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Get Local with KelownaNow: Featuring

Get Local is the newest series presented by KelownaNow, featuring some of our favourite local businesses and eateries! Get Local is our way of spotlighting local places we love and hope you will, too.

We all have those people in our lives who are extremely hard to buy gifts for. They either have everything, are too picky for anyone else to decide what they would like, or they aren’t the type to enjoy a tangible gift.

Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries become stressful as you want to make the important people in your life feel special with the perfect gift.

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Sometimes it slips our minds that we live and play in one of the most incredible regions in Canada, with so many adventures to choose from. has found all of the most sought after adventures in the surrounding areas, and has made it as easy as the click of the mouse to purchase experiences that your recipient will never forget.

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Here’s how it works. Experiences that you can purchase are broken up into categories of Land, Sky, Water, Seasonal and Indulge.

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Land adventures include bike and scooter rentals, wall climbing, wine tours, paint classes, photography tours, guided hikes, ziplining and more!

Sky experiences include parasailing, tandem paragliding and flyboarding lessons!

Water activities include yacht charters, tubing, sailing, jet boat rides, whitewater rafting, paddleboarding, houseboating, boat rentals and jet ski rentals!

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The Indulge category, which is brand new, will include wine and foodie tours as well as spa packages.

There are also categories such as art and learning, wine and culinary, indulge and premium tours as well as unique accommodations.

“We have used Okanagan Adventures for a few different outings now - tubing, wakeboarding, and a wine tour. We've always had a great time as the staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and the equipment is top notch,” said Jody, a continuous GiftGator purchaser.

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Giving the gift of experience is a unique way to change up your gift-giving game, and potentially gives you an opportunity to try something new together with a friend or loved one! It’s a win-win for the giver and receiver.

Don’t know what experience would suit them best? That is the beauty of GiftGator. You can purchase gift cards that your recipient can use towards whichever experience they want! And, these gift cards NEVER expire.

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There is also no cost to use this service. They have done the research and gathered everything together for your convenience using trusted, local vendors!

And, another cool feature GiftGator offers is, if you can dream it, they can build it! Create a full day adventure package of all the things you want, and GiftGator’s concierge service will put together the perfect combo customized just for you!

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People love how easy it is to book, the variety of experiences to choose from and how convenient it is to purchase gifts.

Why the rebranding? We asked Owner, Ayn Lexi, to explain.

“We wanted to shift our intent somewhat. Instead of just focusing on booking really cool Okanagan Experiences, we wanted to broaden our offerings as well as add gift cards, which never expire. All our gift cards can be personalized, and we can either mail out a card or the gift, or can send an electronic gift voucher,” said Lexi.

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To celebrate their rebranding to GiftGator, the company has created a summer contest! It’s the GiftGator Great Summer Giveaway, in which they’re giving away a pair of wine tour tickets for two every week through September 10th, as well as a few extra pairs here and there. In total 22 wine tour seats will be given away for a Party Tour that will take place on September 15th! No purchase is required, and you can enter here:

If you’re looking for a unique gift idea, or something to do this weekend, check out GiftGator and explore our beautiful Okanagan Valley with an unforgettable experience. See you out there!

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