NEW HOTELS planned and under construction in the Thompson Okanagan:

Kamloops – Wingate by Wyndham now open

Oliver – Coast Oliver Hotel, located just off Highway 97 in downtown Oliver at Centennial Park, 80 rooms, indoor pool, breakfast room and future restaurant (opening planned for June 2018)

Kelowna – Wingate By Wyndham Kelowna, located corner of Highway 97 and Highway 33, 120 rooms, indoor pool, hot tub and hot breakfast (planned to open June 15, 2018)

Kelowna – Courtyard by Marriott, located at corner of Highway 97 & Highway 33, 120 rooms, (planned opening late 2018)

Clearwater – Best Western Plus, located next to the Clearwater Lodge,  69 rooms (45 double queen), indoor pool, hot tub and hot breakfast (planned to open June 2019)

Kelowna –  Name to be announced, located downtown Kelowna, 147 hotel rooms in a high rise building with 45 luxury condos, 17th floor restaurant, (construction planned to start late 2018/earl 2019)

Salmon Arm – Fairfield Inn & Suites, located near downtown, 95 rooms, (construction to start in 2018 and planned opening in 2019)

Vernon – Best Western Premiere, (construction start planned for summer 2018, planned to open in 2020)

Vernon – Sheraton Four Points, (planned opening 2021)

Penticton – 2 new hotels planned but not yet under construction, brand to be announced.

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Flair Airlines launches new scheduled flights between Kelowna and Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto.

Flair Airlines Ltd. is a privately owned Canadian scheduled and charter airline based in Kelowna, B.C. Beginning March 7, Flair Airlines is operating regularly scheduled flights between Kelowna and Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto. Currently Flair Airlines is operating seven (7) B737-400 aircraft which are among the world’s safest customer jets. Flair Airlines owns and operates the planes they’ve been flying since 2006 and have a strong record of service with experienced pilots, flight staff as well as knowledgeable maintenance crews. Travellers can customize their flights with features including priority boarding, advance seat selection, printed boarding passes from airline agents and buy-on-board food and beverages.

www.flairair.ca

group bookings: groups@flairair.ca

 

 

 

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Learn to ski at Sun Peaks - Kelly Funk Photography

Travel with ease to Sun Peaks Canada’s second largest ski area and experience the joy of learning to ski in a dedicated area conveniently located only steps from the compact and intimate village. Favorable interior BC snow conditions combined with the progressive learning area allow for a safe, gentle and unintimidating experience for beginner skiers and boarders. 

TRAVEL VANCOUVER TO SUN PEAKS
Board one of the world’s most legendary trains, The Canadian by VIA Rail, for an overnight journey to Sun Peaks. Arrive in Kamloops at sunrise fully rested after a peaceful night’s sleep on board. ECONOMY CLASS | Provides spacious seats with long-haul travel in mind, complete with access to one domed observation car and the option to purchase food and beverage on board. SLEEPER PLUS CLASS | Provides on board accommodations with options to choose from semi-private upper and lower berths, Cabin for 1 or Cabin for Two, including freshly prepared meals, complimentary coffee, tea, juice and snacks and access to several domed observation
cars.

DAY 1 SUN PEAKS Disembark the train and immediately join the Sun Peaks Shuttle for a short 30 minute transfer to the Resort. Pillows, blankets, bottled water and free wifi are included. Upon arrival, guests can explore the village shops and pick up their lift tickets and rental equipment before joining one of Sun Peaks remarkable Canadian experiences such as Dog Sledding or Snowmobiling.

DAY 2 SUN PEAKS The Sun Peaks’ Learn to Ski programme provides a great introduction to the world of winter sport and is tailored to provide first time skiers and snowboarders with everything they need to hit the slopes; including lesson, equipment rentals, and learning area lift ticket. In the evening, guests can experience the magic of a winter’s night on a Moonlight Snowshoe Tour, including a delicious campfire treat of S‘mores.

DAY 3 SUN PEAKS TO VANCOUVER Continue to build your skills on the slopes for the day, a variety of lesson packages are available. In the afternoon try your hand at catching a wild Rainbow Trout on a fully guided Ice Fishing experience with a knowledgeable local guide. Transfer back to the VIA Rail station in Kamloops in the late evening to depart to Vancouver for another restful night on board The “Canadian”.

ARRIVE HOME VANCOUVER

Contact: Megan Nelson, Tourism Sun Peaks, megan@sunpeakstourism.com

Michelle Goodwin, VIA Rail, michelle_goodwin@viarail.ca

 

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Air Canada Q400 Kelowna Edmonton Service in the Thompson Okanagan

Air Canada announced it will begin new domestic regional non-stop flights on July 2, 2018.  Flights are now available for purchase along with introductory promotional fares at aircanada.com, via the Air Canada app and through travel agents. Service will be non-stop onboard a Bombardier Q400 between Kelowna and Edmonton. With Alberta a key market for tourism in BC, these flights are a big boost for the Thompson Okanagan region. All flights are timed to connect conveniently with Air Canada’s global schedule, provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits, and for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access at mainline Canadian airports including Edmonton and Calgary, priority boarding and other benefits. Flights depart Kelowna at 09:30 and arrive into Edmonton at 11:51 and depart Kelowna at 16:55 and arrive into Edmonton at 19:16.

