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Penticton: A Place People Live Year-Round

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Whether you’re a snow lover, a sun worshipper, or anything in between, Penticton has something for you! With its ideal climate and stunning backdrop, the South-central Okanagan town is a great place to visit year round. Derived from the Interior Salish work snpintktn, that’s just what Penticton means: “a place people live year-round.”

From festivals and great restaurants to outdoor activities, Penticton has something for everyone, no matter what time of the year it is. Here are a few of our favourite year round Penticton activities!

 

Spring


With the onset of Spring comes the opening of Penticton’s famous Farmer’s Market. Every Saturday from May until October, head down to the 100 block of Main St in the heart of downtown Penticton, where you can find offerings from local farmers, artists, bakers, crafters and prepared food vendors.

Quench your thirst with a wine tour after you’ve finished at the market! Head up to Naramata Bench, or drive to Canada’s wine country and tour through Oliver and Osoyoos! Make sure you check out our wine loop for exclusive offers and experiences before you go!


Summer


Start your day with Epic Cycling Wine Adventure Tours! Epic Cycling offers guided rides for avid road cyclists who wish to explore Penticton’s beautiful wineries. Along with the ride of a lifetime, come and get a taste of Europe with a world-renowned wine region waiting for you to discover.

To cool off after your ride, cool off and lounge down the Penticton River Channel!  Grab a floatie (or you can rent one there for $10) and make your way to the north end of Penticton at 215 Riverside Drive for a relaxing afternoon. The best time of day to go is between 1:00pm and 6:00pm when the sun is the warmest. If you want to float the whole length of River Channel, you could leave a vehicle at the end of the channel at Skaha Lake, but parking is quite limited. Don’t feel like investing three or four hours to float? Get out at the midway point, where you can grab a bite at HounDogs Reztaurant and even get a bus back to the launch site!


Fall


You’re in Wine Country, why not take part in BC’s largest wine tasting and farmer’s market? Cropped, by Valley First, is an annual event in Penticton. In 2017, it will be held on October 6th and 7th at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. Featuring over 80 wineries and a fall farmer’s market, Cropped is a sensory and visual experience. Okanagan wineries and farmers come together to create a truly unique experience. Click here for more details.

Save some time and order some dinner from Skaha Pizza! Their artisan, thin crust creations are absolutely delicious and use fresh ingredients!


Winter


Home of champagne powder, the Okanagan Valley is the best place to partake in winter activities! Why not head to Apex Ski Resort just outside of Penticton? Not a skier? No problem! They have something for everyone. How about going for a skate on the 1km long, Zamboni maintained adventure ice loop! Skate through the trees and enjoy the beauty that Apex has to offer! Check out their website for more details!

If you’d rather stay indoors and avoid the snow, visit Penticton Virtual Reality Studio and pretend you’re in another world! Fend off the bad guys, explore space, or travel to a different world in a fully immersive virtual reality experience!

Are You Ready for Mother’s Day?

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The weekend is here, which means so is Mother’s Day. Are you still scrambling to find just the right thing to do or gift to give? Look no further than GetintheLoop for inspiration, we’ve compiled a list of go-to items and experiences for the world’s best mom.

 

Edmonton Moms

  • Relaxation: Sunday, May 13, between 11am – 3pm rest, relax and rejuvenate! The Muttart Conservatory is giving moms a fun filled day of relaxing activities to put a little extra spring in Mom’s step. Sure to make any woman feel like royalty.
  • Ceramic Painting: Create beautiful and custom memories at Crankpots Ceramic Studios. Take your mom Mom ceramic painting this year, and get 10% off for Mother’s Day!
  • Jubilations Dinner TheatreEnjoy a night of entertainment with mom and receive a complimentary feature cocktail with the purchase of an adult ticket! (Save $25.70)!
  • Brunch: Enjoy Mothers Day Brunch among the blossoms at Prairie Gardens. 6 seating times to choose from. Free Farm Activities include Spring Egg Hunts, Petting Farm with Baby Goats, Bale Maze, Kids Planting Projects, and Spring Crafts!
  • Dinner: Enjoy some of the best steaks in Edmonton and a couple appetizers with Mom. Call and book a reservation for 4+ people at Ruth’s Chris Steak House and receive two free appetizers!
  • Axe Throwing: Mother’s Day Weekend: Buy 3 admissions, Mom Gets in for FREE! Sessions are 1.5h long and include training, games and trick shots! Go on, axe your mom if she wants to do something different this Mother’s day!

