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Skate Canada 2014 is in Kelowna

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by pat c, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. pat c

    pat c Well-Known Member

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  2. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

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    The West coast demands have been met :lol:. Also means I won't be going, but it should be a fun event.

    eta: Thank you for letting us know, pat c.
     
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  3. JasperBoy

    JasperBoy Next stop: Helsinki

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    My dreams come true! I'm going
     
  4. UMBS Go Blue

    UMBS Go Blue CLINTON / KWEEN 2016! YES WE KWAN!

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    Is Kelowna in what's called the Okanagan Valley? Isn't that BC's big vino area? :psoty: :rockstar:

    Edited to confirm, and add link: EYS!!! :40beers: :psoty: :inavoid: :cheer2:
     
  5. Mrs. P

    Mrs. P Active Member

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    That's exciting news. One of my favorite wineries is in that area.
     
  6. manhn

    manhn Well-Known Member

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    Kinda embarrassing, but I've never been to the Okanagan. I am trying to save up money for Boston Worlds so wasn't intending to go to any skating events in the meantime. Hmm...

    But I'm glad they announced it early so we have time to make plans.

    Yes, it's BC's major wine area.
     
  7. made_in_canada

    made_in_canada INTJ

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    The Okanagan Valley has some absolutely amazing wines and there's some fabulous wineries in Kelowna itself ;) I'm so excited!! Just a short road trip away!
     
  8. Corianna

    Corianna Active Member

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    Beautiful location, but not exactly a major airport there.
     
  9. skategal

    skategal Bunny slave

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    Unforunately, I don't think I can make that one. Too far to go for a weekend.

    But happy for those who can. :)

    Nice to see it go to the other coast for next year. :cheer2:
     
  10. overedge

    overedge doing shots in the Grublets on Ice dressing room

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    We are SO there!!!
     
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  11. kalamalka

    kalamalka Well-Known Member

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    Kelowna's actually quite easy to fly to - lots of connecting flights from both Calgary and Vancouver, and there are also direct flights from Toronto, Seattle, and LA, so should be less difficult for international arrivals than many other places GPs have been held in both Canada and the US.

    I haven't been travelling to SC much recently, because the reduced number of competitors and shortened schedule mean a lot of travel for relatively less skating, but will definitely plan on Kelowna next year (and manh, you really need to see a bit more of your province!).
     
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  12. Mrs. P

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    I flew to Kelowna from Seattle and it was a breeze. It's pricey for U.S. travelers though. If I were to go I probably just drive.
     
  13. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

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    I flew there when I lived in Seattle to see Brian Orser's Husky show. Small, friendly airport, lovely landscape, and nice town.
     
  14. Dave of the North

    Dave of the North Well-Known Member

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    It's a longish drive from New Brunswick. :p Son # 1 lives in Vancouver so we might be able to do a combo trip.
     
  15. skategal

    skategal Bunny slave

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    Maybe I can convince my cousin to get married in Kelowna on the weekend of SC. ;) :2faced:

    Kelowna made her short-list of places to get married...and the time and location of the wedding is currently TBD. :lol:
     
  16. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    Awesome - I love Kelowna!
     
  17. victoriajh

    victoriajh trying to ignore rod and find the eurosport feed

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    car pool oiveredge??? =) yiippee!!!!!
     
  18. Moka-Ananas

    Moka-Ananas Man's Ruin

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    My cousin lives in Kelowna and I still owe some Canadian friends a visit...fingers crossed!
     
  19. cygnus

    cygnus Liberal Furry

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    Awesome- I'll be there!
     
  20. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

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    Please, please, please?
     
  21. Really

    Really I need a new title

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    So, Pat???? Are we going? I can handle a flight that's less than hour!
     
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  22. pat c

    pat c Well-Known Member

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    Thinking..........hmm..........yes. :D

    Checked the flights this am, not bad. Time and cost. Not bad.
     
  23. Really

    Really I need a new title

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  24. cygnus

    cygnus Liberal Furry

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    I already booked a room at the Delta Okanagan- the closest hotel (Possibly the Official hotel??). Not the cheapest place in town, though.

    I may book another place, just in case they bump us- it has happened before.
     
  25. overedge

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    The Delta Okanagan is really nice - I stayed there on a work trip a few years ago. Don't eat in the restaurants, though (mega $$$).

    However, it has a casino attached to it. Everyone who went to Skate America in Everett knows how much fun that is :)
     
  26. AJ Skatefan

    AJ Skatefan Well-Known Member

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    How long of a drive is it from Seattle?
     
  27. overedge

    overedge doing shots in the Grublets on Ice dressing room

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    If you drive up to Abbotsford (through Lynden), you can go along the Trans-Canada to south of Hope, take the Coquihalla highway to Merritt, and then thake the Okanagan connector highway over to Kelowna. It would probably take about five hours from the Canada-US border.
     
  28. kalamalka

    kalamalka Well-Known Member

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    It should be 4 hours or less from the border at Abbotsford, not five (per experience and web info). The Coquihalla and connector are pretty fast driving (unless there's nasty weather).
     
  29. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

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  30. mag

    mag Well-Known Member

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    The connector from Merritt can have really seriously nasty fog. The road is good, but I've had to do that bit at 30km/hour because of fog. Just leave a little extra time in case. The Manteo is a great hotel. The Coast hotel on the main drag (I think it is the Coast Capri) is quite old.