A brand new 83-room Best Western Plus Hotel has opened in Merritt. The hotel features complimentary full breakfast, a fitness center, guest laundry services, an indoor pool and hot tub, a business center, and meeting rooms that can hold up to 65 people. Electric car charging stations are available at the hotel. Located just off Highway #5 in downtown Merritt, there are plenty of restaurants and stores nearby.

Contact: Anoop Sekhon, Manager  anoop@bwplusmerritt.com bestwestern.com

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The newly-opened winery is located at the historic Greata Ranch site on Highway 97, in-between Summerland and Peachland. Featuring incredible views and specializing in sparkling wine production, Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards provides “a little sparkle by the lake.” Their cool climate from the lake breeze and the shade allows their vines to produce grapes grown by the Traditional Method, developed in France, to create amazing sparkling wine. Their on-site bistro features cuisine made with delicious, local ingredients.

Contact: Gordon Fitzpatrick, President  jgf@fitzwine.com http://www.fitzwine.com/

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Swiws Spirit Tours offers a variety of tours centred on the theme of discovering the stories of Osoyoos and sharing in the rich culture of the Okanagan people, including a wine tour, a McIntyre Bluff tour, and a cultural tour. Go with an experienced guide from Swiws Spirit Tours to the Oliver & Osoyoos wine region for a wine tour. During the adventure, visit award winning wineries located on the eastern and western slopes of the South Okanagan Valley. A tour of McIntyre Bluff is a 6-hour day tour with a 3-hour hike, showing traditional areas along the countryside in the McIntyre Bluff area that will also include a visit to an organic farm. McIntyre Bluff is not only a unique sight to see but is also rich in Syilx (Okanagan) First Nation history. Learn about the area through Syilx traditional stories and how the settlers cohabitated with the First Nations people. A cultural tour takes you to visit the protected ecological wonder of Spotted Lake with a local Syilx (Okanagan) guide. Learn about the area through traditional Syilx history of the lake and surrounding area. After visiting the Spotted Lake, you will be taken to the east bench of Osoyoos to Anarchist Mountain Lookout to experience the breath-taking beauty of Osoyoos Lake in the Traditional land of the Osoyoos Indian Band. The last stop is NK’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, which includes both indoor and outdoor exhibits and trails. Experience the re-created examples of Syilx architecture structures: a Tipi, Pit-house, and Sweat lodge. Go on a guided tour on to the trail system adjacent to a remnant of the desert.

Contact: Patty Bower, Owner  patty@swiwsspirittours.com http://swiwsspirittours.com/

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Desert Salmon Charters provide guided boat services including fishing, diving, camping, and adventure boat tours. Owned and operated by Nelson Jatel, long time resident of the Okanagan, scuba divemaster, BC Certified fishing guide, and amateur photographer. Join Nelson as your guide for an adventure on Okanagan waters.

Contact: Nelson Jatel  info@desertsalmon.ca  http://www.desertsalmon.ca/

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SncƏwips Heritage Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, restoring and interpreting art and artifact collections that reflect the heritage and natural history of the Syilx/Okanagan people. Drop in anytime or book a tour to learn more about the culture, language, and heritage.

Contact: Jordan Coble, Operations Administrator jcoble@wfn.ca

Coralee Miller, Museum Assistant cmiller@wfn.ca

www.sncewipsmuseum.org

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OAK + CRU Social Kitchen & Wine Bar draws its inspiration from the bounty of the Okanagan Valley, which includes over 250 wineries (30 locally) and an abundance of local food producers and artisans. Conveniently located at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, on the water in the heart of downtown Kelowna.

Contact: Ashley Alexander, Restaurant Manager  Ashley.alexander@deltahotels.com http://oakandcru.com/

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Located amongst a historic apple orchard planted in the early 1900’s, the Johal’s use their apples along with other locally sourced tree fruits to produce an artisanal, authentic cider. Visit their tasting room to taste what is from their backyard and put it in your bottle.

Contact:  Harv Johal harv@scenicroadcider.com www.scenicroadcider.com

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The New Comfort Inn and Suites in Merritt

There is a new hotel that opened this spring in Merritt, BC. The Comfort Inn and Suites features double rooms and suites, hot breakfasts, free WIFI, exercise room, 100% non-smoking and is pet friendly. Conveniently located just off the #5 Yellowhead Highway in Merritt and close to restaurants and local amenities.

