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Go Eskimos!

August 16th, 2018 Posted by blog, Edmonton, Things To Do No Comment yet

The City of Edmonton is preparing to throw the party of the year when they host the 2018 Grey Cup, and we’re thrilled to share that GetintheLoop members can now get a variety of offers for Eskimos games and access to Grey Cup tickets!

The second most successful CFL franchise in history, the Edmonton Eskimos have brought home the Grey Cup championship fourteen times already! Cheer on the home team as they fight for their place in the championship game with GetintheLoop. Members get great offers from the Eskimos like exclusive ticket prices and access to view warm ups from the field!

Click HERE for all Edmonton Eskimos offers

Have you got your Grey Cup tickets yet? The Grey Cup Festival begins on Wednesday, November 21, with the Tim Hortons Kick Off Party and runs through the championship game on Sunday with different events every night! Some events are free for the public, while others require tickets. For more information on the Grey Cup Festival events and to purchase tickets to festival events, click HERE.

Clover Valley Beer Fest 2018

July 25th, 2018 Posted by blog, Food + Drink, Things To Do, Vancouver No Comment yet

The team behind the Whistler Village Beer Festival and the Great Okanagan Beer Festival are finally bringing the brews and good times to the lower mainland! Grab your friends and head on down to the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre on August 11 for the Clover Valley Beer Festival presented by The Property Twins! With 40 breweries, local food trucks, and a sweet lineup of live music, we’re guaranteeing FOMO if you don’t have tickets.

Breweries from across BC, out of province, and across the border are invited to sample two brews of their choice. Get excited to enjoy some of your go-to’s and to try some new favourite lagers, IPA’s, ales, porters, saisons and sours! Not a beer fan? Don’t worry! There will be plenty of cider houses sampling their delicious (and gluten-free!) creations.

Listen to the live bands while you snack on food from Sammy J’s Grill and Bar, who are serving up gourmet grilled cheese; Mike’s Perfect Perogy’s, one of our personal favourites (is anything better than perogies?!); Urban Woodfired Pizza, with thin crust and fresh ingredients, it’s hard to beat this pizza; and Meat2Eat, who have everything from authentic mediterranean cuisine to hot dogs!  

In case you need another reason to come out on August 11th, proceeds from ticket sales will be going to Twins Cancer Fundraising, a charity created by a couple of rad guys (yes, they are identical twins) who have made it their mission to put an end to cancer.

General admission tickets are $45 and Express Pass tickets are $60. But we’ve arranged a sweet little offer for 15% off tickets! Get the details right here.

Oh… we almost forgot… did we mention that we’re giving away tickets? Keep checking our Instagram and Facebook pages for chance to win tickets to #CVBF2018 for you and your friends!

Have You Been to Fringe Festival?

July 24th, 2018 Posted by blog, Edmonton, Things To Do No Comment yet

Every year in August, the largest theatre festival in North America takes place in Edmonton, Alberta. Created to showcase unique artists and to foster creativity through interaction with the audience, all artists are selected through a lottery to ensure there’s a wide range of ability and talent.

Back In 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland, Fringe Festival began when eight theatre companies were denied access to an international festival and decided to set up on the outer fringe of the festival grounds. You can now find Fringe Festivals all over the world, with 23 in North America alone!

Not sure where to get started? Explore the program guide at the beginning of August to read descriptions on each of the performances.  If you’re feeling adventurous you can see which tickets are discounted day-of or choose a performance using their ‘randomizer’! You can watch over 1,600 performances at over 45 venues within Old Strathcona! Between the indoor plays, outdoor street shows, vendors, musicians, and beer gardens, you’re guaranteed to find something you love at Fringe.

For more information on the Fringe Festival, make sure you check out their website and read all of their FAQs. If you’re a First Time Fringer this year, GetintheLoop members receive $5 off their purchase.

Win the Ultimate Golf Weekend!

July 9th, 2018 Posted by blog, Edmonton, Things To Do No Comment yet

Sunshine, beers, and two days on the course? We know that summer might have just started, but we like to plan ahead. What better way to wrap up August than a weekend golf trip with three of your best buddies?! We’re not sure if there’s a way to top that, so we’re giving away a package for four to the Golf Central Alberta 2018 Invitational Tournament on August 18-19!

Get away for an all inclusive weekend playing at two of Central Alberta’s top golf resorts, Alberta Springs and Wolf Creek! Valued at over $1200, the package includes: two rounds of golf, one night accommodation, a shuttle to the golf course, cocktail party and dinner, plus first tee gifts and prizes for the best team!

Click HERE to enter. Contest closes July 31 at 11:59 PM PST.

