August, 2016 Archives
Photo: Kelly Funk Photography
Kamloops may not be on the Royal’s itinerary as they make a trip to BC and the Yukon in September, but we thought we would share what they are missing!
Kamloops is BC’s second sunniest city, and September is certainly an extension of summer. Here are our top 10 suggestions for a great Kamloops visit:
1. Visit the BC Wildlife Park – home to Clover the Spirit Bear
2. Western Canada Theatre comes to life with “Made in Italy”
3. Golf ‘til you drop – 13 remarkable courses to tee off at
4. Cheer on Kamloops’ hometown hockey favs - the Kamloops Blazers
5. Tunnel Tour Theatre at Tranquille Farm Fresh
6. Hike BC’s Largest Municipal Park – 40 km of trails and fantastic city views
7. Sip and savor at 4 Kamloops wineries
8. Immerse in Kamloops’ aboriginal culture at the Secwepemc Museum
9. 2nd Annual Brewloops Beer and Bike Festival
10. Harvest High Tea onboard the Spirit of Kamloops Heritage Railway
#ExploreKamloops like “royalty” and be sure to let them know what they left behind!
For Immediate Release
Downtown Kamloops is "Alive After Five" - August 22 to September 2
August 15, 2016, Kamloops, BC: Downtown Kamloops officially becomes the place to be this summer as local merchants, eateries, cafes and retailers open their doors until 9pm weekdays nightly starting August 22nd through September 2nd. Coined “Alive after Five”, this summer celebration embraces all the things we love about Kamloops’ downtown – live music, sidewalk dining, warm temperatures, natural gathering spaces all in the spirit of supporting local, distinctly Kamloops experiences.
“This initiative is the result of a new collaborative group called Focus Downtown, which includes the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association, Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Kamloops, Rocky Mountaineer, Venture Kamloops and City of Kamloops and supported by the downtown merchants to unveil a Kamloops experience to our destination visitors that we, as locals, cherish,” says Gay Pooler, General Manager for the KCBIA. “Our downtown in itself is an experience and the support of the local businesses enhances its vibrancy to welcome visitors and locals alike.”
“Kamloops’ downtown is our secret gem, that we need not keep secret any longer,” adds Monica Dickinson of Tourism Kamloops. “Its charming ambiance, great shopping choices, exceptional dining options and proximity to Riverside Park all bundled with a fantastic summer forecast is the perfect mix for an exceptional experience.”
“Alive after Five” is only a snapshot of a longer term plan for Kamloops’ downtown. This preview will kick start planning for future summer-long initiatives seeing downtown merchants staying open later. This exciting movement will positively enhance Kamloops’ destination offerings ranking Downtown Kamloops as a “must do” activity on any itinerary and will encourage incremental overnight stays in the city.
For further details on participating merchants, visit www.downtownkamloops.com.
Director, Industry Relations & Communications
Our Destination Development Team at Tourism Kamloops continues to work collaboratively with our stakeholders to develop Kamloops as one of the top places to mountain bike in Canada. During the month of July,our mountain bike product was highlighted several times within print and online media.
Our local "ladies only" group, The Dirt Chix were showcased in the spring edition of Pedal Magazine. A one page article highlighted Kamloops' welcoming bike community and spoke to the development of womens riding in Kamloops. To find out more, pick-up the current issue at Chapters. Or check out http://pedalmag.com/.
Tourism Kamloops worked closely with Mountain Bike BC to host a film and rider group "The Free Radicals". The intention of our collaboration was to help build online film content for Mountain Bike BC which highlighted the Thompson Okanagan and Kamloops as a go-to mountain bike destination. Tourism Kamloops worked closely with our local partners to create a film that touched on a "mountain biker's" experince while they are in Kamloops.
Check out the video here
If you haven’t taken a hike in Shuswap, Kamloops or Sun Peaks, you’ve been missing out on some of the world’s greatest trails. With thousands of kilometres of tracks strewn across one of Canada’s most diverse landscapes, there are hundreds of amazing hikes in The South Thompson Shuswap and countless opportunities to snap an epic picture. Mountain peaks, desert rocks, lush meadows, hidden beaches and foggy forests all await those who bring their hiking boots and camera to the region.
Most visitors utilize the area’s expertly-made trail guides to map out their perfect day. For specific trail guides, visit the hiking pages on the websites for Kamloops, Shuswap and Sun Peaks.
With so many incredible kilometres of maintained trails to explore, it’s difficult choosing where to take your next adventure in The South Thompson Shuswap. Here are a few of our area’s most unforgettable and photogenic hikes:
Embleton Mountain Trail
Near Sun Peaks Resort, this mountain trail rises to a remarkable view of Heffley Lake. At nearly 9km, it’s a great path for exercise and offers a rest stop at the top complete with picnic tables. Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers, as during the warmer months, this trail weaves through areas of blooming alpine flowers.
Salmon Arm Nature Trail
Located just outside the quaint town of Salmon Arm, this boarded walk is perfect for bird lovers. The South Thompson Shuswap is known for being a resting point for a majority of Canada’s migrating birds and many of them find respite in the quiet waters of Salmon Arm. This Nature Trail connects to several longer hikes that feature some of the province's premier bird watching.
