7 festivals announced in Thompson Okanagan through March 2023

7 festivals announced in Thompson Okanagan through March 2023

The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) announces a line-up of seven diverse and dazzling events to officially commemorate the reopening of the Thompson Okanagan region post-pandemic, and to celebrate its people and cultures.

The 7 Celebrations – Reconnect in the Thompson Okanagan is an invitation to revisit the sights, sounds, people and culture through a region-wide celebration set to take place now through March 2023. The festivals are set in the Shuswap, the North and South Okanagan, Boundary Country, North Thompson and Gold Country.

The Thompson Okanagan is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes: from tall mountains, rolling hills, raging rivers, peaceful lakes, a dry desert, and a temperate rainforest. The region is also home to diverse communities – each with unique people, cultures, stories and traditions. TOTA invites locals and visitors alike to join in celebration, reconnection and discover a taste of what each host community has to offer. Highlights include live performances; a welcome home to the sockeye salmon; a winter season kick off with the Fire & Ice Light Up; the legend and lore of the lake; a Winter Carnival; a celebration of women in sport and mountain culture; a visit to Gold Country’s roots; and a celebration of local products and businesses.

The series 7 Celebrations was named to pay tribute to one of TOTA’s core mandates – the 7 Affirmations for 7 Generations Thompson Okanagan Pledge. This pledge was inspired by the Indigenous philosophy that recognizes the “actions made today have a lasting impact for the seven generations that follow.” In the spirit of invested and purposeful travel, the series focuses on the traditions, stories, and cultures of a selection of the region’s communities in an effort to give them life for years to come. Read more about the pledge below.

The 7 Celebrations event schedule:

Reconnecting in the Shuswap
Quaaout Lodge, North Shuswap, October 26-27, 2022
Red Barn, Sicamous, October 28-29, 2022
Song Sparrow Hall, Salmon Arm, November 3-5, 2022

Reconnect in the South Okanagan
Lion’s Park, Oliver, November 25, 2022
Gyro Osoyoos Park, Osoyoos, November 26, 2022

Reconnecting in the Boundary
Christina Lake, January 27- 29, 2023
More details to come on location.

Reconnecting in the North Okanagan
Vernon Recreation Centre Auditorium, Vernon, February 5, 2023
Silver Star Mountain Resort, February 3-5, 2023

Reconnecting in the South Okanagan
Downtown Summerland, Summerland, February 18-20, 2023

Reconnecting in the North Thompson
Sun Peaks Resort Village, Sun Peaks Resort, March 3-5, 2023

Reconnecting in Gold Country
Cache Creek, March 24-26, 2023
More details to come on location

More details can be found at thompsonokanagan.com/7-celebrations

This series of events was made possible with support from the Ministry of Canadian Heritage and the support of the hosting City Destination Management Organizations.


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