Three Kamloops tourism businesses – Moccasin Trails, DiVine Tours and Harper’s Trail Winery – have teamed up to launch a new interpretive tour.  The “Water to Wine Experience” embraces the area’s rich indigenous culture and is perfectly paired with a VIP wine tasting and patio picnic.

“The South Thompson River serves as the lifeblood of Secwepemc Nation. It is a traditional waterway of the Tk’emlups people, which has served, and continues to serve as a connection to others and to Mother Earth. The opportunity to provide a tour that shares and celebrates our indigenous stories as well as delivers a taste of Kamloops’ unique wine region is very special. This opportunity is exciting to us because it tells the stories of our past, how that intersects with the present, and is a celebration of our future. This collaboration with the wine industry is founded on a mutual respect for our land, the river and the importance of Mother Earth,” notes Greg Hopf, co-owner of Moccasin Trails.

The “Water to Wine Experience” will be offered every Sunday this summer beginning July 21st.  Transportation to and from the tour departure and arrival locations is provided by DiVine Tours, a Kamloops based wine tour company.  This 5-hour tour will depart from the Pritchard Bridge, located 40 kms east of Kamloops, and guests will paddle to a private dock near Harper’s Trail Winery.  Upon arrival at the winery, guest will be welcomed to a VIP wine tasting and light lunch on the winery’s patio.

“This new tour is a great addition to the Kamloops wine experience,” adds Terri Axani, Director of Hospitality & Fun with DiVine Tours. “We are proud to offer an experience that reflects Kamloops’s vibrant indigenous culture and history complimented by the tastes and flavours of the Thompson Valley’s emerging wine region. This is truly a perfect pairing for guests seeking an immersive Kamloops experience.”

Tours are offered for $149.99 per person (based on a 10 person minimum) and can be booked at www.moccasintrails.com.

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Things are moving forward for Power Trips Tesla Rentals, a Vernon-based car rental company that opened February 2017. Power Trips rents Tesla vehicles exclusively and, until now, has boasted a small fleet of Tesla Model S — the world’s quickest sedan, that also happens to be 100% electric. Due to overwhelming requests for the Model 3, Power Trips took delivery of their first Tesla Model 3 and hopes to add more in the very near future.

“The Tesla Model 3 is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, and the closest place to the Okanagan Valley to test-drive one is in Vancouver or Calgary” said Power Trip’s owner, Ryan Silverthorn. “We were overwhelmed with requests from tourists, locals and electric-vehicle enthusiasts looking to rent a Model 3 and try it out for a few days. Lots of people have never driven an electric vehicle and want to see if it will fit their lifestyle before purchasing.”

“When we started the company, we expected to see a lot of 24 hour rentals from tourists. The company does see a lot of business from tourism, but has been surprised with how many locals have taken the car for five, six or seven days to really understand what it means to own and drive electric.” continues Ryan.

In addition, “People love the cars. They are almost always shocked and surprised by their own love for the car, and also their performance and ease of use. People love Tesla. It’s why we are here” said Silverthorn.

The Tesla Model 3 is now available for rent, along with the rest of Power Trip’s Tesla fleet, at PowerTrips.ca. The entire rental process is done online and the car is delivered directly to a meeting location of your choice, where a staff member meets you for a full orientation of the car.

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Delta Hotels by Marriott Kamloops released today exciting news that renovations are complete and the hotel, Cordo Resto + Bar and Grab and Go proudly serving Starbucks™ are open for business.

Rocky Mountaineer guests have had the opportunity to see the new look and renovations for the past month while final renovations were completed. These groups were the first to experience Cordo Resto + Bar’s cuisine and the hotels new modern design that boasts inspirational design hints of the region and its upscale guest rooms outfitted with ultra comfortable beds. “Our management and staff have been working hard to prepare for the opening and are now ready to showcase the Delta by Marriott brand promise “simple, made perfect” to all guests, says Bryan Pilbeam, General Manager.”

“Our hotel embraces everything the Delta Marriott brand has to offer with its focus on delivering superior hospitality allowing guests to relax and have everything they need throughout their stay, without getting in their way”.

