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Classified troubleshooting

Jul 20, 2016 / 3:24 pm
Our classified section is currently under maintenance. On Tuesday, we had intermittent trouble with our iPhone, Android and iPad app. We also noticed at times our website wasn’t as responsive and reliable as usual. We've isolated the problem to our classifieds section, and...

Changes at Castanet

Jul 19, 2016 / 4:21 pm
We've made some changes to make your Castanet experience even better. Readers will notice we’ve added two new buttons to our menu bar: Opinion and Our Town. All of our opinion-related pieces are now grouped under the opinion menu, including columnists, forums, op-eds, polls and...

Big Surf July winner

Jul 7, 2016 / 12:39 pm
Jeff F. is July's winner in the Big Surf Beer Summer Fun Photo Contest. He sent in this shot called ‘Summer.’ Jeff is the final winner of a summer shred package consisting of a Big Surf longboard and shorts, sandals, shades and a shirt from ONE Boardshop. View the gallery...

Headed to see Billy Idol

Jun 22, 2016 / 10:59 am
Shawn C. is the lucky winner of Billy Idol tickets. Castanet recently gave away two tickets to the rock icon's upcoming show at Prospera Place in Kelowna on July 14. Billy Idol was an early architect of the sound, style, and fury of punk rock. His lip­ curling sneer and fist­...

Flower Power ticket winner

Jun 13, 2016 / 11:14 am
We recently held a photo contest for a pair of tickets to tour some of the top gardens in Kelowna during the 19th annual Kelowna Garden Tour. The garden photo sent in by Sylvia B. was randomly drawn, and she's won a pair of tickets for the tour. The self-guided tour takes place June 18,...

Big Surf June winner

Jun 7, 2016 / 2:35 pm
Duncan T is May’s winner in the Big Surf Beer Summer Fun Photo Contest. Duncan sent in this dynamic shot titled ‘1st Surf.’ Send in your summer fun photos for a chance to be June's winner of a summer shred package consisting of a Big Surf longboard and shorts, sandals,...

We've had some work done

Jun 3, 2016 / 9:54 am
We're challenging you to push our buttons. You may notice a few more spots on the Castanet masthead that you can click. They'll take you to flyers, the AutoMall, our events page, an assortment of webcams and The Tango entertainment site. Also, we’ve added Facebook and Twitter...


Spring Getaway winner

May 25, 2016 / 4:14 pm
Anna Sabourin has won Castanet’s Spring Getaway contest. The prize includes a return flight for two from Kelowna to Victoria, as well as two nights’ stay at the Prestige Oceanfront Resort in Sooke, a two-hour guided kayaking excursion, car rental and valet parking. It’s...

Big Surf photo winner

May 4, 2016 / 11:19 am
Chad Edwards is April’s winner in the Big Surf Beer Summer Fun Photo Contest. Chad sent in this great shot simply titled ‘Surfing’. Send in your summer fun photos for a chance to be May's winner of a summer shred package consisting of a Big Surf longboard and shorts,...

Spring on the slopes winner

Mar 25, 2016 / 2:05 pm
John Sanderson is the final winner in our Castanet Spring on the Slopes contest in conjunction with Big White Ski Resort. John’s entry was selected from more than 12,000 entries and he has won the following inclusive two-day winning package for four: Two nights accommodation at a...

Spring on the slopes winner

Mar 25, 2016 / 12:50 pm
Lori Smith is the third week winner in our Castanet Spring on the Slopes contest in conjunction with Big White Ski Resort. Smith’s entry was selected from more than 12,000 entries and she has won the following inclusive two-day winning package for four: Two nights accommodation at a...

Spring on the slopes winner

Mar 9, 2016 / 2:31 pm
Susan Eaton is the second week winner in our Castanet Spring on the Slopes contest in conjunction with Big White Ski Resort. Eaton is excited to hit the slopes as she has never had the opportunity to visit Big White Ski Resort. Eaton’s entry was selected from more than 7,000 entries...

