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Regional Rail Trails Get Major Tourism Boost

A regional Rail Trails tourism strategy is underway for the Thompson Okanagan.  The centerpiece of the tourism strategy will be the Kettle Valley/Columbia and Western Railway rail trails routes that form the basis of the Trans Canada Trail through the region. "A tourism strategy of this nature is critical to the success of developing the Rail Trails of our region into a viable tourism product offering," says Glenn Mandziuk, President & CEO of Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA). "The team that has been assembled to lead this process has extensive background in developing comprehensive strategies that produce results." The Rail...

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Penticton to host Tourism Summit

See the cover story on Tourism in the Okanagan or download the digital edition. Tourism leaders from across the Thompson Okanagan will gather in Penticton in December  to give a major boost to the $1.7-billion industry. The two day event commences with the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) Annual General Meeting December 3, with Destination BC President and CEO Marsha Walden speaking about the new corporate strategy and the brand refresh for the province. This session is open to all tourism stakeholders. "We are very pleased to partner with the City of Penticton, the Penticton Lakeside Resort, and Tourism...

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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 allow them to enjoy the present moment, as they would behold the icon Tony Bennett. Tony was born August 3, 1926, in New York City. Well seasoned at the age of 88, he is one of the world’s best selling musicians, with 17 Grammy...

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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 Regional Park Mission Creek Greenway (Phase 2) Mission Creek Regional Park (Sutherland Hills area on the south side of Mission Creek only) Mill Creek Regional Park “These closures will remain in effect until further notice," says Communications Officer Bruce Smith. "Extended forecasts predict continued...

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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 throttled down to 20 kilometres an hour, saw the dock and thought it was further out. Too late. The boat hit the dock and ended up perched on the Kiwanis Walking Pier. Luckily, neither he, his passenger nor the young people on the pier...

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