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Fall Fishing Kamloops and Area Lakes



Fall Fishing Kamloops and Area Lakes

With the summer winding down and temperatures following closely behind, some of the best fishing of the season happens in the fall months.  From September until freeze up, fly fishing opportunities are abundant as fish start to prepare themselves for the long winter ahead. 

Unlike the spring into early summer, the abundance of insect hatches are gone.  The frustration of trying to figure out what size and color of chironomids has surpassed and anglers can focus on main fall food items.  While we still see a few small hatches of chironomids at times in early fall, the main food sources are shrimp and leeches.  Fish slowly migrate in to shallower water at water temps start to drop, thus making fish easier to locate.  Concentrating on the edges of drop-offs and weed beds is a great place to start hunting for rainbows.  Using an intermediate sinking line and pulling shrimp slowly but erratically over the weed beds is a sure fire way to get a fish to strike, or using a floating line and hanging a leech under an indicator with a “slow” retrieve has brought a lot of success to not only myself but my clients as well and produced good numbers and size of fish.  Good colors of leeches are maroon, black, brown and variations together.  With shrimp, small sizes in light green to olive green.

Fall fishing is my favorite time of year to fish, there are a lot less anglers on the water and the weather can be cool to start but turns in to more beautiful days than not.



Good luck and safe angling.

Mike Porco
DNA Fly Fishing

Press Release | Tourism Kamloops Sets New Direction

For Immediate Release

Tourism Kamloops Sets New Direction
New 5 Year Strategic Plan Approved by Tourism Kamloops Board of Directors
October 12, 2016, Kamloops, BC: The Tourism Kamloops Board of Directors has approved the organization’s new 5-year strategic plan.  Beginning July 1, 2017, Tourism Kamloops will execute the plan in alignment with the recent approval of the Municipal Regional District Tax (MRDT) renewal and the approved increase to the MRDT from  2% to 3%. 
“This plan is the result of extensive consultation and collaboration with tourism industry stakeholders. The engagement process resulted in a proactive, focused and results-driven framework addressing five key strategic platforms of performance – Innovation, Sustainability, Brand, Community & Stakeholders and Experience,” explains Beverley DeSantis, Tourism Kamloops CEO.  “Kamloops stands out amongst competing destinations. Our strategic plan ensures that Kamloops elevates its distinct position and offers visitors exactly what they are seeking in a vacation experience”.
Tourism is a necessary economic driver for Kamloops and Tourism Kamloops’ strategic plan will benefit the entire community.  Priorities within the plan emphasize the importance of building local ambassadorship, identifying opportunities for exceptional tourism experiences, developing a compelling brand that will resonate with visitors, empowering and elevating industry partners and using dynamic marketing strategies to deliver the destination’s brand. 
Tourism Kamloops will be hosting a Stakeholder Forum to unveil  the plan on Tuesday, October 18th from 3pm – 5pm at the Coast Kamloops Hotel.  This forum is open to the public and all tourism stakeholders.  Please RSVP attendance to tara@tourismkamloops.com or by phone at 250.372.8000.


Media Contacts:                                                      
Beverley DeSantis, CEO                                           
Tourism Kamloops                                                    
P: 250.372.8000                                                                 
C: 250.517.9094                                                       
E: bev@tourismkamloops.com                                  

Monica Dickinson, Director of Industry Relations & Communications
Tourism Kamloops
P: 250.372.8000
C: 250.819.0151
E: monica@tourismkamloops.com


Posted in Tourism,

The Perfect October Weekend Getaway in Kamloops


Pumpkin spice lattes, and harvest can only mean one thing … fall in Kamloops has arrived! Kamloops is the perfect escape for families looking to get away for a weekend – our weather is still warm, our markets are loaded with fall flavours, and there are plenty of fun seasonal activities for your kids to enjoy.

The perfect October Weekend Getaway in Kamloops starts with our picks for the top 5 attractions:


1.     Flavours Trail

Did you know it’s harvest time at our farms and wineries – we love the fall colours that fill these destinations and so will your family!

Sip along Kamloops’ 4 award winning wineries to enjoy the flavours produced by our unique terroir. Then visit our Wednesday and Saturday Farmers Markets in Downtown Kamloops to grab products grown locally at our surrounding farms. Finally, indulge in a craft beer brew tour ensuring to stop at the Noble Pig to enjoy their limited edition Pumpkin Beer!