Okanagan Moms

  • Brunch: Spoil Mom weekend. 11:00am Sunday, May 13th take your mom to Sarazen’s at Okanagan Golf Club for a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet!
  • Gift idea: Treat your mom to an evening of laughs on May 18th with America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld. Performing his signature stand-up routine at Prospera Place, this is the perfect gift for spending time with Mom.
  • Train Ride: Do something a little different for your Mom on her special day. Enjoy live music and view the beauty of May in Prairie Valley from your seat on the Mother’s Day train. Two rides to choose from: 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  Each Mom receives a flower and cup of tea. Ride Duration: 90 Minutes!
  • Wine & Cheese Tour: Experience the art of food and wine pairing with 5 award winning wines, expertly matched with local cheeses. Seated in the underground cellar of Nk’Mip Cellars overlooking their barrel room, they will lead you and your mom through the fun and exciting world of pairing cheese & wine!
  • Relaxation: Book the special women in your life a classic mani & pedi for only $80 at New You Day Spa!

Vancouver Moms

  • Make your own Macaron’s: Does your mom have a sweet tooth or love to cook? Make memories by making your very own Macaron’s! You choose your favourite flavour, and Bon Macaron Patisserie will show you everything from how to make the shells and fillings, to different decorating techniques!
  • Gift idea: Pamper your mom this weekend with a trip to JD laser Clinic. Get 50% off any facial treatment or buy 1 session get the second 50% off!
  • Mother’s Day Plant Sale: Take mom to London Heritage Farm’s 12th Annual Plant Sale that will be taking place on May 12th & 13th, 2018, Saturday & Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm! Featuring a selection of London Heritage Farm’s perennials, annuals, herbs, hanging baskets, tomato seedlings, succulent arrangements, and more! Stay awhile after the plant sale to enjoy the Mother’s Day tea room, the perfect way to spend some quality time with your family.
  • Mother’s Day Tea: Indulge in tea by Culinary Blossom, and enjoy dainty sandwiches and delectable sweets at Mackin House Museum in Coquitlam! Each Mother will receive a special thank-you from our sponsor, Oxygen Yoga & Fitness Coquitlam!
  • Playland: Vancouver’s favourite amusement park offers thrills for the whole family! That’s right, Playland is now open for 2018. Spend the day with mom enjoying the rides, attractions, games and food!

Vancouver Island Moms

  • Garden Music TourSpend the day with mom strolling through beautiful gardens carried along by wonderful music. Victoria Conservatory of Music invites you to connect with gorgeous gardens and enjoy springtime in Victoria for their annual musical garden tour!
  • Guided Food Tour on Foot: Take a 2-hour foodie tour with mom that begins at the Victoria Public Market and includes stops at The Harmonious Gates of Interest, Fan Tan Alley, Market Square, Bastion Square, Trounce Alley, Government St., the Inner Harbour Causeway and Parliament Buildings! Depending on the day, there are between 6-8 tastings along the route, as A Taste of Victoria food Tours discusses the history and quirks of beautiful Victoria, B.C.
  • Relaxation For Mom: Treat the most important woman in your life this mothers day with a deluxe manicure and pedicure for only $95! Or let her relax with a DMK Signature Facial for only $99 at Safra Day Spa!
  • Mother’s Day MOMosas: To celebrate Mom and all she does, Moxie’s is offering a delicious brunch menu, and a special $39 three-course feature dinner menu, Sunday May 13th! From sweet to savoury Moxies is serving up something for every taste! 
  • Whale Watching: Has Whale Watching always been a dream of your moms? Make it a reality this Mother’s Day! To start the season off, Five Star Whale Watching is offering a special 20% discount off of their regular adult rate! Or book a family of 4+ and receive 25% off!

 

The Wine Tour You Need To Go On

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The Okanagan wine region has consistently been voted #1 & #2 on various rankings across the world.

The fertile soil and dry summer heat creates a nearly perfect climate to grow different varietals of grapes. With over 120 wineries located within the Okanagan, it can be difficult to figure out where to go first!  Don’t worry, we’re here to guide you on your wine tasting journey.

Stop #1 Covert Farms Family Estate 

Passionate about Farm to Table dining, Covert Farms is a certified organic farm and vineyard. Tour their picturesque, 650-acre property while you learn about sustainable farming. Oh, the best part? On the tour you’ll get to dive in to freshly grown organic produce, charcuterie and (of course) wine!

 

Stop #2 River Stone Estate Winery

Nestled just north of Oliver, the “wine capital” of Canada, River Stone is a small, family owned, hidden gem! Stop in, taste some of their delicious wines, and of course, pet their adorable Golden Retrievers!

Stop #3 Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery

With owners who were both born in Portugal, you’ll notice notes of their heritage throughout their winery. We suggest enjoying a glass of wine out on their patio, it feels like you’ve been transported to the Mediterranean!

Stop #4 Hidden Chapel Winery

With a small chapel hidden in the back of the property, it’s easy to see how Hidden Chapel got it’s name. Try their award winning names and have a chuckle at the unique names they’ve all been given.