Gibraltar Rock, Kamloops
Just a scenic, thirty minute drive from Kamloops, this trail originates from peaceful Paul Lake and rises through shaded forests. The path meanders around Douglas-fir and pine trees until it reaches a fantastic overlook at Gibraltor Rock that just has to be photographed. On the way down, don’t forget to keep an eye out for the region’s roaming bald eagles and osprey. Save some time for relaxation at the end, as the trail finishes on the sandy beaches of Paul Lake.
Mount Ida Trail, Salmon Arm
The journey up Mount Ida is challenging and immensely rewarding. Winding through cedar forest and finishing at a dramatic cliff peak, this hike bestows grand views of Salmon Arm, Shuswap Lake and neighboring Mt. Bastion.
Battle Bluff, Kamloops
This trail starts with a gentle rise near the shores of Kamloops Lake and elevates to a fantastic overlook in which you can see beyond the Thompson River and endlessly into the distance. It isn’t the steepest trail to start but the final 500 metres offer the perfect challenge. Of course, that challenge comes with a payoff as the hike’s summit features one of the most scenic and rewarding views in the region, especially when done during golden hour.
Margaret Falls, Shuswap
This rushing waterfall is an icon of the Shuswap area. Hikers can walk right up to the fall and take photos from an adjacent bridge. Not be overlooked is the hike to the waterfall, which winds through a mossy forest filled with roaming wildlife.
Sicamous Lookout, Sicamous
Accessible through forestry roads, this lookout is an icon of the area. With a sturdy ramp for hang gliders, it’s a beautiful setting for a picnic lunch and photo opportunity.
Grasslands Trail- Peterson Creek, Kamloops
Peterson Creek was originally a meltwater channel, formed at the end of the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago. These days, over 6,000 metres of designated, dog-friendly trails meander through the park. The grasslands trail is highlighted with views of glacial slits, exposed bedrock and a rushing waterfall to go along with a bird’s eye view of Kamloops.
Tod Peak Trail, Sun Peaks Resort
Peaking at over 2,150 metres, this trail up Mount Tod passes through many of the environments that The South Thompson Shuswap is known for: alpine forests, large meadows, freshwater streams and fields of flowers. The biggest reward is at the top, where a 360 view of the gorgeous landscape and rising blue mountains awaits.
Gils Trail, Sun Peaks Resort
A backcountry skiing favourite in the winter, this trail down Mount Tod is just waiting to have it’s picture taken in the summer months. Offering distant views, lakeside paths and bright alpine flowers, Gil’s Trail is one of the area’s best kept secrets. Throughout your hike, you may not see anyone else on its maintained path.
Sunset Trail, Kamloops
Accessible for hikers of all-levels, the trails that weave through Kenna Cartwright Park outside of Kamloops are best experienced in the evening. Near sunset, the grasslands turn to gold for a magical hour. There’s simply nothing like it. Pack a dinner and enjoy a meal on the park’s aptly named Sunset Trail, which holds picnic tables amongst the shimmering fields of gold.
Juniper Ridge, Sun Peaks Resort
The hikes from Sun Peaks Resort truly have it all. Incredible overlooks, sweeping vistas, blooming flowers, lush meadows and wandering wildlife are available on foot to those who venture up the chairlift. Juniper Ridge is famous for its fragrant, colourful alpine flowers that combine with elevated mountain views to create a photographer’s delight.
Bonus Hike (cover shot), Kamloops:
Long Lake in Lac Du Bois Protected Grasslands.
Next time you take a hike in The South Thompson Shuswap, be sure to tag your Instagram photos with the local tourism hashtags!
Ready to get your hiking boots on the dirt in The South Thompson Shuswap? These businesses will help you maximize your hiking experience in the area. Give them a call and we’ll see you on the trails soon.
Sun Peaks Resort
Sagewood Winery, home of Kamloops' oldest commercial vineyard, brings home an amazing 16 medals from the 2016 NorthWest Wine Summit. This is an International Wine Competition which focuses exclusively on the NorthWest region of USA and Canada. 2016 was the 21st year for the NorthWest Wine Summit and included 1261 entries.
2016 NorthWest Wine Summit results for Sagewood WInery:
2015 Cabernet Franc
2015 Dernier (Late Harvest)
2015 Emmarie (White Blend)
2014 Marechal Foch
2015 Marechal Foch
2014 Merlot-Cabernet Franc
2015 Pinot Noir
2014 Gnarled Rhapsody
2014 Cabernet Franc
2015 Pinot Gris
BEST OF CATEGORY
2015 Pinot Gris (tied)
THE JERRY MEAD AWARD: - top award-winning wines in their price category
2015 Pinot Gris
2014 Cabernet Franc
Sagewood Winery is our family-owned and operated boutique winery in Kamloops. Planting of our vineyard took place in 2005 allowing us the distiction of being the first commercial vineyard in the Kamloops area and having the oldest commercial vines. Nestled along the scenic slopes of the South Thompson River, hand-picked and meticulously crafted, we specialize in hand-crafted, artisan wines and are committed to environmentally-conscious practices in the vineyard and winery. We are thankful to those friends who have volunteered their time and shared our attention to detail during harvest.
Sagewood Winery is honoured to have Doug's wine-making skills recognized at this International level and to recieve these prestigious awards alongside the other well-deserving award winners at the 2016 NorthWest Wine Summit.