February, 2016 Archives

Canadian Growth City No. 7: Kamloops a Western Frontier Gem


With its brilliant blue skies, vast number of sunny days and spectacular landscapes, do-it-yourself movers with an affinity for outdoors living have made Kamloops No. 7 among the U-Haul Top 10 Canadian Growth Cities for 2015.

“I think people move here because of our central location, the broad scope of amenities, and the variety of activities you can do here,” Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar said.

“From wineries and craft breweries to downhill skiing and a symphony performance, there is something for everyone. We are a growing community, which is creating a lot of energy and a positive outlook to the future. Kamloops is an affordable and attractive option for people to make their home and build their business. We are seeing this in all parts of our community and we expect this to continue.”

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Quote about Kamloops Growth

Growth rankings are determined by the net gain of incoming one-way U-Haul truck rentals versus outgoing rentals for the past calendar year. U-Haul locations in this city saw 53.2 percent of truck rental customers coming into the city as opposed leaving.

Despite the net gain, there was slightly less traffic in this city among do-it-yourself movers year-over-year, with a 5 percent drop in U-Haul arrivals and a 7 percent drop in departures compared to 2014 activity.

Kamloops, with a population of roughly 85,000, has a reputation for being the friendliest city in British Columbia as well as “Canada’s Tournament Capital” for sporting events. Four major highways feed into the city, creating convenient access from destinations such as Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Seattle.

The residents here embrace the western heritage of their city, a ranching community since the 19th century where the “cowboy way” still plays a role today. Rodeos and cowboy festivals, music and other events are plentiful.

“Kamloops is a very beautiful, affordable place to live,” said Horace Martin, U-Haul Company of British Columbia president. “It has Riverside Park, a world-class ski resort, and the right mix of big city/small town feel. It’s billed as the Tournament Capital of Canada. There’s no shortage of activities in one of the sunniest cities in Canada.”

While U-Haul migration trends don’t correlate directly to population or economic growth, the growth cities data is a strong gauge of how well cities are attracting and keeping residents.

Kamloops is the second of four British Columbia destinations to make the Top 10 Growth Cities list for 2015. Continue following the countdown on myuhaulstory.com each weekday through March 4 to see the No. 1 city revealed.



Kamloops growth facts

More on Kamloops

  1. There are more than 2,000 hours of sunshine each year, making this city one of the sunniest cities in Western Canada.
  2. Kamloops is the premier host centre for all types of sporting and cultural events. In fact, $50 million has been put into renovating facilities to sell the city’s tournament initiative.
  3. Moving customers in Kamloops have easy access to four U-Haul neighborhood dealers – companies that supplement their primary businesses by serving their communities with U-Haul rental equipment and moving supplies. Gateway RV Mini Storage at 231 Andover Crescent is the latest to join the U-Haul network, signing up last October.


  • “The inclusion of Kamloops in the Top 10 Growth Cities list comes as no surprise. The city’s record of steady economic growth makes it attractive to business and new residents. Kamloops appeals to people on the move because it presents opportunity. The diverse economy, relaxed lifestyle and geographic location combine to make Kamloops a truly great place to live. I love Kamloops. It has everything I want. It offers the amenities and services you would expect from an urban centre, but maintains the sense of community that can only be found in a smaller town. It’s the best of both worlds.” — Jim Anderson, executive director of Venture Kamloops
  • “I’m not surprised to see Kamloops on the Top 10 list of growing cities. We have a stable economy because of our diversification and being a regional hub. There are many reasons to move to Kamloops whether it’s to start a business, start a new job or go to university.” — Peter Milobar, Mayor of Kamloops

Hockey Canada Heads to Kamloops to Announce National Women's Team Roster for 2016 IIHF Women's World Championship


Single-game tickets launch locally Sunday, nation-wide Monday

Kamloops will get an early glimpse at some of the players who will be going for gold at the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship. The 23 players who will represent Canada next month will be announced in Kamloops on Monday, Feb. 29.