Contact: Ashish Duggal, Assistant GM  ashish@comfortinnmerritt.ca  website

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YLW Kelowna Int'l Airport

Starting June 5, Pacific Coastal Airlines will offer a midday flight between Victoria and Cranbrook, with a single stopover in Kelowna. From Monday to Friday, and again on Sunday, the new flight will leave Victoria International Airport at 11:45 a.m. and arrive in Kelowna at 12:50 p.m. From there it will continue on to the Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook, returning to YLW to leave at 3:45 p.m. and ending back in Victoria at 4:50 p.m.  The extra, mid-day flight means there will now be three non-stop flights between Victoria and Kelowna during the week, and two non-stop flights between the cities on Sundays. A single flight between Kelowna and Victoria runs on Saturdays. That plane leaves Victoria at 8:45 a.m. and arrives in Kelowna at 9:50 a.m. Travelling in the opposite direction, it leaves at 10:15 a.m. and arrives back in Victoria at 11:20 a.m. Pacific Coastal Airlines is a privately owned, B.C.-based airline operating out of Vancouver International Airport, and flying to 14 regional airports.

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Kamloops Downtown Walking Tour Guides ready to start their Arts & Culture and Historical Wine & Ale tours.

Choose your own adventure from a menu of downtown walking tours in Kamloops. ACT Adventures has expanded their outdoor adventure tours to include 3 new walking tours in Kamloops. Beginning May 1st, visitors can take participate in an Arts & Culture Walking Tour featuring tales of the fur traders, train robbers and Kamloops pioneers plus a look at some of Kamloops’ finest artists and artisans and how they tell the stories of the city and region. The Historical Wine and Ale Tour traces Kamloops’ history dating back to 1893 and includes First Nations’, fur traders, and the Gold Rush tales. Throughout the tour, sample local wine and beer along with locally sourced light plates. The remaining tour features a Picnic in the Park with ready-made baskets including an array of locally sourced food. Paired nicely with a souvenir blanket, your evening at Riverside Park will have you feeling like a true local.

Contact: Rob Lemire, Co-owner

rob@actadventures.ca   www.actadventures.ca

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Power Trips' luxury electric car TESLA model S P85 sedan available for rent in the Okanagan

Touring Route 97 as a road trip now has another option for travel. Power Trips, a Vernon-based electric, luxury vehicle rental company is now renting TESLA electric cars and currently offers the model S P85 sedan all wheel drive vehicle. In the near future, Power Trips will add the brand new X model SUV.  Packages, Tours, hourly, daily and weekly rates are available for touring and with the significant number of destination charging stations along Route 97, travel will be relaxing and affordable. The cars will be supplied with adapters that allow for any electric charger to be used, not just the TESLA units. The TESLA S sedan is rated at 426 kms per full charge but that does vary based on driving routes and individual driver characteristics.

Route 97 features a comprehensive network of electric car charging locations including resorts, wineries, golf resorts and even fruit stands. For a list of locations, please visit this site.

Contact: Ryan Silverthorn, Owner ryan@powertrips.ca 250-306-2564
www.powertrips.ca

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Noble Adventures provides guided single and multi-day adventure touring packages in the Okanagan and Shuswap regions of the Tompson Okanagan.

Noble Adventures is a local tour and transportation company operating in the Okanagan and Shuswap regions of British Columbia.  Noble Adventures is based in the Shuswap and offers semi and all-inclusive, guided single and multi-day adventure tour packages. Packages include wine, agri-tourism, hiking, cycling, paddling, and ski touring. Tours are also available for the Adams River Sockeye Salmon Run.  Noble Adventures provides safe, reliable and comfortable transportation in 7, 14 and 24 passenger vans and buses and can manage a total of up to 42 passengers at a time.

Noble Adventures is a carbon neutral business.

Contact: Byron Noble, Owner
byron@nobleadventures.net
www.nobleadventures.net

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YLW Kelowna Int'l Airport

WestJet has announced a new Red-Eye service between Kelowna and Toronto starting this spring. Non-stop service will begin May 18 between YLW and Toronto Pearson International. The second daily flight out of Kelowna will depart at 12:05 a.m. and arrive in Toronto at 7:15 a.m. From May 18 to June 29, service will be four times a week, on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Return flights from Toronto depart at 9:15 a.m. and arrive in Kelowna at 10:57 a.m. From June 30 to Sept. 5, there will be daily flights seven days a week at the same times. And, from Sept 6. to Oct. 8, service will be three times a week, on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

WestJet has also announced a direct flight between Kelowna and Winnipeg, four times a week from May 29 to September. Flights are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, departing at 12:15 p.m. The Boeing 737-600 to be used for the route carries 114 passengers.

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ACT Adventures based in Vancouver and Kamloops offers trips designed for locals and visitors alike. Their focus is on hiking, camping, overnight treks, and winter snowshoeing and they welcome custom designed trips to meet the travel trade needs. Kamloops day trips include visits to local parks, hoodoo formations, lakes and rivers. Small group sizes allows for comfortable transportation in sport utility vehicles with trailers for baggage and equipment. Winter trips focus on snowshoeing including a moonlight trip with a light meal provided. Another new product is a scenic hike combined with a winery/brewery visit included.

