Kelowna Art Gallery open for free on Canada Day



The Kelowna Art Gallery is inviting locals to take on an artsy experience free to the public this Canada Day.

“We love seeing people of all ages and skill levels expressing themselves through art,” said education coordinator Sumi Ali. “Plus, we know children like things they can wave around, so this year we’ll be making nature-inspired wind streamers.”

Creation stations will be set up around the building for people interested in taking part as all materials will be supplied. This includes markers, construction paper, ribbons, scissors and glue.

Visitors will then have an opportunity to explore the exhibits, including From Warhol to Banksy. They’ll get to see pop art works and ephemera from some of the art world’s biggest names, including Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Takashi Murakami, Banksy, and Mr. Brainwash.

There will be a chance to touch the art as natural sculptor Annabel Stanley’s Circle of Life invites guests to move the spheres to curate their own sculpture.

The event runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on July 1.

A lot planned for Canada Day in the Park in Penticton


Canada’s 155th birthday will feature live music and activities finished by fireworks

Canada Day events have finally returned to Penticton with an invitation for everyone to join in on the fun at Gyro Park on Friday, July 1.

Canada Day in the Park family day goes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with live music, performances, inflatables, Hoodoo Adventure Company’s obstacle course, yoga, vendors and food trucks.

The Downtown Penticton Association (DPA) is organizing this year’s Canada Day, taking it back from the city of Penticton.

“We are really excited to be able to bring back community events this year. Since this is the first Canada Day we have been able to have in-person in two years, we look forward to bringing thousands of visitors into the downtown area,” said Brett Turner who is the newly appointed DPA executive director.

“We have a fantastic lineup of entertainers and activities this year, including the Indigenous cultural dance from the Bent Family (2 p.m.), an incredible drum performance by Yamabiko Taiko (11 a.m.), musical acts from local favourites like Aiden & Mandy (3 p.m.), and renowned performers such as The Meliponas and Tiller’s Folly (5 p.m.),” added Turner.

Music and activities start at 10 a.m. and will run throughout the day until 6 p.m. Keep an eye out for our Canada Day Market, free face painting, a colouring station and other family-friendly activities.

The opening ceremony will begin at noon, when Serenity Baptiste will perform the Okanagan Song, followed by the national anthem played by the Penticton Concert Band.

Serenity Baptiste is a Syilx woman who was born and raised in Penticton and is a proud member of the Penticton Indian Band. She is a recent graduate of the nsyilxcen language fluency diploma program.

Canada’s 155th birthday ends with fireworks at Okanagan Lake Park at 10 p.m. put on by Lakeside Resort.

The 20-minute show will begin around 10 p.m. at Okanagan Lake Park.

People can expect a lot more than just fireworks by Okanagan Lake. Live music on the Barking Parrot’s patio, courtesy of Vancouver’s Paul Gibbons.

Osoyoos Canada Day

Cherry Fiesta Parade down Main Street at 11 a.m.

Children’s activities and food trucks at Gyro beach, pie eating contest, three-legged races and more from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Osoyoos’s famous fireworks at 10 p.m.

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All hail Caesar! Kelowna’s first Caesar Week around the corner


Registration fees have been waived this year

Time to get your drink on! Caesar Week is coming to Kelowna July 3-10.

Co-founder Mik Parent is in Winnipeg where Caesar Week started after events like Burger Week and Taco Week found great success.

There is usually a $200 registration fee for restaurants. Though since this is the first year the event will be happening in Kelowna, it’s a free ride.

“Basically what they do, is [restaurants] pay us a registration fee, and with that we spend that, our entire budget is spent towards marketing,” Parent said. “That goes to promoted ads on Instagram, promoted all through Facebook, radio ads, time with local news, and newspapers as well just to try to get the word out there to drive the public.”

Parent says 11 bars and restaurants have registered in Kelowna.

Parent noted there are no requirements in making the caesar, you just have to have one on the menu. “They have the choice to either register a caesar that they have already on their existing menu or they have the option of also creating a feature caesar to feature during Caesar Week in hopes to be crowned as Kelowna’s Best Caesar.”

During Caesar Week, locals can go to the website to find the caesar map with all registered restaurants.

Voting will take place online with categories for best overall, best spice, best garnish, and best rimmer.

Registration is still open. Sign up or learn more at

Heat pump might help B.C. residents save utility costs, but do your research first

Unit can eliminate need for air conditioner, reduce your household’s environmental footprint

Susie Rieder, a spokeswoman for BC Hydro, who uses a heat pump to heat and cool her Burnaby, B.C. home, is shown in a handout photo.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Susie Rieder

As energy prices soar and consumers look for ways to save on their utility bills, experts say Canadians should consider whether installing a heat pump could be part of the solution.

A heat pump is an electrically driven device that looks a bit like an air conditioner and can be used for both heating and cooling.

In the winter, an air-source heat pump extracts heat from the outside (there is always some heat in the air, even on a cold day) and “pumps” it inside. In summer, the cycle is reversed and the heat pump takes heat out of the indoor air and moves it outside.

The technology, which has been around for a long time, can make for an energy-efficient alternative to other types of home heating systems, such as a natural gas furnace or electric baseboards.