About Cordo Resto+Bar

Cordo offers classic cooking techniques with a modern approach incorporating fresh herbs, local produce, regional wines and house-made bitters and infused syrups within their cocktails that you will not be able to find anywhere else. Guests will enjoy custom-milled woods, natural leathers and black metal accents throughout the restaurant along with the inclusion of unique art pieces that celebrate the surrounding region. About Cordo Grab + Go

Cordo Grab + Go offers wholesome food on the go featuring balanced, nutritious meals and the occasional indulgent snack, all served in environmentally responsible packaging. Perfect for an early departure, working lunch or a picnic in the park. Cordo Grab + Go pairs great food with premium coffee as a “we proudly serve” Starbucks location. Perk the senses with classic espresso coffee options as well as mochas, teas, premium drip coffee and iced coffees with all your favorite flavor options.

About Delta Hotels by Marriott One of North America’s leading four-star brands, Delta Hotels, with more than 50 locations in gateway cities across the US, Canada and Asia, was acquired by Marriott International in 2015. Delta’s distinct style of simple made perfect provides guests with exactly what they need for a seamless travel experience. The brand’s invitingly familiar rooms, free Wi-Fi and convenient dining options, offer travelers a comfortable and stylish place to stay. Delta Hotels and Resorts is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information or reservations visit www.marriott.com. Stay connected to Delta Hotels on Facebook, @DeltaHotelsLtd on Twitter and @deltahotels on Instagram.

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Okanagan Foodie Tours announces the Vernon “Downtown Discovery” Tour Vernon, the Okanagan’s oldest community, is home to orchards, lakes, murals, arts, history, and now a new foodie sensation – the “Downtown Discovery” walking food tour!

Visit farm to table eateries, locally owned restaurants, artisanal food shops, and tasting rooms for fresh baked breads, tangy southern barbecue, unique power bowls, sweet and savoury chicken and waffles, and more in the heart of the city. “Downtown Discovery” tours run Thursday and Friday afternoons from 1:00-4:00 PM starting July 11th.

For tickets, please visit our website or click here. Contact Loretta Friedrich, Experience Host, Vernon at loretta@okanaganfoodietours.ca for more information. This tour joins our current 4 unique tour offerings in Kelowna.

‘Take your taste buds for a walk’ with Okanagan Foodie Tours as we celebrate our 5th season in Kelowna and now Vernon!

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On June 8th, 2019 the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO) hosted their annual Excellence Awards in Grand Rapids, Michigan as part of the International Snowmobile Congress with over three hundred delegates in the room from across Canada and the United States.

The BCSF had two regions from British Columbia that were recognized for their outstanding work.  The CCSO Excellence Awards are a National Award to honor individuals, snowmobile clubs, associations and businesses in Canada that have made a significant contribution towards showcasing the popularity and the overall appeal of the sport, have made a remarkable effort to promote solidarity and responsibility within the snowmobile community or who have offered exceptional quality of service to snowmobilers.

The CCSO Excellence Award for Outstanding Snowmobile Tourism Promotion and Development was awarded to Valemount and Area Recreation Development Association (VARDA).  VARDA was recognized for their outstanding achievement in the development and implementation of a snowmobile tourism program and original initiative that resulted in positive media recognition and increased participation from snowmobilers and the general public. VARDA’s work has contributed significantly to growing snowmobiling in the Valemount area and also increased tourism for the community through the creation and management of a mountain bike park and snowmobile assisted ski area.  Valemount is now more than a point on a map, it is a year-round tourist destination.

The Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO) is a volunteer-led, not-for-profit national organization which through strong leadership provides support to our members and provides the unified voice of organized snowmobiling at the national and international levels. The CCSO envisions that across Canada, organized snowmobile trail networks and riding areas provide a lasting legacy of responsible riding experiences that are highly valued, safe, enjoyable, sustainable and environmentally friendly.   The CCSO strives to represent all organized snowmobiling Canadian jurisdictions to maintain a national understanding of the needs and expectations of snowmobilers across Canada.

 

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The South Okanagan dazzles in summertime with lush vineyards, sun-soaked patios and Instagram-ready views – and Covert Farms Family Estate’s idyllic oasis showcases some of the region’s best attributes. Visitors to the charming estate can look forward to immersive farm tours and family-friendly events, while wedding parties and meetings attendees will be enchanted by a magical setting that assures memorable sojourns.