Canada Day Events

June 25th, 2018 Posted by blog, Edmonton, Okanagan, Things To Do, Vancouver, Vancouver Island No Comment yet

Kelowna

If you want to celebrate Canada Day in Kelowna, you’ll definitely want to head downtown! Starting at 10:00 you can listen to music at the Folkfest Stage at Prospera Place, and the activities continue on from there.

Head into Waterfront Park to taste the food from a variety of different vendors while you listen to music at one of the many stages set up in the area. Make sure you stroll along the waterfront to Stuart Park and Kerry Park, where there are more events taking place, including areas just for kids!

Plan ahead to find a good spot to watch the 10:30 pm fireworks, which are launched from the middle of the lake. They’re best seen if you’re along the water front!

Admission to the festival site is free, but donations are greatly appreciated to help support the cost of the celebrations. For a schedule of all of the events taking place, click HERE

 

Vancouver

Home to Canada’s largest celebration outside of Ottawa, Canada Place is the must-attend Canada Day event in Western Canada. With food trucks, a main stage performance by Jojo Mason, and a citizenship ceremony welcoming 60 new Canadians, you won’t want to miss out on the family fun!
The much anticipated fireworks show starts at 10:30 pm, but make sure you plan your viewing spot! The best locations are Canada Place, Harbour Green Park, Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, Crab Park, and West Vancouver Seawall.
To learn more about the events at Canada Place, click HERE.

 

Victoria

Be a part of the largest living flag in the country! They broke a record last year and are hoping to do so again this year. The main stage, which is situated on the Legislature Lawns, will have live music all afternoon from a variety of local acts. Make sure you stick around for the fireworks display in the harbour at 10:20pm.

For more information and to view a full schedule of the days events, click HERE.

 

Edmonton

With events happening all over the city for Canada Day causing road closures, you’ll want to pick your destination ahead of time so you can plan your route.

Start your day with a pancake breakfast at the Alberta Legislature Building. Either stay at the Legislature Building for more Canada Day fun in the afternoon, or visit Mill Woods, The Works Art & Design Festival, Chinatown The Art Gallery, or The Zoo for all of their different activities on Canada’s birthday.  

Edmonton’s fireworks show takes place at 11 pm over Edmonton’s River Valley. Click HERE to learn more about the Edmonton’s Canada Day events and stay up to date with the road closures and alternate routes.

Canada Day Events

June 25th, 2018 Posted by blog, Edmonton, Okanagan, Things To Do, Vancouver, Vancouver Island No Comment yet

Kelowna

If you want to celebrate Canada Day in Kelowna, you’ll definitely want to head downtown! Starting at 10:00 am you can listen to music at the Folkfest Stage at Prospera Place, and the activities continue on from there.

Head into Waterfront Park to taste the food from a variety of different vendors while you listen to music at one of the many stages set up in the area. Make sure you stroll along the waterfront to Stuart Park and Kerry Park, where there are more events taking place, including areas just for kids!

Plan ahead to find a good spot to watch the 10:30 pm fireworks, which are launched from the middle of the lake. Admission to the festival site is free, but donations are greatly appreciated to help support the cost of the celebrations.
For a schedule of all of the events taking place, click HERE

 

Vancouver

Home to Canada’s largest celebration outside of Ottawa, Canada Place is the must-attend Canada Day event in Western Canada. With food trucks, a main stage performance by Jojo Mason, and a citizenship ceremony welcoming 60 new Canadians, you won’t want to miss out on the family fun!
The much anticipated fireworks show starts at 10:30 pm, but make sure you plan your viewing spot! The best locations are Canada Place, Harbour Green Park, Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, Crab Park, and West Vancouver Seawall.
To learn more about the events at Canada Place, click HERE.

 

Victoria

Be a part of the largest living flag in the country! They broke a record last year and are hoping to do so again this year! The main stage, which is situated on the Legislature Lawns will have live music all afternoon from a variety of local acts.

Make sure you stick around for the fireworks display in the harbour at 10:20pm. For more information and to view a full schedule of the days events, click HERE.

 

Edmonton

With events happening all over the city for Canada Day causing road closures, you’ll want to pick your destination ahead of time so you can plan your route.

Start your day with a pancake breakfast at the Alberta Legislature Building. Either stay at the Legislature Building for more Canada Day fun in the afternoon, or visit Mill Woods, The Works Art & Design Festival, Chinatown The Art Gallery, or The Zoo for all of their different activities on Canada’s birthday.  

Edmonton’s fireworks show takes place at 11 pm over Edmonton’s River Valley. Click HERE to learn more about Edmonton’s Canada Day events and to stay up to date with the road closures and alternate routes.