It can also eliminate the need for a conventional air conditioner and reduce your household’s environmental footprint if you’re replacing a heating unit that uses natural gas, propane or furnace oil.

“Heat pumps are great because they provide that year-round, efficient cooling in the summer and heating in the winter,” said Susie Rieder, a spokeswoman for BC Hydro who uses a heat pump at her own Burnaby, B.C. townhouse.

Rieder, who relied on electric baseboards before getting a heat pump, says her heating bills have declined about 40 per cent since making the switch. In addition, her heat pump negates the need for a separate air conditioning system.

“The summers are getting hotter,” Rieder said. “Especially in places like the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, you see a lot of people using those portable air conditioners – which can be pretty inefficient and costly. So getting a heat pump installed can really be helpful there as well.”

Many public utilities, such as BC Hydro, are encouraging heat pump adoption as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and many homeowners who have made the switch say they’ll never go back.

But in general, Canadian adoption has been slow. According to Natural Resources Canada, there are only about 700,000 installed air-source heat pumps in this country. By contrast, 35 per cent of Canadian households, or 5.1 million homes, are currently heated with natural gas furnaces.

A recent survey by BC Hydro found a general lack of knowledge among homeowners about heat pumps, with almost a quarter of British Columbians saying they are unlikely to consider installing a heat pump and 30 per cent of those respondents saying the reason is because they do not know enough about the devices.

Part of the problem is that earlier iterations of heat pumps weren’t necessarily compatible with the Canadian climate. Because the ability of a heat pump to extract heat from the air declines as the temperature falls, having a backup heat source for harsh winters was often a necessity.

However, that’s changed in recent years as heat pump technology has advanced. Geoff Sharman, residential product manager, HVAC, for Mitsubishi Electric Canada, said certain types of heat pumps can now work in temperatures as low as -30 C. (Consumers can also choose ground-source heat pumps, which are more efficient in Canada because they take advantage of warmer and more stable ground temperatures, Natural Resources Canada says.)

“The heat pump market is growing,” Sharman said. “Really, (heat pumps) can provide heating for almost any-sized structure in Canada now. And as natural gas prices may rise in the future … a heat pump can be a good way to go.”

The upfront cost of a heat pump can be intimidating, with the average cost to buy and install a system being about $7,000 for small homes and about $16,000 for larger homes, according to BC Hydro. Experts say the exact type and size of heat pump you’ll need will depend on the size of your home, the climate where you live, how well your home is insulated and other factors.

In the same way, how much you might expect to save on your energy bills also varies depending on your local climate, what type of heating/cooling system you currently use, and what size and type of heat pump you buy. There are many online calculators, including one on the Natural Resources Canada website, that can help you estimate your potential cost savings.

Homeowners who make the switch to an electric heat pump from fossil fuel heating (natural gas, propane or oil) can also be eligible for rebates from the federal government, their local utility or province, or their municipality.

BC Hydro, for example, offers up to $3,000 in rebates for switching from a fossil fuel-based system, which can be combined with provincial and federal rebates for a total savings of up to $11,000 on heat pump cost and installation.

“You do need to get a professional involved,” Sharman said. “With all the rebates, you may end up paying only 15 to 20 per cent of what your system is worth. Who knows? But you do need that professional to go in there, size it all up, and tell you what programs are applicable to the product you’re looking at.”

Edmonton homeowner Shelly Robichaud, who replaced her gas furnace with an electric heat pump a couple of years ago, made the decision largely out of a desire to get her house off of natural gas.

She and her husband also have solar panels on their roof and produce their own electricity, with the result being that they’re marginally “net positive” on their yearly heating and electricity bills. (Last year, they actually made a $300 profit by selling the excess electricity they generate back onto the grid).

“I have been an environmentalist for as long as I can remember, so honestly that was the major factor in doing this,” Robichaud said. “You can come out ahead (financially), though.”

“I think with heat pumps, like everything else, people are afraid of new technology,” Robichaud added. “It takes the early adopters to go ahead with it first, and then others follow.”

Random checks of Penticton residents’ recycling and yard waste carts this summer



Recycling teams have started checking through Penticton residents’ curbside recycling and yard waste carts in an effort to improve the community’s sorting success rates.

The city said that the team of “recycling ambassadors,’” random inspections of the bins, is all part of an education campaign.

“Overall, Penticton is doing a great job of sorting their recycling into their blue carts, as well as keeping non-plant materials out of their yard waste carts. With a few tips and reminders, we hope to raise awareness of some common mistakes so that homeowners are more aware about what can go in their carts,” David Kassian, community sustainability coordinator, said.

“Please keep an eye out for the city’s recycling ambassadors, who will be auditing the carts this summer.”

Penticton has a goal to lower recycling contamination rate of 7.8 per cent to 4.5 per cent by year-end to meet RecycleBC requirements, bringing costs down and preventing recyclable material from ending up in landfills.