Stop #5 Black Hills Estate Winery

Located on the Black Sage Bench, Black Hills Estate Winery is truly stunning. With sweeping views and a swimming pool, you’ll want to stay all afternoon! Ensure you try their signature wine, the Nota Bene, which has been in production for almost 20 years. Don’t forget to purchase a ticket to their Midsummer Night’s Dream event in August, it’s the hottest party of the summer!

Stop #6 Kismet Estate Winery

You have to make a stop at Kismet, an Indian owned and run winery, whose Punjabi name means ‘Destiny’. Stop in for lunch at their restaurant for delicious Indian food that pairs perfectly with their wines!

Stop #7 Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

After once being named extinct in the province, Burrowing Owl numbers are growing within BC, thanks in part to Burrowing Owl Winery. In fact, since 2002, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery has contributed almost a million dollars to Burrowing Owl conservation efforts! Also known for their award-winning wines, we suggest sipping on their Syrah or Chardonnay!

 

We’ve made it easy to visit your favourite winery or try something new! In the GetintheLoop app, simply click on the Wine loop to browse exclusive offers and experiences from 40+ winery partners. Enjoy a glass of wine, dinner overlooking the vineyard, or get access to events and parties exclusively through GetintheLoop!

Spend your summer in British Columbia’s Wine Country with GetintheLoop! Download the GetintheLoop app now and discover (or sip) something new today!

 

GetintheLoop is a proud partner of Oliver Osoysoos Wine Association.

3 Reasons Why You Should Practice Yoga

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The hustle of life can get stressful and to be your best and happiest self it is important to take care of your health. You need and deserve the time to strengthen your mind, body & the soul, and yoga is a great way to do so! Yoga is a suitable fitness routine for people of all ages and fitness levels, here’s why you should step onto the mat: 

Are you sitting at a desk all day? Yoga is a great practice to ease muscle tension, improve posture and prevent injuries.

Looking to improve your strength? Yoga is a great way to build muscle and condition your body.

High blood pressure or Body Fat? Yoga is a suitable fitness routine for people of all ages and fitness levels.

There’s easy yoga, power yoga, and hot yoga, but our favourite type of yoga is when we get a glass of bubbly at the end!

Stoneboat Vineyards is offering a 1 hour all-levels yoga practice, followed by a complimentary glass of their sparkling Piano Brut, Bubble Boat Brut, or a mimosa every Sunday for the month of May! Namaste to that! 

 

Download the GetintheLoop app and become a member and experience something new today!

Top Road Trips in Western Canada

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Hitting the highway for your next holiday? With lakes, mountains, rivers, wine country and some of the most beautiful scenery in North America, we have curated a list of the best Western Canada road trips for you to explore this Spring and Summer. Just pack your car and go.

 

Highway 97, British Columbia

On this drive you will pass through wine country, along Osoyoos Lake, Vaseux Lake, Skaha Lake, Okanagan Lake, Ellison Lake, Wood Lake and the beautiful Kalamalka Lake. You will drive through Osoyoos, Oliver, Penticton, Summerland, Kelowna and a bunch of other great small towns to stop in along the way.

Start in Osoyoos and drive the vineyards and wineries on your way north

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Stop at one of the hundred plus wineries as you pass through Oliver and Penticton

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Pull off the highway and head into downtown Kelowna for a quick walk on the boardwalk

For a quick cool down, stop in at Kalamalka lake to take a dip in the Aqua Blue waters


Highway 99 – Sea to Sky

After driving through Downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park you will cross the Lions Gate Bridge, past Horseshoe Bay, the Howe Sound while making your way towards Whistler, Pemberton and Joffre Lake. If you like hiking and outdoor adventure this is a great drive for you.

Turn up the tunes as you pass the many islands of the Howe Sound

Find some extreme adventure in Squamish: the Outdoor Capital of Canada

Go for a Gondola ride in Whistler

Bring your bike to hit the trails in Pemberton

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Stop for a hike at Joffre Lakes


End your trip in Kamloops!


Highway 19 to 4 – Vancouver Island 

Start your trip in Victoria and go north along the coast to Nanaimo and then start heading West towards Tofino

Enjoy the big trees of the island

Stop in for a bite to eat in Nanaimo

Make your way to the top of Mount Brenton

Go for a hike at Lake Cowichan

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Stop for a picnic along the many river crossings

Enjoy the weekend in Tofino: surf, beach, beer and seafood!


Highway 93 – Icefields Parkway

National Geographic Traveler magazine identified the whole Banff-Jasper route as one of their 20 “drives of a lifetime”. If you are in British Columbia or Alberta… this is right in our backyard. We really don’t need to travel the world for jaw-dropping experiences! Be sure to grab some food in Banff before making the drive, there are only a few stops along the way.

