Kelowna featured in The Amazing Race

10:30 p.m. update:

The Amazing Race Canada kicked off Monday night, amid much anticipation and speculation from fans across the country as to which fortunate Canadian destinations would be selected for the television show.

As earlier reported on Castanet, Kelowna was the destination for Episode 1.

“No doubt there will be many local fans of The Amazing Race series who would have just about fallen out of their chairs when they learned that the destination being featured in the very first episode of the show was their own hometown,” smiles Nancy Cameron, President & CEO of Tourism Kelowna.

“Working with the team at The Amazing Race Canada has been tremendously satisfying for our staff, who wasted no time in pitching possible challenges in Kelowna and ultimately won over the attention and buy-in from CTV and the show’s producers.”

“The Kelowna Episode came together like clockwork. We couldn’t have asked for better weather or more dramatic synchronicities than what took place during the Kelowna shoot,” recalls John Brunton, Insight Productions. “The partners in Kelowna were supportive and enthusiastic, and really bent over backwards to make the show a success.  It shows in the final product, of course.”

The teams had to locate the Stuart Park bear, then they searched under Okanagan Lake for Ogopogo and they even jumped off one of the trestles in Myra Canyon. But a tour of the Okanagan would not be complete without a stop at a winery, so the show did one better and made a winery the final pit stop.

“We wanted to mark the occasion with a celebration that would include the partners who came together to make the show happen, so we held a live viewing party for the airing of the show,” explains Tony Stewart, CEO of Quails’ Gate Estate Winery.

“We couldn’t be prouder that Quails’ Gate was the location for the Pit Stop in the first episode. The Amazing Race brand is such a terrific advocate for tourism and travel. It stands for a triumph of ingenuity, resourcefulness, and spirit of adventure. Wearing my hat as a Director for Tourism Kelowna, I can’t think of a better production for Kelowna to line up with. Wearing my other hat with Quails’ Gate, having the winery featured to the massive audience across Canada that was watching tonight is invaluable.”

The Amazing Race Canada airs every Monday at 9 p.m. on CTV.

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7:35 p.m. original story: Kelowna is featured in the premiere episode of The Amazing Race Canada tonight, Monday, on CTV at 9 p.m.

In the show nine teams head out on an epic cross-country journey where anything can happen.

"We worked with Amazing Race Canada to film scenes here and you need to tune in to find out more about how well Kelowna shines," said Catherine Frechette, the communications manager for Tourism Kelowna. "It is sure to be a very exciting episode.'

Host Jon Montgomery says viewers will be in for quite a ride.

"I think the show looks awesome and I hope Canadians enjoy what they see," he said.

The Amazing Race Canada premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET on CTV. Full episodes will also be available the day after broadcast at CTV.ca.

With files from CTV.

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