Residents are reminded to keep these items out of your curbside recycling carts:

  • Soft/hard cover books, scrap metal, electronics, ceramics, household hazardous waste
  • Materials contained inside bags or different types of containers nested together (for example, recyclable items stuffed inside a box)
  • Glass
  • Plastic bags and overwrap
  • Other flexible plastic packaging
  • Accepted material containing residue, which includes containers with food inside
  • Foam packaging

Many of the items below can be dropped off at a recycling depot. If you’re not sure where your recycling item goes, try the “Recycling Wizard” tool at or call the recycling hotline at 1-800-667-4321.

Yard waste inspections will check for non-plant materials, such as gardening supplies, plastic bags, dog waste, food waste and other not-accepted material.

For further details about what can – and can’t – go in your yard waste cart, visit the city’s website here.

Penticton celebrating return of Ironman with call for artists to create new mural



The City of Penticton is putting a call out for artists to submit proposals for a new outdoor mural near Okanagan Lake, in celebration of the impending long-awaited return of Ironman Canada.

Artists have until July 8, 2022 to submit a proposed design as well as examples of previous work. The winning design will earn the artist $4,000 courtesy of grant funding from the provincial government.

Art will be installed by the municipality on the west wall of 185 Lakeshore Drive, facing the triathlon’s swim event starting point.

It will be up and ready the week of Aug. 17, just in time for Ironman to return on Aug. 28.

“The city is proud to welcome back Ironman Canada to Penticton, where the iconic race began nearly 40 years ago,” said Carly Lewis, economic development manager.

“We envision this mural will capture the spirit of this event and help tell the story of its history and importance to Penticton.”

The successful artwork will be photographed and reproduced as a graphic on the exterior wall surface. Designs should be divided into four panels representing four major themes: swim, bike, run and community/volunteerism.

For more information and to apply, click here.



The City of West Kelowna has lifted its boil water advisory for the Lakeview-Rose Valley water system.

The boil water notice was originally needed due to increased turbidity and seasonal algal blooms, but those conditions have now subsided.

The system is typically plagued with water notices of varying severity every spring. A water quality advisory — which provides recommendations to the elderly and very young only — was first put in place for the season 78 days ago on March 31, 2022.

The city is in the process of building a new water treatment plant to permanently fix the problem.

Water quality advisories, however, remain in effect until further notice for two other water systems — West Kelowna Estates and Sunnyside/Pritchard – due to elevated, freshet-related turbidity in Okanagan Lake at the systems’ intakes.

As a result, the city will continue to offer affected residents free access to the bulk filling station for the duration of these other water quality advisories. The station is located at Asquith and Shannon Lake Roads. Bring clean bottles for filling.

A map of impacted water systems is here.

Summerland residents asked for feedback on downtown future plan



Summerland residents are now encouraged to give their feedback on the new Downtown Neighbourhood Action Plan.

A draft plan establishing a roadmap for future actions and projects over the next 20 years is now available, 53 actions that have been prioritized into the short, medium, and long term.

The broad scope of actions include preliminary costing, land use and density, infrastructure enhancements, parks and open space planning and amenities, policy and bylaw regulation review and development of financial incentives.

The plan also includes the Memorial Park Master Plan which is a detailed future concept plan for the park with key amenity improvements like a new bandshell facility and civic plaza area and a focus on enhancing winter activities such as a kids toboggan hill and ice skating in the civic plaza area.

Other identified projects include:

  • Permanent closure of Henry Avenue to vehicle traffic between Main Street and Wharton Street to create a pedestrian-friendly entryway into Memorial Park
  • Revitalization of Wharton and Main Street, including a review of the streetscape, to potentially accommodate wider sidewalks and enhanced amenities like sidewalk patios
  • “Trail of the Okanagans” multi-use pathway connection extended through Downtown via Kelly Avenue and Wharton Street
  • Actions to encourage momentum for private development in the Downtown core

The community is now being asked to review the draft online here, then complete an online survey here.

“We want to hear your thoughts and feedback on the proposed vision for your downtown!” reads a news release from the District Monday.

The public survey will be available until Monday, July 11, 2022.

Check out This New Collection of Rooms with Breathtaking Views


We build homes in varied landscapes, but often a common thread among them is strategically placed windows that allow us to enjoy what the outside world has to offer. Even when indoors, we seek comfort in the natural world.

A room with a spectacular view quickly becomes a favorite place, whether it’s a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen or living room. We want to have glimpses of trees, water, sky and mountains when we’re gazing out the window deep in thought, and those glimpses are our focus, or when we’re going about our daily lives, and the glimpses simply act as amazing backdrops to everything else.

The outside world can also be an important source of inspiration for designing and decorating our indoor world. We take note of textures and colors, evoked feelings, and even sounds and scents, and attempt to bring those to life inside our homes to capture what we love about the outdoors. This new collection of rooms with breathtaking views has us feeling a deep appreciation for the world outside our doors, and we’re excited to share them with you!

1. A Skyview Spa

2. A Treed-In Sanctuary

3. A Child’s Perspective

4. A Never-Ending Cityscape

5. A Lakeside Escape

6. A Star-Filled Slumber

7. An Exotic Vista

8. A Mountainous Outlook

9. A Glimpse of Paradise

10. A Sophisticated Seascape