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Author: Progress Magazine

Okanagan Rail Trail: Work under way; help fund completion

With your help the Okanagan Rail Trail will soon become reality, transforming a discontinued CN rail line into a 48.5-kilometre trail connecting communities from Coldstream to Kelowna. Local governments, with assistance from the province, acquired the scenic corridor in 2015, providing the opportunity to create a sustainable recreational and transportation legacy. Now it’s our turn (individuals, organizations and businesses) to raise the money to complete development. Since fundraising began last May, over 3,300 donors have stepped forward. Contributions have come with inspirational stories: from a 95-year-old donating 95 metres to an 8-year-old selling lemonade to fund her metre of...

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The Cottages: lifestyle on the lake

The Cottages is the best-selling waterfront community in the South Okanagan, with 126 homes sold to date. It is a spectacular gated community of detached homes ranging in price from the high $300s to over $1 million, with most homes in the $450,000 to $500,000 range. The 70-acre property is located on the northeast corner of Osoyoos Lake near some of the region’s best known wineries such as Black Hills and Burrowing Owl. The project has 1,800’ of waterfront, over 500’ of sandy beach, two swimming pools, a 7,000 sq. ft. community centre, 20 acres of green-space for all to...

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Scorched Earth Winery: rising from the ashes

Just above the shores of Okanagan Lake, nestled in Okanagan Mountain Park, is a small vineyard called Scorched Earth Vineyard and Winery. The name for our family Estate run farm and winery comes from the surrounding landscape of scorched earth, which still shows the remains of burnt out trees after the 2003 wildfires. The original vineyard was planted in 1989, but the high volume of fire retardant dumped on the vineyard to keep the aggressive 2003 wildfire from spreading, caused the vines too much damage to salvage. The entire vineyard was pulled out and the land resculpted to take...

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Beachcomber: Service meets quality and selection

What sets this business apart is commitment to customer service. Their goal is to exceed the expectations of their customers. And with over 40 years in retail, they know how to make that happen! With their three sons, Dennis and Barbie Melvin have owned and operated Beachcomber Home and Leisure since its inception in 1989. Together they’ve created the complete home furnishing resource with conveniently located showrooms in Kelowna and Vernon. You’ll find everything from living, dining and bedroom to home office and outdoor space with all the accessories and finishing touches to complete your dream décor—at an equally...

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Sleepy’s: are you tired of body impressions in your mattress?

Ahhh…the dreaded body impression! Only Sleepy’s have the cure! So, you just invested in a new sleep set and already in six months to a year you are noticing a large hump up the middle of the mattress with two deep sinkholes on either side of the top where your bodies lay. You call the salesperson that sold it to you and you are told that body impressions are normal, that the mattress is conforming to your body. You are told to rotate your mattress more often or if you have a king size, to make quarter turns and...

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