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Vernon Winter Carnival Goes Prehistoric in BC’s North Okanagan

Saturday, January 5th, 2013
Vernon Winter Carnival logo

Kalamalka Lake in Winter at Vernon, BC Vernon, BC makes a magical winter setting for the annual winter Carnival.

The 2013 Vernon Winter Carnival runs from February 1-10 and is a highlight of the cold season in the North Okanagan region of British Columbia.

Vernon has hosted this annual festival since 1961 and it has become the largest winter carnival in western Canada.  The theme for 2013 is “Prehistoric Carnival,” so you can expect dinosaurs and cavemen amongst the decorations, events, and parade floats this year.

Over 100 events, many of them free and ranging from snow sculptures to hot air balloon rides, are scheduled for this year’s carnival.  Some of the events are all ready sold out, so now is the time to secure your tickets and make reservations at the memorable North Okanagan lodging of our member bed & breakfast inns. (more…)

BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops Lights up Thompson Region with 15th Annual Wildlights Festival

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

BC Wildlife Park Wildlights BC Wildlife Park after dark celebrates the holiday season with displays of light.

A lovely corner of the beautiful Thompson region of British Columbia will be especially illuminated for the holiday season when BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops hosts it’s 15th Annual Wildlights Festival.  This festival runs daily at 5-9:00 p.m. from December 14th through January 6th.

Wildlights events and activities range from touring through nearly 400 light sculptures, to wagon & train rides, to visits from Santa Claus & an entertaining clown and much, much more.

Come to BC Wildlife Park for the wildlife viewing and stay late to enjoy the many events of the Wildlights Festival.  Match up your unique festival experience with a stay at the Thompson BC lodging offered by our member bed & breakfast inns.

Sculpting Nature with Light

380 rope-light sculptures featuring over 600,000 individual lights in a nature theme are the focus of the Wildlights Festival.  The artists use light and color to create displays that evoke both the majesty and whimsy of nature.  There are many ways for visitors to experience these displays, including illuminated wagon and miniature train rides around the park. (more…)

Kettle Valley Christmas Train Steams Through South Okanagan

Saturday, November 24th, 2012
Kettle Valley Christmas Train

The Kettle Valley Christmas Train steams through the scenic South Okanagan of British Columbia in this annual holiday event. Photo by Doug Campbell.

The Kettle Valley Steam Railway of Summerland, BC will celebrate the holidays with The Summerland Christmas Express, its annual Christmas Train ride.  The 2012 dates and times are:

  • Saturday, December 15th at 4 & 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 16th at 4 & 6 p.m.
  • Friday, December 21st at 5 & 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 22nd at 4 & 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 23rd at 4 & 6 p.m.

These Christmas Train rides fill up fast, so it’s recommended that you book your reservations and secure your South Okanagan lodging soon.

A Uniquely South Okanagan Christmas Train Experience

The spirit of the holiday season is celebrated with this Christmas train experience.  Sparkling lights on the 3716 steam locomotive (built in 1912) & coaches, the Prairie Valley Station and homes along the route combine with the banjo music of Felix Possak, an appearance by Santa Claus, and the hospitality of the ride’s hosts to create Christmas magic for couples and families.  Children receive a bag full of Christmas goodies to take with them. (more…)

Organic Okanagan Festival Promotes BC Green Living at Summerhill Winery in Kelowna

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Okanagan Greens Society

The 7th Annual Organic Okanagan Festival will be held on September 23, 2012.  Organized by the Okanagan Greens Society, the Organic Okanagan Festival (or OOF) is dedicated to promoting sustainable green farming, products and trade in the Central Okanagan of British Columbia.

The overall message of this year’s festival is “Love the Apple – NO GMO”. In response to Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ recent request to Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada to approve their “non-browning” Genetically Modified (GM) apple variety, the festival will celebrate organic apples with:

Organic Central Okanagan Apples

The 2012 Organic Orkanagan Festival celebrates the humble, but vital apple grown without chemical fertilizers or food additives, irradiation, industrial solvents, or synthetic pesticides.

  • Live organic apple juicing with Old Meadows Farm & the Mobile Juice Factory
  • Inspired organic apple culinary creations
  • Organic apple panel discussion
  • Organic apple art and more

Consider the Central Okanagan lodging of our member bed & breakfast inns to pair your festival experience with personalized accommodations. (more…)

North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo Highlights Regional Agriculture & Cowboy Culture

Saturday, August 11th, 2012
Barriere BC Welcome Sign

The North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo has made its home in historic Barrière, BC since its inception in 1950.