Situated in Oliver, Covert Farms is distinguished by 650 acres of storybook landscaping surrounded by dramatic mountains, rivers and lakes. Guests to the fourth-generation family farm are greeted with plenty of options for immersive exploration, such as the Hands-on Harvest Signature Experience Tour, which provides an intimate glimpse of farm life and biodynamic growing techniques. Guests are guided through the property aboard a cherry-red ’52 Mercury truck, stopping along the way to meet the farm’s animals, sample organic grapes and strawberries straight off the vine, and indulge in flights of 100 percent estate-grown wine paired with savoury charcuterie and cheese; afterwards, visitors are invited to purchase bottles of vino and linger at picnic tables overlooking stunning valley vistas (tour costs $59 per adult, $20 per child aged five to 18 years old).

New for 2019, wellness warriors can sign up for the Sunrise Bluff Hike, a pre-dawn trek up nʕaylintn (McIntyre Bluff) that winds past desert terrain and colourful wildflowers; throughout the 10-kilometre journey, guests will learn about the site’s significance to the local Syilx People (Okanagan Nation). The experience includes mountaintop coffee or tea, and breakfast bites (minimum of four to 10 participants required to book; starting cost is $65 per person).

Summer is prime event season in the South Okanagan, and Covert Farms is often the centre of the action. Each year, the Coverts host Freak’n Farmer (September 21), an adventure obstacle race challenging participants to attempt gruelling tasks that remain “covert” until race day. The course runs through Covert Farms’ lush vineyards, up the wild grasslands of nearby mountains, and down to the Okanagan River. Seeking the perfect Father’s Day excursion? On June 16, the Hands-on Harvest Signature Experience tour is free for dads and granddads (when booking, use promo code FATHER). Afterward, challenge the men in your life to post-tour lawn games, including bocce, horseshoes and bean bag toss; then, relax with a wine tasting (on the house for dads and grandads!) and enjoy an intimate performance by singer/songwriter Wayne Llewelyn. Later in the month, celebrate Canada’s birthday with all-day farm activities, including live music, wine tastings, charcuterie boards and the Coverts’ gigantic slip-and-slide; festivities will also feature a performance by Kristi Neumann (event takes place June 30).

Sunny days and sultry nights mean wedding season is here, and you won’t find a more enchanting venue than Covert Farms. Ceremonies are held in-between lush vineyards, set against an expansive river sparkling like diamonds. After the happy couple pledge everlasting love, the entire party can roam the farm and visit with resident llamas, sheep and cattle, before gathering for a lively reception in the open-air barn where flavourful fare incorporating farm-grown organic fruits and veggies awaits. Organizers of small meetings and group parties can rest easy knowing the farm is outfitted with two acres of dedicated licensed event space, including a cozy wine lounge (maximum capacity of 36 people) and log open-air barn (maximum capacity of 200 people). Groups will be wowed by Covert’s impressive farm-to-table feasts and interactive add-ons like customizable tours, team-building activities, and nearby luxe accommodations.

“Summers in the South Okanagan are truly special, and we are delighted to welcome visitors to our farm to indulge in some of the region’s most iconic seasonal experiences,” said Gene Covert. “Incredible wines, juicy produce straight off the stem, and unparalleled landscapes – we’ve got it all, and we can’t wait to share our farm adventures with visitors this year.”

“Wedding season is one of our favourite times here at Covert – we take great pride in crafting magical experiences for newlyweds and their loved ones,” said Shelly Covert. “Our farm offers a rare combination of expansive vineyards, farmland and animals, providing wedding parties and guests with a memorable setting to celebrate one of the happiest days of their lives!”

For more information, visit www.covertfarms.ca.

 

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Spirit Ridge Lake Resort, Winery & Sacred Land, one of Canada’s leading resorts nestled on the slopes of the South Okanagan Valley wine country, will be opening a beach front Cantina on Osoyoos Lake.

“As part of our continued strategy to elevate the unique story worthy experiences for our guests, I am extremely excited to welcome Wakepilot watersports to our resort tea!” said Spirit Ridge Executive Director and General Manager Daniel Bibby. “ Their reputation as the premium watersports provider in the South Okanagan, will be a perfect complement to the re-development of our waterfront cantina and beachfront at Spirit Ridge.”

With a planned opening for the end of June, the new cantina will undergo a rebrand, a cosmetic renovation and start a brand new partnership with a premier local watersports provider, Wake Pilot. (www.wakepilot.com) Wakepilot will be offering signature watersport experiences, charters and a 2019 rental fleet, for both visitors and locals to enjoy.

The new cantina will deliver a relaxed beach experience, complete with unrivaled views, and deliciously prepared Mexican/Latin American influenced food and drinks under the vision of Executive Chef Murray McDonald and the Spirit Ridge culinary team.

