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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...

A time for reflection

Nov 11, 2013 / 5:00 am

Red poppies on lapels, decorated veterans at supermarket entrances – sure signs that Remembrance Day is around the corner. We’ll be marking the day in Kelowna with ceremonies at the Cenotaph in City Park as well as in Rutland Lions Park, and a minute of silence at 11:00 AM this morning....

Corn mazes delight in Kelowna

Oct 28, 2013 / 5:00 am

There’s something about the end of October which puts kids’ sense of adventure into high gear. Maybe it’s the anticipation of Halloween – yes, this is very likely the source! Regardless of the catalyst, parents might find it a challenge to think up new and exciting...

Harvest fair coming soon

Oct 14, 2013 / 5:00 am

There’s a new fall fair in town, and the Kelowna Museums want you to be a part of it! On October 19, the Grow Local Fall Fair is taking place at the Laurel Packinghouse in celebration of the many tree fruit harvests that we enjoy in this agriculturally gifted city. The museum combined the...

Grapes & grains trail

Sep 30, 2013 / 5:00 am

In honour of the Hopscotch Festival having been this weekend, I am inspired to talk about Kelowna’s thriving beer & spirits scene for this week’s column. If you came out to Hopscotch, you’ll probably agree with me that the commitment and passion of the men and women in these...

Kelowna alive with theatre this month

Sep 16, 2013 / 5:00 am

As the sun begins to set earlier and the evenings become a bit cooler, many of us relish the idea of going out for a night of entertainment at the theatre. If the thrill of suspended disbelief and the rise of the curtain on a dark auditorium are your thing then you are very much in luck this month....

From Kelowna farms to your table

Sep 2, 2013 / 5:00 am

It is a treat to get out to our local farm markets, and every so often, I do just that with a journalist in tow. The aim was to showcase the abundance of produce, the interesting and dedicated producers, and the connection that our local farmers share with local chefs with a passion for...

Beating the heat in Kelowna

Aug 19, 2013 / 5:00 am

You don’t need me to tell you that it has been really hot lately! And I mean really, really hot. But before anyone even thinks about crying “uncle!”, take a deep breath and repeat after me: summer is glorious. This heat is why we live and vacation here. It’s what we pine for...

Perfect summer hikes

Aug 5, 2013 / 5:00 am

Our hiking trails are a delight at this time of the year, when mornings are a little cooler, and gentle breezes temper the heat of midday. The bunchgrasses on hillsides and along the trail shine golden in the sun and the towering Ponderosa Pines cast their generous shadows. The air smells of sage...

Chefs bring Food Day Canada to market

Jul 22, 2013 / 5:00 am

Food Day Canada is just around the corner – it takes place on Saturday, August 3, and it is the national day to celebrate all those who are active in celebrating, producing, and growing Canada’s amazing local food. Food Day Canada was started in 2003 by food activist and author Anita...

Myra Canyon: pedi-cab it!

Jul 8, 2013 / 5:00 am

The Myra Canyon portion of the Kettle Valley Railway is among the trail’s most scenic owing to the 18 majestic trestle bridges and two tunnels that were built into the steep-walled canyon to allow for steam train transit through this uncompromising terrain. Cyclists and recreationalists head...

Live music this week

Jun 24, 2013 / 5:00 am

Going to see a live music show is a sensory delight – the creativity and passion of musicians, people-watching at the venue, the rhythms and melodies pouring forth… After the rains of last week, I am guessing you’re as ready for entertainment, and you’re in luck: there is a...

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.

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