roch in Summerland Saturday, March 16. The company has been providing maple products to the community for seven years, but just last year came up with the idea of trying to tap local trees for a purely local product. “We have tapped […]

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The Hotel Association of Canada, in partnership with the British Columbia Hotel Association, would like to share details of our short-term rental social media blitz in Kelowna that is now underway. City Council is moving quickly and we would greatly appreciate your support! The purpose of this blitz is to ensure that the newly proposed […]

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The timing couldn’t have worked better. Three Ranges Brewing Company is just releasing their seasonal beer, Mudbogger Dark Lager days after it won fan favorite at the Williams Lake Craft Beer Festival. “That was a good launch party for this year’s Mudbogger,” said Michael Lewis, the head brewer and co-founder of the Valemount based brewery. […]

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It’s no surprise to anyone that Clarence Louie was re-elected as chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band. The recent election saw Louie secure 199 votes, compared to Sandra Falkus with 43, Clifford Louie with 17 and Za Za Hall with 16. “Being voted in as chief for the 17th time is something I don’t take […]

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One of the worst wildfire seasons in B.C. history and numerous evacuation alerts caused by flooding were characterized as “smoke and high water” by Penticton’s tourism organization. Tourism Penticton representative Barb Haynes made the characterizations when she presented to council at city budget deliberations last week. Media coverage of “fires” and “flooding” was listed as one […]

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Tourism Kelowna was the big winner last week when the BC Tourism Industry Awards were held in Vancouver. The organization was named the province’s destination marketing organization (DMO) of the year, which recognized the organization that had the best performance, accountability and commitment to B.C.’s tourism industry. “To be awarded for DMO professional excellence comes […]

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Participants at Peak Pride

With LGBT+ travel on the rise, it is more important than ever to ensure travellers in this growing market know that Kelowna and its surrounding communities are open and welcoming to everyone. To provide the tourism industry with an understanding of “how to effectively understand, value, and serve LGBT+ customers and employees,” CGLCC (Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce), in partnership with Tourism HR Canada […]

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Are you looking for the perfect destination to send students this summer? International Gateway Kelowna offers the widest selection of summer ESL camps in Canada for individuals and groups ages 8 to 18. From ESL and activities to soccer, crafts and ice hockey we’ve got it all! Camps run from 1-8 weeks between June 17-August […]

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Over 150 guests packed the gallery on January 19 for the opening celebration for our current special exhibition, Our Lives Through Our Eyes: Nk’Mip Children’s Art, a unique partnership with the Kelowna Art Gallery. Guests were visibly moved by the words of Jane Stelkia, one of the last living student artists to contribute to this […]

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The fourth flight between Penticton and Vancouver that traditionally operates in the summer will not be returning this year. Air Canada announced earlier this month the route would be getting larger, more modern Bombardier Q400 aircraft. The airline announced the change would bump capacity up on the route by 17 per cent. Company spokesperson Angela Mah confirmed […]

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Moving into its fourth year of operation following a two-year closure, the Naramata Centre is humming along and seeing growing interest in its programs. The centre recently launched this year’s programming schedule and says business is up about 10 per cent over last year. “We are reconnecting with folks who used to come to us pre-closure,” said interim managing […]

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Gallery, Studios & Makers Shop

Artists Jenny Long and Carla O’Bee are pleased to announce their new partnership and expansion of the Gallery at 374 Main St., Penticton, to the BEELONG CONTEMPORARY GALLERY, ARTIST STUDIOS & MAKERS SHOP. Newly renovated for the expansion, BeeLong will present nine rotating new shows a year in the Gallery including Jenny and Carla’s work, […]

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Journey to a land of grizzlies, coastal wolves, sea otters and the all-white spirit bear — the rarest bear on earth — in the film Great Bear Rainforest. Hidden from the outside world, the Great Bear Rainforest is one of the wildest places left on earth. Found on Canada’s remote Pacific coast, it is the last intact […]

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The nominations are in for the Summerland Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. Executive director David D. Hull said he was “extremely pleased” to see a record 72 nominations accepted. He added: “The dramatic increase in nominations is directly related to the changes made this year in how the award recipients are selected”. “In previous […]

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Air Canada Express is pumping up its Western Canada routes for this summer’s peak period, including the Vancouver-to-Kamloops run. In a news release, Air Canada says it is deploying more of its Bombardier Q-400 aircraft, a move meant to result in “enhanced services for customers”. Starting this spring, the Vancouver-to-Kamloops route will run four times […]

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It used to be a nightclub, but these days the former Mule on Martin Street is being transformed into Penticton’s newest craft brewery. Hatchery Brewing took delivery of its huge brewing tanks Thursday morning (Feb 14), a big leap forward toward getting the facility up and running. “Today’s a big day. It’s a project that’s been […]

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Travel Penticton’s “Real Time” social media campaign, which ran throughout July and August received much attention from business owners, members of the public and other tourism organizations. Executive Director, Thom Tischik explains; ‘2018 was a challenging year for tourism throughout BC, dealing with the physical and negative economic impact of forest fires in the province. While […]

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Michael Alexander is tired and cold, but what he is working on these past few days might just be the best ice wine ever. The winemaker says the team at Summerhill Pyramid Winery started picking for ice wine late Sunday and started processing the fruit around midnight. “It is actually quite amazing with how warm […]

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International Gateway Kelowna is very pleased to welcome a group of 24 university students from Nagoya for the 8th year in a row for a 3 week customized ESL+Customer Service and Volunteer Program. Students will be volunteering in the community for 1 week at a number of local businesses and non profit organizations. The students […]

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