Tourism

Carver Ryan Villiers puts finishing touches on the lifelike chainsaw carving of John J. Rambo (played by Sylvester Stallone) before it was installed at Hope’s Memorial Park Aug. 14, 2020. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

Sylvester Stallone gives shout-out to new Rambo chainsaw carving in Hope, B.C.

Sylvester Stallone, the star behind John J. Rambo, “very proud” of newly installed red cedar work

Carver Ryan Villiers puts finishing touches on the lifelike chainsaw carving of John J. Rambo (played by Sylvester Stallone) before it was installed at Hope’s Memorial Park Aug. 14, 2020. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)
Three different videos targeted at varying demographics were produced this spring to draw visitors and area residents to the South Shuswap during the summer of 2020. (Google Maps)

Videos aim to boost tourism in the South Shuswap during pandemic

Chamber of commerce states project has been successful for tourism operators

Three different videos targeted at varying demographics were produced this spring to draw visitors and area residents to the South Shuswap during the summer of 2020. (Google Maps)
Hesquiaht Harbour. (Hesquiaht First Nation)

Visitors and non-residents entering closed remote B.C. First Nation’s territories

With limited resources, they say they don’t have any authority or power to enforce the closures

  • Aug 6, 2020
Hesquiaht Harbour. (Hesquiaht First Nation)
Allan Brooks Nature Centre manager Cheryl Hood welcomes guests to check out the new view boards donated by Vernon realtor David Pusey as the centre is open to the public under strict COVID-19 rules. The boards are one of several new items to the centre, celebrating its 20th anniversary. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Tours connect North Okanagan to history

Museum makes August all about field trips

Allan Brooks Nature Centre manager Cheryl Hood welcomes guests to check out the new view boards donated by Vernon realtor David Pusey as the centre is open to the public under strict COVID-19 rules. The boards are one of several new items to the centre, celebrating its 20th anniversary. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Alex Wenezenki stands by the Robinson R44 Raven II which he uses to offers aerial tours of the Shuswap on behalf of BC Helicopters, on Friday, July 24. (Jim Elliot/Eagle Valley News)

Pilot offers helicopter tours taking off from Sicamous golf course

Alex Wenezenki has been enjoying showing people a bird’s eye view of the Shuswap this summer.

Alex Wenezenki stands by the Robinson R44 Raven II which he uses to offers aerial tours of the Shuswap on behalf of BC Helicopters, on Friday, July 24. (Jim Elliot/Eagle Valley News)
Kids climb on the Kelowna Wibit adventure park located off Hot Sands Beach in City Park. (File photo)

Thompson Okanagan tourism takes a hit

Lack of international travelers coming to the region causing a devastating impact

Kids climb on the Kelowna Wibit adventure park located off Hot Sands Beach in City Park. (File photo)
The Summerland Ornamental Gardens have been closed to the public since March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A reopening date has not yet been determined. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland Ornamental Gardens remain closed

Staff and volunteers continue to weed and maintain plants

The Summerland Ornamental Gardens have been closed to the public since March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A reopening date has not yet been determined. (Summerland Review file photo)
The Kettle Valley Steam Railway will resume its operations on July 18. The tourist train will operated with a reduced schedule and physical distancing measures in place. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland steam train to begin operations

Reduced schedule, physical distancing planned for Kettle Valley Steam Railway beginning July 18

The Kettle Valley Steam Railway will resume its operations on July 18. The tourist train will operated with a reduced schedule and physical distancing measures in place. (Summerland Review file photo)
While tourism numbers in the summer of 2020 are lower than in previous years, visitors are still spending time at Peach Orchard Beach and other amenities in Summerland. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

After slow start, Summerland sees more tourism activity

Majority of visitors come from within British Columbia

While tourism numbers in the summer of 2020 are lower than in previous years, visitors are still spending time at Peach Orchard Beach and other amenities in Summerland. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Visitors Center along Hwy 5 to the town of Valemount, B.C., with the Cariboo Mountain range in background. (Village of Valemount/Wikimedia Commons)

