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Local Kamloops company teams up with Tourism Kamloops to help tourists catch em' all
KAMLOOPS, BC, July 29, 2016 – Kamloops is the latest British Columbian community to catch Pokémon GO fever. Turns out the community is a hotspot for Pokémon activity and it is attracting locals and tourists alike to the city centre and surrounding area to ensure they catch em’all.
“Our programmers were clearly some of the first in our community to get hooked onto this latest mobile application. As a creative and passionate group we immediately saw an opportunity to channel our latest interest into something that could engage everyone around us,” explains iTel Networks COO, Dan Rink.
iTel Networks developed a live Pokémon GO index map that identifies and updates locations of Pokémon in Kamloops.
“We get excited about anything that brings people to Kamloops and keeps them exploring,” says Beverley DeSantis, CEO of Tourism Kamloops. “We were thrilled when iTel came to us with their map and are proud to partner with them to ensure all game enthusiasts have access to the map.”
Locals and tourists alike will find Pokémon on hiking trails, mountain bike paths, throughout the charming downtown core, at Riverside Park, and even throughout local wineries.
“Pokémon seem to love hanging out in all of our favorite places too. It is a great way for the whole family to discover new aspects of Kamloops and get outside to enjoy the amazing summer weather,” says DeSantis. “The best sight so far was watching a family enjoy our nightly music in the park series and watching their kids playing together and hunting Pokémon. The mobile app is bringing people together in a fun new way.”
The Pokémon GO index map can be picked up directly at the Tourism Kamloops Visitor Centre or downloaded at pokemap.itel.com.
About iTel Networks Inc.
iTel Networks is a national carrier of business-exclusive internet, telecom, and cloud services with a simple philosophy: provide the best and most reliable solutions at the most affordable price.
They are the first real alternative in a market dominated by unresponsive mega corporations and small operations who don’t have the infrastructure and expertise to create and support reliable services. They have built a “network of networks” that allows them to combine the power of every service provider into one, which enables them to provide 100% uptime and service to businesses all across the country, even in the most remote locations.
About Tourism Kamloops
Tourism Kamloops leads the marketing of Kamloops as a unique, accessible, and affordable destination on behalf of the City of Kamloops, the Kamloops accommodation industry, and tourism stakeholders.
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Written by: Bill Bilton, Head Pro, The Dunes and Sun Peaks
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Nirvana (Noun): place or state characterized by freedom from pain, worry, and the external world
Mountain Biking Nirvana: The South Thompson Shuswap
Close your eyes and ask your imagination to script the most epic, unconfined and exhilarating mountain bike ride in Canada. You probably envisioned a ride that spikes your adrenaline, ignores your brakes and tears through terrain that feels like it was made solely for the purpose of being conquered on two wheels. If your imagination put you on adrenaline-spiking trails your mountain biking ambition should bring you to the South Thompson Shuswap. With seemingly endless kilometres of tracks that weave and fly through eleven different environments and across open, hilly and mountainous lands there is simply no better biking destination in Canada.
Each area within the South Thompson Shuswap has its own distinct features.
Kamloops: Home to Canada’s Largest Municipal Bike Park and countless trails through desert and golden grassland
Shuswap: Hundreds of kilometers of isolated, flowy trails through lush and scenic landscapes
Sun Peaks: Steep downhills through fields of wildflowers with a chairlift available to take you back to the top
Combined, these destinations (all within a short drive or long ride of each other) give the region a strong claim as one of Canada’s premiere mountain biking destinations. These iconic destinations remain largely undiscovered to cyclists in North America. That means the hero dirt, the preserved trails, the massive jumps, and the striking vistas are yours to experience without any traffic.
Want to see what mountain biking heaven looks like before visiting? Behold these photos, taken by local and visiting mountain bikers, and consider a trip to these trails before the season ends.
