The Okanagan's tourism sector gets a boost this winter.
Air North, the Yukon's own airline, has announced it will continue flying directly between Whitehorse and Kelowna beyond October.
The airline posted an ad that reads: "Kelowna for all seasons; now connecting the Yukon and the Okanagan year-round."
When it launched its twice-a-week summertime route to Kelowna in June, the airline
said it would stop the service in the fall.
"This is great news for both of our regions," said Jenelle Hynes, who speaks for Kelowna Airport. "Air North has shown great confidence in . . . our market."
The airline surveyed 3,000 customers last winter and found Kelowna and Toronto were among the top four destinations they wanted to go.
The results made president Joe Sparling realize flying Boeing 737s to Kelowna via Vancouver could be profitable.
"Thus far sales to Kelowna have been great," he told a business crowd in Whitehorse in late June. "All indications are we're going to make a big success of this route."
The 1,500-kilometre corridor has opened up non-stop destinations, produced new business links and made it easier to visit friends and relatives in both regions.
Flying to Whitehorse in winter is attractive to people who want to go dog-sledding or sip wine in a natural hot spring. Locals boast about the hunting and fishing, the clean air and glacier-fed water.