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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

Sun Peaks hosts Canada’s Alpine Blossom Festival

Sun Peaks hosts Canada’s Alpine Blossom Festival

Kids’ sensation The Doodlebops join Canada’s Alpine Blossom Festival line-up at Sun Peaks for a spectacular August long weekend During the summer season that brings warm weather, sunny skies and Sun Peaks’ beautiful alpine flowers, family getaways become the cornerstone in creating lasting memories. This August long weekend (August 1 to 3) not only will there be […]

By July 29, 2014 Read More →

Community

New lakefront home for Dockside Marine Centre

New lakefront home for Dockside Marine Centre

“Yeah! We’re on the water,” is the cheerful cry of the boating enthusiast and a sentiment echoed by the happy staff of Dockside Marine Centre. After nearly four decades of serving the Okanagan boating community, the award-winning marine centre is living up to its namesake, locating dockside at Shelter Bay in West Kelowna. You’ll find […]

By July 27, 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

Lieutenant Governor presents wine awards

Lieutenant Governor presents wine awards

The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, presented the 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines this past week in the Okanagan Valley. Her Honour acknowledged outstanding wines from these Okanagan vineyards: Hester Creek Estate Winery Oliver Winning Wine: Block 2 Reserve Merlot 2011 Bonamici Cellars  Okanagan Falls Winning Wine: […]

By July 28, 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 →
Stampeders take the main stage at Peachfest

Stampeders take the main stage at Peachfest

One of the most successful groups in Canadian music history will be headlining at the 67th annual Penticton Peach Festival. The Stampeders will be on the main stage Saturday, August 9. The original trio of Ronnie King, Rich Dodson and Kim Berly will be making their first-ever appearance at Peach Festival. “We’re really excited to have […]

By March 18, 2014 Read More →
A Splash of Red offers elegant alfresco dining

A Splash of Red offers elegant alfresco dining

An elegant Italian evening and art event with an Okanagan twist A Splash of Red, the Caetani Centre’s popular annual fundraiser, is back for a third time and set to take place August 21. Over the past two years, the Splash of Red committee has raised more than $25,000 to support the Caetani Cultural Centre’s […]

By July 29, 2014 Read More →
Riesling Round-Up

Riesling Round-Up

Okanagan wine writer Michael Botner packs his bags and heads straight to the source for his global gander at a perennial favourite At a 180 degree bend of the Mosel River in Germany, the great Doctor vineyard reigns over the Hänsel- and-Gretel town of Bernkastel. Rising steeply over the rooftops, Doctorberg benefits from brittle blue, […]

By July 28, 2014 Read More →
Taster’s Choice: Showcase of Versatile Riesling – Wine Reviews

Taster’s Choice: Showcase of Versatile Riesling – Wine Reviews

Showcasing Riesling’s versatility, our eclectic selection from around the globe ranges from bone dry to medium sweet. The five star rating system stresses value for price. Dr. H. Thanisch 2011 Riesling Spätlese Trocken Bernkastel-Kues, Mosel, Germany $34.99 Sourced from selected estate vineyards, bone dry, flinty Riesling shows the purity and complexity of the great white […]

By July 24, 2014 Read More →
Government consults on farmland, ALR

Government consults on farmland, ALR

The Ministry of Agriculture has begun consultations with BC farmers to help farming families earn a better living and have more opportunities to use their land. “We’re talking with BC farmers, local governments and the ALC to draw on their collective expertise about how we can support BC farmers and their families, and ensure the […]

By July 23, 2014 Read More →
Don’t move a mussel

Don’t move a mussel

Okanagan Basin Water Board urges action Boaters and beach-goers need to be aware of quagga and zebra mussels that potentially threaten the health and beauty of Okanagan waterways. These species breed at prolific rates producing mass amounts of larvae that are known as veligers. These thumbnail sized mussels and their microscopic offspring travel easily to new […]

By July 22, 2014 Read More →
UBC sponsors Canadian war literature world conference in Ottawa

UBC sponsors Canadian war literature world conference in Ottawa

Renowned authors to speak about Canada’s First World War literary contributions The University of British Columbia Okanagan, the University of Ottawa, and the Canadian War Museum are marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the “war to end all wars” with a conference on Canadian war literature and a distinguished speakers series in Ottawa, […]

By July 22, 2014 Read More →
Ghana children’s verbal stories turned into school books

Ghana children’s verbal stories turned into school books

Folk tales come to life in print thanks to team of UBC teacher candidates  Verbal stories, handed down for generations, are now published in school books in Ghana, thanks to a group of students from UBC’s Okanagan campus. The seven illustrated books were produced by Nabit children in the village of Bolgatanga, in the Upper […]

By July 22, 2014 Read More →
Canada West defers decision to add football at UBC Okanagan

Canada West defers decision to add football at UBC Okanagan

Delay to expand campus athletics due to league’s pending strategic review A strategic review by the Canada West Universities Athletics Association (Canada West) has put on hold the possibility of adding varsity football to UBC’s Okanagan campus. At its annual general meeting in May, Canada West placed a moratorium on new membership applications and on […]

By July 22, 2014 Read More →
UBC researcher wins top award for study that examines mining waste

UBC researcher wins top award for study that examines mining waste

Research paper wins Thomas C. Keefer Medal after 10 years in the making It has been a long road for UBC researcher Craig Nichol to help devise a green solution to mitigate landscape contamination from mine tailings. A joint research paper on the subject, which for various reasons took more than a decade to complete, […]

By July 21, 2014 Read More →
Fire update: Evacuation Order remains in effect

Fire update: Evacuation Order remains in effect

An Evacuation Order remains in effect for Smith Creek, Tallus Ridge, Alexandria Way and Shannon Woods neighbourhoods. In total, an estimated 2,500 residents from approximately 1,100 homes are evacuated. Another 151 residents remain on Evacuation Alert on Lenz Road, including Pinewood Villa Mobile Home Park and from 1898 to 2515 Bartley Road. No change in […]

By July 19, 2014 Read More →
Vancouver’s Top Chef headlines at Wine and Food Festival at Silver Star Mountain

Vancouver’s Top Chef headlines at Wine and Food Festival at Silver Star Mountain

One of Canada’s leading culinary talents and the mastermind behind Vancouver’s number one rated restaurant, Chef David Hawksworth, will host a special dinner to kick off Silver Star Mountain Resort Wine and Food Festival on the weekend of August 8. Chef Hawksworth has appeared as a guest judge on Food Network Canada’s Top Chef and his Vancouver-based […]

By July 18, 2014 Read More →
West Kelowna crews monitor fire lines: 2,500 residents remain evacuated

West Kelowna crews monitor fire lines: 2,500 residents remain evacuated

It has been a relatively good night on the fire-lines as crews monitored the Smith Creek fire. Field reports suggest there were a few flare ups during the overnight hours, but they were knocked down quickly by fire fighter patrols from West Kelowna, Kelowna, Lake Country and the BC Wildfire Management Branch. Late last night, […]

By July 18, 2014 Read More →