November, 2013 Archives

Tap into the spirit and culture of Christmas in Kamloops And, of course, get some great yuletide shopping in too

Tap into the spirit and culture of Christmas in Kamloops

And, of course, get some great yuletide shopping in too


Nov. 26, 2013, Kamloops, BC – Christmas is about giving, but for many who get swept up in the holiday shopping rush and want a change, Kamloops taps into the spirit and culture of the yuletide season minus the big city line-ups.


Kamloops is a winter wonderland full of outdoor fun family activities from skiing to tobogganing, but as the holidays approach, opportunities abound for tapping into some of the decadent delights of the season – Kamloops style.


Here are a five ways to spend the holidays in Kamloops:

1. At Privato Winery and Vineyard ( on Westsyde Road, getting your Christmas tree just got better. Settle into the tasting room to sample and replenish your Christmas wine cellar, then hop on a hay ride out to the winery-owned Woodward Christmas Tree Farm to harvest the perfect tree for the family home before returning to warm up with hot chocolate around the bon fire. Harper’s Trail Winery (, set on the banks of the meandering South Thompson River, is also opening its gorgeous tasting room for the season, every weekend until Dec. 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2. Fans of the stage are anticipating Western Canada Theatre's ( take on the global musical phenomenon Les Miserables, Nov. 28 - Dec. 11, as well as a C.S. Lewis classic, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Dec. 11 - 22.


3. Kamloops Symphony Orchestra ( heralds the yuletide spirit Dec.14 and 15 with young piano virtuoso Jaeden Izik-Dzurko as he joins the orchestra for Tchaikovsky's Nutcrackcer Suite, Schumann's Piano Concerto in A Minor and other magical holiday favorites.


4. For the 16th year in a row, BC Wildlife Park ( celebrates the season the way it knows how, with the perennially popular Wildlights, Dec.13, 2013 - Jan.5, 2014. From the western rattlesnake to ursus horribilis, the grizzly bear, more than 60 different animals are etched into the night sky with multi-coloured Christmas lights in larger than life from, creating a dreamy scene throughout the 50 snow covered hectares of the park. While you're there take a crack at the Giant Maze, bundle up with toque, scarf and mittens for a journey aboard the Wildlife Express miniature train, or share some giggles with Uncle Chris the Clown, who will be on hand for nightly performances.
5. Christmas at the Courthouse Nov. 30 -Dec. 1 showcases the city's most beautifully restored civic heritage buildings in full Christmas splendour. For the wrangler in all of us, head to the Calvary Community Church Dec. 12 for the BC Cowboy Heritage Society's ( annual Cowboy Christmas Concert and help raise funds for the Kamloops Food Bank. If you want a little funk in your Christmas, join the B3 Kings at St. Andrews on the Square for a groovy take on classic Christmas repertoire.

And if you are a deal hunter, these local hoteliers are offering numerous stay and play packages:


  • Kamloops Best Western Plus is offering: The 100 Mile Shopping Discount gives visitors from close in communities located 100 miles or less from Kamloops a 20 per cent discount on rooms and their BC Wildlife Park “Wildlights” Family Package ($149 plus taxes) is based on double occupancy, and includes one night stay, two adult and two child passes for “Wildlights.” Book your stay by calling 1-877-302-7878. Dec. 13, 2013 - Jan. 5, 2014.
  • Scott’s Inn & Restaurant is offering The GETAWAY! ($59.95 plus taxes per person), which is based on double occupancy and includes dinner for two, continental breakfast or 10 per cent off any hot breakfast. Call 1-800-665-3343 or email to book and use the code “GETAWAY.” Oct. 17, 2013 - Dec. 31, 2013
  • The Country View Motor Inn is offering the Wildlights Festival Celebration Package ($89 plus taxes), which includes one night accommodation for two and two tickets to Wildlights at the BC Wildlife Park. The Family Package ($119 plus taxes) includes one night accommodation for four and four tickets to the Wildlights.  Call 1-800-213-6673 to book a package.  Nov.1, 2013 - Jan. 2, 2014
  • The Ramada Kamloops is offering the Christmas Shopping Special ($85 plus taxes) to all those coming to Kamloops so they can get their Christmas shopping done this holiday season.  Call 1-800-663-2832 and ask for the Christmas shopping rate to book.


