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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If you want to learn about Indigenous culture where do you go? Do you search online? Go to a museum? Take a course? You could do all of these things but Moccasin Trails is now touring to give people an authentic experience of the Indigenous culture.

They wanted to bring people from around the world on the ancestral paths their people walked, have them taste the food they ate, sing the songs they sang, hear the stories that were passed down orally from generations ago, and travel down the rivers they canoed.

In order to truly learn about their culture they felt the only way was to touch, smell, see, hear, and feel it. Their journey started hundreds of years ago but your journey will start right now with them at Moccasin Trails.

http://www.moccasintrails.com

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Oliver Osoyoos Winery Country and Sun Peaks Resort have partnered for a weekend of food, wine and winter adventure with Savour the Sun, December 7-9, 2018. The three-day event will bring some of the region’s most celebrated winemakers to the BC interior destination.

Anchored to three signature evening events, snow lovers can spend the day on the slopes before savouring rare finds and terroir expressive wines, paired with delicious food by Sun Peaks Resort’s culinary team.

The festival weekend kick-starts with Savour the Sun at Sunburst on Friday, December 7, a ski-in ski-out, mid-mountain reception that will focus on private collection, hard-to-find wines presented and poured by the winemaker. This intimate event will allow guests time to engage with each winery, learning the nuances of their winemaking philosophies and discovering the passion behind their rare and unique wine portfolio. Wine tastings will be paired with delicious food stations, all in the spectacular setting of the mid-mountain Sunburst Bar + Eatery after the slopes have closed to the general public.

For those looking for a more informal evening, Savour Bubbles is a progressive-style tasting at Masa’s Bar & Grill, focusing on sparkling wines and terroir expressive varietals from nine Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country winemakers. The last event, Uncork Your Senses, at The Annex rounds out the weekend with an elegant evening of food and wine, featuring twelve of the region’s most respected wineries.

At all three events, the delicious portfolio of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country will be expertly paired with food from Sun Peaks Resort’s culinary team, featuring local Okanagan and BC ingredients. Highlights include Misoyaki wild BC salmon with artisan greens and wasabi-yuzu dressing (Uncork Your Senses), Okanagan winter vegetable pakoras (Savour Bubbles), Brohm Lake duck confit with lentil and root vegetable cassolette, and steamed Quadra Island halibut cheeks with soy vinaigrette (Savour the Sun at Sunburst).

For more event details and full menus, visit: www.oliverosoyoos.com/Tickets/Other-Events

 

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The new Coast Oliver is ready for business. Coast Oliverfeatures 80 bedrooms, an indoor pool, breakfast room and future restaurant. Standards will include triple sheeting and complimentary high-speed in-room WiFi.

Approximately 100 parking stalls surround the hotel.

“The hotel is intended to have a modern architectural feel, and colours will be reflective of the local natural landscape,” said Coast Hotels executive director Sarah Kirby Yung.

The branding of the hotel will be done with Mundi Hotel Enterprises Inc. who purchased the lot (Centennial RV Park location) from the Town of Oliver.

The company, headed by president Ron Mundi, currently has two Coast-branded properties in Kamloops and Lethbridge, and owns five more hotels.

“We made the decision to expand our relationship with Coast Hotels as the brand flag for Oliver, given they share the same values, performance focus and community approach we do.”

Coast Hotels president Victor Komoda said the new Oliver property builds on the brand’s strength in its home province, bringing its total to 36 properties in western North America covering two provinces, two territories and five US states.

“Expanding our footprint in the popular Okanagan wine region will add value to our customer base,” said Komoda.

To book: www.coasthotels.com 

 

 

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Tourism Kamloops’ #YKA360 Kamera Krew Campaign has been selected as the winner of the Best Travel Online Video Campaign Award for 2018. The award was recently announced by the Internet Advertising Competition, which is hosted annually by the Web Marketing Association.

The Web Marketing Association (WMA) was founded in Boston in 1997 to help set a high standard for Internet marketing and corporate web development on the World Wide Web. Staffed by volunteers, this organization is made up of Internet marketing, advertising, PR and design professionals who share an interest for improving the quality of advertising, marketing and promotion used to attract visitors to corporate Web sites.

“It is an honour to be recognized by the Web Marketing Association for our #YKA360 Kamera Krew Campaign,” said Tourism Kamloops CEO, Beverley DeSantis. “The Tourism Kamloops team worked hard to bring this campaign to life. Our goal was to feature our amazing city to the world and this award shows that Kamloops is being noticed internationally.”

The #YKA360 Kamera Krew Campaign was launched by Tourism Kamloops in conjunction with the organization’s rebrand in May 2017 and ran throughout the year. The Kamera Krew intercepted visitors and locals, presented them with challenge cards, captured their boldly unscripted moments on video and posted them online for the world to see. The campaign was designed to literally take people off the highway to experience Kamloops and to showcase those experiences online.

The Best Travel Online Video Campaign Award winner is selected by a panel of marketing industry experts who base their decision on seven criteria, including: creativity; innovation; impact; design; copy writing; use of the medium; and memorability. As the award winner, Tourism Kamloops has been recognized on the Association’s website, social media channels and through media. Tourism Kamloops has also received a crystal statue and bragging rights for setting online video campaign trends and making online video campaign news.

