Do the IPE like a Pro



Give me an I. Give me a P. Give me an E. What’s that spell? Long weekend!

The IPE - which is short for Interior Provincial Exhibition - is an end-of-summer tradition in the North Okanagan. Celebrating its 120th season this year, this annual fair in Armstrong is an homage of all things country. Highlights include an agricultural fair, a giant midway with rides and arcade games, food trucks, live music, a rodeo, and a parade.

WHEN: The even runs from Wednesday Aug. 28 to Sept. 1, 7;30 am - 10 pm (gates close at 9 p.m., though).

WHERE: Conveniently located in downtown Armstrong at the IPE Fairgrounds, 3010 Wood Avenue, Armstrong (see map at the bottom of this post).


  • Seniors (85+) - Free

  • Adult Daily $18.00 | 3-Day Pass $45.00 | 5-Day Pass $75.00 <br>

  • Students (13-18) & Seniors (60+) Seniors Daily $14.00 | 3-Day Pass | $35.00 | 5-Day Pass $48.00 | Senior's Day Wed & Thurs $12.00

  • Children (6-12) Daily $8.00 | 3-Day Pass $15.00 | 5-Day Pass $25.00

  • Family Passes (2 adults and 4 children 12 & under) Daily $40.00 | 3-Day Pass $90.00 | 5-Day Pass $150.00

  • Handicapped Daily $13.00 Attendant Free

  • Ride Bracelets $45.00

  • Parking Day Rate $10.00 | Overnight $25.00


  • IT’S HUGE!

    • Coming with little kids? Consider bringing a stroller or a carrier, and extra snacks and water.

    • Wear comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather.


    • You’re going to be petting animals and eating fair food, so pack an extra pack of wipes in your bag!


    • … can be hard to find. If the fair parking seems packed, there are side streets that may have free parking spots. Many residents will also offer their driveway spots up for less than the cost of on-site parking. Prepare for a bit of walk, though.


    • Admission at the front gate is cash, as are most food trucks, drink stands, and market stalls. There are ATMs around, but bring cash ahead of time to save on bank fees (and scrambling to find an ATM).


    • There are lots. If you’re allergic, please take note.


    • We at DTO are all about reducing single-use plastic, and luckily there are water-filling stations throughout the fair grounds. Bring a reusable bottle, and stay hydrated!


    • Weekends, especially afternoon onwards, are busy. Keep that in mind if crowds aren’t your jam, get there early.





Kindergarten Shopping Guide

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The back-to-school is a big deal for kids and parents alike, regardless of what grade is coming up. But for first-timer, it’s an extra special - and daunting - few weeks. We know, because DTO’s oldest kid checked Kindergarten off her to-do list last year. And with first grade just around the corner, she’s helped us compile a list of must-haves for first-timer kids and their parents.



We love bento-style lunch boxes! They let you pack a variety of foods for lunch, adding variety and fun to school meal time. Plus, most products on the market these days are leak-proof!

Shop local: Scallywags Kids

Scallywags Kids on the Pandosy strip is one of our favourite kids’ shops in Kelowna, and it always has a great selection of products, including the amazing OmieBox. The divided tray lets you serve your entire meal in one place, with insulated side compartments to keep fruit & veggies cool, and a vacuum-insulated bowl for warm entrees. Plus it’s easy for little hands to open.

Elsewhere: Can’t make it to Scallywags? You can also find leak-proof bento boxes in Kelowna at Superstore, the Independent, Indigo, Justice, TJs, Baby and Me, and Chicken Little.



Parkland backpacks are made from 100% recycled plastic water bottles, plus they come in a ton of super cool patterns. And they come in two sizes, so your kindergartner will be carrying a bag that actually fits.

Shop local: Baby and Me

Baby and Me has these amazing backpacks, and tons of other amazing back-to-school accessories. It’s one of our favourite kids’ shops in Kelowna, conveniently located right on Harvey.

Elsewhere: We’ve seen these awesome backpacks locally at several Orchard Park Mall (Kelowna) stores, including Indigo, Bentley, and SportChek, as well as at Scallywags Kids on the Pandosy strip.



Recess happens rain or shine, and if your kid doesn’t have good quality outwear, they are going to be miserable. We love Hatley. With adorable patterns and great quality product, it’s worth the splurge.

