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Ripe With Surprises

Happy Thanksgiving!

Oct 13, 2014 / 5:00 am

This time of the year is simply magic in Kelowna. The leaves are changing colour, the Farmers’ Market and fruit stands are still stocked full of freshly harvested produce, and the crispness in the air feels refreshing on our Kelowna hiking trails. Many of us have Thanksgiving Monday off...

Fall Wine Festival in focus

Sep 29, 2014 / 5:00 am

Early October is always an exciting time in Kelowna and throughout the Okanagan Valley. It’s a time when the grape harvest is in full swing, wineries are in full action mode, and the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival takes place. This year, the dates for the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival are October...

Farmer Appreciation Week

Sep 15, 2014 / 6:00 am

All last week, Tourism Kelowna was sharing tweets and Facebook posts in appreciation of farmers. The occasion was the September 8 through 15 Farmer Appreciation Week, a time for us to reflect on the vital work and contribution to our community that farmers undertake. Although today is the...

Win a trip to Iceland!

Sep 1, 2014 / 5:00 am

There’s something special about sculpture exhibits. The ability to walk around a piece of art work and to admire it from each perspective adds a dimension to exhibits, a personal note. This has been the prevailing mood at Mission Hill Family Estate the last few times I’ve been there,...

From the back of a horse

Aug 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

Late summer is the perfect time to take a breather from the bustle of our downtown and our beaches, and find tranquility out on the trails around Kelowna. Since I’ve written about mountain biking and hiking in previous columns, I thought I’d focus on a different way to get out on our...

Joys of cherry season

Jul 21, 2014 / 5:00 am

Ladies and gentlemen, it is officially cherry season in Kelowna! Time to load up on the beautiful inky-red fruit and sit with a bowl full and a friend to share with – preferably somewhere shady or by the lake. Here are some of my top picks of places to find great, juicy cherries here in...

Vineyard shows this summer

Jul 7, 2014 / 5:00 am

One of the great luxuries of our Kelowna summers must be going to see a show in the romantic setting of our verdant vineyards. This summer, a number of wineries in Kelowna have special events taking place on their magnificent grounds, spanning the disciplines of theatre, music, and art. Here are...
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A new museum comes to town

Jun 23, 2014 / 5:00 am

It was a thrill to enter the brand new Westbank First Nation Sncəwips Heritage Museum last Saturday, when the ribbon was cut and doors first opened onto what will surely become a keystone museum for the Central Okanagan. The museum houses the art and artefact collection of the Westbank First...

Run a half-marathon? Yes, you can!

Jun 9, 2014 / 5:00 am

September 6th may seem like a long way away, but if running a half marathon has been something you’ve thought about, now is the time to start planning and training. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or not, this is an achievable goal and a gift to your strength and stamina. Just ask my...

Food & wine writers pour into Kelowna

May 26, 2014 / 5:00 am

The Okanagan Food & Wine Writers Workshop was in Kelowna once again this year, and again the city rolled out the welcome mat. This scholarly group was here to dive into professional development workshops on writing, pitching, crafting a story, coming up with angles, and how to present their...

Biking bliss in Kelowna

May 12, 2014 / 5:00 am

Bike to work week is just around the corner (May 26 through June1), so I thought it would be a good time to talk about cycling in this beautiful city. Kelowna is seriously bike-friendly. There are over 240 km of bike lanes all around Kelowna, and the trails and surrounding mountains are full of...

Golf golf golf!

Apr 14, 2014 / 5:00 am

I can almost hear the collective sigh of relief and anticipation by all you golfers out there: it’s spring, and that means hello golf clubs! Many of you have already found your way to a course. With 17 golf courses in the immediate Kelowna area, there certainly are many fantastic choices...

Reflections on tourism

Mar 31, 2014 / 5:00 am

Today’s column will be quite different from my regular tourism subjects. At this time last week I was freshly returned from Myanmar and Thailand, wandering through the produce section of the grocery store in a jetlagged daze, and considering the mangos in a whole different light. Days earlier...

Sweet song of Spring

Mar 3, 2014 / 5:00 am

This is the time of year when daytime walks become filled once again with the sound of birds’ songs. Maybe their sweet chirping seems so much more pronounced in the spring because of winter’s relative absence of birdsong. It’s a yearning we don’t know that we have until we...

Local businesses see CCC action

Feb 17, 2014 / 5:00 am

I was speaking with a food writer friend of mine today when she remarked with enthusiasm that Kelowna has really become a 4 season’s destination for wine and food experiences. In my mind, I scrolled through the high level of activity over these first two months of 2014, including Wine &...

National chefs to compete in Kelowna

Feb 3, 2014 / 5:00 am

As the Canadian Culinary Championships, the final competition of Gold Medal Plates, rolls into Kelowna this coming weekend, you can be sure of intense moments: mad ingredient shopping, feverish recipe planning, competitive wine pairing, and ingenious flavor creation. For one victorious chef, this...

Wine and Dine comes to Kelowna

Jan 20, 2014 / 5:00 am

Just when the mid-winter blues are supposed to be setting in, Kelowna restaurants float us a little “gift” in the form of their wonderfully creative and affordable Wine and Dine menus. Now until February 2, 2014, select restaurants are offering 3-course menus for $15, $25 or $35 paired...

A guide for all seasons

Jan 6, 2014 / 5:00 am

One thing I always love about the new year is taking some time to make household improvements. It can be as small as rearranging your pantry or a cupboard. It can even involve thinking about how to improve the experiences of your guests in your home and making your guest room as well organized as...

Fun Kelowna stocking stuffers

Dec 9, 2013 / 5:00 am

We all have them on our gift list: the hard-to-shop-for family member or friend. It might be your father, who seems to have all the latest gadgets; or it might be your mother, who always smiles and says “there’s nothing I really need, dear.” And if that’s definitely not your...

Stuart Park Rink to open very soon

Nov 25, 2013 / 5:00 am

One common aspect that I have always loved about stately older European villages that I’ve had the chance to visit in my lifetime has been the village squares or piazzas, that bustling common ground where everyone feels welcome. In Kelowna, that place (to me) is Stuart Park. In the summer...
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About the Author

Catherine is the Media Relations Manager for Tourism Kelowna and is dedicated to building Kelowna's intrigue as a travel destination through her work with the travel media. In her role she is fortunate to find out about Kelowna's many secret gems attractions, activities, and interesting people that are a surprise for travel media, tourists, and even for residents. This column gives her the chance to share with you the many things that make Kelowna unique and unforgettable so that you can glean ideas of places to visit or take guests when they come to town.

For more information visit Tourism Kelowna's blog at www.kelownasjuicytips.com.

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