With roughly one month to go before the first official puck drop, Hockey Canada’s general manager of national women’s team programs, Melody Davidson, and National Women’s Team head coach Laura Schuler will make the announcement alongside some of the players who will wear the red-and-white when the Women’s World Championship comes to Kamloops March 28-April 4.

“We felt it was a perfect kick-off to the final month of preparation to bring our National Women’s Team roster announcement to Kamloops,” said Davidson. “An event like the Women’s World Championship provides inspiration to a community and it will be exciting for some of our players to be able to have a direct, positive impact on local children and hockey fans.”

The announcement will take place at Pacific Way Elementary School, followed by a national media conference call.

Kamloops gets first crack at single-game tickets

The roster announcement will come on the heels of a significant weekend for local organizers of the Women’s World Championship. Beginning on Saturday, Feb. 27, all pre-purchased ticket packages will be available for pick-up at the Sandman Centre Box Office from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. during a special ticket pick-up event featuring food and ticket deals to that evening’s Kamloops Blazers’ game for Women’s World Championship ticket-holders.

On Sunday, single-game tickets for the Women’s World Championship go on sale at the Sandman Centre exclusively in advance of being available to the general public. Single-game tickets can be purchased starting at $17 each for games held at McArthur Island Sport & Event Centre, and $30 for games at the Sandman Centre. Beginning Monday, Feb. 29, fans will also be able to purchase them online.

“The support in Kamloops and across the region has been very much what we expected – fantastic, to say the least,” said Dean McIntosh, senior director of events and properties, Hockey Canada. “We expect to see the demand for our tournament packages and our Team Canada packages increase with the team rosters being unveiled over the next few weeks, and with the launch of single-game tickets, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the games reach capacity very quickly. This is a great event, and the caliber of play fans will experience will be second-to-none.”

The Team Canada ticket package includes all three Team Canada preliminary round games, two semifinals, as well as the bronze- and gold-medal games, and can be purchased for as low as $265; full-tournament packages and Sandman Centre packages (12 games for $325) are all still available for purchase online while quantities last.

Eight teams will compete in the annual event, with Canada, Finland, Russia, and the United States forming Group A, and the Czech Republic, Japan, Sweden, and Switzerland making up Group B. The full tournament schedule was released in September.

Canada’s National Women’s Team will open up its Women’s World Championship with a game against its U.S. rivals during prime time on March 28, and is also set to face Russia on March 29, and Finland on March 31 in preliminary-round play. The semifinals are set for April 3, and both the bronze- and gold-medal games will be hosted on April 4 at the Sandman Centre.

Since 1990, Canada's National Women's Team has won 10 gold medals at the Women's World Championship – the last being an overtime win against the U.S. in 2012.

In Attendance: Mayor Peter Miloba, Melody Davidson – General Manager, National Women’s Team Programs, Hockey Canada, Laura Schuler – Head Coach, Canada’s National Women’s Team, Norm Daley and Jon Pankuch – Co-Chairs, 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship Host Committe and  Canada’s National Women’s Team players

Location and Time: Monday, Feb. 29, 2016,11 a.m. PT at Pacific Way Elementry School, Kamloops, BC

Photo opp:Official jersey presentation to attending National Women’s Team players.

News conference followed by national media conference call featuring Hockey Canada president and CEO Tom Renney, Davidson, and select players at 12:30 p.m. PT: 1.855.353.9183 passcode: 61319#

For more information on the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship, please visit WorldWomen2016.com, or follow along through social media on Facebook and Twitter, and at twitter.com/HC_Women.   

Huge TV Audience Measured for Hockey Day in Canada

Image Credit: Sportsnet

Story by: James Peters- CFJC

KAMLOOPS — There were a lot of eyeballs on Kamloops during this month's Hockey Day in Canada - and now we know how many. Rogers has told Tourism Kamloops the second of three NHL games aired February 6 garnered an average of 800-thousand viewers. Many of those viewers would have seen the ad spots purchased by the agency in partnership with the local organizing committee.