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Tonight was a beautiful evening for a little bit of mountain biking ???????? we had to stop and admire this view...a view I grew up riding my horse by almost every time we'd go riding! It feels good to be on the bike again, even if my legs feel a little rubbery now ???????????? shot on iPhone #exploreshuswap #getoutside #liveauthentic
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Seem to end up on Mars every time I hang out with @bretttippie ! @pinkbike just fired up Picture of the Year. Stay tuned for some epic bangers and my submissions. I cannot wait to share what I accomplished this season! #RiffStills #pinkbike #mtbbc #bicyclecafekamloops #explorekamloops
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Love love love it when Kamloops is this green. Green season only lasts about 2 months of the year in this dry climate, but happy to be home to enjoy it. Cool shot captured by Alex Lavigne during a morning interval session at the #kamloopsbikeranch Back over to Europe today for rounds 2 & 3 of the World Cup???? #hometime #explorekamloops
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The places my bike takes me are absolutely amazing. So thankful to be able to ride and race my bike across BC ???? stoked to get back at it this weekend at the @islandcupseries in Cumberland! @arrowsmithbikes @gamutusa @s4suspension #arrowsmithbikes #gamutusa #explorebc #kamloops #islandcup #bcenduroseries #mtb #giantbikes #ridelife #racing #pnw #explore
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Consider this your invitation. Mountain biking nirvana awaits in the South Thompson Shuswap. These links will get you from two feet to two wheels in no time. We’ll see you on the trails.
Sun Peaks Resort Bike Park
Mostly Mental Shuttles, Kamloops
Shuswap Trail Alliance
The South Thompson Shuswap is a paradise for those who love to stand up paddleboard. With countless lakes and rivers to paddle on and the perfect, sunny weather to fulfil your SUP dreams, there’s simply no better place in Canada to be on a board and walk on water. Just take a look at these incredible pictures from Shuswap, Sun Peaks and Kamloops.
Need more convincing? We didn’t think so. But just in case, here are the 10 reasons why the South Thompson Shuswap is Canada’s SUP Capital.
Amazing landscape diversity
Only in the South Thompson Shuswap can you paddle on water surrounded by lush forests, towering mountains, arid deserts and bright green grasslands. You can find almost any biome in The South Thompson Shuswap and paddle through it.
The quietest, smoothest waters
Love the feeling of having a lake all to yourself? In the South Thompson Shuswap you’ll see more wildlife in the water than you’ll see people. The result: quiet and smooth waters perfect for SUP.
A photo posted by David McAleenan (@mashola) on https://www.instagram.com/p/2jZrsQELnr/
Famous SUP culture
Stand up paddleboarding is more than just an activity in the South Thompson Shuswap, it’s a way of life. Locals and visitors find their peace on the still waters of area’s lakes and strong SUP businesses help support the cause.
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Crystal clear water
The lakes of the South Thompson Shuswap clear themselves at an astounding rate, meaning the water is fresh, pure and so clear that you can see straight to the bottom. This calmness in the water allows you to explore a whole new world under your board, where dash by and curious turtles swim at your feet.
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Did we mention the views?
With miles of waterfront and isolated lakes, the South Thompson Shuswap is famous for its secret shores. Paddle up to one and spend the day (and maybe your night) on your own private beach.
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One of first ever paddleboards imported to Canada came through the South Thompson Shuswap, making the region one of the first SUP areas in the country. In the region, you’ll find some of Canada’s most knowledgeable stand up paddleboarders who are eager to share their advice on where to SUP.
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Best weather in the country
The South Thompson Shuswap is known for its blue skies and warm, comfortable temperatures.
I couldn't make it on time for #sup today because @vancouverwateradventures still closes at 7pm ????...so I'm reflecting on my #longweekend #paddleboarding adventures on #heffleylake. Thanks for the board @typhanieyetman and thank you to Bodie from #paddlesurfit who inflated my board for me and saved my weekend!! #zen
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Stand up paddleboarding doesn’t have to be just for those with two legs. With dog friendly hiking trails and beaches, the South Thompson Shuswap is a natural fit for adding a dog to your paddleboard.
