Okanagan/Interior, B.C.

The perfect road trip is more than just a scenic drive. It should involve a fun and cool experience to a destination you love or one that has been on your must-visit list for a while. For me, that was the Shuswap region of British Columbia, home of the ROOTS&BLUES Festival, which easily checks off every one of my road trip must-have boxes.  

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The 16th Annual Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival has just passed, and as a first-timer to this festival, I can easily say, I’m impressed.

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It’s easy to feel connected to nature when you’re standing amid lush, green hillsides covered in blooming alpine wildflowers in a rainbow of colours.

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Heading to the provinces’ wilderness side, I’ll be packing my canoe and hiking gear because ArtsWells is a festival located smack dab in the centre of all things outdoors.

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The Inaugural Baldy Marathon organized by the ski resort will also spotlight Oliver's Wine Capital of Canada status and splendour.

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Highway 93, heading south alongside impossibly turquoise mountain rivers, is one of my favourite Canadian highways - especially this time of year.

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Throughout the year, Fort Steele is known for bringing history to life. But on Halloween this real-life ghost town pulls out all the stops to bring back the dead for one of the largest Halloween celebrations around.  

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Let’s clarify something right away. The Headbangers in this article are not the professional WWE wrestlers, nor are they long-haired musicians tossing their locks to the music.  

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Canada’s second largest ski area comes alive in the summertime, trading in the snow-white, powdery slopes, for lush green meadows and blankets of flowers that cover the alpine in a quilt of colour. 

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“Breathe in . . . breathe out!” As we crest a small rise, I can hear my Mother’s voice from 30 years ago commanding me to take healthy lungs-full of the fresh mountain air. Naturally, I do as I’m told, enjoying the spicy scent of cedar and pine that wafts across the mountain.  

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Mark your calendars. On the weekend of June 27 -29, Fernie, B.C. plays host to an action-packed weekend of mountain bike races including the Fernie 3, a three-day stage event and the second annual Fernie Roll & Sole Trail Fest.  

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Fernie is a town that knows how to entertain its visitors and show them a good time on and off the slopes. Fernival is one such upcoming event April 12 to 14.  In just under five years, the event has evolved into one of the largest annual musical festivals in the Canadian Rockies in a town known for its vibrant mountain culture.

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KAMLOOPS - The first suggestion Jessy Jacobs has for pow wow newbies is a profound statement about one of the premier cultural and competitive events for First Nations in British Columbia and Western Canada.

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Event update: Postponed   Due to the current forest fire and projected weather of wind and hot weather, the 5th annual Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo, scheduled for Sept. 9, 2017 will not be held. It will return on Sept. 8, 2018.  Your registration fee will be automatically deferred to the 2018 Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo, or to request a FULL REFUND, click here:   info@krgf.ca   Event update: Postponed   Due to the current forest fire and projected weather of wind and hot weather, the 5th annual Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo, scheduled for Sept. 9, 2017 will not be held. It will return on Sept. 8, 2018.   Your registration fee will be automatically deferred to the 2018 Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo, or to request a FULL REFUND, click here:  info@krgf.ca    

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We were told a Gran Fondo is just an easy ride with a bunch of like-minded cyclists. So, we signed up for the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo and took the newbie advice from our seasoned cycling friends.

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Sam Steele Days , held the third week of June, certainly has something for everyone - and then some. So mark your calendar for next year for a festival that is a mashup celebration of history, sports, arts and culture.  

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This year's event is the weekend of Aug. 30 to 31 at Kalamalka Lake, that shimmering green-watered beauty that runs between the towns of Oyama and Coldstream, close to Vernon.

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Wine tours. Festivals. Fine dining. Beaches. Watersports. Golf. Skiing. Biking. It’s impossible to name only a few of the reasons Kelowna is such a popular destination. 

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It is rare to find a concert venue that also boasts mountains, bike paths, hiking or picnicking among alpine flowers, fine and casual dining, shopping and golf all in one. 

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In Fernie, B.C., locals and visitors alike take it in their own hands by hailing “Griz” every winter. Griz Days Winter Festival 2015 will take place Feb. 27 to March 1, and is hands down, one of the best weekends of the season in Fernie.

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NELSON, B.C. - If you’re looking for road-trip ideas this summer, point your vehicle in the direction of the hip little town of Nelson. This little piece of heaven is a hub of culture, music, art, adventure and freedom of expression in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains on the west end of Kootenay Lake.

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If you can roll a ceramic ball on a strip of lawn that looks like a bowling alley, you can learn to play bocce in a matter of minutes — perhaps not well, but enough to have some fun.

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This year, festival-goers will be treated to Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Dierks Bentley, just several of more than 20 bands on three stages.

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It’s fitting, albeit increasingly rare, for a roots festival to stick to its roots. Although the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival has expanded beyond its community hall beginnings, its musical soul remains.

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Back in day, those that dared to side-step the law in B.C.’s Kootanays, Alberta or the Yukon on Major General Sir Sam Steele’s watch were handled swiftly.

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Tiny, glittering flakes of fine ore dance through my daughter’s fingers as we sit on a secluded bank along the Fraser River near Valemount, B.C. Bear tracks traverse the spit, the impressions in the soft sand still fairly fresh. For a brief few moments we imagine we are prospectors discovering gold.  

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Historically, Golden’s economy has had close ties to the logging industry and the Canadian Pacific Railway. Today, while these relationships still exist, the town’s offerings have diversified – making it a must-see destination that offers fantastic opportunities for family and adventure travel.

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In the summertime this small town increases in population because of all the summer events held here. The Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, Wednesday on the Wharf, and so much more.

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Home to some of the best biking in Canada, the South Okanagan is a standout destination, especially in May when the weather is perfect, the 50-plus wineries in the area are open and the summer crowds have yet to show up. Throw in a few stellar community bike events and there’s even more reason to visit.

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This is a story of the community that kept its heritage alive and while you reading this story, I ask you to question what lengths you’d go to keep your passion around?  Share this page on Twitter.  

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The countdown is on. At 9 a.m. on Sept. 9, the starter’s pistol will fire signalling the start of the 4th Annual Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo. 

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We were cruising the Vernon Farmers Market, strolling the rows of fresh produce found this time of year in the Okanagan. Everything smelled fresh. The bunch of carrots were bought and instantly reduced to ferns.

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The 5th annual Wapiti Music Festival takes place in Fernie, BC, Aug. 7-8, 2015, featuring fresh Canadian indie music. It's family-friendly and easy walking or biking distance from downtown and includes crafts, activities, vendors and beverage gardens. There will be live music on Friday evening and Saturday from noon until 11 p.m. and there's a featured free concert in downtown Fernie on Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

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If you are a bike enthusiast like me, but perhaps a bit of a fair-weather biker (also like me), then biking the Kettle Valley Railway trail is something you need to put on your bucket list.

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Will Gadd visited the town of Golden long before he was given the title Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic.

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For nine days every winter Sun Peaks Ski Resort near Kamloops, B.C. adopts a veritable vinous vibe.

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When I asked Shara where we should meet for our interview, she said, “Why not at my house? It’s on the festival site.” It’s not an invitation many festival organizers can offer, and it just happens to be the perfect location for the Robson Valley Music Festival.

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