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The Historic O’Keefe Ranch is preparing for a change of seasons. The doors to the mansion, church and log house are closing soon for the winter and yet staff and volunteers are preparing for the busiest month ahead. Opening on Saturday, October 7, the O’Keefe Ranch invites the community to attend Family Daze in the […]

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On Saturday, October 14th, the Grist Mill and Gardens historic site will be hosting it’s popular annual Apple Day and its volunteers are currently seeking out heritage and non-market apples from backyards and orchards in the Similkameen and South Okanagan. The Grist Mill site has long been active in preserving heritage ornamental and agricultural varieties […]

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Liquidity Wines is once again partnering with Okanagan College to present the third installment of its popular Wine Talks series on Tuesday, October 24 at the college’s Penticton campus. The event will feature a single keynote speaker whose recognition and distinction in the industry is notable. John E. Peller, LLB, is the chair and CEO of Andrew Peller Limited. […]

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Fall Promotion of the Route 97 region is focused primarily on the BC and Alberta markets. Due to additional support from Destination BC for fire recovery efforts we were able to supplement our fall campaign with additional tactics. For more information on the Route 97 Program visit http://totabc.org/programs/route-97/ Fall Campaign Highlights Our focus continues on […]

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The trumpet shall sound as the Kamloops Symphony presents O Canada, on Saturday October 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Sagebrush Theatre. The programme includes two newly commissioned works by Canadian composers in celebration of Canada 150.  The first is Tobin Stokes Sesquie for Canada’s 150, one of forty works commissioned in collaboration with […]

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Cemetery Tour – October 15th Space is limited 35 special guests – pre registration is needed! call the Village to book @ 250-832-5243. A guided tour of the old section of the Mt. Ida Cemetery features Curator/Archivist Deborah Chapman’s personal favourite list of characters. Stories of love, heartbreak, joy, and tragedy are told on one […]

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As we watch temperatures dropping rapidly from our unseasonably warm summer there is a sense that more than just a change in the weather is afoot. A feeling, real or imagined, that larger and more dramatic shifts are in the offing and things as we have known them are beginning to alter for the long […]

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TOTA Annual Tourism Summit and AGM November 1-2, 2017 Our AGM and Summit theme for this year is ‘Aligning Forces” and this focus could not be more timely or important.  With the challenging tourism year many have had we hope you will join us as we review our post fire marketing recovery plans, provide new […]

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DBC, TOTA, Thompson Okanagan

From Friday, September 22 until Tuesday, September 26, a group of Chinese Travel Agents and KOL (Key Opinion Leaders) visited the Thompson Okanagan region.  They toured the region hosted by TOTA staff and stakeholders who delivered exceptional experiences to them throughout their stay. Destination BC China successfully conducted the ‘Follow me to BC’ integrated travel […]

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The Kamloops Symphony opens their Chamber Music concert series with a performance by the Fringe Percussion quartet on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Thompson Rivers University Alumni Theatre. Fringe Percussion is a Vancouver-based percussion quartet dedicated to presenting works from the contemporary Western art music and traditional non-Western repertories. The ensemble’s […]

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Following a comprehensive search that drew in over 90 applications from across Canada, the Board of Directors of Tourism Kelowna is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisanne Ballantyne as its President and CEO. Ballantyne is a seasoned executive with senior leadership experience that spans tourism, economic development, major events, marketing sponsorships, sales, and public […]

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Join Us in the Land of Ing… A place where you’ll uncover fun, adventure and rejuvenation around every corner. A place where you can do as much, or as little, as you wish.   Getaway this Fall. Relax, unwind, have fun. We invite you to come and enjoy everything the South Okanagan has to offer here at Watermark Beach […]

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This is the third in a series of articles that is responding directly to what the tourism industry in Canada has identified as its top priorities when it comes to being green.  As mentioned in our last post, Destination Canada has identified two priority audiences using their Explorer Quotient intelligence. The largest of these audiences is […]

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Who is ready to run and drink wine this upcoming weekend?! Oliver, BC is the place to be this weekend and the weather is looking FANTASTIC. With the 1st Annual Baldy Marathon kicking off on Oct 1st, followed by the renown Festival of the Grape, there is no time for hesitation- register for the Baldy […]

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Salmon spawning in the Adams River should begin in earnest around Oct. 2nd and carry on until Thanksgiving. “It’s not a dominant year for sockeye but there will be some sockeye, some chinook, some coho and some of the pinks that return every two years,” said Douglas Smith, vice president of the Adams River Salmon […]

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October 7 to November 10, 2017 Kanata Kanata refers to the misinterpretation of the original word that we now know as Canada. This is but one example of the misunderstandings of colonial Canada in its encroachment on the land. By appropriating the words used for the land and making them into the English language, we can […]

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November 1st and 2nd you could always stay home, watch reruns of Game of Thrones, catch up on the never-ending deluge of emails or simply have a pyjama day or two getting well deserved rest after a busy summer season. OR…you could make the most of those two late fall days and join us in […]

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Experts from the Okanagan wine and culinary tourism industry will be well represented at a conference in Kelowna this October about the future of food and wine tourism. Wine and Culinary Tourism Futures is a first of its kind conference and will bring together a wide range of specialists, many from the Okanagan Valley, to […]

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Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park may grow by about 150 acres if a proposed expansion of City of Penticton limits moves forward. City council directed staff Tuesday to get the ball rolling on obtaining residents approval for the Skaha Bluffs annexation, about 300 acres of property east of the north end of Skaha Lake. The property […]

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The arts community in the Penticton area is taking creative expression to a whole new level with the upcoming Arts Rising festival. The festival, taking place throughout the city this weekend, is a first for Penticton. “We’ve never had an arts festival in this community, which is a huge thing because we have a very […]

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Changing leaves and cooler weather means the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival is right around the corner. For 10 days, the 37th annual festival will return to the Valley, bringing together wine, food, music, dancing and seminars highlighting the wine industry’s accomplishments. Starting on Sept. 28 will be the harvest party, with the B.C. Wine Awards […]

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2017 Fall GolfING Special Getaway and Go GolfING in Osoyoos This Fall Treat yourself to a South Okanagan getaway this Fall. Cross a premiere golfing destination off your bucket list, improve your stroke, and discover all the ING things to do near Watermark Beach Resort. You know… hiking, biking, wine touring, swimming, hot-tubbing, fishing, relaxing, […]

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Downtown Salmon Arm & Askew’s are hosting the 3rd Annual Apple Fest, Saturday September 30th from 10-4pm at the Ross Street Plaza. This free community event is a celebration of Salmon Arm’s agricultural background and will showcase local apple vendors selling everything from apple pies to fresh picked apples. The Mobile Juice Factory will also […]

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The ninth annual Youth Exhibition Powwow will celebrate Indigenous culture on Thursday – and everyone is invited. Dancers and drummers from across B.C. will gather at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus. “Powwows are vibrant events and are full of excitement as it’s a time to come together and celebrate – celebrate our culture, celebrate Aboriginal youth and […]

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Adult Science Night Out: our first annual adult only fundraiser at the BIG Little Science Centre. Join us Friday September 22, from 7pm to 11pm, for super amazing fun science activities, shows, drinks, food and so much more. Science World will present special shows; we will do a Bang Up Chemistry Show (with dry ice […]

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