Everyone can do it
Most importantly, SUP in the South Thompson Shuswap is an activity for everyone. Beginners love the calm, gentle waters while more advanced paddlers can find challenges in downwinding in the Shuswap. Whatever your skill level or familiarity with SUP, there’s water waiting for you in the South Thompson Shuswap.
Paddle-Specific Local Businesses
Ready to walk on water in Canada’s SUP Capital? Any of these paddle-specific local businesses will have you on the water as soon as you can get to the South Thompson Shuswap.
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Wake Up SUP
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Written by: Doug Smth
The rivers of Kamloops collect the meltwaters of mountain ranges of the Interior, flowing downstream where they meet to become the Thompson River. The South Thompson River comes from the Monashee Mountains to the east, collected in Shuswap Lake, then it flows 60 km west to Kamloops. The North Thompson River starts in the Cariboo Mountains to the north and flows for 355 km south to Kamloops. The confluence is right in the center of Kamloops. The Thompson River flows for another 15 km to Kamloops Lake and then beyond to Ashcroft, Spence’s Bridge and to Lytton where it joins the Fraser River. The rivers of Kamloops offer a combined total of over 100 km of recreation opportunities for on-the-water activities.
Paddlers can launch their boats at a number of spots along the South Thompson River. The best launch spot is at Pioneer Park where there is lots of parking, a boat launch area with beach landing spots, a back eddy start/finish, and choices of upstream or downstream paddling. A popular choice is to go upstream to the Yellowhead Bridge with an easy paddle back downstream for a 3.5 km out-and-back route. Paddlers can also go downstream to the confluence of the two rivers and back, staying close to the shoreline in either direction. Upstream paddling is all hard work, so it’s always best to stay close to the shoreline. Other launch/landing spots on the South Thompson River include Valleyview Boat Launch, the Lafarge Bridge (21 km upstream), the Pritchard Bridge (42 km upstream), and at Chase. An excellent choice is to paddle downstream only, leaving a vehicle at the landing spot. Downstream paddlers can expect to do 5 to 8 km an hour!
There are a few spots to hand launch on the North Thompson River. Paddlers can go upstream from Riverside Park which will be a good workout since the North Thompson River flows more quickly than the South Thompson River. There are a few spots along the river to launch in Westsyde with the best choice being the foot of Harrington Drive. It is possible to launch from Rayleigh, the Tournament Capital Ranch too, but there are no official boat launches. Farther upstream, paddlers launch at the McLure Ferry and the Little Fort Ferry for long downstream paddle adventures.
Paddlers can also launch from McArthur Island to explore Rabbit Island, the 12 km section downstream, or upstream to the confluence. At Cooney Bay the river empties into Kamloops Lake and paddlers can explore the shoreline west to Battle Bluff or along the east end of the 25 km lake. During freshet, the estuary floods and paddlers can explore the Tranquille Wildlife Protected Area wetlands.
All boats should carry safety gear (a pfd is essential) and paddlers need to take precautions for weather conditions, faster flowing water during freshet, river hazards, fitness considerations, cold water, other and paddling safety considerations. The best time to paddle the rivers of Kamloops are mornings, weekdays, or the off-season when the powerboats are not out in force. At those peak times, paddlers can go to one of hundreds of lakes in the area, picking a new location each time all season!
Tourism Kamloops is fortunate to be invited to join our destination marketing partners from throughout the province to host and attend media dinners in key target markets in Calgary, Vancouver and Seattle each year. Over the past two months and during these three events, we have been face to face with over 150 journalists, bloggers and social influencers pitching Kamloops story ideas. Many of our conversations revolve around “what’s hot”, “what’s new” and “what sets us apart”. These events present a great opportunity to strike and nurture relationships that, in essence, have the potential to lead to earned media exposure for Kamloops.
By working in collectively with our destination marketing partners and our dedicated tourism stakeholders, results can be impressive. We recently received coverage in Quantas Airline’s magazine from Australian freelance journalist Guy Wilkinson as a result of his visit last fall
This 5 page spread in their June edition will be seen by approximately 422,000 readers and equates to an advertising equivalency of approximately $86,463 CAD ($18,425 per page AUS).