Plan Your Trip to Kelowna
This year's conference is hosted at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort, located in beautiful Kelowna, BC. Kelowna is a city of breathtaking views and scenery in the gorgeous Okanagan Valley. It's a vibrant city full of culture and nightlife surrounded by provincial parks, pine forests, orchards, mountains and over 20 vineyards. You may want to add a couple of extra travel days to your itinerary to adventure through nearby sites and cities and to walk the beaches around Okanagan Lake. Kelowna has a dry, warm climate with average temperatures of 6 degrees in November, so it'll be a real treat for the eyes and senses during #2019IITC.
Getting to Kelowna
Fly with Air Canada
Great News! ITAC and our partner travel agency (The Travel Group) have negotiated a special discount with Air Canada for flights to IITC 2019. Air Canada offers direct flights from Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina and Toronto and connecting flights from all areas.
If you prefer to book your discounted ticket directly with Air Canada online, click here. Be sure to quote ITAC’s special discount code XPKKBWQ1 in the “Promotion Code” box.
Fly with Air North
Fantastic News! The Travel Group and ITAC have also negotiated preferred pricing on select Air North flights to IITC. Flying out of Dawson City, Inuvik, Mayo, Old Crow, Whitehorse and Yellowknife you'll be in good hands on your way to Kelowna.
Drive to Kelowna
Kelowna is a 4.15-hour drive from Vancouver, a 7.15-hour drive from Calgary, or a 10-hour drive from Edmonton. The drive through the mountains through BC and Alberta has amazing mountain and glacier views, but the roads can be treacherous at high elevations. If you're planning on driving make sure you have winter tires and add extra time.
Bus to Kelowna
Bus routes are offered from Vancouver to Kelowna using Ebus, which take about 5.5 hours and includes complimentary Wi-Fi and power outlets.
Where to stay in Kelowna
Grand Okanagan Resort
The Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort is where #2019IITC is being held. Outside of not having to leave the hotel to get to the conference, the perks of this hotel include a room adjacent to Okanagan Lake in the heart of downtown Kelowna, a pool and hot tub, 24-hour gym, 24/7 in-room dining, a full-service spa and a shuttle to and from the airport.Learn more about the Grand Okanagan Resort
Prestige Beach House
The Prestige Beach house is 1km away from where #2019IITC is being held, which is about a 13-minute walk or a 3-minute car ride. The perks of this hotel include a view of Hot Sands Beach, newly renovated rooms, a swimming pool and hot tub, fitness centre, a restaurant, and meeting space.Learn more about Prestige Beach House
The Royal Anne Hotel
The Royal Anne Hotel is a short 9-minute walk from where #2019IITC is being held. The perks of his hotel include boutique-style rooms, fitness centre, restaurant and lounge, shuttle service and complimentary breakfast all from the heart of downtown Kelowna.Learn more about The Royal Anne Hotel
Hotel Zed Kelowna
Hotel Zed is a 9-minute walk from where #2019IITC is being held. The perks of this hotel include bright, retro rooms with colourful artwork and comic books, vintage Chevy shuttles, loaner roller skates and bikes, a game room, hot tub and a sauna, plus a vinyl listening station.Learn more about Hotel Zed Kelowna
Accent Inns Kelowna
Accent Inns Kelowna is a 30-minute walk or 5-minute drive from where #2019IITC is being held. The perks of this hotel include free parking and continental breakfast as well as an exercise room.Learn more about Accent Inns Kelowna
Sandman Hotel & Suites Kelowna
Sandman Hotel & Suites Kelowna is just a 7-minute drive from where #2019IITC is being held. The hotel provides excellent modern conveniences such as high speed Internet access, indoor pool & whirlpool, fitness facilities, Denny’s Restaurant open 24 hours, and morning and evening shuttles to and from the conference.Learn more about Sandman Hotel & Suites Kelowna
Local Indigenous Cultural Tours
Secwépemc Cultural Tour
This narrated motor coach tour departs the Delta Hotel at 7:45 am and journeys north towards the city of Enderby. The Splatsin community is adjacent to the City of Enderby to the south and across the Shuswap River to the east. Within the Splatsin Community Centre, you’ll be greeted by traditional welcome songs and protocol, followed by storytelling from the “Legend of Coyote”. The Animal Transformations Legend of the Shuswap performance from the community of Kamloops is sure to provide an inspirational and educational segment to the morning’s activities. Lunch will be served as the closing ceremony and friendship dance is performed. Shortly afterwards the motor-coach departs back to Kelowna for an anticipated 12:30 pm arrival to the Delta Hotel.
Syilx Cultural Tour
This narrated motor coach tour departs the Delta Hotel at 7:45 am and journeys south towards Penticton. The first stop is at the Sncewips Heritage Museum which is operated by the Westbank First Nation and showcases all that the Sqilxw people from this area have to offer. After a cultural performance by members of the Westbank First Nation community members, the tour departs for Penticton. Upon arrival at the En’owkin Centre, guests will be provided with a tour of the facilities and a hands-on review of the cultural programming provided at the centre. A box lunch will be provided for the drive among lakes area towards Kelowna and an anticipated 12:30 pm arrival at the Delta Hotel.
Nlakápamux Cultural Tour
This narrated motor coach tour departs the Delta Hotel at 7:45 am and journeys west towards the town of Merritt. The first stop is at the Lower Nicola Community Hall where guests will experience a traditional cultural program. The next two stops in the Merritt area are at the Kekuli Café and the Nlakápamux Creations Store. Guests will have an opportunity to learn about Indigenous cuisine and culinary tourism. This experience will be followed by a Pictograph workshop and stories of Indigenous entrepreneurship. A box lunch will be provided for the return drive towards Kelowna and an anticipated 12:30 pm arrival at the Delta Hotel.
Okanagan Cultural Getaway
Embark on a cultural journey through the Okanagan, post-conference. The knowledgeable guides of Moccasin Trails take you on a journey of rich history that encompasses a variety of languages, foods, celebrations, ceremonies, stories and legends. It’s truly a shared journey of discovery where you and your guide will be learning and reliving together. Whether it be walking on ancestral paths our people walked, traveling down the rivers canoed hundreds of years ago, or learning the legends behind the mountains where tribal wars between indigenous Nations were fought, your journey within the interior of British Columbia will be truly memorable.