For more information on Spirit Ridge Lake Resort, Winery & Sacred Land, please visit https://www.spiritridge.hyatt.com or call (250) 495-5445.

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Sun Peaks Resort and SilverStar Mountain Resort are excited to announce a new season pass holder reciprocal program that provides enhanced access to both summer and winter product lines at two leading destinations in the interior of British Columbia.

This upgraded program will see all winter alpine season pass holders from each destination receive two free days skiing or snowboarding at the affiliate resort. Additionally, summer bike park season pass holders from each resort will receive one free day of mountain biking at the other respective bike park. Once these free days have been utilized, passholders will continue to receive 25% off lift tickets for the remainder of each season. Limited blackout dates will apply.

“Providing more value and opening up new experiences for our season pass holders is a key benefit of this exciting new initiative with our friends at SilverStar,” said Aidan Kelly, Chief Marketing Officer at Sun Peaks Resort.

Both resorts are world class destinations that provide some of the largest and most diverse ski terrain in the industry, with Sun Peaks being Canada’s second largest ski area and SilverStar boasting British Columbia’s third largest ski area. Combined, the resorts have 7,552 acres of skiable terrain.

When the snow melts, Sun Peaks and SilverStar have the leading bike parks in the interior of British Columbia. This summer, Sun Peaks is celebrating its 20th anniversary of bike park operations while Silver Star is well known as one of the most progressive bike parks in the entire industry.

“Creating a program that provides access in both winter and summer seasons for respective pass holders will help showcase the calibre of product available in our region’, said Ian Jenkins, Director of Sales and Marketing at SilverStar Mountain Resort.

The new program will apply to the summer 2019 and winter 2019/20 seasons. Summer passes are currently on sale for both destinations. Winter passes are now available for Sun Peaks and will go on sale for SilverStar as of June 15th. For more information on Sun Peaks Resort, please visit www.sunpeaksresort.com. For additional details on SilverStar Mountain Resort, please visit www.skisilverstar.com.

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Vernon’s SilverStar Mountain has been recognized as one of the top ski resorts in North America for environmental performance.

The Star was the only Canadian resort to receive a nomination for the 2019 Golden Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence from the National Ski Areas Association.

Silver Star was up against U.S. giants Vail Resorts, Colorado, Sun Valley Resort, Idaho and Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, Mass.

Vail Resorts won the overall award, handed out May 1 in San Diego, along with awards in sustainability, safety, growth and marketing.

“Although we didn’t win the award this time around, we are honoured to be recognized for all our environmental efforts on an international scale,” Silver Star spokesperson Chantelle Deacon said.

The resort doesn’t use snowmakers, which reduces water, fuel and electricity use, has water-reduction efforts throughout the resort, low-emission groomers and sleds as well as free shuttle services to reduce emissions.

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Over the past two months, Destination BC has launched three new HelloBC websites targeted to key travel markets, which feature travel ideas, language and integration points unique to each market.

Users in these markets can access Google Maps with functionality cues and labelling in the local language. Business listings and TripAdvisor API are also integrated with each site, and are presented as English business name titles and descriptions with call-to-action labels and category information written in the local language. Consumers can also engage through connections to market-specific social channels such as Weibo, WeChat and Youku, and can find local tour operators that offer travel to B.C.

The new websites are part of Destination BC’s global digital marketing platform. Explore the new sites here:

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The deDood family has a rich history of dairy farming here in the North Okanagan. John & June began farming in 1983 on the deDood family farm. They raised 4 children, 2 of whom actively participate on the farm to-date.

In 2014 construction began on the state-of-the-art robotic milking barn and on June 1, 2015 – 100 head of Holstein cow’s moved in. The excellent location of the barn made it an easy decision for John & June to decide to open a market attached to the barn. Providing high quality locally grown and crafted items, while educating the public about the dairy industry was apart of the inspiration to open Farmer John’s Market.

Our authentic farmers’ market has fabulous locally produced goods — including fresh fruits and veggies, pasture raised pork and lamb; and backyard raised chicken. You will also find baked goods, preserves, many specialty food items such as locally made artisan cheese and unique crafts by local crafts people.

The Farm is more than an attraction, it is also an experience with their full commercial kitchen  and Red Seal Chef restaurant.  You can enjoy a farm fresh meal or book your next event at their venue.

So much to offer.  A must visit.

