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Press Release | Tourism Kamloops Awarded Silver Medal Designation by Green Tourism Canada

Tourism Kamloops Awarded Silver Medal Designation by Green Tourism Canada
For Immediate Release
March 17, 2017, Kamloops, British Columbia – Tourism Kamloops partnered with Green Tourism Canada recently to become a leader and mentor employing a sustainable approach to tourism operations. The process included a green audit and action plan for continuous improvement. Tourism Kamloops has achieved a Silver Medal Designation by Green Tourism Canada and the organization looks forward to implementing the report’s recommendations to improve its results in the future. 

"We are thrilled to welcome Tourism Kamloops as our newest Silver member," says Angela Nagy, CEO of Green Tourism Canada.  "Tourism Kamloops has taken a strong leadership role in going through the Green Tourism assessment process for the Kamloops Visitor Centre, gaining valuable insight into ways that they can improve their sustainability performance, setting an example for tourism operators, and helping them to meet growing consumer demand for responsible business, demonstrating to visitors that Kamloops cares about sustainability. 

The report indicates Tourism Kamloops and its staff are working towards a number of green initiatives that are expected to have a positive impact on its operations and the community at large, including:

  • Concentrated waste reduction efforts in the Visitor Centre
  • Shifting from traditional print marketing to online and digital promotions
  • Partnerships with local artisans to showcase hand crafted products in the Visitor Centre
  • Launched a new multi use trail guide promoting outdoor activity to visitors
  • Pioneered the Bee City designation in partnership with the City of Kamloops and local Communities in Bloom
  • Construction of a public garden at the Visitor Centre
  • Support of the BC Wildlife Park and its conservation and education programming

“Tourism Kamloops has a leadership role to play introducing and executing green initiatives”, notes Beverley DeSantis, Tourism Kamloops CEO. “Sustainability is a key strategic platform that guides and inspires our continued efforts to drive green tourism-focused programs in the city.”
This initial report provides a baseline for Tourism Kamloops to measure annual progress and presents a number of recommendations about how the organization can continue to demonstrate leadership in sustainability and environmental stewardship.


For more information about Tourism Kamloops, visit
Media Contact:
Monica Dickinson, Director – Industry Relations & Communications
Tourism Kamloops
P: 250.372.8000
C: 250.819.0151

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Downtown Kamloops is "Alive After Five"

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


Media Contacts:

Gay Pooler
General Manager
P: 250.372.3242
C: 250.318.0184
Monica Dickinson
Director, Industry Relations & Communications
Tourism Kamloops
P: 250.372.8000
C: 250.819.0151
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Kamloops Heat Won't Keep Pokemon GO Players Away

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


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.


For media inquiries:

NAME: Jordan Rinke
TITLE: Chief Technology Officer            
PHONE: 1.888.899.4835 ext. 1019

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Western Canada Theatre receives $10,000 donation from RBC Emerging Artists Project

Western Canada Theatre would very much like to thank RBC Emerging Artists Project and those from RBC associated with it for their donation of $10,000 to WCT.

Dave Maurer, RBC Branch Manager Kamloops Main and Chase, and Pam Shaw, RBC Regional Vice President, presented the cheque to Lori Marchand, General Manager of WCT, on the set of the WCT/TRU Young Company’s production of The Velveteen Rabbit.

The RBC Emerging Artists Project helps artists bridge the gap from emerging to established and supports organizations that provide the best opportunity to advance their career trajectory. It supports arts organizations and artists in a range of genres including visual art, music, theatre, performance, literature and film.

Bridging the gap from emerging to established is something in which WCT has great experience. The theatre company has a long history of supporting and encouraging emerging artists. We believe it is a long-term investment that begins with exposure through our school matinee program, continues through our Stage One Theatre School and manifests itself in professional opportunities, such as the WCT/TRU Young Company, for those who choose a career in the performing arts, be it in performance, stage management, design, playwriting or directing.  The Velveteen Rabbit not only provided those launching their professional careers, but also introduced 900 children from 12 local schools to the wonders and magic of theatre.

WCT thanks RBC and the Emerging Artists Project for their generous contribution, which allows us to continue developing talent for now and the future.

 Photo:  On the stage of the WCT/TRU Young Company’s production of The Velveteen Rabbit

FRONT ROW LEFT: Lucy Geary (WCT Growth & Engagement Director), Dave Maurer (RBC Branch Manager Kamloops Main and Chase) & Lori Marchand (WCT General Manager); CENTRE FRONT: Maddison Hartloff, Krystine Lucas & Taylor James MacCallum (Cast); CENTRE BACK: Celine Majcher (Stage Manager) & Heather Cant (Director); FRONT ROW RIGHT: Terri Runnals (WCT Education Coordinator) & Pam Shaw (RBC Regional Vice President)

For more information, contact Catrina Crowe at 250-372-3216 Ext. 530



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Renowned Travel Expert Robin Esrock brings Canada's Bucket List to Kamloops

Join Robin on His Latest bucket List Adventure!


Robin Esrock, the author of Canada’s #1 bestselling travel book – The Great Canadian Bucket list, is fulfilling another bucket list challenge right here in Kamloops: “Ride with an Olympian!” Having travelled to over 100 countries on 7 continents, international travel guru and bestselling author, Robin Esrock, is coming to Kamloops on a book tour to promote The Great Canadian Prairies Bucket List and The Great Northern Canada Bucket List, now available from your favourite bookseller. Two time Olympian Catharine Pendrel will join Robin, in exploring the trails of Lac Du Bois Grasslands, before heading out on her “Road to Gold” in Rio, Brazil this August.