Shop local: Baby Station

Have you discovered Baby Station? Located in Kelowna in the plaza near Staples, it has a great selection of outerwear, dining gear, and baby and toddler accessories - including Hatley gear for back-to-school!

Elsewhere: Check out Baby and Me, Scallywags Kids, Carter’s, Joe and MEC for great rain gear.



Send your little to kindergarten with a warm lunch with a steel Skip Hop thermos. They are cute, easy to open and close, and they come with a spork that attaches to the outside.

Shop local: TJ’s The Kiddies Store

Your one-stop baby and kid dining stop. TJ’s The Kiddies Store - near Banks and Baron - has it all (and not just dining gear, might I add). Grab an insulated thermos, and then shop around for other great lunchtime products.

Elsewhere: You can also find Skip Hop thermoses at Baby and Me and Carter’s. Superstore also has a great selection of kid-friendly thermoses.



We became well acquainted with the lost and found department this year. Invest in multiple pairs of mitts and toques, and visit your local second-hand store to pick affordable gently-used gear without sacrificing quality.

Shop local: Little Plum Children’s Boutique

We love Little Plum Children’s Boutique! This consignment store in downtown Vernon features an amazing selection of high-quality, gently-used items for babies and kids (and mamas, too!).

Elsewhere: If you can’t make it to Little Plum, we also love Once Upon a Child and Play-it-again Sports in Kelowna (both are near Costco) for great second-hand outerwear. Once Upon a Child also sells mitten clips, which have become a life saver in keeping mittens from a lonely playground demise. You can also find mitten clips at Carter’s/Osh Kosh.



You may have noticed that these signs dominate your Facebook feed on the first week of school, and with good reason - they’re a super cool way to document your child’s first day of school each year.

Shop local: Memory Blocks

We love Lake Country-based Memory Blocks, and they happen to make two different versions of the chalkboard back-to-school sign. Check out their signs here, and get yours in time for school!


Movies in the Park

DTO Staff


It’s back! The Interior Savings Moonlight Movie Tour! Grab your friends and family (and a sweater and a blanket), and head to the park for a movie under the stars. Here's everything you’ll need to know:

By donation. Suggestion of $3 per person, or $10 per family, with all proceeds going back into the community to help support programs and services focused on youth and mental wellness.

Festivities begin at 7 pm with the opening of the concession stand, and activities for the whole family. The movie begins at dusk.

What You Should Bring
Bring some cash for admission and for the tasty snacks you'll be able to purchase at the concession stand. With anticipated cooler temperatures in the evening, you'll want to pack some warm clothes. Blankets and pillows are always a nice touch, and some people bring low beach chairs, or wagons for the kids.

Interior Savings Moonlight Movie Tour listings:

Mon. August 12 - Okanagan Falls

Movie Smallfoot

Venue Kenyon Park, 5332 Cedar St, Okanagan Falls

Partner Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs

Tues. August 13 - Lake Country

Movie The Lego Movie 2: the Second Part

Venue Beasley Park, 3450 Woodsdale Rd

Partner Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs

Wed. August 14 - West Kelowna

Movie How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Venue Webber Rd Community Centre, 2829 Inverness Rd

Partner Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs

Thurs. August 15 - Kelowna

Movie Smallfoot

Venue City Park, 1600 Abbott St

Partner Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs

August 16 - Vernon

Movie How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Venue DND Fields, 2950 - 15 Ave (Hwy 97)

Partner Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs

August 19 - Chase

Movie How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Venue Chase Secondary School, 420 Cottonwood St

Partner Chase Minor Hockey

August 20 - Kamloops

Movie How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Venue Riverside Park, 100 Lorne St

Partner Canadian Mental Health Association - Kamloops

August 21 - Clearwater

Movie Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse

Venue Clearwater Secondary School, 440 Murtle Cres

Partner Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs

August 22 - Barriere

Movie Smallfoot

Venue North Thompson Fall Fair Grounds, 4856 Dunn Lake Rd

Partner Barriere Smoke Eaters

August 23 - Lillooet

Movie How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Venue Lillooet District Rec Centre, 930 Main St

Partner Lillooet District Minor Hockey Association

Psst, you might also be interested in:

7 Cool Things to Do In the North Okanagan This Summer


Add the Interior Provincial Fair to your list of must-do activities in the North OKV this summer.