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Elements Adventure Company takes a group for a salmon tour in a voyageur canoe.

Elements Adventure Company

Elements Adventure Company connects people through unique wilderness experiences. With a spirit for adventure, tours are designed to connect people to nature, teach life-long skills and provide an atmosphere for reflection and development.

Salmon Tours &  Voyageur Canoeing

Enjoy an intimate and unique perspective of the fall salmon run in the Okanagan. On this tour you will:

  • View the salmon at one of their popular spawning grounds near Enderby, BC;
  • Get to ask all of your questions about the salmon run in BC;
  • Enjoy a customized tour experience just for you & your group.

Tours are operated from Shuswap and North Okanagan / Vernon area.

Prices for day tours are $75 plus tax for adults, $35 for kids 10-16 yrs. Minimum group size is 6.

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Wild Mushroom Tours

Whether you’re a modern day druid, an edible wild mushroom connoisseur, or just enjoy a walk in the woods, come out for a day of wild-mushroom hunting in the Okanagan. As an introduction to mushroom identification, we will visit two local organic farms to find some of the more common, delectable species and then head out into the wild forests of the Monashee.

Wild mushroom tours depart Vernon at 9 am and return by 5 pm. Transportation is included.

*Please note, this is not a mushroom picking tour, but a great way to learn the basics about mushrooms and how to use an identification guidebook.

$75 plus GST including guiding & transport to the Lumby valley from the Vernon Tourist Information Centre (3004-39th Ave) in downtown Vernon BC – and back again. For children aged 5-10, cost is $20 per child. FREE for children 4 and under.

DISCOUNTS: 10% for groups of 3-5; 15% for 6 or more. No individual payments please.

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Camelot Haven Alpacas (founded in 2002) – Home to an array of eco-friendly Alpacas. Where each animal has its own distinct personality and is treated with love and respect.

Camelot Haven specializes in raising Huacaya Alpacas with quality fleeces that retain their fineness over time. Offered for sale, are a wide selection of Camelot “eco-friendly” Alpaca yarns/rovings from our herd in an array of natural colours. Quality fine Alpaca clothing/accessories, unique gifts, and Camelot’s (all natural) soil enhancer. Please view bottom of page for more Alpaca items offered for sale at Camelot Haven.

Discover the Wonderful World of Alpacas in their natural environment, while learning more about Camelids and their amazing fibre.

Camelot Haven Guided ALPACA Walks. Join us for a country stroll while leading an Alpaca at Camelot Haven, in the beautiful Okanagan Valley.

Located in Vernon, in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, British Columbia.

We don’t just raise and breed Alpacas, we also care for them and their long-term well being.

https://www.camelothaven.com

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This winter 2018-19, 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 pilot project to help develop winter tourism.

“Winter tourism has always been a challenge for our area and creating winter access to key areas like Spahats Falls will help to contribute to a year-round, robust and sustainable tourism industry,” remarked Stephanie Molina, Manager of Tourism Wells Gray.

Tourism Wells Gray is leading the project which is being funded through wildfire recovery funding. Argo Road Maintenance is generously maintaining road access throughout the winter as a Community Service Donation.

“The iconic frozen waterfalls of Wells Gray Provincial Park are an important draw to potential visitors in the winter. The new winter access at Spahats Falls will ensure that visitors and locals alike will be able to enjoy this unique and spectacular sight all year-round. Now, visitors can more easily enjoy seeing the one of a kind ice formations at Spahats Falls—rounding out a winter frozen waterfall tour that includes the already accessible sights at Helmcken, Dawson, Mushbowl, and Moul Falls in Canada’s waterfall Park,” added Molina.

This pilot project is a partnership between Argo Road Maintenance, BC Parks, and Blackwell Park Operations. Throughout the winter, a portion of the road into the Spahats Falls access will be cleared; the trail and viewing platform will also be cleared and maintained to allow for safe and consistent access. Use will be measured during the winter to gauge the success of the pilot project in the hopes of seeing winter access on an ongoing basis.

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The Vanilla Pod Restaurant at Poplar Grove Winery launched the new Afternoon Tasting Menu on Friday November 2nd!  Focused on a social wine bar experience fused with upscale wine country flavours, this new feature offers light savoury bites meant for sharing.

Happy hour is defined differently by everyone, whether you’re looking for a bang for your buck, a quiet spot to have a quality glass of wine or great food at reduced prices.  With the Vanilla Pod’s famous hospitality and the sweeping lake views, the Afternoon Tasting Menu treats guests to something extra special, taking happy hour to another level.