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A picture is worth a thousand words in Lake Louise

Stop in at one of the jaw-dropping lakes, such as Bow Lake

Once in Jasper go for a hike to see Athabasca Falls, they might just take your breath away

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If you’ve taken some inspiration from these recommended routes, tag us in your photos! We’d love to check out your epic experiences!

GetintheLoop Product Updates

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We regularly receive great ideas and feedback from our incredible community of members and businesses, and strive to incorporate as many of the suggestions into the app and partner dashboard as possible. Check out the updates that have been released in 2018 to date.


February: Updates to Partner Statistics.

In response to your feedback, we are introducing updates to make it easier for you to measure your success with GetintheLoop. These updates were recently tested with select partners, with positive feedback, and are now available for all partners.

Update – “Conversions” are now “Actions”.

GetintheLoop drives members to take a variety of actions related to your business, including redeeming your offers, visiting your website, calling your business, or visiting in person. To reflect these actions accurately, “Conversions” are now called “Actions”. This update makes it easier to understand how many members interact with your business.

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Update – Key Statistics are now displayed on one page.

Partners have requested an easier way to understand how their business is performing with GetintheLoop. To achieve this, key statistics “Reach”, “Response”, and “Actions” are now accessible on one page, displayed in a horizontal funnel layout, instead of on multiple pages. This update makes it easier for you to understand how your offers are performing in one quick glance.

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Try the new features today and let us know what you think.


 February: Updates to Redeem Button Options.

In response your feedback, we are introducing updates to make it easier for members to use offers from your business. These updates were recently tested with select partners, with positive feedback, and are now available for all partners.

Update – More options for members to redeem offers.

GetintheLoop and our partners are always looking for ways to make it easier for members to use your offers. To achieve this, we added new options such as “Use Now”, “Call to Order”, and “Book Online” to allow members to redeem offers in person, by phone, or online. This update makes it easier for members to interact with your business.

Try the new features today and let us know what you think.


February: Release of Facebook Push Posts

This release added the ability for GetintheLoop partners to push offers directly from the GetintheLoop dashboard to their business Facebook page. No need to post separately on Facebook, one click does the trick!

 

When you hit the “Post to Facebook Page’ button, Facebook will ask for permissions to do so.  If you manage multiple pages and give permissions for more than one page, you will be presented with a drop-down page selector. Choose the page that you wish the post to be sent to, add your own message (optional) and post. Voila! You have now quickly and easily sent your offer to be posted on your business Facebook page!


February: Major update for Android

In this major update of GetintheLoop for Android, a brand new map and simple tabbed navigation was included giving Android users the ability to quickly sort through hundreds of offers to find the right one!

The map view is one of the most popular ways to discover businesses on GetintheLoop. The brand new “Near Me” map shows all the venues with live offers nearby, and each Loop is now available quickly and easily via the new top tab navigation. All the offers for a business are available by simply swiping left or right on an offer in the views including the all-new home view. Offers exclusive to GetintheLoop are shown first, followed by other available offers. A quick swipe up or down will scroll through the businesses around with offers available nearby.

We also added a new screen that shows all the offers available at a particular business. In addition to all their current offers, it also tells you a little about them, and includes their address, website, and contact details. Read the full update details here


With all of our updates, we welcome feedback in order to continuously improve the experience for both members using the app to redeem offers, and business partners using the intuitive dashboard to post and update offers.

Learn how GetintheLoop can work for your business – get in touch and we will get right back to you!

The GetintheLoop Food Guide for Vernon

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We love food as much as the next person, so we know exactly how it feels to reach a level of absolute hanger that needs to be taken care of right now!  Hanger aside, there’s always a hard decision over where to eat, so we’ve made it a little easier for you to satisfy your cravings by highlighting a few of the best places to eat in Vernon British Columbia – along with some deals from GetintheLoop to tempt your taste buds along the way!

Match Eatery & Public House


Location: 4900 Anderson Way, Vernon, BC | Contact: Website, Facebook, Telephone: (250) 545-3505

Located inside Lake City Casino, Vernon, Match Eatery & Public House combines the welcoming and social traditions of a neighborhood pub with the high-energy of a lively sports bar, and has the added bonus of a beautiful outdoor patio (which we cannot unfortunately enjoy until the weather improves!). The classic menu has a modern twist with gluten free and vegetarian options available along with environmentally friendly ocean wise fish and local BC beef. Take along some friends and give Match a try. We recommend these favourites; Cheesy Brew Soup, Wok This Way Lettuce Wraps, and the Soy Ginger Grilled Salmon Bowl! Wash it down with a Bacon Caesar – on special on Sundays, of course! ‘Hungry Hour’ and ‘Thirsty Hour’ at Match with food and drink specials is from 3-6pm Monday to Friday.

Take advantage of exclusive Food and Drink deals with the free GetintheLoop App. Download it today. Save today – and find their offers HERE!

