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Edition 31: Dec 13, 2002

In the thirty-first issue of the Bed and Breakfast Traveller, we take you to Penticton and Wine Country, where a fantastic vacation can be had all year round!

Picturesque vineyards, gentle mountain slopes and dramatic clay cliffs surround one of the province's busiest resort communities. Okanagan Lake to the north. Skaha Lake to the south. And more than 2,000 hours of sunshine a year make Penticton and Wine Country a spectacular vacation in any season.

Destination Resort
The city's many festivals and events make great centrepieces for family or business vacations. Indulge in your favourite outdoor activity, ride a trail, take a tour. Poke around in local shops, or just relax with friends. You might even want to check out the waterfront destination casino.

Wine Country
More than 50 local wine makers welcome visitors to tour their pastoral vineyards and busy wineries. Sign up for a taste-tour and sample award-winning world-class vintages while enjoying the lakeside views. Visit the British Columbia Wine Information Centre for assistance in planning your wine tour.

Four Season Playland
From wind-surfing and channel floating to downhill and Nordic skiing, Penticton and Wine Country has something for everyone. Sun-seekers enjoy some of the finest sandy beaches in the country. The Kettle Valley Railway Bed attracts hikers and mountain bikers to many scenic and challenging trails left open after the line was abandoned. Rock climbers test their skills on world-class Skaha Bluffs. And with one of the longest-playing golf seasons in the country (never mind a choice of more than 40 courses), golfers return to the city year after year. In winter, skiers and snowboarders attack the terrain at nearby Apex Mountain Resort.

City of Festivals
In May bird enthusiasts flock to the annual Meadowlark Festival. In July film buffs cuddle up for the Beach Blanket Film Festival. And during the fall the city-wide Penticton Jazz Festival cuts the air with lively music. A true host city, Penticton welcomes visitors to a diverse range of annual fetes and events, which include the Subaru Ironman Canada Triathlon, Peach Festival and the Tour de Vine. Wine-industry accomplishments are celebrated during the Okanagan Spring and Fall Wine Festivals. (And for those of a more stout palette, beer-lovers sample the arts of micro-breweries at the Fest-of-Ale.)

Cultural Landscape
Penticton and Wine Country offer many places to visit. Amateur natural historians can tour desert research centres or agricultural sites. Museums and historical sites offer a glimpse into the regions boisterous past. The farmers' market is a great place to purchase in-season fruits, vegetables and the wares of local artists. Public and commercial art galleries display the works of painters, sculptors and photographers inspired by the scenic beauty and serenity of the area. The region is also an active site for the film industry, nurturing the dreams of students at the Okanagan School of the Arts.

Indulge Yourself
From beach-side resort condos and executive hotels to RV parks and family motels, wherever you choose to stay, you are close to quaint cafes, unique restaurants, lush green parks, sandy beaches and great shopping.

For Your Dining Pleasure
Enjoy elegant waterfront dining or pick up a snack for the beach. Savour international cuisine, from Greek to Mexican, or drop by a coffee shop to calm your caffeine craving. Tempt your tummy with delicious sweets and gourmet sandwiches. With more than 100 eating establishments throughout the city, visitors have extensive dining choices including Okanagan fresh cuisine.

Shopping Spree
A visit to Penticton would not be complete without a tour of the local shopping districts. Take the time to wander and appreciate the ambiance, the scenery, and the local architecture.

A Golf Mecca
With one of the longest playing seasons running from mid-March to November, this area attracts golf enthusiasts from around the world. The Okanagan Valley is British Columbia's premier golf destination for both golfers of all abilities. Whether you plan to visit in the spring while the orchards are in full bloom or arrive in the summer when the fruit is ready for picking, the Valley offers superb facilities and first-class tournaments to satisfy avid and casual golfers.