The Afternoon Tasting Menu is available daily (except Mondays) between 3PM and 5PM, offering a $6 small plate menu paired with $6 glasses of delicious Poplar Grove wine!

$6 Menu items:                                               Poplar Grove paired wines at $6 per glass                       (flight of all 5 for $12 – 2oz each):

Paella Arancini                                               Pinot Gris

Warm Olives                                                   Chardonnay

Octopus Salad                                                Blanc de Noirs (Rosé)

Carpaccio of Beef                                           Syrah

Pizzetta                                                           Merlot

What people are saying:

“… a culinary oasis on the edge of downtown and the gateway to the idyllic Naramata Bench.”

“… this is one of the best vantage points from which to start an evening or stay for their dinner menu.”

“… a refined yet relaxed spot to broaden your wine horizons. Effortlessly cool.”

“… most restaurant menus match wine to food – but the Vanilla Pod turns that on its head, suggesting dishes that will go with your choice of wine. It’s pretty clear that wine is the star here.”

 

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Poplar Grove Legacy 2014 red blend takes top spot at the fourth annual Judgement of BC at the Hotel Eldorado in Kelowna on October 24th.

“Winning such a prestigious award validates what we’re doing in the vineyards, at the winery as well as the dedication and purposeful work of the team which supports the entire process,” says Tony Holler, owner of Poplar Grove Winery.

Inspired by the “Judgement of Paris” (1976), this made-in BC variant pits the best of BC against international benchmark wines.  Blind tastings were performed with judges grading each wine out of 20 points, according to their own criteria. 24 wines were selected, 12 of which were from BC.

The first “Judgment of BC” was hosted in 2015 by the BC Wine Institute in honour of Steven Spurrier’s visit to British Columbia.  Spurrier is the internationally revered British wine expert who organized the so-called “Judgement of Paris” in 1976, which unexpectedly elevated the status of California wine and promoted the expansion of wine production in the New World.

Although the tastings are blind, judges spent four days in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys attending informative masterclasses, regional tastings, industry forums and interactive wine and food pairing experiences.  Here they had the opportunity to learn, taste and celebrate the Wines of British Columbia.

Tony Holler: “Winning this award will bring attention from many angles, resonating strongly with the Canadian consumer who sees a Canadian product on par with some of the best wines in the world.  Prominent awards like this one enhance awareness and interest in the Okanagan Valley, our wineries and their wines”.

Poplar Grove Legacy 2014 is a Bordeaux-inspired blend originating from the following vineyard locations – Osoyoos 65%, Oliver 15%, Penticton 13%, Naramata 7 %.  The blend comprises 44% Cabernet Franc, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot.

DJ Kearney, head judge, wine educator and global wine expert had this to say about the winning 2014 Legacy:

“It has that wonderful crossover character with old-world structure and quality and new-world fruit generosity and weight, and our signature acidity. It is so well made and so well balanced, a worthy winner.”

Adding further credence to the world-class quality of Okanagan red blends, the #2 spot was claimed by another Naramata Bench winery, Laughing Stock, with their 2015 Portfolio. That’s what we call “Bench-strength”!

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Effective October 9th, 2018 Hoodoo Adventure Company announced today that together with local investors they have purchased Chute Lake Lodge in Naramata BC and will take over operations effective immediately. The Hoodoo-led investor group intends to invest in renovations to refresh the historic recreation property while ensuring to honor its history in order to offer a world-class adventure destination in Naramata.

Under Hoodoo’s management, Chute Lake Lodge will become a year-round recreation and adventure destination, serving locals and attracting tourists looking for an energizing vacation. Mike and Lyndie Hill, Owners of Hoodoo Adventure Company are extremely excited about this opportunity to further their adventure offering in the Okanagan Valley.

“Chute Lake Lodge is an adventurers’ dream nestled right on the Kettle Valley Rail and bordering the Okanagan Provincial Park, it has amazing potential. We look forward to working with our partners to create a unique destination to stay, play and take advantage of all that the Okanagan has to offer, said Lyndie Hill.

Mike Hill added, “In our business, we see firsthand the positive impact outdoor adventure offers all ages. In today’s world, there is a greater need than ever to unplug and get outdoors. We are excited to develop Chute Lake in an eco-friendly to allow more people to access adventurous activities.”