Lisa Strachan of Tourism Kamloops says they portrayed the city in a very positive light."I had a few texts come through my phone, friends from Jasper - some even over in Ontario were sending me messages," said Strachan. In addition to the commercial spots, the day-long program featured several live cut-ins broadcast from Kamloops.

Strachan says the entire broadcast was a wonderful showcase for Canada's Tournament Capital.



Kamloops Performance Cycling Centre Announces Big News- Harper Trail System

Kamloops Preforming Cycling Centre Announces Exciting News for Mountain Bike Enthusiasts

GREAT NEWS! The KPCC Board would like to announce that the TNRD has approved our grant request to help fund a 3 kilometre machine built downhill trail to add to the Harper Mountain Trail Network! Work will get underway as soon as the ground is ready to work this spring and construction will take about a month to complete. This trail will complement "Ket-R-Done", the 10 kilometre climb trail constructed in the network in late 2015. Stay tuned for build progress reports and the official opening, and a big thank you to the TNRD for their support of this project!

Kamloops Performance Cycling Centre's photo.

Western Canada Theatre- A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline

Western Canada Theatre, in association with Thousand Islands Playhouse, Gananoque presents the classic country favourite, A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE February 25 – March 5 at Sagebrush Theatre.

Patsy Cline's popularity is witnessed by the fact that her recordings are the top jukebox play in the world. Although she will never be replaced, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline is a tribute to her spirit and a celebration of her music. Audiences will be treated to outstanding performances of Patsy’s greatest hits, including “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “Crazy”, and “I Fall To Pieces.”

WCT Artistic Director Daryl Cloran says the show follows the journey made by Cline from small-town Virginia to Carnegie Hall.“This production will transport you back in time, and you will swear that Patsy Cline is standing right in front of you on the Sagebrush stage. Great tunes, a great band, and country music’s greatest lady. I know you’ll love it.”


Produced by Western Canada Theatre in association with Thousand Islands Playhouse, Gananoque. Feb 25 – Mar 5, 2016. Sagebrush Theatre.

Featuring: Alison MacDonald (Patsy Cline), Tyler Murree (Little Big Man).

Musicians: David Archibald (Piano), Kris Ruston (Guitar), Mike Turner (Bass), Richard Graham (Percussion).
Creative: Daryl Cloran (Director), David Archibald (Music Director), Ross Nichol (Set Designer), Jayne Christopher (Costume Designer), Davida Tkach (Lighting Designer), Greg Klohn (Sound Engineer), Lisa Russell (Stage Manager), Christine Leroux (Assistant Stage Manager), Madison Henry (Apprentice Stage Manager).


For more information, contact Suzan Goguen at 250-372-3216 Ext. 530


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TWO Kamloops Photos Selected as Finalists in Pinkbike's Photo of the Year Competition

As the birthplace of “freeriding,” Kamloops has always attracted mountain bike enthusiasts.  For many years Kamloops' hills and riders have been featured in the adrenaline and gravity rushing films such as "Pulp Traction" and "Cranked". And now, two Kamloops photos by local photographers and riders Steve Riffel and Mason Mashon have been selected as two of the top 32 submitted photos (of thousands across the globe) as Pinkbike's Photo of the Year. Steve Riffel's photo features an orginal Kamloopsian rider - Brett Tippie (@bretttippie) descending a dramatic landscape unique to our area and Mason Mashon's photo features Kamloops born rider Graham Agassiz (@GrahamAgassiz).   We need YOUR help to get these photos to the next round!

"Kamloops is one of my favorite places to ride in the entire world. The trails are flowy, the unique terrain has character, people are friendly, and the light is the stuff movies are made of! I’m proud to be a Kamloopsian mountain biker and am stoked to ride the ‘loops anytime!!" - Brett Tippie

How can you help get this photo to the next round? VOTE! Head on over to Pinkbike - and look for these photos. You'll need an account to vote but sign up is quick!  We only have until February 13th to get these photos to the next round so please share!

Steve Riffel


@riffstills Photo of the Year

Mason Mashon