Northern communities welcome tourists as province opens to in-B.C. travellers

Officials have asked British Columbians to be careful as they travel this summer

  • Jul 6, 2020
Visitors Center along Hwy 5 to the town of Valemount, B.C., with the Cariboo Mountain range in background. (Village of Valemount/Wikimedia Commons)
B.C. accommodators need phone lines to light up as in-province travel given green light

B.C. accommodators need phone lines to light up as in-province travel given green light

Travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have decimated the tourism and hospitality industries

  • Jul 5, 2020
B.C. accommodators need phone lines to light up as in-province travel given green light
B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks about economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic at the B.C. legislature, June 17, 2020. (B.C. government)

B.C. Liberals criticize Horgan’s economic recovery plan for excluding tourism sector representation

The Economic Recovery Task Force began meeting weekly on conference calls in April

B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks about economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic at the B.C. legislature, June 17, 2020. (B.C. government)
The Village of Keremeos is preparing to open up the village to in-province travellers as the province enters Phase 3 of its reopening plan. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Village of Keremeos prepares to welcome in-province travellers

B.C. has loosened travel guidelines for residents within the province

The Village of Keremeos is preparing to open up the village to in-province travellers as the province enters Phase 3 of its reopening plan. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
Tourism is an economic driver within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, as seen in this 2017 photo. This year, the regional district is preparing for Phase Three of the province’s restart plan and the return of tourists to the region. (Photo by John Poon)                                Travel Penticton has a year of challenges trying to spread the word to tourists that the city is “still happening” despite flooding and smoke due to the wildfires. John Poon/ Special to the Western News

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen plans for Phase Three of reopening

Board chair urges visitors to respect provincial directives to slow spread of COVID-19

Tourism is an economic driver within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, as seen in this 2017 photo. This year, the regional district is preparing for Phase Three of the province’s restart plan and the return of tourists to the region. (Photo by John Poon)                                Travel Penticton has a year of challenges trying to spread the word to tourists that the city is “still happening” despite flooding and smoke due to the wildfires. John Poon/ Special to the Western News
SilverStar Mountain Resort has earned the Climate Change Impact Award from the National Ski Areas Association. (Dave Heath photo)

SilverStar earns climate action award

Vernon ski resort recognized for environmental efforts

SilverStar Mountain Resort has earned the Climate Change Impact Award from the National Ski Areas Association. (Dave Heath photo)
Okanagan resort ready to sparkle post COVID-19

Okanagan resort ready to sparkle post COVID-19

Sparkling Hill ready to reopen following more than two months of being closed

Okanagan resort ready to sparkle post COVID-19
Feds earmark $1.5M to support recovery of B.C., Indigenous tourism

Feds earmark $1.5M to support recovery of B.C., Indigenous tourism

B.C. money will be split between Vancouver Island and Indigenous tourism

Feds earmark $1.5M to support recovery of B.C., Indigenous tourism
The AIDAdiva cruise ship, on a 10-day trip from New York to Montreal, arrives in Halifax on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Large cruise ships barred from Canadian waters until end of October: Garneau

Last year 140 cruise ships brought more than two million visitors to Canadian ports

The AIDAdiva cruise ship, on a 10-day trip from New York to Montreal, arrives in Halifax on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
BC Wildlife Park staff are joined by Gabrielle and Dimitri Armstrong and their parents, after the youth raised more than $10,000 to help keep the Kamloops park open. (Wildlife Park photo)

Kids raise $10,000 to feed Kamloops wildlife

Bottle drive initially set out to raise $2,000 to feed the animals at the wildlife park

BC Wildlife Park staff are joined by Gabrielle and Dimitri Armstrong and their parents, after the youth raised more than $10,000 to help keep the Kamloops park open. (Wildlife Park photo)
Almost half of shops in North Okanagan mall reopened

Almost half of shops in North Okanagan mall reopened

Reduced food court capacity, curb-side pickup program en route

Almost half of shops in North Okanagan mall reopened