Add the Interior Provincial Fair to your list of must-do activities in the North OKV this summer.

We love the North Okanagan! It’s where you go to slow down and unwind, and it also has its fair share of pretty amazing sites and attractions. Here are seven awesome North Okanagan spots we think you should check out this summer. Scroll down for a free PDF of this page, so you can keep this list handy all summer long!

  1. Starlight Drive-In

    Head to Enderby to watch a movie (or two) under the stars! More info

  2. Atlantis Waterslides

    Beat the heat with water park fun for the whole family, just north of Vernon. More info

  3. Summer Tubing at Silverstar

    Who needs snow? Grab your sunscreen and the slopes at Silverstar this summer. More info

  4. Raptors at Allan Brooks

    Get up close and personal with birds of prey at Allan Brooks Nature Centre in Vernon. Raptors are early July, only, but venue has cool stuff happening all summer More info

  5. Planet Bee

    You’ll be buzzing after visiting Planet Bee honey farm in Vernon. More info

  6. Caravan Farm Theatre

    An amazing and unique outdoor theatre experience in Armstrong. Tickets available! More info

  7. Interior Provincial Fair

    The best way to wrap up the summer is with a trip to the historic IPE in Armstrong! More info

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Grab your free instant download here 👇

7 Cool Things in Vernon PDF

North OKV on the blog …


Own this ski-hill property at SilverStar Mountain Resort!

By Saffron Quist

*Saffron is a licensed realtor with Venture Realty Corp. This property is listed with MLS #10186067*


Perched on top of The Knoll (part of Silverstar’s top 2 most desirable locations) and overlooking giant trees and mountains, this handsome townhome is just hoping, and wishing, and waiting for you.

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In excellent condition and previously lived in by full-time residents, this is not a beaten-up vacation rental!

Boasting the larger floor plan, a BOOT ROOM OFF THE ENTRY, granite counter tops, gas stove, large fridge, private hot tub, gas fireplace, gas bbq hook-up, glass shower, heated floors and a few more features that make this stud muffin of the most attractive in the complex!

Also, there are laundry hook-ups in the Master closet should you want to use the laundry room as your private lock-off (perfect if you plan to rent it out part time).

With hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances, this guy is styling. AND with triple-pane windows, gas hot water and heat, plus a Venmar air exchanger and brand new furnace... this guy is also an environmentalist! PLUS with 3 bedrooms all on the top floor, a boot room off the front entry (a ski hill must), and a den in the basement... he is also a family-house. Win, win, win!

Side note, the next door neighbours are not a rental property.

Can you see yourself here; enjoying the fresh air, snowy slopes, biking trails, breeze through the trees and views for days?

Furniture included. No GST on this property (homes that have been vacation rentals are often subject to GST). No speculation tax in Vernon. Offered at $629,900




To arrange a date, contact your matchmaker!

And if you don’t have one of those, give your Buyer-Agent a call.

And if you don’t have either of those contact Kara Torgasows at Venture Realty Corp!


Kara Torgasows

Venture Realty Corp



1593 Ellis Street Kelowna


Cool Party Idea: Memory Blocks Party Kits

If you need a fun and unique and activity to keep kids busy for a birthday party — and one that doubles as a take-home party favour, to boot — this is it! Memory Blocks, a Lake Country-based business specializing in custom gifts and decor, sells awesome party kits that we gave it a try for our most recent kid birthday!

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CVTV Top 10 Okanagan - June

Watch 10 awesome things to do this summer! Plus, we’ve added a summary below with all the links to learn more and purchase tickets.

And watch for Do The Okanagan at the end! 😁

1) Cowboy Dinner Show at the O’keefe Ranch, VERNON

2) Summer Solstice for the Arts, VERNON

3) Fat Cat Children’s Festival, KELOWNA

4) Kalavida Surf Shop, VERNON

5) Sun Country Cycle & Dialed Rides, VERNON

6) Mackie Lake House, VERNON

7) Caravan Farm Theatre, ARMSTRONG

8) Father’s Day walk/run, KAMLOOPS

9) Kettle Valley Steam Railway, SUMMERLAND

10) Blind Tiger Vineyards, LAKE COUNTRY

+) Do The Okanagan at Sunshine Festival, VERNON