June, 2012 Archives

Kamloops Self Guided Brew Tour - Video

Check out the new Tourism Kamloops Self Guided Brew Tour Video!

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Summer is On - New Tourism Products Available

Check out some of the great new products available in or near Kamloops this summer!


Treetop Flyers Zipline - NOW OPEN!

It’s what we’ve all been waiting for! Begin with a ride on the 100 metre Flying Fox zipline in the village to learn the basics and then continue your adventure with two ziplines above the amazing Chase Falls. Two adventure guides will accompany each group to interpret the area's culture, history and geography.

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Heli - Off Road Segway Tour

Climb aboard a Lakehead Helicopter for an exhilarating ten to fifteen minute ride over the Shuswap to a wilderness location in the mountains.  Meanwhile the Segway PTs are trucked up a steep, rough 4X4 road to meet you. Upon arrival climb aboard your Segway PT for a truly unique wilderness adventure!  Lunch and snacks are provided.  You will be returned via a second splendid helicopter ride. Total tour length: Allow 5 hours.

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Paddle/Hike Copper Island Tour

An invigorating early morning wake up call!  You will launch on on inflatable boats at Shuswap Provincial Park and paddle the 2 km across to Copper Island Provincial Park (approximately 1/2 hour paddling).  Then you will hike about an hour around the loop trail with exquisite panoramic views on Copper Island.  You will return to Shuswap Park with a satisfying paddle across the lake.  Snack and drinks provided.

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1st Annual Kamloops Marathon

This year Kamloops will host the inaugural Kamloops Marathon, adding to the various first-class sport events the city currently facilitates.

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Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge Centre

The Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge Society is an 80 acre facility located near Chase, BC. We are dedicated to rehabilitating and caring for unwanted, abused and neglected donkeys. When donkeys are abused they require years of special care, costly vet and farrier work and years of love and devotion to heal the scars made by man. Stop in and meet the donkeys Wed, Sat & Sun 11-3pm.

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Faction Indoor Skate Park

This indoor skatepark, skateboard and bmx retail store is open year round. Try your skills with the mini halfpipe, mini ¼, flat banked ramp, massive platform, manny box, launch ramp & flat round rail.

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Tranquille Farm Fresh

The historic calf barn has been restored and now houses the TranquilleFarmFresh market!  It is a charming piece of a bygone era with its unique design. We have tried to maintain as much of the past as possible during the renovation process. The barn contains our post harvesting station where your TranquilleFarmFresh produce is cleaned, packaged, and cooled. It also contains our retail market. With the morning sun bouncing off of its freshly whitewashed walls you will experience a taste of history while you are being embued with the vitality of today’s life and pulse on an urban farm.

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1st Annual RibFest

This summer, Ribfest will take over Riverside Park from Friday, August 10th to Sunday, August 12th for Kamloops' first full weekend of fantastic, free, family fun. In conjunction with Hot Nite in the City, the highly successful Ribfest offers a rib cook-off between five champion barbeque teams; music and entertainment throughout the entire event; entertainment and activities for children and youth, as well as a Refreshment Center and a whole whack of great vendors.

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Friday Night Rock N' Range at Sun Rivers

Every Friday evening from May – August, head up to Sun Rivers for unlimited range balls, a beer, CPGA instruction & live DJ for only $15.

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Home Sweet Cafe

Sweet Home is a cafe that offers a supervised children's play area where kids are in safe hands while parents can relax in the comfortable eating area or lounge. What a great concept!  There is a kids play area, a lounge area, and two public bathrooms (kids bathroom available).  Sweet Home Cafe offers hot water for formula, a play pen and diapers as well as wipes!  Don't miss their great menu of fantastic healthy foods and wonderful desserts.

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Enchanted Tea

Locally Owned & Operated with over 100 parties worth of experience!  If you are looking to step into a Fairy-tale you’ve come to the right place.  Enchanted Teacup specializes in creating childhood memories that will last a life time, with their very special Character Hosted Theme Parties and Events. Experience a Magical World where all of your child's dreams can come true!

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Tournament Capital Ranch

Located just north of Rayleigh, this new recreational facility is not just for ball players! The site is 3x larger than McArthur Island Park and offers miles of river views, walking and tournament opportunities.

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Guided Freshwater Kayak Tours with Desert North Adventures

1/2 day and full day tours including kayak rentals, PFD and instruction.

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Legends Indoor Golf

Legends Indoor Golf is a premier indoor golf entertainment and game improvement facility. Legends gives golfers of all levels the opportunity to experience world class play on 21 golf courses.  The state of the art facility includes 6 simulators, licensed snack bar, retail and reception area; making it the perfect place for playing 18 holes, practicing your game or taking a lesson!

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Nana & Papa leave their Stand In's at home and getaway to Kamloops with their grandkids for a weekend full of fun!


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Find out how Mark Madryga's Stand In fills in for Let Loose Lisa!

Kamloops Kendel catches Let Loose Lisa slacking off from work.... but who is Standing In for her back at the office answering the phone???


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Excellent Experiments and Hair Raising Fun!

Posted on June 1st, 2012
I’ve always been somewhat of a science guy. When I was a kid, I loved meteorology (which is handy now that I’m a Senior Meteorologist at Global TV) and charting the water levels of the Thompson River each spring in Kamloops. So a visit to the BIG Little Science Centre to me isn’t just for the kids, but the big kids too who like to learn how things work.

The BIG Little Science Centre operates out of George Hilliard Elementary School and is dedicated to developing a passion for science among youth, but quite frankly, adults can learn so much as well. There are over 120 hands-on stations where visitors can experiment on their own or see demonstrations, so set aside a few hours to get through the Centre for sure. My personal favourites are any of the shows they do featuring light, sound, colour, electricity and magnets.

Kids love the static electricity display where their hair can stand on end. Or the MASSIVE bubbles they can make at the bubble station. Parents will like best the sound proof box where their kids can stick their heads in the sound proof box, yell and not be heard… or parents can enjoy some quiet with THEIR heads in the sound proof box.

I guarantee that you’ll be surprised at the incredible variety of scientific experiments and displays, and how people of all ages and backgrounds can learn so much about science there, and say to themselves… “Ahhh, now I get how that works!” The BIG Little Science Centre is a BLAST!

Mark Madryga

TV Meteorologist | Kamloops’ Home Town Boy