Welcome to Kelowna! We hope you enjoy this opportunity to learn more about our community and how we can serve you, your clients, colleagues, members and guests for your next meeting, conference, or event. Please join us virtually on the provided ZOOM link for introductions and a brief overview of our destination. Here we will review the format of our destination showcase and answer any questions you may have.
Join Gord Hotchkiss with Giro Okanagan to learn about the origins of our community and our ties to the Okanagan/syilx people. This 10-minute video can be watched at your leisure and shares the story of how Kelowna got its name.
Explore a few other businesses in the area that are a great fit for meetings and events.
Gord continues to share stories of Kelowna’s past that have shaped our future and speaks to the DNA of Kelowna. In this 10 minute video, learn about one of the early settlers, the land that would become Quails’ Gate Winery and the legend of the mysterious lake monster living in Okanagan Lake.
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Take a moment, well actually 8 minutes, to explore the Kettle Valley Railway’s Myra Canyon, one of Canada’s National Historic Sites. A short drive from Kelowna, the KVR is one of our most popular off-site activities. Check out the spectacular views and learn from Gord how this unsuspecting railway almost played a key role in WWII.
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Our partners at Mission Hill Family Estate will join us via ZOOM and walk us through why Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley is a mecca for grape growers and home to over 84% of the province’s vineyards. Ensure you have your wine shipment chilled and prepped for this immersive and sensory experience. Learn about Corrie Krehbiel, the Winemaker at Mission Hill Family Estate.
Thank you for joining us for Day 1 of our Destination Showcase. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
Tracy Steen with Move Daily Fitness will guide us through a brief movement and stretching session to get the blood flowing and our day started right. With her Master of Arts in Counselling and personal training certification, Tracy will stress the importance of moving your fitness, nutrition and wellness daily. Break out those bands and join us for a fun way to start the day.
Once again Gord immerses us in a story underpinned with royalty, the female spirit and a local boutique hotel. Learn about the intriguing history of the Hotel Eldorado at the Eldorado Resort and original owner Countess Bubna. This 8-minute video may feel like an excerpt from the latest Hollywood movie but it’s pure Kelowna.
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The start of the wine industry in the Valley began with Calona Wines, but it almost didn’t happen. Gord tells us his final story about how the Catholic Church saved the winery and led to the Valley becoming the premier wine region of the province. Enjoy the final 7-minute video and learn why we can thank Father McKenzie for our wine tasting yesterday!
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Tourism Kelowna, Start Fresh Kitchen and Chef Michael Buffett are hosting a virtual kitchen party. Chef will join us over Zoom so please join us from your kitchen with your ingredients and prepare for some hands-on action. Chef will walk us through the finishing steps for our lunch which we can enjoy together. Learn about Michael Buffett, the Chef at Start Fresh Kitchen.
Join the team for a chance to win some great Kelowna prizes and have some fun wrapping our destination showcase. We have enjoyed getting to spend some time with you over the last two days. Thank you for learning about Kelowna, we look forward to welcoming you in person soon!