 

Partner Spotlight: HydroFly Kelowna

June 18th, 2018 Posted by blog, Okanagan, Things To Do No Comment yet

We’re pretty confident that, at one point or another, everyone has wanted to be a superhero. What if we told you that your chance to rise up like Iron Man and zoom around the sky was just down the road at the Downtown Marina in Kelowna?

After coming to Canada in 2011, Flyboarding is gaining popularity as an extreme water sport. Powered by a hose that pumps water from a jetski, a flyboarder is strapped into boots and a small board, which allows them to rise out of the water and fly. Kind of like a superhero…

Needless to say, the GetintheLoop team was intrigued, so we decided to head out on the lake and try it out for ourselves!

Mike Prince, the owner of Hydrofly and a professional flyboarder himself, quickly suited us up with wetsuits, helmets, and life jackets, before we hopped into the boat and left the marina.

After a short lesson in the boat about how to get started and what to expect, we were in the lake. The water propelling the flyboarder from the lake shoots out of jets attached to the board below your feet. This water stream is controlled by the instructor on the jetski, so you never need to worry about having too little or too much power.

Within a few minutes, and on the second attempt, we were out of the water. Mike was just a few feet away the entire time, controlling the

 jetski and providing instructions. When you start to fall, the instructor lessens the power so you don’t shoot into the water (this was one of our biggest fears). 

By the end of our session we had the hang of it. We were able to rise out of the water, move forward through the air, and turn left and right. Overall, flyboarding was a lot easier than we expected! The trick is definitely to stay relaxed and not try too hard or force the movements.

 

Mike and his team were great throughout the entire experience. It was fun, exhilarating, and we never felt unsafe or out of control. It’s an activity people of all skill levels can master quickly.   

Want to try flyboarding yourself? We’re giving away one individual flyboarding experience, including a photo package, AND a tshirt! Check out our facebook post for your chance to win! 

 

 

Father’s Day Things To Do

June 12th, 2018 Posted by blog, Edmonton, Okanagan, Things To Do, Vancouver, Vancouver Island No Comment yet

Your car is making a weird noise? Call Dad. Can’t figure out how to do your taxes? Call Dad. Want to hear a funny joke? Call Dad.
He’s the man, but have you figured out how you’re going to celebrate your pops this year on Father’s Day? In case you’re still looking for some ideas, we’ve put together a list of things to do and gift suggestions!

Okanagan

  • Take your Dad to brunch at Gallaghers Canyon AND get tickets to watch the Golf BC Championship Mackenzie Tour. Walk the course while the PGA players compete in the final round or watch from the patio! Book your table HERE. 
  • Make sure Dad is looking his best this summer and treat him to a new pair of shades! Get 30% off at WatchIt!  in Orchard Park HERE.
  • When was the last time you did something brand new? Take Dad flybaording! He’ll feel like Iron Man when he comes out of the water! Check out Hydrofly’s deals HERE.
  • Fuel up after flyboarding with a burger at Train Station! Get $5 off HERE.
  • Does Dad have a not-so-secret sweet tooth? Get him some chocolates! View the GetintheLoop member exclusive offers from Purdy’s HERE.

  • When all else fails… Give Dad what he really wants…beer! Get 10% off 2 or more craft beer packs from Public Liquor HERE.

Vancouver

  • Already planning on going out for brunch on Sunday? Make sure you head to Colony in Kits, where you’ll get 25% off as a GetintheLoop member! Get the deal HERE.
  • Sometimes it’s the little things that leave the biggest impact. Wash Dad’s car for him, he’ll definitely appreciate the thoughtfulness of it! Get a deal at Washworld HERE.
  • Take dad out for dinner but don’t break the bank…. Buy 1 dinner and get 1 free at Unwind Restaurant downtown! Learn more about this offer HERE.
  • Get a cake for dessert for the whole family from Menchies for 20% off! Choose from Oreo, Cake Batter Sprinkle, or Chocolate Vanilla. Make sure you call ahead to order! Learn more HERE.
  • Go big this year and take Dad to Nootka Island Lodge! Spend 3 days and 2 nights at a remote, fly-in resort this fall! He’ll absolutely love it. Price includes flights, meals, your room, and excursions! Learn more HERE.

Vancouver Island

  • Dads like to be pampered too! Treat him to a new haircut from Chatters or an Olive gift set from the Body Shop for 50% off! 
  • Take Dad out for some good ol’ southern comfort food at Shanzee’s Biscuit Cafe! Their new Whistling Dixie burger with pimento cheese, bacon, and house-made mayo pairs perfectly with an ice cold pint and sunshine on the patio! Receive $1 off as a GetintheLoop member HERE.