And once you've perused the boutiques of downtown, browsed the major retailers and tied the ribbon on your last gift, you might be ready to replace the stress of the holidays with a little authentic Christmas spirit and celebration.


For more on the many Christmas season attractions and events in Kamloops visit:


About Kamloops, BC

Located in the heart of the interior of British Columbia, Kamloops is easy to get to, with several airlines servicing the city, major highways meeting in Kamloops and rail travel options. More information on summer activities, events, and accommodations in Kamloops may be found at




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In the Doghouse: Fun Winter Date Ideas to Impress your Other Half

The Classics

For those of you looking for a classic, romantic date that is tried and true, take your significant other for a delicious meal and a movie! Warm up by sharing an appy, enjoying an entrée, and creating fond memories at one of the many local restaurants! Afterwards, head to Cineplex or Paramount Theatre to catch a newly released film of your choice! Whether you’re in the mood for a classic romantic comedy or you are both adrenaline-seeking action film fans, there will be something to catch everyone’s interests.


Ice Ice Baby

Here’s your chance to show off your epic skating moves. Check the public skating schedule and bring your partner for a couple hours of wintery fun, gliding and racing your way around the ice. There are different options available from public skating to drop-in hockey. Watch the schedule for the FREE Adult Only (18+) public skating sessions, too! After skating around to your heart’s content, stop by a local café to warm up with a delightful specialty hot chocolate.


Melt Away Winter Worries

A great way to warm up and melt away your winter worries is a couple’s massage. There are many spas in town that can accommodate a couple for romantic, relaxing massages that will leave both people feeling refreshed. Try something unique like a detoxifying body massage at Sunmore Ginseng Spa or a Hawaiian lomilomi massage at Aina Organic Spa, or go for more traditional massage treatments at these or one of the many other local spas. Be sure to ask about romance packages for an extra special experience!


 Dashing through the Snow

What better way to explore the vast, snowy landscape around Kamloops than cuddling up in an open-air sleigh pulled by one or two horsepower? The Ranch offers sleigh rides by appointment, offering a chance for an adventurous and amorous winter date. If horseback riding is more your style, visit Erin Valley Riding Stables or Jandana Ranch for a romantic, snowy trail ride led by experienced guides.


Foodie’s Fantasy

It has been said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and in Kamloops there is no shortage of great food and beverages to entice every appetite! Visit the tasting room at Harper’s Trail (open weekends until December 22 from 11am-5pm) or Privato Vineyard and Winery (open daily November 30 to December 22 from 10am-4pm), and pick up a bottle of your favourite. Then, take advantage of the many local restaurants participating in BYOW by bringing and enjoying your bottle with a delicious meal. If beer is more to your taste, try The Noble Pig for amazing food and a variety of beer made on-site. Be sure to ask about the seasonal specials!


Winter Wonderland

Kamloops is a great big playground for outdoor enthusiasts! There’s a wide variety of exciting winter activities for you and your other half to enjoy. With options such as cross-country or downhill skiing, snowshoeing, indoor and outdoor ice skating, ice fishing, tubing, and much more, there is something fun and exciting to do with your special someone every day of the winter season! Keep an eye out for the many winter events coming up, too! ~Sarah Reith                                     

CP releases 2013 Holiday Train schedule for landmark 15th year of helping to feed local communities

Mini packs mean maximum excitement at the Tim Hortons Brier

 OFFICE: #480, 175 – 2 AVENUE, KAMLOOPS, BC  V2C 5W1      PHONE: (778) 471-2253 / (778) 471-2506


For Immediate Release

November 13, 2013


2014 Tim Hortons Brier

Kamloops British Columbia


Mini packs mean maximum excitement at the Tim Hortons Brier


The Tim Hortons Brier is coming to Kamloops, March 1-9, 2014 at the Interior Savings Centre. And with the launch of two new ticket packages, local sports fans can guarantee the same great seats for every day of the action at the upcoming Canadian men’s curling championship.