The 63rd Annual North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo will be held at the fair grounds in rugged, beautiful Barrière, BC (45 minutes north of Kamloops on Hwy 5) on Labour Day Weekend (September 1-3, 2012).  Quality accommodations in the area are limited and 10-11,000 attendees are expected, so it is recommended that you make your Thompson area lodging plans now to avoid the last minute rush to this big draw in the Thompson Nicola Regional District.

The events, exhibits and entertainment of the 2012 North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo celebrate local BC agriculture and offer something for everyone to enjoy. (more…)

Annual Roots & Blues Festival Returns to Salmon Arm, BC in the Northern Okanagan

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Roots & Blues FestivalThe Roots & Blues Festival gathers world class musicians together at the Salmon Arm Fair Grounds, located in the majestic Northern Okanagan region of British Columbia, for the most diversified music festival in central BC.  This year, the festival is held August 17-19, 2012 and is their landmark 20th annual event.  Area accommodations are filling up quickly, so now’s the time to secure your Northern Okanagan lodging at our member bed & breakfast inns.

Roots & Blues Festival Offers an Eclectic, World Class Lineup

To celebrate 20 years, the festival organizers focused on expanding the range of music genres to create the most diverse selection of performers to date. (more…)

Summer Okanagan Wine Festival Celebrates Local Wines & Vineyards

Saturday, June 9th, 2012
Okanagan Wine Country

Okanagan Wine Country vineyards produce fine wines, which are celebrated each year at this exciting summer festival.

This year’s 11th annual Summer Okanagan Wine Festival, which runs from July 6 through 15, 2012, is heating up, so now is the time to plan your tour of the Okanagan Wine Country vineyards and sample the world class wines from this scenic region of British Columbia.

Over 100 wineries in the region participate in this festival, which combines their distinct wines & locations (along with other venues) with a variety of events, which include:

  • Tastings
  • Pairings (everything from cheese & tapas to BBQ & elegant dinners)
  • Eclectic Music Performances and Art Displays
  • Mixology Competition
  • Seminars
  • and much more!

The Okanagan Valley is BC’s oldest and most prolific producer of wine grapes.  Since 2001, it has also been home to this festival, a worthy celebration of the best wines of British Columbia.


2012 Penticton Elvis Festival: 11 Years of Tributes to the King

Saturday, May 12th, 2012
Elvis Tribute

Elvis tributes come in all shapes & sizes, but this Penticton festival is just right for "Good Rockin' Tonight"!

The 11th annual Penticton Elvis Festival will be held at the Okanagan Lake Park & Penticton Convention Centre from June 22 through 24, 2012.

British Columbia’s Boldest & Best Elvis Tribute

For three rockin’ days, the Penticton Elvis Festival celebrates the King of Rock and Roll with spirited competition and awe-inspiring performances.

The Penticton Pacific Northwest Elvis Festival Society has organized this event to celebrate Elvis Presley in a unique and memorable way for the last 10 years. 2012 promises to be a banner year for this long-running festival.

Dozens of professional and amateur Elvis tribute artists will descend on Penticton to win the hearts of the fans (and the votes of the judges) in a world class competition.  Special guests for the event include:

  • Darwin Lamm, publisher of Elvis International Magazine
  • DJ Fontana, drummer for Elvis and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Cynthia Pepper, Elvis’ co-star in the film “Kissing Cousins”
  • Joe Esposito, friend of and road manager for Elvis Presley
  • Red Robinson, legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll DJ
  • Darlene Thompkins, Elvis’ co-star in the film “Blue Hawaii”

Two World Class Elvis Festival Venues

This event is simply too grand for a single location, so Elvis fans will be able to enjoy watching tributes and performances in two Penticton locations that are convenient to each other:

Okanagan Lake Park
Okanagan Lake

Several events on the schedule will be held at beautiful Okanagan Lake Park, where sand & pebble beaches, ponderosa pine forests, and rolling, sagebrush-covered grounds combine to create a spectacular setting for the Elvis festival’s performers and attendees.  Events at this location include:

The Tribute Artist Competition on Saturday, June 23 Beginning at 9:00 AM

The competition starts on the outdoor stages at Okanagan Lake Park.  Watch Elvis tribute artists, both amateur and professional, sing and dance their way to the finals.

The Gospel Music Showcase on Sunday, June 24 Beginning at 9:00 AM

Anyone that knows Elvis knows that Gospel was among his most treasured forms of music. Elvis’ library of inspirational songs are presented by the tribute artists and hosted by BC’s own Brian “Elvis” Simpson, who also MC’s other festival events.  Come celebrate the spiritual side of Elvis Presley.