Spring on the slopes

Mar 4, 2016 / 4:38 pm
Sean Jager is the first week’s winner of our Spring on the Slopes contest in conjunction with Big White Ski Resort. Sean’s entry was selected from over 7,000 entries and has won the following: - 2 nights accommodation in a full service standard hotel room - 2 days of lift...

We've got crosswords

Feb 25, 2016 / 2:46 pm
1 Across: Your favourite news and entertainment website. In answer to reader requests for puzzles at Castanet, we've added a new daily crossword feature. You'll find the Castanet Crossword just below the Letters and Question of the Day section on our front page. Click on the...

Castanet Vernon winner

Feb 23, 2016 / 4:14 pm
Castanet Vernon is giving away $100 each week to a lucky winner. All you have to do is post a listing in our classifieds section. We will randomly select one lucky winner every week. Judy D'Iorio is our first winner. Congratulations, Judy!

Follow your favourite stars

Feb 5, 2016 / 10:45 am
With Castanet's new ShowBiz page you can stay up to date with all your favourite musicians and Hollywood stars with the click of a button. You will also find our movie listings on this page along with paparazzi photos and the latest headlines from our sister site, TheTango.net.

We see everything

Feb 4, 2016 / 10:30 am
If you want webcams, we have them. In fact, we have more than ever, and they are free and simple for you to access. To access, just click on the community button at the top of any page. Once on our webcam page you can select a camera of interest to enjoy current or past views from that camera.

Photo sharing made easy

Feb 3, 2016 / 10:30 am
Don't miss our updated photo gallery section now found through the community button at the top of any page, or by scrolling down to the bottom of the home page. Categories are archived monthly, so to browse through a specific month just click on the image. Be sure to share your photos with...

Just scroll down for more

Feb 2, 2016 / 10:30 am
Don't forget to scroll down on the Castanet home page for more great content. Just below the fold you will find links to the most recent local stories, our Question of the Day, and the letter section of the site. Further down you will find shortcuts to additional categories, as well as our...

Find fun stuff to do

Feb 1, 2016 / 10:30 am
Castanet's new event listings have been simplified to make sure you spend less time searching for something fun to do and more time actually doing it. Don't forget to check our featured events on the right side of the page, and if you have an upcoming event you want to share you can do...

New classified search

Jan 29, 2016 / 10:30 am
Our classified search engine has been upgraded to help make your searches less tedious and more efficient. Searches are now based on relevance and not keywords, which means if you are searching for a radio then a radio is what you will find the first time you search for it.

Our new menu categories

Jan 28, 2016 / 10:30 am
We have added three new menu categories to our new masthead at the top of the Castanet home page. We now have buttons for the BC, Canada and world sections of the site. You can scroll over the buttons to see some of the most recent headlines in each or you can click the button to go straight to...

New masthead tutorial

Jan 27, 2016 / 10:30 am
You may have noticed a few things have changed on Castanet to help make room for more content and to help make your browsing easier and more enjoyable. Our new masthead at the top of the page has new menu buttons, different search options, new website shortcuts and the option to browse either...

More headlines, more news

Dec 8, 2015 / 2:34 pm
We’re listening. Since launching our new site look, Castanet’s programmers have been tinkering behind the scenes to bring you more of what you want. We’ve hosted a series of reader focus groups and are working on several updates from your feedback. Some are already in...

Check out our new look

Oct 22, 2015 / 3:03 pm
We've had some work done. Times are changing at Castanet, and we're growing to serve you better. We've rolled out a new look in a soft launch running side by side with the current site. Click here to check it out, or on the Sneak Peek ad spot at the top of our front page. Along...

15 years in the making

Oct 19, 2015 / 10:20 am
We've had work done It took 15 years to get here - and Castanet was beginning to show her age. Time for a facelift. Cluttered pages? Toast. Orphaned white-space? Banished. Redundant menus? Redundant. Today's new Castanet is cleaner, consistent, & more spacious. Troy, Laurentiu, Tim,...

LG G3 contest winner

Sep 25, 2015 / 3:41 pm
Castanet General Manager Chris Kearney and Sebastiaan Pynappels of Kelowna Cell Repair present Erica with a new LG G3.