TripAdvisor review of Match Eatery & Public House:

“The casino’s in both Vernon and Penticton have a spectacular restaurant called MATCH! Their breakfast menu provided us the best tasting food for the price that we’ve had in the Okanagan. Then we go back for an Amazing lunch the next day, followed by a Spectacular dinner with very reasonable wine prices to accompany the perfectly prepared food! Who would think to find this quality ratio to price at the Casino? Family Friendly as well!”


The Buffet

Location: 5200 Anderson Way, Vernon, BC | Contact: Website Telephone: (250)545-3505

Also located inside Vernon’s Lake City Casino, The Buffet is an opportunity to experience great food at exceptional value. A visit to The Buffet is an occasion to indulge in a feast for your senses in a casual, fun and friendly environment. An ever-changing menu highlights cuisine from around the globe and serves up something for every age, every appetite. Lunch is served Monday to Friday 11am – 2pm, and dinner is available Sunday to Thursday 4pm – 9pm, and Friday & Saturday 4pm – 10pm. We like the Encore Breakfast, served every Monday to Friday between 9-10.30am – at only $5.99 for a plated meal, you can’t go wrong! Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday between 9am-2pm – and if you act quickly you can get your second brunch FREE with The Buffet’s current GetintheLoop offer! Check out all of their current offers on GetintheLoop HERE!


Range Lounge & Grill, and Pallino’s at Predator Ridge

Location: 301 Village Centre Place Vernon, BC | Contact: Website, Facebook, Telephone: 1 888-578-6688

If the golf itself wasn’t enough of a reason to head over to the beautiful Predator Ridge, we have another one for you! The FOOD! Lucky for us Predator Ridge boasts two delicious eateries with menus focused on taking advantage of local farmers, local meat, and Oceanwise Seafood. Focused on fresh farm-to-fork dining, each and every ingredient is locally and responsibly sourced, and as fresh as they can get it. Kitchen rules? Any items that can be made from scratch, they will actually make from scratch. Be warned, it may take a little more time, but for a taste as authentic as Nona’s home cooking, it is well worth the wait!

Range Lounge and Grill

For an upscale casual dining experience head to Range Lounge and Grill, sporting beautiful views over the course and an upscale modern décor. People say you can’t buy happiness, but try their steak sandwich smothered with soft cambozola cheese and crispy onions for a flavoursome lunch snack and you’ll beg to differ!

  • Friday is Pub Night: Enjoy a new feature craft brew and gastropub dinner each week.
  • Saturday is Date Night: Bring your special date and enjoy the weekly featured dinner.

Pallino’s 

This fast casual Italian inspired restaurant is full of garden-fresh and crisp flavours. Chef-prepared everything. Pizza dough, antipasto, insalata, fresh-baked pasta, slow roasted meats and all breads are baked in-house. Fresh isn’t new here, its normal. Palliono’s is open 7 days/week from 11:00am – 4:00pm (open until 9:00pm Tuesday through Thursday). Relax with a Peroni draft and handmade Pizza. Feeling the afternoon yawns coming? Pallino’s speciality coffee’s will bring you to Rome, re-energize you, and have you back on the course before you know it!

  • Pizza Tuesdays:  Any 2 pizzas, caesar salad for two and a litre of house wine.  $49.95
  • Chicken on the Run Wednesdays:  Whole roasted free range chicken, roasted potatoes, caesar salad, seasonal vegetables.  Serves 2-4 people. Take-out only. $35.95

Trip Advisor review of Pallinos:

“Probably the best pizza we’ve ever had. They have gluten free available as well but haven’t had a chance to try it. My husband is a picky eater and he was very accommodating with our request. Great service.”

GetintheLoop members are able to redeem deals for Pallino’s and Range Lounge and Grill – check them out for full offer details!

P.s Love to cook rather than eat out? Predator Ridge is currently offering cooking classes so you can impress your friends and family with succulent, mouth-watering dishes, prepared by your own fair hands! On March 8th from 4:00pm-7:00 pm you can learn the tricks to cooking amazing seafood with Predator Ridge’s own chefs. Learn how to prepare a variety of sustainable fresh BC seafood, enjoying wine while you cook – and of course,  take your creations home with you. $165/person. Check it out!


Taco del Mar


Location: 5721 24 St #150, Vernon, BC | Contact: Website, Facebook, Telephone:  250-542-3990

Need something quick? Don’t settle for a fast-food burger – add some spicy flair to your life! Let Taco Del Mar feed your “Inner Baja” with large hand-rolled burritos and the closest thing you will find to quick traditional Mexican food! This relaxed beach shack styled restaurant offers authentic Baja-style Mexican food at a pace that won’t slow down your busy day. And with great offers on Tacos, Nachos and more, you have even more of a reason to beat the winter blues. Just because you don’t see the white beach sand and clear blue water of Mexico doesn’t mean you can’t have a taste of it!

