As the official Destination Marketing Organization for the District of Lake Country, Tourism Kelowna is proud to market and promote the many tourism businesses in the district, which is a world-class travel destination. This year, Tourism Kelowna sponsored the Tourism Excellence Award at the 2018 Lake Country Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards, which took place on Friday, February 22, 2019, at The Four Points by Sheraton Kelowna Airport.

Tourism Excellence Award

The three finalists in this category, who were all strong contenders, were Intrigue Wines, Oyama Zipline Adventure Park, and Wood Lake RV Park and Marina. Tourism Kelowna President & CEO, Lisanne Ballantyne, was delighted to present the Tourism Excellence Award to Intrigue Wines.

LC Awards
Roger and Jillian Wong, of Intrigue Wines, accepting the Tourism Excellence Award, sponsored by Tourism Kelowna

All award nominees were required to meet the following criteria: “Consistently provides reliable, friendly service with exceptional knowledge of their product or service. This business goes above and beyond to meet their customer’s needs, maintains excellent customer relationships and stands behind their product or service. They take pride in their work, and are honest, ethical and extremely professional.”

Tourism Kelowna would like to congratulate all of the winners, finalists, and nominees of the Lake Country Business Excellence Awards. The finalists and award recipients for all of the excellence awards are as follows (award recipients are marked in bold):

Rising Star Award
Beach Bum Tours
Invati Yoga + Wellness
Quaint Hair Design

Tourism Excellence Award
Intrigue Wines
Oyama Zipline Adventure Park
Wood Lake RV Park and Marina

Business of the year Under 10
Grillers Meats
Lake Country Coffee House
Olive Us Oil and Vinegar Tasting Room

Community Service Award
Lake Country Fire Department
Lake Country Health Planning Society
Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative

Young Entrepreneur
Brittany Friedrich-Matheson
Rhea McNicol 
Savana Bennett

Business of the Year +10
Interior Savings
Save On Foods

Health Service Provider of the Year
A Place for Yoga
Lake Country Family Dentistry
Lake Country Optometry

Home Based Business of the Year
BB Hair and Nails
Memory Blocks
Turtle Bay IT

People’s Choice Award
Crave Fitness
Nalu Massage Therapy and Wellness
Neon Counselling

Family Farm Award
Gambell Farms
Rose Family Orchard
Sproule and Sons Farm

Volunteer of the Year
Anne Leistner
Maggie Gareau
Shannon Paul-Jost

Professional Service Award
D. Oscar Barnes
Interior Savings

Business Leader of the Year
Anne Stewart (Turtle Bay Pub)
Courtney Mueller (Nalu Massage Therapy and Wellness)
Kelly Craig (Invati Yoga + Wellness)

Hospitality Award of the Year
50th Parallel Restaurant
L’Isola Bella Bistro
Wooden Nickel Cafe

Trade Service Provider Award
Gibson Contracting
Kapiti Built
Okanagan Electrical