 

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Air Canada Rouge

Air Canada Rouge released its Spring 2018 schedule which includes new nonstop service to Toronto from Kamloops Airport. This new service connects Kamloops to three of Air Canada’s Canadian hubs: Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. Air Canada is very pleased to announce new, non-stop flights from Kamloops directly to Toronto to help make summer travel to and from the Thompson Okanagan area even more convenient.  With more than 535 seats and up to nine daily flights starting June 2018, there are unparalleled choices for vacation travellers to get to Kamloops and the Thompson Okanagan area. Flights will be using Airbus 319 aircraft seating 136 passengers. Flights depart Toronto at 9:45 am and arrive into Kamloops at 11:30 am. Flights depart Kamloops 12:15 pm and arrive into Toronto at 7:15 pm. Service operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays June to October 2018.

 

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Kelowna Jet Boating on Lake Okanagan.

Kelowna Jet Boat Adventures is the first of its kind in the Okanagan Valley and the only high speed boat charter on Lake Okanagan. Their unique boat has been developed for fast take offs, high speeds and exciting maneuvers. During the charter, see Downtown Kelowna and City Park Beach from the water before heading under the bridge towards Gyro Beach and the Hotel Eldorado . Take in the sights such as the beautiful lower mission and the Summerhill Pyramid Winery, before travelling across the lake to Casa Loma Resort and the Shelter Bay Marina. Passengers also get great views of William R Bennett Bridge and the Old Ferry Wharf before heading over to Bear Creek Provincial Park then back past Knox Mountain and Manhattan Point. The boat is custom built by Smoky Mountain Jet Boats and can carry for up to 11 passengers.  It is designed to maneuver like a jet ski. Trips start and finish at the Hotel Eldorado.

Contact: Luke Weller, Owner lukeweller@hotmail.com

http://kjet.ca/


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Okanagan Parasailing on Lake Okanagan in Kelowna

Fly sky high above Kelowna and Lake Okanagan with Ogopogo Parasail. Their custom built Transport Canada approved Parasail winch boat can take up to ten participants or passengers  aboard the vessel for each charter. Ogopogo Parasail is the only parasailing operation in Kelowna that is owner operated. Owner Luke Weller is one of the most experienced Parasail captains in Canada with over 11 seasons of experience and he will be the one driving your boat. Every Parasail ride starts from the boat, and everyone lands safely back on the boat as opposed to beach or water landings. Ogopogo Parasail offers single, tandem and triple parasail experiences. With the development of a larger and more stable ascending parachutes, they can now not only offer a parasail experience of two people at once (tandem), but also three people at the same time (triple). The trips start and finish at the Hotel Eldorado dock.

Contact: Luke Weller, Owner  lukeweller@hotmail.com

https://www.ogopogoparasail.com/


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Camelot Haven Alpaca Ranch is located west of Swan Lake in Vernon, British Columbia. Net rates are offered for FIT and Tour Groups that would like to include this adult-oriented Agritourism experience to their itineraries. Visitors will enjoy an approximately 1 hour walk through the pastures amongst these endearing animals. There are excellent photo opportunities while taking the guided interpretive tour. Comfortable walking shoes, hats, and cameras are recommended to bring. You will have the opportunity to visit the Country Alpaca store, where fine alpaca clothing and unique gifts are offered for sale.  Group sizes are limited to 20 maximum due to the capacity at the Gift store. Reservations are required.

Contact: Julene Ashford-Koslowski  Alpacas.camelothaven@telus.net  http://camelothaven.com/

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Elements Adventure Company is based in Vernon. They have three new tours for Fall 2017 in addition to their hiking and paddling tours. Voyageur Canoeing, Salmon Tours, and Wild Mushroom Tours have been added to the selection of FIT and Group experiences. Voyageur Canoe Excursions are guided by Paddle Canada certified instructors and are held on one of the many lakes or rivers near the Okanagan. Trips can be custom designed to fit the logistical needs of Tour Operators when booking for clients. No prerequisites are required, minimum and maximum numbers are required, and transportation from Vernon is included. Salmon Tours are designed around the fall runs in the North Okanagan, so operating in September to mid-October. The focus is on salmon viewing at the spawning grounds. Tours can be custom-designed for length, minimum and maximum numbers required, and transportation from Vernon is included. Wild Mushroom Tours feature a walking forest excursion hunting wild-mushrooms in the Okanagan. The tour includes an organic farm visit to learn about mushroom identification before heading out to spot and identify the various kinds of mushrooms. This is not a mushroom picking tour, only a learning experience on the basics of mushrooms and how to use an identification guidebook. Tours are full day, minimum and maximum numbers are required, and transportation from Vernon is included.

Contact: Charles Ruechel info@elementsadventures.com  http://www.elementsadventures.com/

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Sagebrush Tours is based in Kelowna. They deliver nature exploration and discovery experiences for all ages and physical abilities. Their signature experience is direct contact and immersion in the landscapes of the Okanagan, Similkameen, & Columbia Valleys as well as the Rocky Mountains. With them, you get off the tour bus and step into the landscape using all your senses to gain new revelations and make new discoveries about the natural world. They guide you in your adventure but you do the fun stuff in a hands-on, direct way and make discoveries on your own. Tours are limited in size, up to 11 people, which provides an intimate and personal exchange with your professional guide and naturalist. A variety of tours are offered to accommodate different timelines, levels of outdoor experience, physical abilities, and interests. No experience is necessary and they guarantee that you will see the land through new eyes after every tour. Whether it is geology, wildlife, plants, ecosystems, a wetland, lake, river, mountain, grassland, or desert that intrigues you, they have a tour for you.

Contact: Frank Fraser frank@sagebrushtours.ca

Carol Engstrom carol@sagebrushtours.ca

www.sagebrushtours.ca

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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 - Okanagan Lake

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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