Download the free GetintheLoop app to redeem exclusive Taco Del Mar offers HERE!


Take advantage of these and many other offers at your favourite places to eat and play in Vernon and beyond! Don’t have the GetintheLoop app? It’s just a quick download away, and available for FREE. 

Learn how GetintheLoop can work for your business – get in touch and we will get right back to you!

20 Spring things to do with the family in Vancouver for under $10 per person

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Spring is so close you can almost taste it! In between the bouts of cold weather, the sun peeks through the clouds teasing us that Spring has sprung. Give it a few more weeks and the weather will be warmer, the skies will be blue, and Spring fever will be upon us!! Fingers crossed!

As soon as Winter hibernation is over many of us want to get out of the house and have fun!! But fun isn’t cheap, especially if you have a large family! Here’s a rundown of some activities and events around Vancouver this Spring which you can enjoy for $10 or less per person.

VanDusen Botanical Garden

Explore this 55-acre oasis in the heart of Vancouver this Spring and marvel at over 7,500 plant species and varieties from around the world! The annual Great A-Maze-ing Egg Hunt takes place on Friday, March 30, Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1 for kids ages 0-8.

Price: Admission until March 31 is only $8.

Bloedel Conservatory

Take a stroll through this domed lush tropical paradise, and if you close your eyes you might believe it’s even Summer with the sounds of 120 free-flying exotic birds above your head and the smell of 500 exotic plants and flowers at your feet.

Price: Between March 1-29 up to two free children can be admitted  with the purchase of a regular price adult ($6.50), senior ($4.35), or youth admission ($4.35).

Ice-skating

Where many of us are counting the days until sunny skies and warmer weather, some Winter bunnies still haven’t had enough of the cold weather. If that sounds like you,  bundle up and head to Britannia Rink to show off your skills on the ice. Open year round, this rink at 1661 Napier St offers public skating and skate lessons for all ages and abilities, with skate rental and lessons available.

Price: An adult skates costs $6.10 with children $4.36, $3.07 or free, depending on age.

Driving Range

Do you have a budding golfer in your family? Spring is the time to practice on your swing, or just have some fun hitting a few balls around, and there are many driving ranges to choose from in Vancouver.

Price: Approx 60+ balls come in around the $6 mark.

Pitch and Putt

Depending on your preferences, you might find the precision and skill of pitch and putt more fun that the whacking of balls at the driving range. Rupert Park Pitch and Putt comes in at the $10 budget for kids and seniors. Parents, if you want to play too you’ll have to dig a bit deeper into your pockets and fork out $13.75 each. Well worth it to spend some quality time with the kids. And if you win, even better!

Price: Kids are $10 each

Stanley Park Railway Easter Train

Everyone’s favourite choo-choo is back for Easter, running from March 22nd on select days. The train is located on Pipeline Road in Stanley Park, and it is recommended tickets are bought in advance for the limited number of times it is running. There are also lots of egg-citing activities for the kids to take part in after the train ride, including a chance to meet the Easter Bunny!

Price: Tickets are sold in half-hour time slots and cost $6 for everyone over the age of 3.

A Day at the Museum

The days of being dragged around a boring museum with your parents are long gone. Some museums today are pretty exciting with so much to see and do.

  • Take your kids to Burnaby Village Museum, “ where history comes to life” and they won’t ever think of museums the same way again!. A 1920s village has been recreated for families to explore. Costumed townsfolk welcome visitors and give demonstrations in the homes, shops and businesses.

Price: Between March 19th-29th the museum is open daily from 11am-4:30pm and is FREE to enter. Carousel rides cost $2.65 each

Price: Visit on Thursdays between 5pm-9pm and entry is only $10.

  • The Museum of Vancouver at Vanier Park in Kitsilano provides a rich history of the city and has exhibitions covering the 1900s to today, including some specialty exhibitions.

Price: The last Thursday evening of every month between 5pm-8pm, admission is by donation.

  • See where Hudson’s Bay Company fur traders swapped stories with gold prospectors, and listen to an old First Nations tale, pan for gold, or dress up to play a historic character at Fort Langley National Historic Site.  There’s easily enough fun here to fill a whole day.

Price: kids are free throughout 2018, while adults are only $7.80.

  • Vancouver Police Museum is North America’s oldest police museum and houses over 20,000 artifacts, photos and documents showcasing the history of crime and law enforcement in Vancouver. Go behind the scenes and into a history of Vancouver that you’ve never explored before. The museum also has a once a month “Movie in the Morgue” if you’re brave enough to check it out!

Price: A family pass of 2 adults and 2 children is only $30 and detective camps for kids are running over Spring Break.