June's Big Surf photo winner

Jul 3, 2015 / 11:48 am
Jolene VanBolhuis is June’s winner in the Big Surf Beer summer fun photo contest. VanBolhuis sent in this great shot titled ‘Beautiful Day on Wood Lake’ and is our final winner for 2015. Thanks to all who entered! To view all of the contest submissions click here.

Flower Power winner

Jun 11, 2015 / 3:12 pm
Castanet recently held a photo contest for a pair of tickets to tour some of the top gardens in Kelowna. The tour is called 'Flower Power, Cool Digs and Groovy Gardens’ and we are proud to announce that Gerrit and Wilma Van Vliet are this year’s winners. The 18th Annual Kelowna...

May's Big Surf photo winner

Jun 3, 2015 / 11:09 am
Todd Avison is May’s winner in the Big Surf Beer summer fun photo contest. Avison sent in this great shot titled ‘Diving Into Summer’. June is your last month to enter to win a Summer Shred Package consisting of a Big Surf longboard, ONE Boardshop shades, shorts, sandals and...

Big Surf photo winner

May 8, 2015 / 11:10 am
Jenna Cass is April's winner in the Big Surf Beer summer fun photo contest. Cass sent in this shot combining two great pastimes – yoga and paddleboarding. Send in your summer fun photos for a chance to be May's winner of a summer shred package consisting of a Big Surf...

We've just expanded our content

Feb 10, 2015 / 4:01 pm
Readers have long counted on Castanet for breaking news. That hasn't changed, but we've just bolstered our mix of regional, provincial, national and international news and local columns, sports and entertainment with some meatier content to chew on. First, we added opinion editorials....

Castanet celebrates 14 years

Nov 1, 2014 / 8:20 am
In 2000, local focused internet sites like Castanet were few and far between and the ones that existed made little impact. Back then, not many internet start-ups celebrated a first birthday much less a second or third. Nov. 1, 2014, marks Castanet's 14th year serving the Okanagan as its home...

Drone: clearing the air

Jul 16, 2014 / 10:46 am
Some media are reporting we put aircraft at risk by flying a drone over a forest fire in Peachland. That is not the case, they are not reporting the facts. I was at the forest fire, I flew the drone, this is what I know: The helicopter was finished for the day - I confirmed with the team...

Happy Birthday!

Apr 2, 2014 / 6:00 am
Yes, Castanet viewers, we value your feedback and requests! We have now added Birthdays to our Celebrations page! Check it out under the main Community tab and send us your special announcement! And, it is that time again - time to clean out the clutter and hold your Garage Sale!...

Welcome Kamloops

Jan 9, 2014 / 3:12 pm
Have you noticed something new on Castanet? We've added a Kamloops page. "We've been ramping up our Kamloops coverage for sometime and now we have a news page for the City," says Castanet News Editor, and former Kamloops' resident,Trevor Rockliffe. Castanet...

Spirits at Castanet

Nov 1, 2013 / 11:29 am
To add to the lore of Castanet and to celebrate our 13th anniversary one of our people created this little ditty. The Castanet Dash I was working in the office, late one night When the sirens were screaming, an eerie sight The reporter from his desk, began to rise And suddenly to my...

13 years and 100,000 stories later...

Nov 1, 2013 / 5:00 am
​Not many internet start-ups are able to stick around long enough to celebrate a second, third or fifth anniversary - let alone a 13th. Today, Nov 1, 2013, Castanet celebrates 13 years as Kelowna's and the Okanagan Valley's 'Home Page.' And the numbers bear that...

New webcams spy on city

Oct 18, 2013 / 11:31 am
Castanet has debuted two new high definition webcams on our website, in addition to our other featured cams that detail everything from traffic on the Okanagan Connector to weather conditions on Big White. The new cams feature crystal clear views of the Sails in downtown Kelowna from atop...

'Winter Is Coming' meme contest

Oct 17, 2013 / 12:59 pm
Winter is coming, time to buy snow tires. Or winterize the home. Or buy your ski passes. Or here’s a much better idea: Submit your entry to the Castanet Discussion Board ‘Winter Is Coming’ *meme contest. If you win, you will be dining out at the Train Station Pub with a $100...
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