            Left: Monte Creek Ranch Winery                                             Right: Downtown Farmer's Market


2.     Boo at the Zoo

It’s going to be another spooktacular Halloween at the BC Wildlife Park! Did you know the Park is home to over 40 wildlife species? The whole family will enjoy exciting animal encounters, the haunted maze, the spider scavenger hunt, Uncle Chris’ magic show, and story time at the witches’ corner. If you’ve been to the Wildlife Park before don’t pass up the opportunity to visit again during October. You can even put on your best costume for some trick or treating right at the Park from October 28th to 30th from 5:00 to 9:00pm.

                                                    Boo at the Zoo by Kelly Funk Photography


3.     Ghost Train

How many trips have you been on where you can say that you time-travelled? That’s why Kamloops Heritage Railway’s Ghost Train is a must-see on our top October attractions list. Your family will be taken back in time to Halloween night 1915; the fog is rolling in thick and the train has embarked on its journey to Blue River. Your family’s adventure begins when you hear that the train has entered a thick cloud and disappears...

Will you dare to ride? Tours are offered on October 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29 all starting at 7PM.

                                                    Ghost Train by Peter Olsen Photography


4.     Tranquille Farm Fresh

This October, it’s all about the mysteries of our mind at Tranquille Farm Fresh! Kicking off October 10th, this year’s corn maze is designed in the shape of a human brain and challenges the family to navigate its corridors by unlocking “brainy” clues.  October 28, 29 & 30thcelebrates the Corn Maze Extravanganza…an amped up version of the corn maze with pyrotechnics, spooky encounters and haunted house finale….if you dare!

Tranquille’s history is deep.  Take in this year’s tunnel tour theatre performance “The Disordered Mind” and uncover the story of a young patient whose mental situation is in the hands of Tranquille’s medical team during the 1960’s.

Tickets can be purchased through the Kamloops Live Box Office, running Friday-Sunday evenings.


           Left: Corn Maze by Jan Nademlejnsky                                           Right: Disordered Mind


5.     Golfing

Finally, it is still golf season in Kamloops in October! The sun is still shining and it isn’t too cold for a morning tee-time. The family can enjoy 13 courses in the area. You have the option to golf among big horn sheep, play a round at BC’s #1 golf course, or play on rolling terrain and strategic doglegs. Talking Rock Golf Course, Rivershore Golf Links, Tobiano Golf Course, Sun Rivers Golf Resort, Kamloops Golf & Country Club, The Dunes at Kamloops Golf Club, and Eaglepoint Golf Course are offering fantastic fall rates and packages so ensure you ask when you’re booking your fall getaway!

                                                   Sun Rivers Golf Resort

Kamloops Wineries Awarded Eight Medals at Okanagan Wine Festival B.C Wine Awards

Kamloops Wineries Awarded Eight Medals at Okanagan Wine Festival B.C Wine Awards

Kamloops, BC, October 3, 2016 – Kamloops wineries shone brightly last Thursday when the Okanagan Wine Festival announced the results of the 2016 British Columbia Wine Awards marking the kick off to the 36th annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival now in full swing.

A panel of ten expert judges from Canada and the U.S worked for four days to determine which wines were worthy of medal recognition. Competing for that recognition were a record 624 different wines from over 90 wineries across the province.

Among this year’s entries were two Kamloops wineries which combined earned a total of eight medals. Harper’s Trail Estate Winery won a gold medal for their 2014 Pioneer Block Riesling and a silver for their 2014 Cabernet Franc. Monte Creek Ranch Winery was awarded a gold medal for their 2014 Riesling icewine, a silver for their 2014 Cabernet Merlot and handful of bronze medals for their 2014 Ranch Hand Red Reserve, 2015 Reserve Chardonnay, 2015 Hands Up White and their 2015 Hands Up Red.

“This is a tough competition and represents some of the best wines in BC,” says Kamloops Wineries Association Director, Trish Morelli. “There were a lot of wines entered and to have two local wineries win eight medals is an incredible outcome and really helps to showcase the quality product coming out of the Kamloops Thompson Valley region,” says Morelli.

Additional notable recognition for Kamloops wineries came last week with the announcement of Cornucopia’s top 20 wine awards in Whistler, BC. Judged against 167 high caliber domestic and international wines, Harper’s Trail Estate Winery was named to the esteemed top 20 list with their 2014 Pioneer Block Riesling. In the 2014 competition, another Kamloops winery, Privato was awarded the prestigious top red wine at Cornucopia with their 2012 Pinot Noir.

The award winning Kamloops wines from Harper's Trail , Monte Creek Ranch and Privato are available directly from the wineries or from select retail outlets in the province.


For more information, or wine specifications please contact:
Trish Morelli
Kamloops Wineries Association
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