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Hike Spion Kop Trails

Hike Spion Kop Trails

Lake Country has set the bar sky high. Okanagan planners looking to create outstanding trail systems need to head for this mountain and take a hike At the Spion Kop summit. it’s easy to see how Lake Country got its name. Wood and Ellison (Duck) are on the left; Okanagan on the right. You find […]

By July 29, 2014 Read More →

Events

I Left my Heart at Mission Hill with Tony Bennett

I Left my Heart at Mission Hill with Tony Bennett

Mission Hill Family Estate Winery was alive on this hot summer Friday evening. White chairs were neatly arranged on the grass overlooking the outdoor amphitheater with a backdrop of Okanagan Lake. An air of friendly anticipation filled the grassy slope as the smiling crowd awaited an experience that would bring them back in time, yet […]

By August 12, 2014 Read More →

Community

Okanagan Life Magazine Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Okanagan Life Magazine Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge, a social media-based campaign that aims to raise awareness for ALS (more commonly known as Lou Gherig’s Disease), has made its way into the Okanagan Valley. Essentially, when you’ve been challenged, you have 24 hours to pour ice water on yourself — or donate $100 to support ALS research. The challenge […]

By August 19, 2014 Read More →

Features

Play it safe on the water

Play it safe on the water

On a July evening in 2013 Penticton resident Rene Bourque and his female companion, both standing at the windshield of his 28-foot cabin cruiser, approached the Penticton City Wharf. The only illumination on the pier at 10:30 p.m. was a red navigation light located at the end. It blinked every six seconds. Rene says he […]

Okanagan Food & Wine

Winery hosts world’s first water ballet

Winery hosts world’s first water ballet

On a warm South Okanagan summer’s night, Black Hills Estate Winery, a modern oasis in the desert, converted into a Miami-style vineyard ultra lounge. The winery was host to an incredible water ballet performed by the glamorous swimming entertainment company, Aqualillies. They displayed skill and grace as they charmed the audience with sweet sexiness and […]

By August 19, 2014 Read More →

Okanagan Homes

New Penticton Homes Will Save Owners Thousands in Energy Costs

New Penticton Homes Will Save Owners Thousands in Energy Costs

Skaha Hills, Penticton’s $250 million master planned community is poised to be the most energy efficient housing development in British Columbia. Building techniques will guarantee homeowners lower utility bills and reduced impact on the environment. “What sets Skaha Hills apart is the fact that it is ensuring energy efficiency throughout all the homes in the […]

By June 10, 2014 Read More →

Okanagan News

Golf Okanagan Guide

Golf Okanagan Guide

One of Canada’s premier golf destinations, the Okanagan Valley offers courses to challenge every level, plus unmatched scenery and outstanding amenities. See our full golf feature Raising our Game and golf okanagan map in the April/May Okanagan Life magazine: How we got to be a hot golf destination and why the future’s looking bright. Photo courtesy of Predator […]

By June 17, 2014 Read More →
Best Restaurant Awards Winners 2014

Best Restaurant Awards Winners 2014

The Best Restaurants brand is one of the most recognizable in the Okanagan Valley. For 20 years, Okanagan Life readers have voted for their favourites —and for 20 years we have published the results in a magazine that has quietly become one of the best read magazines—of all magazines—per capita! Celebrate some of the hardest working […]

By June 13, 2014 Read More →
Gatzke Orchards Hosts Orchard Dinner Series

Gatzke Orchards Hosts Orchard Dinner Series

Gatzke Orchards is host to a unique culinary event showcasing highly skilled local chefs and #Okanagan wines as GO Foodism kicks off May 25. #Kelowna #BCwine

By May 12, 2014 Read More →
Penticton Farmers’ Market welcomes wineries

Penticton Farmers’ Market welcomes wineries

Want a great wine to pair with some fresh, local produce? Following changes in BC liquor laws, the Penticton Farmers’ Market has two news stalls offering Okanagan wines and brews. Marketing Manager Erin Trainer says space limits them to only two vendors, with new vendors rotated into the market each week. Be sure to stop by the Maple Leaf Sprits & the […]

By August 14, 2014 Read More →
Shuswap wineries showcase distinct character of an emerging wine region

Shuswap wineries showcase distinct character of an emerging wine region

Sprinkled widely over the rural countryside around Salmon Arm, the Shuswap’s five welcoming wineries are artisanal, family-owned-and-run operations where the farming lifestyle still reigns.