Mini packs go on sale Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. PST to reserve seats to see the top 12 teams in the country compete in Kamloops for the right to hoist the Tim Hortons Brier Tankard, the most legendary trophy in the curling world.


The First Rocks mini pack, priced at just $119, guarantees the same great seat for the opening five draws on Saturday and Sunday at the Tim Hortons Brier.


The Last Rocks ticket package features a prime seat for the final six draws, including all the action of the playoffs and championship final, at a cost of $179.


Along with the two mini packs, the Host Committee has introduced the Rocks In Your Socks promotion, just in time for the festive shopping season. For $39 fans can purchase a pair of tickets for draws six through 16 of round robin play. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone’s holiday gift list.


The complete schedule is available online at to assist fans in choosing the draws when Team B.C. and any other of their favourites from across the country are on the ice.


The Old Classic full event pass, with a guaranteed seat for all 22 draws, is also available at a price of $499.


Every ticket to the Tim Hortons Brier comes with complimentary admission to the Patch, just down the street from the arena, where curling fans gather to party in between and following the draws.


The Patch features a tasty selection of food and beverages and a nightly lineup of live entertainment. And those feeling the competitive urge can take part in the Cool Shots competition – the tabletop version of the roaring game with cash prizes on the line.


For a more relaxing break from the action at the Interior Savings Centre, fans can drop in for a bite and a beverage in the Purple Heart Lounge – right next door to the Patch in the Kamloops Curling Club. It’s also the place to meet the athletes at Team Autograph sessions and Up Close and Personal interviews.


Tickets to the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier can be purchased online at or by phone at 1-877-985-2875.




For more information contact:


Host Chair, Norm Daley

Phone:     250.374.5577



Gord McNabb, Event Manager

Phone:     403.329.8867







Eleven Great Places to Warm up with a Hot Cocoa

In Kamloops, with its countless delicious and diverse cafes, there is no shortage of great places to stop for a hot chocolate to warm up the body and soul as the weather cools down.

The Art We Are offers a unique and eclectic environment for those who love to surround themselves with creative artwork and a wide variety of delicious drinks. Enjoy a specialty tea or hot beverage while reading, catching up with friends or listening to live music.

If you’re looking for somewhere to shop and relax at the same time, why not try Blenz Coffee at Aberdeen Mall or the Starbucks at Chapters bookstore? Both of these offer a chance to warm up with a delicious beverage, as well as the chance to shop for a treat for yourself or for the perfect gift on a loved one’s Christmas wish list.

For those craving something sweet, Romann’s Swiss Pastries and Chocolates is the place to be! With treats ranging from cakes, pastries and chocolates to hot cocoa and more, there’s something for every taste. Don’t forget to ask about the Christmas specialty products!

Sweet Home Café is a great concept for families with young children. They offer parents the opportunity to relax with a steaming cup of tea or coffee, while the kids get to play and have some fun in the supervised play area. It’s a win-win all around!

If you’re strolling around the north shore or catching some of the sports action at McArthur Island Sports and Events Centre, stop in to enjoy a freshly roasted coffee in a comfy chair by the fireplace at Red Beard Roasters!

Numerous cafes in town offer organic, fair trade coffee that tastes great and that you can feel great about. A couple great examples to visit are The Grind or The Smorgasbord in the downtown core!

To fully enjoy a wander down Victoria Street and into Riverside Park, try a Nutella Latte or Italian Hot Chocolate at Caffe Arianna’s, a Chai Tea Latte at Caffe Motivo, or a Hot Chocolate with whipped cream at Zack’s Coffees and Teas!

~Sarah Reith