Renovations at the resort are commencing immediately and Chute Lake Lodge is aiming to re-open Dec. 1st to the public this winter for individual, group and corporate bookings for accommodation, activities and catered functions. For more information and bookings contact info@hoodooadventures.ca or call 250-492-3888.  For project updates, please visit chutelakeresort.ca

Hoodoo Adventure Company is the largest Adventure Tour operator in the Okanagan, hosting thousands of travelers each year from around the World specializing in unique adventure experiences that highlight the best that the Okanagan has to offer year-round. Hoodoo has received multiple Business Excellence and Luxury Travel awards as well as being ranked for the 3rd Best Kayak Tour in Canada.

 

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Ground has been broken on a 15,000-square-foot wine centre and dining lounge at Mount Boucherie Estate Winery in West Kelowna.

“Our winery opened in 2001. We are really blessed to have about 200 acres of vineyards across the Okanagan, and this is our moment to have a great winery experience centre to match the vineyards that we farm,” said general manager Jesse Harden.

The wine centre and dining lounge are expected to open next fall.

Harden says the space won’t have the typical winery feel.

“We are going to be a little different. The restaurant, for example, is going to be a bit more casual. It’s going to encourage people to come in with flip flops or a tuxedo, whatever you want.”

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TasteFull Excursions Inc., the Thompson Valley’s premier shuttle provider for Sun Peaks Resort has responded to the demise of Greyhound Bus Line by increasing their services to include both shared seating and private charter rates with daily/weekly schedules to a myriad of locations including the most requested route: to/from Vancouver International Airport.

Gordon Stamp-Vincent, Director of Shuttle Services began to feel the impact of Greyhound’s demise early this summer. “The bulk of our business is moving people to/from Sun Peaks Resort from the Kamloops Airport. Many of these guests arrive via Vancouver or Calgary from as far away as Europe, Australia, US and eastern Canada. With the challenge of winter travel, we have historically assisted the airlines with ensuring stranded winter travellers make their vital flight connections by transporting them to Vancouver or Kelowna. Basically, we are simply expanding this level of service to become an integral part of our schedule – and identifying it as TasteFull Transportation.” The company has hired additional professional drivers who are trained with the Super Host program and are familiar with the challenges of winter driving.

“This year already, we have confirmed bookings on behalf of international travel agencies with visitors arriving in Vancouver who prefer driving into the Kamloops area for both the convenience and the peace of mind of having all of their luggage remaining with them,” he continues. Their fleet of vehicles are equipped with secure rear luggage compartments, multi-zone temperature controls, complimentary WIFI, charging outlets for both Apple and Android devices, plus blankets and pillows for the longer trips.

Most importantly, TasteFull Transportation has all of the required licensing as regulated by the National Safety Board and the Passenger Transportation Authority of British Columbia. “These past few years the transportation industry has been inundated with newcomers who have not always educated themselves with all of the requirements to operate under the high standards that have been set by the government.”
Stamp-Vincent states. “It is imperative for anyone climbing onboard a shuttle or other modes of transportation ensure that both the driver and the vehicle are safety-certified. Not only does your personal safety depend on it, but insurance coverage could be affected if there are any unfortunate incidents on the road.”

Focusing on safety, service and convenience – TasteFull Transportation is positioned to be the first-choice in transportation after the demise of Greyhound Bus Lines. Sun Peaks Resort already recognizes the company as their official shuttle service provider, travel agencies have increased their bookings, and now everyday travellers can enjoy the expertise the company and their team provide.

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The Construction on the 79,000-square-foot winery began in June 2017, after nearly two years design work with famed Napa-based architecture firm Backen, Gillam, & Kroeger.

The Bai family travelled extensively in search of the ideal vineyards to realize their dream of building one of the leading wineries in Canada. Ultimately, that search took them to the Okanagan’s Black Sage Bench.

They are fortunate to be stewards of two of Canada’s historic vineyards: Becker Vineyard and our namesake Phantom Creek Vineyard.

Becker Vineyard was originally developed in 1977 as part of the pioneering Becker Project, which demonstrated that traditional European grape varieties could thrive in British Columbia.

Their first vintage was in 2016, and will be ready for release in Spring 2019.

They are fortunate to be able to work with Olivier Humbrecht MW, France’s first Master of Wine, who is guiding our transition to organic and biodynamic certification.

www.phantomcreekestates.com

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