  • Head to the Victoria Bug Zoo! On Sunday, Dads get in for free! Click HERE for your free admission ticket.
  • Take Dad out to the ball game! The Harbour Cats have a 1:00 pm game on Father’s Day! Get your tickets HERE.

Edmonton

  • Take Dad out for a coffee and a baked good from Wild Earth Bakery and Cafe. Sometimes a little quality time is all your old man wants! Get a free coffee when you purchase a baked good HERE.

  • Never been good at golf? This year is your year! Attend an adult camp with Dad at Eagle Rock and perfect your swing! Book your spot HERE. 
  • Grab dinner that the whole family, especially Dad, will love! Head to Boston Pizza or order in! Save $5 on orders over $25 by being a GetintheLoop member HERE.

  • Guarantee your spot as the ‘favourite child’ and Get Dad Edmonton Eskimos seasons tickets AND take him to go see the Grey Cup! Learn more HERE.

2018 Summer Winery Events

June 4th, 2018 Posted by blog, Okanagan, Things To Do No Comment yet

Summer has arrived in the beautiful Okanagan and with that comes the inevitable question: “Any big plans this weekend?”
In case you awkwardly shuffle around the question, or find yourself heading to the same watering hole every Saturday night, we put together a list full of exciting events from our winery partners.
Grab your day planner, pour a glass of rosé, call your friends, and get ready to plan out your summer!

Saturday, June 9th
Anniversary & Rosé Release Party at Play Estate 

Taste some delicious new releases and sample light appetizers while you celebrate Play Estate’s anniversary and the release of their summer Rosé.

Tickets: $30 per person
Get $2 off your tickets through GetintheLoop HERE

Friday, June 15th 
50th Anniversary BBQ Lunch Kickoff at Hester Creek 

Kick off the summer season and Hester Creek’s 50th anniversary celebrations with a family-style barbecue. This casual, wine-paired lunch will take place on their Oak Terrace, overlooking some of the oldest vines in the Okanagan.

Tickets: $95 per person + tax and gratuity
Get your tickets HERE

Friday, June 22nd
Winemaker’s Invitational Dinner by Black Hills Estate Winery at Spirit Ridge Resort

Enjoy a wine-paired, multi course dinner with fellow wine enthusiasts in the Okanagan Valley. Tickets to this intimate affair include a welcome reception, wine, canapes, and dinner.

Tickets: $149 per person + tax and gratuity
Get your tickets HERE

 

Saturday, July 21st
5th Anniversary Party at Maverick Estate Winery

Enjoy complementary tastings of select wines while you celebrate Maverick Estate’s 5th anniversary. Vagabond Kitchen’s food truck will be on site to provide food for those who get hungry.

Get your tickets HERE

Saturday, August 11th
Midsummer Night’s Dream Party at Black Hills Estate Winery 

Don’t miss out on the hottest party of the summer at Black Hills Estate. Relax in a poolside cabana while you sip on some wine and take in the Miami inspired vibe.

Tickets: $179 per person + tax and gratuity

Get your tickets HERE.

Saturday, August 11th
Mile High Wine & Music Festival by Okanagan Wine Festival Society at SilverStar

Taste over 120 BC wines, sample delicious food, and listen to live music in the village of SilverStar Mountain Resort.

Tickets: $58.65 per person if bought before June 12th

Get your tickets HERE.

June – October
Winery Dinner with Backyard Farm at Road 13 Vineyards

Enjoy a delicious 4 course dinner crafted by Backyard Farm’s Chef  Chris Van Hooydonk while you sip on perfectly paired Road 13 artisan wines. Due to limited seating, advanced ticket purchase is required. Ticket price includes a multi-course dinner (set menu), wine pairings, and a shuttle back to Oliver or Osoyoos.

Tickets: $149 per person

Get your tickets HERE

June – September
Summer Concert Series at Tinhorn Creek Winery

Listen to Canadian bands while you enjoy some Tinhorn Creek wine and overlook the vineyards. Listen to Band of Rascals (June 23), Daniel Wesley (July 28), Lovecoast (August 25), or attend the Grand Finale Concert featuring Rural Alberta Advantage (September 8).

Tickets: $35 – 75

Get your tickets HERE

 

You can find these events (and others!!) within the Wine Loop on our app! Check out all of our wine offers HERE. 

Penticton: A Place People Live Year-Round

May 23rd, 2018 Posted by blog, Okanagan, Things To Do No Comment yet

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!