#YKA360 Kamera Krew videos can be viewed on Tourism Kamloops’ YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/user/tourismkamloops

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In recent years, more and more of the best vineyards have sought to make a statement not just with their wines but with the design of their facilities, enlisting star architects from Renzo Piano to Zaha Hadid. That means wineries are no longer mere side trips en route to the main attraction—they’ve become destinations in their own right. World-class food and drink, stunning architecture, luxury lodgings, idyllic settings—this is the stuff epicurean dreams are made of. In advance of the grape harvest (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least), Architectural Digest takes a look at some of the most beautifully designed wineries around the globe. In vino—and venustas—verities.

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Mission Hill Winery

West Kelowna, Canada
missionhillwinery.com
Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig designed Mission Hill Winery’s 120,000-square-foot hilltop complex in West Kelowna, British Columbia. The dramatic buildings are clad in board-formed concrete and surround a central courtyard, which features an 85-foot-tall bell tower with bells by the foundry that cast the bells of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York and the Sacré Coeur in Paris. The Wine Education Centre displays a Marc Chagall tapestry and houses a small theater.

To view the whole article: https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/best-designed-vineyards-slideshow

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Tina & Peter offer photography workshops and photo tours in the beautiful Boundary Country. These leisurely outings are easy walking for everyone. You bring your camera, phone or tablet. They teach in classroom at The Board Room Cafe’ in Grand Forks, BC  and on location.

 

They are local photographers who know the area and have chosen the best places for photographing such as Christina Lake, Cascade Falls, Son Ranch Timber Company and the Granby Valley.  They offer classes and tours every Wednesday and some Saturdays. 

 

The Boundary Country is Great for Photographers!

For more information visit: : https://www.peterkalaszphotography.com/tina—peter-photo-tours

 

 

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This week sees the launch of an exciting new tourism marketing campaign called “Chain of Events”. The project is a collaboration between Travel Penticton, Tourism Summerland and Discover Naramata with funding and support from Destination BC.

“The ‘Chain of Events’ project actually started a couple of years ago and focused on promoting cycling activities, particularly in the shoulder seasons” said Thom Tischik, Executive Director for Travel Penticton. “ We soon learned that the cycling enthusiasts visiting were also interested in other activities, such as culinary, arts & culture or wine touring so we decided to expand the ‘Chain of Events’ concept.”

In April, 2018 the three partner communities got together and resubmitted a proposal to Destination BC that would see the ‘Chain of Events’ project take a fresh new direction.

Project Co-ordinator, Charnock explains, “We have developed a series of itineraries and signature experiences for each community,  geared towards four specific traveller types: The Adventurer, The Athlete, The Foodie and The Family”. “Many of the visitors to our region only have a few days to spend here and this is a great way to help them get the absolute most out of their stay.”

The ‘Chain of Events’ itineraries have also been really well received by national and international media, as they provide a clear outline of things that make each of the partner communities unique and appealing consumers.

Over the summer ‘Chain of Events’ will be promoted at local visitor centres and via the new website – http://www.okchainofevents.com and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/okchainofevents/.  During the fall and winter there will be digital and print campaigns offering package deals to encourage visitation in the quieter tourist seasons.

If you would like to find out more about ‘Chain of Events’, please contact:

Jo Charnock
Project Co-ordinator
Travel Penticton
jo.charnock@visitpenticton.com

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Spirit Ridge at Nk’Mip Resort is joining the “Unbound Collection” by Hyatt brand, the sixth in the world and the first in Canada.

The change comes with a $5.2 million renovation.

The franchise agreement between Hyatt Hotels Corporation and the Spirit Ridge Owners Association takes effect on Dec. 11, it was formally announced Thursday.

The Unbound Collection by Hyatt was launched in March 2016 and is a collection of properties considered to offer unique and story-worthy experiences, Hyatt says in a news release.

Spirit Ridge will undergo a $5.2 million renovation in the coming year to enhance the guest experience and will remain open while upgrades are taking place, Hyatt says.

“Spirit Ridge is an exciting addition to The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, and we are delighted it is our first Canadian property for the brand,” said Scott Richer, vice president, real estate and development Canada at Hyatt.

“With its rich history, Hyatt guests will be able to experience the incredible historic and indigenous culture that this resort has to offer and create new stories at Spirit Ridge,” Richer continued.

The decade-old resort sits on land that has been the home of the Osoyoos Indian Band for thousands of years.

“Rich in culture and historical relevance, the iconic resort’s design embraces the Okanagan First Nations people and celebrates their deep spiritual connection to natural surroundings,” Hyatt says in its news release.

The adobe-style resort features suites and villas accommodations ranging in size from one to three bedrooms.

Suites and villas include fully equipped kitchens, outdoor private terraces and sweeping vistas of the surrounding vineyards, desert mountains and Osoyoos Lake.

The resort includes a 7,000-square-foot conference centre, 226 suites and villas, private beach access to Osoyoos Lake, food and beverage offerings, several pools, hot tubs and private cabanas.

Also next to the resort are the Nk’Mip Cellars Vineyard, the nine-hole Sonora Dunes Golf Course and Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre.

The renovation will upgrade guest suites, public areas, swimming pools, meeting rooms, restaurants and fitness centres. The first phase of renovations is due for completion by spring 2018.

The resort employs 130 people under the leadership of Executive Director and General Manager Daniel Bibby, along with Shantell Paisley, director of sales and marketing.

Current properties in the Unbound Collection include The Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas; The Royal Palms in Phoenix, Arizona; The Confidante in Miami Beach, Florida; the Hotel du Louvre in Paris, France; and Carmelo Resort and Spa in Uruguay. The Coco Palms Resort in Kauai, Hawaii is scheduled to undergo revitalization.

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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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