(National Day of Truth and Reconciliation)
An opportunity to connect with friends and colleagues while exploring Kelowna.
Myra Canyon Cycling Tour
Monday, 1.00 -5.30 pm
This afternoon, attendees are invited to enjoy Kelowna’s #1 tourist attraction, the Myra Canyon.
Participants will enjoy a customized, guided cycling tour of the spectacular Myra Canyon Trail, which follows a section of the historical Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) over 18 trestles and through 2 tunnels.
This well-maintained, relatively level trail offers spectacular views of the Canyon and the distant Okanagan Lake.
- Meet at the North entrance of the Hotel (by the Casino) at 12.45 pm. We depart at 1 pm.
- Travel is by coach and the return time is 5.30 pm.
- Lunch is not included in this tour, however, granola bars and water will be available.
- Participants must sign and submit online, a Waiver of Liability prior to boarding the coach in order to participate in this cycling tour.
- Tour goes rain or shine.
A Taste of Kelowna Winery Tour
Monday, 1.30 – 5.15 pm
The Okanagan is known for its long, hot summers with dry, arid conditions, and fairly mild winters, making it one of the best climates for growing grapes in North America. This afternoon we are visiting 3 wineries.
Frind Estate Winery is the first beachfront winery in North America and one of the most advanced wineries in the world, using cutting-edge technology to create truly distinctive wines.
Indigenous World Winery is BC’s only 100% Indigenous owned winery, blending traditional Syilx culture with modern style.
Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery is home to Jeff Hundertmark, an award-winning Winemaker, and Sommelier, known for producing Estate Wines including the successful celebrity brand for the Tragically Hip.
- Meet at the North entrance of the Hotel (by the Casino) at 1.15 pm. We depart at 1.30 pm.
- Travel is by coach and the return time is 5.15 pm.
- Lunch is not included in this tour, however, light food pairings will be offered at the 2nd winery.
- Participants must be at least 19 years of age and carry a government-issued piece of ID.
- This tour includes some walking, comfortable shoes are recommended.
- Tour goes rain or shine.
Ancestral Path Walking Tour
Monday, 2.00 – 4.30 pm
Join the team from the award-winning Moccasin Trails for a truly memorable journey.
Participants are invited to enjoy an authentic, cultural, plant, food, and educational walking tour, along the ancestral paths of the Syilx people.
Attendees will learn about the traditional and medicinal use of the various native plants from a local indigenous knowledge keeper who will share stories that have been passed down for generations.
- Meet at the North entrance of the Hotel (by the Casino) at 1.45 pm. We depart at 2 pm.
- Travel is by coach and the return time is 4.30 pm.
- Lunch is not included in this tour, however, granola bars and bottled water will be available.
- Participants should wear comfortable shoes and requires a minimum level of fitness – participants need to be able to walk/stand for up to 3 hours.
- Please be aware that there are no bathrooms onsite/on the walking tour/path.
- Information shared by our indigenous knowledge keeper/guide may be uncomfortable or activating, participants are encouraged to bring an open mind, open heart, and their curiosity along for the walk.
- Participants are invited to take photos along the walk.
- If the weather is inclement or precludes a safe and comfortable walk, an educational/storytelling circle will take place instead, during the same timeframe, inside the Delta hotel.
Indigenous Cultural Workshop
Monday, 2.30 – 4.30 pm
Join the team from the award- winning Moccasin Trails for an educational workshop.
- Meet at the TBD Room in the Delta Hotel at 1.45 pm. The workshop begins at 2 pm.
- Lunch is not included with this workshop, however, refreshments will be available (water, soft drinks, fruit juices).
- Information shared by our indigenous educator may be uncomfortable or activating, participants are encouraged to bring an open mind, open heart, and their curiosity.
Renew Friendships, Forge Relationships, and Connect in Conversation
Welcome Reception & Dinner
Laurel Packinghouse, Okanagan Wine & Orchard Museum,
and Laurel Square
This evening we welcome you to one of Kelowna’s iconic historical buildings.
The Laurel Packinghouse was built in 1917 and completed in 1918, using bricks made locally from Knox Mountain clay. At that time, what is now Kelowna’s Cultural District was packed with fruit warehouses, packinghouses, canneries, and a sawmill. Horses, boxcars, and trucks jostled for position on tracks and dirt roads.
A fire in the 1960s destroyed much of the industrial district, but the Laurel was a working packinghouse until the 1970s. When it was slated for demolition in 1982, members of the community rallied to save it, making it Kelowna’s first designated heritage building. The building was revitalized in 2010.
Opened in 2020, Laurel Square is an outdoor gathering space located next to the Laurel Packinghouse. This interpretive green space tells the story of Kelowna’s agricultural history with special features including an irrigation flume to demonstrate how early irrigation was managed in the area, a giant ‘Codling Moths & Ladders’ game, ‘Shunty’ the historic shunting truck and more. The landscaping features plants indigenous to the Central Okanagan — selected in consultation with Elders from Westbank First Nation.
1304 Ellis Street, Kelowna
(a 4-minute walk from the Delta)
Reception and Dinner
Exhibit Hall and Ballroom,
Delta Grand Okanagan
Following our first fruitful day of programming, all attendees are invited into the Exhibit Hall to reconnect and enjoy canapes and conversation, prior to attending the Member Appreciation Dinner.
Attendees are then welcome to enjoy a multi-course plated dinner and awards presentation in the beautiful Grand Ballroom.
Tonight is a chance to relax and enjoy the cuisine of Executive Chef Jason Ao.
Bowling & Bocce Dinner
BNA Brewing Co.
Get your game on! After two days of Connecting in CommunITy, attendees are invited to one of Victoria’s downtown favourites, the BNA Brewing Co. Housed in a building that has its roots in Kelowna’s history, having once been home to the British North American Tobacco Company, part of a booming hub for the tobacco industry in Canada, the BNA building was used to dry tobacco leaves and roll cigars, before the fruit industry took over, and changed it into the Occidental Fruit Co. moving in and creating a cannery.
Forever changing, the latest chapter in this storied building’s life, is BNA Brewing Co, a restaurant honouring history while serving up the best of what the present Okanagan has to offer.
Tonight, attendees will enjoy a carefully curated edible representation of Kelowna culture, along with house-crafted brews, and an opportunity to beat the best at bocce, bowling, and retro arcade games.
1250 Ellis Street, Kelowna
(a 5 minute walk from the Delta)