  • At Vancouver Maritime Museum adults and children alike can learn about the maritime story of the Pacific Northwest and the Arctic. There’s a wide variety of model ships, a Children’s Maritime Discovery Centre, a collection of maritime art, and so much more!

Price: Family admission of 2 adults and up to 4 children is only $38!

Visit an Art Gallery

Take in some local culture – whether you want to bring the kids with you, or come here to escape them, there’s something of interest to all art-enthusiasts.

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – One of the current exhibits is called “The Octopus Eats its Own Leg”, running until May 6th, 2018.  

Price: Tickets range in price from $6.50 to $24.00 (incl. tax). On Tuesday evenings from 5pm-9om, entrance to the gallery is by donation.

Price: 2 adults and 2 children are $26. This gallery is currently closed for renovations but is reopening this Spring. 

Maplewood Farm

Maplewood Farm is about 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver, and is a fun and educational place for everyone, old and young. It was originally a working dairy farm but has now transformed into a family experience with over 200 animals and birds for visitors to enjoy.

Price: Under $10 for adults and kids.

The Seawall

Be a tourist for the day and do what the visitors do! Every Vancouver-ite has walked, biked or rollerbladed the seawall at some point in their lives, but life can get so busy it’s hard to stop and enjoy doing the things we recommend visitors to this beautiful city do! It’s free to round up the family and stroll the seawall. Bring along your bikes if you prefer a faster pace –  or rent bikes for a low cost family day out.

Price: Free without rentals

Bowling

Who doesn’t love bowling, especially if the wet Spring weather decides to show up!  Grandview Lanes and Town n Country Bowl are open 7 day a week and have lots of options for kids including lane bumpers and glow-in-the-dark bowling, which is always a hit! Food and drinks are available too, making this a great wet-weather day activity to keep the kids entertained.

Price: Single games start at around $3.50 with shoe rental around $3.

Go Swimming!

Swimming is a low-cost, fun activity for the whole family to get excited about. Check out all the pools and decide which one you are going to dive into!

Price: Under $10 for adults and kids.

Enjoy Frozen Treats

If the snow insists on falling, you can get 50% off frozen treats at Menchies in Lonsdale!

Price: 50% off!

Take the Ferry to Granville Island

This is another highly recommended tourist activity that if you haven’t yet experienced, or taken your kids on, you must! There’s just something about being on a boat that is exhilarating for children. The little blue ferries sail every 5 minutes from the West End of downtown Vancouver to Granville Island.

Price: $5.50 and under for a return ticket.

There’s certainly no shortage of things to do in Vancouver at under $10 a person, you just have to know where to look to find them!


Take advantage of unique experiences and offers in Vancouver with the GetintheLoop app! Don’t have the GetintheLoop app? It’s just a quick download away, and available for FREE. 

Learn how GetintheLoop can work for your business – get in touch and we will get right back to you!

Get ready to cheer! The Victoria Royals have joined GetintheLoop!

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Ah hockey…Canada’s favourite winter sport! Hockey is a staple in many Canadian households, and we are excited to announce that the Victoria Royals and GetintheLoop have teamed up. The Victoria Royals are in the Western Hockey League (WHL) and play their home games at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in downtown Victoria.

The Royals have been entertaining fans since their arrival for the 2011-12 season. The team has been a perennial playoff performer playing a fast and exciting style. The team won the Scotty Munro Trophy as they finished atop the regular season standings during the 2015-16 season. The team has had 10 players drafted by NHL teams, and this year saw their first ever player, Joe Hicketts, play in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings.

This year the Royals have been playing great hockey and were ranked as the top team in the CHL in the fall. The team is in the home stretch as they prepare for a long playoff run, which they are hoping ends by hoisting the Ed Chynoweth Cup as league champions! The games at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre are a great family night out with loads of entertainment value on-and-off the ice.

The Royal’s partnership with GetintheLoop is going to mean great things for GetintheLoop members. You can expect a whole host of amazing experiences and offers for Royals games at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – and best of all, these offers will be delivered to the palm of your hand once you become a GetintheLoop member, which is just a quick app download away (available for FREE).

There’s no purchasing of coupons required. All you need is to simply show the GetintheLoop offer on the app and redeem on the spot. …here’s a sneak-peek at some of the offers that are hot off the press, just launched!

 

Victoria Royals GetintheLoop offers

 

GetintheLoop is an awesome mobile app that provides exclusive offers from your favourite local businesses. GetintheLoop members can choose from a wide variety of offers from restaurants, spas, golf courses, wineries, retailers, activities and more. Going out for dinner tonight? Check the app to see which local restaurants have an offer!

