Viewers across the country watched Monday evening as dating couple Kristen Idiens and Darren Trapp of Fairmont Hot Springs, B.C. were the first team to reach the final destination of the first leg on The Amazing Race Canada.
That final destination just happened to be Quails’ Gate Estate Winery in West Kelowna.
Tony Stewart, CEO of Quails’ Gate, said the winery hosted a live viewing party for the airing of the show.
“We couldn’t be prouder that Quails’ Gate was the location for the pit stop in the first episode,” said Stewart.
“The Amazing Race brand is such a terrific advocate for tourism and travel.
“Having the winery featured to the massive audience across Canada…is invaluable.”
Kelowna and West Kelowna was featured throughout the majority of the first episode of the new CTV series, which is a spin-off of the popular American reality show, The Amazing Race.
“There (would have been) many local fans of The Amazing Race series who would have just about fallen out of their chairs when they learned that the destination being featured in the very first episode of the show was their own hometown,” said Nancy Cameron, president and CEO of Tourism Kelowna.
The first episode began in Niagra Falls, ON. After completing their first task, nine teams received instructions to fly to Kelowna.
In Kelowna, contestants were required to find their next clue underneath the Stuart Park bear statue. They then stayed overnight in a houseboat at the Kelowna Yacht Club.
The next morning they made their way to the Lakefront Sports Centre kiosk to rent Sea-Doos for their first road block challenge. The teams completed a diving task in search of Ogopogo at the bottom of Okanagan Lake.
The second road block challenge was featured at Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park, where contestants had to walk along a 12-inch wide beam just below one of the trestles to find their next clue.
The finish line for the first episode was found at Quails’ Gate Estate Winery.
“Working with the team at The Amazing Race Canada has been tremendously satisfying for our staff, who wasted no time in pitching possible challenges in Kelowna and ultimately won over the attention and buy-in from CTV and the show’s producers,” said Cameron.
In a recent release, John Brunton of Insight Productions stated: “The Kelowna episode came together like clockwork.”