Amusements and Attractions
The best vacations are an inspired mixture of relaxation and excitement. And once the summer reading is all caught up, you'll have no problem getting the adrenaline flowing at one of Penticton's many attractions. Spend the day at an amusement centre where you can opt for bumper boats, go-carts, laser tag, mini golf or the batting cages. Hit a bucket of balls at a local driving range to improve your golf game before tee time. Water beckons vacationers on many hot, sunny Okanagan days and Penticton has endless ways to beat the heat. Cool the kids off at a family water park. Float down the Penticton River Channel, slide into a refreshing pool at a waterslide park or rent one of the many watercrafts available on the lakeshore. For a change of pace, test Lady Luck at an exciting Caribbean-style casino situated on the shores of Okanagan Lake.

If you want a real adventure, Penticton is home to the world renowned Skaha Bluffs site of extreme climbing pursuits. Whatever you're looking for in outdoor fun, Penticton's postcard-perfect landscape makes a great backdrop for an all-ages outdoor playground

Explore Wine Country
The area surrounding Penticton has long been known for its bountiful agricultural industry. The climate that makes vacationing a dream is what nurtures the area's farms, vineyards and orchards. Fruits, vegetables and quality wines are the rewards of cultivating this lush region. The wine makers at more than 50 local wineries invite you to sample their products and tour their charming facilities. Each is uniquely stationed with breathtaking views of lakes and valleys. Family tours through the surrounding vineyards are carefully planned to take advantage of the area's ideal climatic and soil conditions. Experience Penticton's wine country and discover why Okanagan wines have taken their place among the best in the world. Penticton is also proud to be the home of British Columbia's Wine Information Centre. The only one of its kind in Western Canada, the centre features over 400 varieties of VQA wines from around the province.

A Winter Wonderland
As winter transforms the Okanagan's summer resorts into frosty play lands, this is definitely not the season to go dormant. Stroll along Okanagan Beach and marvel at the ice formations. Snowmobile through spectacular back country. Snowshoe over miles of sunlit snow. Check out a Penticton Panthers hockey game at the historic Memorial Arena. You'll fall in love with winter in Penticton. Apex is a full-service mountain resort that offers world-class skiing and boarding, breathtaking scenery and is renowned for its intimacy. Experience a truly magical winter with something for everyone including horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowmobile tours, ice-skating on the new skating loop or tubing in the lift-accessed park.

Upcoming Events:

(Christmas Events)
This event is free for the kids and will work at the station with games etc.
Start Date: Dec 14, 2002 Time:10:00:00
End Date: Dec 14, 2002 time: 14:30:00
Location: KVR Station in Summerland
Admission Fee: Kids free --bring an old fashioned ornament to help decorate our Christmas Tree.
For Further Information:
Phone:250 494-8422 for reservations

Christmas Wishes & Dreams--A Christmas Musical--Presented by the Penticton Singers and Players
(Theatre / Play)
This show is holiday fun for the whole family packed with local talent.
Start Date: Dec 19, 2002 Time:19:00:00
End Date: Dec 21, 2002 time: 22:00:00
Location: Cleland Comunity Centre Theatre
Admission Fee: Tickets at the community centre $12.00 for matinee performance and $16.00 for evening performance

For Further Information:
Pat Lawrence
Phone:(250) 493-9296

(Christmas Events)
Come and enjoy Christmas in the Country with carols, hot chocolate, apple cider, goodies and fun for the whole family. Children are invited to bring an old fashioned ornament to help decorate our tree.
Start Date: Dec 21, 2002 Time:13:30:00
End Date: Dec 22, 2002 time: 15:00:00
Location: Kettle Valley Steam Train in Summerland
Admission Fee: Call toll free for prices--train departs at 1:30pm

For Further Information:
Phone:1 877 494-8424

Christmas Eve Welcome Reception
There will be presents from Santa & the Grinch plus Fireworks & a Torch Light Parade
Start Date: Dec 24, 2002 Time:18:00:00
End Date: Dec 24, 2002 time: 20:00:00
Location: Apex Ski Resort

For Further Information:
Apex Resort
Phone:1 (877) 777-2739

For more information, please contact:

Tourism Development Services
Penticton & Wine Country

Phone: 1-800-663-5052 or 250-490-2464
888 Westminster Ave West
Penticton, BC
V2A 8S2

South Okanagan B&B Association
Lawrie Belliveau, President, SOBBA
PO Box 363,
Kaleden, B.C., Canada
V0H 1K0

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