Contact: Rob Lemire, Co-owner
rob@actadventures.ca  www.actadventures.ca

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Fishing and Sightseeing Packages with Bucktail Adventures on Shuswap Lake, Salmon Arm

Bucktail Adventures offers sightseeing and guided fishing tours on Shuswap Lake of Salmon Arm, BC.  Professional experienced local guides will take you on an unforgettable experience out on the water regardless if it is sightseeing or fishing for various species of fish.  The spacious 2725 Kingfisher boat with a heated sealed cabin and washroom onboard will keep clients comfortable to enjoy what the Shuswap really has to offer.  They also offer Shuswap River guided fly fishing charters as well as packages that pair half day fishing with golf, water slides or just accommodations.  Sightseeing tours can be booked for those just wanting to be out on the water touring the shore line of Shuswap Lake. Join them for an epic adventure.

Contact:  Jason Bellows, Owner
250-832-0757  info@bucktailadventures.ca  http://www.bucktailadventures.ca/

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Summerhill Pyramid Organic Winery, Kelowna, photo by Kevin Towbridge

Summerhill Pyramid Winery is growing their hospitality areas to include three tasting rooms plus, the Robert Bateman Chieftain Gallery reception hall, and satellite private tasting areas. In addition, they will double their outdoor seating capacity with the introduction of new picnic areas. The picnic areas will be serviced with the opening of a new Food Bar featuring organic grab-and-go picnic items and chilled wine.

The winery is improving their already very popular Pyramid Experience Tour by bringing groups into the vineyard and cellar, and….hosting the wine tasting portion of the tour INSIDE THE PYRAMID!

Another announcement for 2017 is the introduction of a new “Terroir Tour” featuring a vineyard walk (sparkling wine in hand) to talk in depth about Biodynamic Viticulture and the terroir of the Okanagan Valley. The tour finishes with a private, seated tasting of single vineyard, terroir-specific wines on their picturesque Heritage Lawn near the heritage house and organic gardens.

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, during the summer season the winery will welcome all guests with a traditional First Nation’s Okanagan welcome song by an aboriginal host!

The overseas sales program continues to expand now offering direct shipping services in Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China and the USA.

Contact: Gayle Morris , Director of Business Development
https://www.summerhill.bc.ca/

 

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Guided Ice Fishing for Rainbow Trout at Sun Peaks Resort, Kamloops photo by Devon Lindsay

Guided Ice Fishing, Sun Peaks. NEW Enjoy the winter sunrise, some mid-day blue skies or a stunning sunset out on the hard water on a fully guided ice fishing adventure with Elevated Fishing Adventures. Join your local guide for a uniquely Canadian experience on one of the many mountain lakes surrounding Sun Peaks and try your hand at catching a few of the hard-fighting and great tasting wild Rainbow Trout.

Colin Brost, Director, Market Development  colin@sunpeakstourism.com
Sun Peaks Resort

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HooDoo Adventures Snowshoe Dinner

HooDoo Adventures, Penticton NEW  HooDoo Adventures is offering snowshoeing  trips including a 3 course bonfire dinner paired with local wines. Enjoy the glistening snowy white pines, the sound of the snow crunching beneath your feet and the Whiskey Jacks as they swoop down to greet you.

Lyndie Hill, General Manager,  lyndie@hoodooadventures.ca
HooDoo Adventures Company Ltd.

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Myra Canyon Trestles 12 and 13, Kelowna

Monashee Adventures, Kelowna NEW Monashee Adventures is offering a variety of snowshoeing trips including to wineries for a totally different winter experience. Explore the wineries on a short 45 – 60 minute walking tour or snowshoeing tour followed by a wine tasting. Also new for 2016/17, snowshoeing the Myra Canyon Trestles and Tunnels.
‘Trailhead’ Ed Kruger- Owner/ Founder/Lead Guide monasheeadventuretours@shaw.ca
https://monasheeadventuretours.com/

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Kekuli Experience, Quaaout Lodge and Talking Rock Resort, Chase

Travel in a voyageur canoe along the shores of the Little Shuswap Lake to the Adams River where sockeye salmon return to spawn each October. Up to twelve passengers can participate and paddling is easy physical exertion. Departs and returns from the beach in front of the Quaaout Lodge. Other experiences to add: book a visit to the Kekuli (walking distance to the lodge) for First Nations story telling. Additional features at the lodge: a full service restaurant featuring First Nations’ cuisine, a full service spa, a championship 18 hole golf course. Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park is a short distance away and during the first three weeks of October, spawning sockeye salmon can be viewed.

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