Penticton Trade & Convention CentrePenticton Trade & Convention Centre

The Penticton Elvis Convention will also have events at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre, located only two blocks from Lake Okanagan’s beaches.  Come inside to enjoy:

Headliner Show with Gino Monopoli and the Ultimate Elvis Show Band on Saturday, June 23 at 8:00 PM

Gino Monopoli is one of the most acclaimed Elvis tribute artists performing today and his performances capture the highlights of the entirety of Elvis’ career, from Sun Records to the grand 1970s concerts.

Elvis Tribute

The competition builds to a fever pitch during the finals at the Penticton Elvis Festival

Tribute Artists Finals on Sunday, June 24 Beginning at 2:00 PM

The finest Elvis tribute artists compete for the Professional Grand Champion and Amateur Champion titles. The victor in the Professional category wins automatic entry into the final round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, which is a highlight event of Elvis Week 2012.

Learn more about this weekend of entertainment at the Penticton Elvis Festival website and buy tickets to this extraordinary event in scenic Penticton.

Choose Personalized Okanagan Lodging

Our South Okanagan Bed and Breakfasts offer you the opportunity to make the most of your time at the Penticton Elvis Festival and all across the region with their many breakfast choices, luxurious lodging, generous hospitality and knowledgeable innkeepers.

What’s Your Penticton Elvis Festival Expectation or Experience?

Please share your plans for the 11th annual festival and memories of past Penticton Elvis Festival events.

A Taste of Italy on the Shuswap

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Margaret Falls, Herald Provincial Park

Located on the Trans-Canada Highway 1, on the southern shore of Shuswap Lake, 25 km northeast of Chase and 45 km northwest of Salmon Arm, is the lakeside vacation community of Sorrento. Sorrento is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, alpine meadows, rivers and forests on the shores of Shuswap Lake.  Originally known as Trapper’s Landing, after the meeting place of Shuswap Indian trappers returning with their furs, the town was renamed by James Kinghorn after the Italian town of Sorrento, because Copper Island on Shuswap Lake reminded him of the Isle of Capri, off Sorrento in Italy.


Sorrento’s history dates back to the year 1910, and it is today enveloped by motels, resorts, campgrounds and summer cottages, offering a fabulous array of recreational activities, during both summer and winter. Sorrento also acts as a wondeful ‘home base’ for a sightseeing trip through the Shuswap where you can visit historical land marks such as St. Mary’s Anglican Church, and a number of provincial and regional parks.


As the Suswap region is known for its lake side beauty and warm water during the summer months it only makes sense to spend time exploring Shuswap Lake Marine Provincial Park. Comprised of 26 sites located around the perimeter of Shuswap Lake, all locations are popular for fishing and water sports. Some sites are road accessible, but most are water-access only, so make sure to bring your boat on this trip! And if you don’t have a boat then you may be interested in Herald Provincial Park which is a very popular day-use area. The park covers 79 hectares of beautiful beach and forested uplands. Swimming, fishing and bird-watching are popular Shuswap Lake activities, as is the self-guided nature walk to Margaret Falls.

And because we mentioned how perfect the town of Sorrento is for your Shuswap vaction home base, you must make sure to book your reservation at Ingrid’s European Bed & Breakfast. Located off Highway 1 at Lakeview Place in Blind Bay, only four minutes east of Sorrento, the view of Shuswap Lake from this Sorrento Bed & Breakfast is breathtaking. Offering artistically decorated rooms with comfortable beds, antiques and art pieces along with private bathrooms, a fireplace and TV and VCR, Ingrid’s European Bed & Breakfast is the perfect spot to call home during this trip.


Spring Up in Kelowna

Friday, April 6th, 2012

There aren’t many better places to welcome the Spring season, especially over the Easter Weekend, than in the Okanagan Valley. And when you’re in the Okanagan Valley, there aren’t many places better to stay and visit than the lake side city of Kelowna. With wine tours, golf courses, and yes, even beaches calling your name, how can one possibly resist the temptation to travel to Kelowna.

Orchard Blossom in Kelowna

One of the richest wine regions in Canada, and also the World, the Okanagan Valley provides the wine enthusiast with a plethora of opportunities to take in a wine tour while visiting. Whether you are looking to take a self-guided tour or book with a wine touring company, vineyards are spread throughout the valley offering visitors tastings and information sessions that will make them want to come back every year.

For those looking to get out and experience some of the top rated golf courses that Kelowna has to offer, you will not be left without a course to play. With over 18 courses to choose from, and terrains ranging from rolling hills, orchards, vineyards, lakes and desserts, the Kelowna golf scene is the envy of golfers across North America. And with many great deals out there to be had, playing a few rounds at championship courses during your stay has never been more reasonable!

So instead of sitting there scratching your head wondering where you should spend a long weekend in Spring this year, go and find yourself a Kelowna bed &  breakfast and wash away your winter blues with wine, golf, and everything else the Okanagan Valley has to offer.