Find the Victoria Royals online here: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

 

Ricky’s All Day Grill: A Powerful Partnership

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At GetintheLoop we love working with all of our partners but we get especially amped up when we get a chance to work with a highly engaged and active partner. Ricky’s All Day Grill in Victoria is one of those partners who shares our vision for building GetintheLoop in their community with compelling offers delivered with an exceptional customer experience, and we are excited to share their story in our new GetintheLoop Partner Profile.

Darrell and Gary, Co-owners of Ricky’s in Victoria, wanted to know more about what GetintheLoop for Business could do for Ricky’s All Day Grill. After learning that GetintheLoop would improve loyalty with his current customers while also attracting new customers, Gary and Darrell jumped on board, and created strong offers such as “50% Off Burgers”, “Eat Free On Your Birthday”, “Buy 1 Get 1 Free Meals” and “Free Breakfast With Beverage”. He was interested in learning more about his customers, and GetintheLoop’s user-friendly dashboard provided him and his team with insights into the ages and demographics of members who saw, engaged with, and used his offers. With these market research insights, They could not only optimize their offers but also their business’s other marketing and promotions. The offers that Ricky’s created were promoted to audiences in Victoria in addition to being featured in GetintheLoop digital display ads on Google and Facebook.

Understanding costs helped Ricky’s Victoria accurately measure the return on investment with GetintheLoop. Darrell and Gary found that the increase in overall customer visits outweighed the reduced margins on sales, and even giving away a breakfast with a beverage purchase was profitable. Not only did Ricky’s profit from each promotion, they also attracted new regular customers who visited after seeing Ricky’s on GetintheLoop.


Compelling Offers Drive Behaviour Changes

Two stories stand out that showcase why compelling offers attract new members and create loyalty. 

Taking the time to price out each promotion, Gary and Darrell created the “Free Breakfast with Purchase of a Beverage” promotion, targeting business commuters and surrounding college students. Offering their two egg breakfast starting at $3.19 and add-ons starting at $3.99, Darrell and Gary not only made their costs back, but they were able to attract the target demographics as repeat customers. One group in particular came in for free breakfast and loved their experience so much that they came back the following day with all their friends for Ricky’s All Day Happy Hour, settling out a bill of just over $100. The Ricky’s Victoria team now see this group quite often, as they have told their friends about what Ricky’s has to offer and have become regulars.

Another story which highlights the value of creating a compelling offer is Ricky’s “Eat for Free on Your Birthday”. This offer attracted a party of 25 people who regularly visited Ricky’s competitors. However, one of the party attendees spotted the “Eat for Free on Your Birthday” offer on GetintheLoop, and the group decided to try Ricky’s All Day Grill instead. After having an exceptional experience, several members of that one group now regularly visit Ricky’s Victoria. 

The Ricky’s Victoria team pride themselves on providing a great customer experience, service, and food. Using GetintheLoop as a strategic marketing tool, they were able to attract, retain, and create loyalty among customers. Gary and Darrell worked with the GetintheLoop team to create compelling offers and spent real time with GetintheLoop, promoting through Facebook, word of mouth, referrals etc. With provided GetintheLoop marketing materials (billfolds, door decals and table toppers), Darrell and Gary increased their success by making sure GetintheLoop was visible at Ricky’s Victoria.


Successful Partnerships Work Both Ways

 

Creating intriguing and compelling experiences and offers is what drives potential customers to change their behaviour. GetintheLoop drives new customers to your business giving you the opportunity to create lifelong customers. Ricky’s experience demonstrates the importance of creating compelling offers that change consumer behaviour. GetintheLoop is different from other services as offers can be changed in an instant which means that, as a business, you can try new things, get creative, and have no risk in trying things like offering Free Breakfast.

With a GetintheLoop for Business partnership, your dedicated team works with you to establish goals, create a plan, and find success with mobile marketing. When a new business partner signs up and provides intriguing offers, GetintheLoop promotes the strongest offers via additional marketing channels and to a wider audience – not only on the app but also in email, contesting, newsletters, push notifications, radio, blog posts, social media shout-outs, at events and more. Marketing to new and existing customers can be easy – let GetintheLoop help you find the best marketing strategy for your business. As Darrell and Gary say, “The support is amazing, the app and the dashboard are easy to use, I would suggest GetintheLoop to new businesses and established businesses alike”.

Learn how GetintheLoop can work for your business – get in touch and we will get right back to you!

Danielle Thornton is a Partner Success Manager at GetintheLoop. Danielle has a passion for microbreweries, breakfast, puppies, and supporting local businesses. When not thinking of ways to improve our partner’s offers and the overall experience for business partners at GetintheLoop, Danielle can be found supporting local Associations and businesses or enjoying the most incredible microbrews in the land.

Danielle has enjoyed working with an outstanding partner at  GetintheLoop who exemplifies what success looks like. Ricky’s All Day Grill Victoria has been a partner since July 2017, first hearing about GetintheLoop on the radio.