By August 13, 2014 Read More →
More out-of-province fire personnel heading to BC

More out-of-province fire personnel heading to BC

As wildfire activity continues to increase throughout the province, the Wildfire Management Branch welcomed over 220 additional fire personnel on Friday and Saturday. One 19-person Incident Management Team, 40 sustained action firefighters and about 30 support staff from Ontario arrived in Kelowna last Friday. Forty sustained action firefighters and three support staff from Quebec arrived in […]

By August 11, 2014 Read More →
New farmers’ market funds support healthy living for seniors

New farmers’ market funds support healthy living for seniors

Lower-income families, seniors and pregnant women will continue to have easier access to healthy, locally grown food, thanks to an additional $750,000 investment in a successful farmers’ market coupon program, Health Minister Terry Lake announced today. “Eating fresh, nutritious food is a big part of staying healthy and avoiding chronic illness,” said Lake. “But, for […]

By August 11, 2014 Read More →
Fire Hazard Forces Okanagan Regional Parks Closures

Fire Hazard Forces Okanagan Regional Parks Closures

As a result of the high to extreme fire hazard and extremely dry conditions, the Regional District has closed several Regional Parks until further notice. Hardy Falls Regional Park (photo) Trepanier Creek Greenway Regional Park Coldham Regional Park Glen Canyon Regional Park Kalamoir Regional Park Rose Valley Regional Park Stephens Coyote Regional Park Scenic Canyon […]

By August 11, 2014 Read More →
Free educational webinars for those living with diabetes

Free educational webinars for those living with diabetes

The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) is offering a webinar on How to Avoid the Complications of Diabetes featuring Dr. Andrew Farquhar on Aug. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. PST as part of an ongoing series. The webinars provide relevant and up-to-date information for people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes in Canada. […]

By August 11, 2014 Read More →
Fire risk: Dilworth Mountain Park closed in Kelowna

Fire risk: Dilworth Mountain Park closed in Kelowna

The Dilworth Mountain Park off of Chilcotin Crescent will be closed to the public immediately due to an extremely high fire hazard. Dilworth Mountain Park consists of the natural areas surrounding the neighbourhoods along Dilworth Drive and Summit Road. “The Okanagan has been experiencing steady hot weather the past several weeks and our parks, especially […]

By August 8, 2014 Read More →
Drought Hill Fire remains within retardant guards

Drought Hill Fire remains within retardant guards

It’s been a good night for BC Wildfire Management firefighters monitoring the Drought Hill fire just north of the Okanagan Connector Highway 97C above Peachland. Cooler temperatures overnight and little or no wind helped keep the fire activity low. BC Wildfire Management says the fire remains within retardant guards and is estimated at 30-hectares in […]

By August 8, 2014 Read More →
Forest Fire: Crews on scene above Peachland

Forest Fire: Crews on scene above Peachland

A wildfire estimated at 4.5-hectares is currently burning near the Okanagan Connector, Highway 97C near the MacKinnon Road area. The blaze is burning across the highway from the Tourist Information Centre where the highway intersects with Trepanier Road. West Kelowna and Peachland structural fire crews and BC Wildfire Management have responded and are on the […]

By August 7, 2014 Read More →
Okanagan College contributes more than half a billion to regional economy

Okanagan College contributes more than half a billion to regional economy

A recent economic impact study undertaken by Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) found that in 2012-13 Okanagan College and its students added $542 million to the regional economy. It pegged the institution’s provincial impact at $915 million. Clint Bannister knows it’s hard to put an exact price on the value of a post-secondary education, but […]

By August 7, 2014 Read More →
Help is just a phone call away with new Surveillance Nurses

Help is just a phone call away with new Surveillance Nurses

Surveillance Nurses help clients remain in their own homes and avoid hospital admissions. The program operates in #Vernon, #Kelowna and #Penticton.

By August 7, 2014 Read More →
USA Today Readers Choose Okanagan Valley as Top Wine Region

USA Today Readers Choose Okanagan Valley as Top Wine Region

The widest newspaper in circulation in the United States, USA Today describes the Okanagan as, “Drop. Dead. Gorgeous.” The Okanagan Valley has been voted the second best wine region to visit amongst 20 worldwide nominees by the USA Today Readers’ Choice 2014 Awards. The publication states, “British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley came in at a strong #2, its loyal fans reminding […]

By August 6, 2014 Read More →