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Feature: Okanagan POTibilities

Cultivating the cannabis industry The business of legalizing marijuana is creating a buzz in the Okanagan. Whether you call it pot, weed or Mary Jane, cannabis becomes legal across Canada on July 1, 2018, when the federal government officially enacts Bill C-45. The new cannabis law will end almost 100 years of prohibition. Expect the weed scene to become as mainstream as the bar scene. People will smoke different sativa and indica strains with catchy names like Pineapple Express, Blue Dream and Super Silver Haze. Buds and confectionaries will sell online and through retail. The machine of legalization will...

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Okanagan developers’ showcase

ELLA Mission Group has open sales at ELLA, a 20-storey condominium building featuring 116 homes and commercial opportunities at street level. Located on the corner of Ellis Street and Lawrence Avenue in downtown Kelowna, residents will enjoy access to the vibrant downtown core. Seven different floor plans, plus penthouse suites, range in size from 311 to 2,000 sq. ft. and offer lake views from southwest to northwest, and mountain and city views to the east. liveatella.com Sept-Oct 2017 Okanagan Life Our September/October 2017 issue includes Okanagan developers' showcase and a feature on the future of cities. Free Download LAKESTONE Lakestone’s...

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2017 Best Restaurant Awards

Here are the winners of the 2017 Okanagan Life Best Restaurants Readers’ Choice Awards, our 23nd edition.  Our voters have taken their time, sampled, savoured and make their choices. Celebrate with them the top dining spots in the Okanagan Valley and salute the restaurateurs, chefs, staff and servers who passion makes dining in our Valley an unrivalled experience. You’ll find among their picks some well known favourites as well a few new restaurants that have made their way onto this coveted curated list. These destinations offer stunning architecture and decor, savoury selections and that special something to satisfy any craving....

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2017 Okanagan Life Best of BC Wine Award Winners

Let’s celebrate the 2017 Okanagan Life Best of BC Wine Awards, our third annual. We brought together a panel of select independent, experienced wine judges from the trade, restaurant and education sectors who selected these award winners from among 175 wines made entirely from BC grown fruit. Floor manager Tony Bonin and consulting judge Helene Scott headed the panel of judges, including: Dean Anderson – WSET 4, BC Liquor Stores (retired) Justin Anello – consultant, Vancouver Rene Bousquet – Cove Lakeside Resort,  Kelowna Dino (Douglas) Dean – Grape Escaps Wine Tours, Kelowna Robin Jones – wine professional Ernie Keenes – Save-On Foods, Kelowna Geoff Kozoway – Metro Liquor, Kelowna Stephanie Larsen – Dea del Vino Wine Journeys, Kelowna Mike Lee – WSET Instructor, Fine...

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Best of Show 2017

Best of Show 2017 For the 2017 Okanagan Life Best of BC Wine Awards, we brought together a panel of select independent, experienced wine judges from the trade, restaurant and education sectors who selected the award winners. These are our Best of Show wines. Best Red Wild Goose Vineyards 2015 Dunkelfelder Best White Thornhaven Estates Winery 2015 Gewürztraminer Best Icewine Mt. Boucherie Winery 2013 Merlot Icewine Best Fortified House of Rose Winery 2012 Vintage Okanagan Tawny As seen in May 2017 Okanagan Life Our May issue features Okanagan Life's Best of BC Wine Awards. $3.95 – Purchase Checkout Added to cart...

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Paypal is a our secure payment gateway but an account is not required. For direct credit card payment processing, look for the link near the bottom of the payment screen. Each month, we're giving away 30 free annual digital subscriptions to celebrate our 30th year in publishing! With a digital subscription, you can enjoy Okanagan Life on your tablet. Home Delivery One Year $19.99/year Canadian residents only. Subscribe Home Delivery Two Years $29.99 Canadian residents only. Subscribe Digital Edition One Year $9.90/year Read Okanagan Life on your tablet. Free for the first year.  Subscribe To purchase a single digital edition of...

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Creating the shared space of Okanagan cities

Streetscape: public realm. It’s shared, it’s real and it affects our lives for better or worse. We know when a neighbourhood or a city street “feels good.” The scale of the buildings, sidewalk width, lawn depth, door and window placement and pattern, and a myriad of other factors combine to create that feel. When they are badly designed or lacking, we are subtly unnerved or uncomfortable. Or worse. We might not be able to quantify a good or bad streetscape or public realm, but we know it when we see it and feel it. Charles Montgomery, a globetrotting urban theorist...

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Music makes the world go around

Kelowna City Band members first picked up instruments in 1894 and the Penticton Concert Band has been making music since 1910. Vernon has boasted a community band since the 1920’s. In 2001, Kamloops joined the bandwagon with the formation of the Kamloops Community Band.Where did many of these eager and talented musicians get their start? A visit to the twentieth annual Okanagan Concert Band Festival revealed the secret.               Festival flashback Noon hour approached at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre during the March festival. The atmosphere was electric. Students from grades 5...

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Celebrate Best of the Okanagan 2016

Our readers have voted for a celebration of shopping local. Across every category, from professional and construction to home and leisure, our readers’ choice for Best of the Okanagan awards are the dedicated, small independently owned businesses you find just down your street. All results are tabulated from official ballots. June 2018 Okanagan Life  Single issue (tablet/digital) – $3.95 One year digital subscription – $9.90 Purchase Checkout Added to cart May 2018 Okanagan Life Our May 2018 issue features the great vintages from the Okanagan Life's 2018 Best of BC Wine Awards. Our feature Ready golf! explores the new rules and new moves for…...

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2016 Best Restaurant Awards

Welcome to the 22nd edition of the Okanagan Life Best Restaurants Readers’ Choice Awards. The Thompson Okanagan region boasts all the ingredients for an exquisite dining experience: fresh produce grown on the land, fine wine, expansive valley vistas, top notch culinary talent and the smiling face of a server. Our voters have taken their time, sampled, savoured and make their choices. Join with them in a culinary tour of the finest restaurants in the region, throughout the Okanagan and north to Kamloops. Their votes are a toast to the restaurateurs, chefs, staff and servers who put their efforts, creativity and...

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Here comes summer! Okanagan summer camps

No longer defined by canoes and crafts, drafty cabins and spidery pit toilets, summer camps for kids have evolved into a smorgasbord of opportunities. Here are a few possibilities to inspire the future celebs, super athletes and scientists of the Okanagan.   The Rock Garden Boot Camp, Vernon Long gone are the days of basket weaving, swimming and canoeing, and a once a week horseback riding session for the lucky ones, as the only summer camp options for kids. Day campers or overnighters can explore a huge variety of activities like computer camps, boot camps, cheerleading, fitness, triathlon, mountain biking, rowing, instrumental music, choir...

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Predictably Irrational: frank talk with author and researcher Dan Ariely

Okanagan Life Editor Paul Byrne spoke with Dan Ariely about his book, Predictably Irrational, his TED talks and his seminal research that shines much needed light on the hidden forces that shape human decisions, behaviors and also answers the questions about why humans cheat—especially when it comes to money. (Editor's Note: I bought five copies of Predictably Irrational to give to my children years ago. It is one of my favourite books that I believe should be required reading by Politicians of all nations.) The (Dis)Honesty Project is also available online. OL: You attended the Decepticon Conference with UBCO’s...

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