Robin spent years personally visiting every province and territory to discover the one-of-a-kind destinations and activities to thrill visitors and locals alike. His first book, The Great Canadian Bucket List, has been the #1 selling Canadian travel book since 2013.The Great Western Canada Bucket List, another bestseller, features iconic local experiences including, exploring the region’s heralded bike routes on a Harley Davidson, enjoying delicious bites at The Noble Pig Brewhouse, which he states as “one of his favourite pubs in the province”, and experiencing the Adams River Salmon Run.

Spanning adventure, culture, history, trivia, and food. Robin’s discovery of Canada is full of humour, awe, and appreciation and quirky in nature. Get ready to:


  • Float in Canada's very own Dead Sea
  • Feel the hot breath of a wild polar bear
  • Kayak between icebergs
  • Drink a cocktail with a severed human toe
  • Cross the mythical Northwest Passage
  • Spend a night in Ottawa’s haunted prison hotel


Presented by Ford Motors and Tourism Kamloops,

Robin Esrock will be giving a free multimedia talk at The Noble Pig

on Thursday April 28th at 7pm as part of his spring 2016 book tour.   

Contact Jaclyn Hodsdon | or

Andrea Heath |

To arrange an interview.

Committed media to this tour include, CBC Radio, Global TV and CTV in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Robin Esrock’ s stories have been published in over a dozen major publications worldwide. As a travel expert, he has been profiled by 60 Minutes, CNN, MSNBC, Travel+Leisure, CBC, CTV, GlobalTV, Canadian Geographic, and many others. A former columnist for The Globe and Mail, Robin is also the creator and co-host of the 40-part television series, Word Travels, seen on OLN in Canada, and National Geographic and Travel Channel in over 21 languages worldwide. / / @robinesrock

Catharine Pendrel – local Kamloops 2 time World Champion and Canadian Olympian on “The Road to Gold “for the  2016 Rio Olympics, is excited to share some of her favourite Kamloops trails with Robin.  Catharine is down to earth, a genuine ambassador for the local mountain bike community and holds a passion for travel and great destination experiences.

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Tourism Kamloops Welcomes New CEO

Tourism Kamloops' Incoming CEO
"Passionate Tourism Opportunity Advocate"



April 5, 2016

Kamloops, B.C.: Tourism Kamloops, the organization responsible for destination marketing on behalf of tourism industry stakeholders and the City of Kamloops, welcomed its new CEO to the organization this week. For years, the Kamloops region has seen strong and steady growth in the tourism industry, and the new CEO is no stranger to either the area or in leading organizations on a pathway of success.

"The Board of Tourism Kamloops is pleased to announce that we have selected Beverley DeSantis as our new CEO, effective April 4, 2016," says Darcia Ball, President of the Board of Directors. "Our hiring committee received numerous high quality applications for the position, and Beverley was chosen due in part to her strong personal connections to the area and also because of her outstanding business and leadership experience and abilities. We have every confidence that Beverley and the team at Tourism Kamloops will continue to move the organization forward."

Ms. DeSantis' resume is remarkable. Her exceptional business/tourism experience and longstanding track record in leadership, coupled with countless accolades for her community and philanthropic experience, made her a stand out candidate for the CEO role. Her desire to move to the area from her current home in Calgary, Alberta and innovative ideas for enhancing the work of the organization sealed the deal for the hiring committee, a process which took months.

"I'm thrilled to be moving to Kamloops and to work for this forward-thinking organization," says Ms. DeSantis. "I am a passionate advocate of tourism opportunity development and have been involved in the tourism industry for over 30 years. I look forward to bringing my experience in growing regional and urban enterprises and building exceptional teams and community champions to my role as CEO. My husband and I love this area, and we look forward to enjoying the work/life balance the beautiful city of Kamloops has to offer us, and in turn sharing that story with others."

Ms. DeSantis is excited to join the team at Tourism Kamloops to continue the work the organization has started under the leadership of Acting CEO Monica Dickinson.

"The work that's underway to build strong community relationships and to engage with stakeholders is great to see," says DeSantis. "Working together, we as a team and community need to work cohesively to enhance the reputation of Kamloops as a great place to let loose and just play."

ABOUT TOURISM KAMLOOPS: Since its inception in 2005, Tourism Kamloops' mandate has been to lead all external tourism marketing of Kamloops as a unique, accessible, and affordable destination on behalf of the City of Kamloops, the Kamloops accommodation industry, and tourism stakeholders.


For Interviews/Information:

Darcia Ball                                                                           Beverley DeSantis
Tourism Kamloops, Chair                                                    Tourism Kamloops, Incoming CEO
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Western Canada Theatre is proud to present the World Premiere of HABIB’S UNFORGETTABLE ALL NIGHT HOUSE PARTY, March 31- April 9 at the Sagebrush Theatre

Habib’s unforgettable all night house party – World Premiere

Western Canada Theatre is proud to present the World Premiere of HABIB’S UNFORGETTABLE ALL NIGHT HOUSE PARTY, written by Kamloops’ own Janet Michael, from March 31 – April 9 at the Sagebrush Theatre.

Set in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1947, a Lebanese family prepare to celebrate their parent’s wedding anniversary with a house party full of fun, music and family.  Playwright Janet Michael recounts the hilarious and turbulent story inspired by her Lebanese grandparents’ integration into St John’s, raising a family and running a store. “The Second World War had just ended.  It was a time of unbridled optimism and it helped spawn a band of young immigrant descendants who were determined to create a place for themselves in the hearts of their fellow Newfoundlanders. They did it with music and laughter. They were my family.”

WCT is excited to celebrate 40 years of theatre by producing the world premiere of a new play by Janet Michael in collaboration with the Resource Centre for the Arts, of St John’s, Newfoundland.  


Produced by Western Canada Theatre in association with the Resource Centre for the Arts, St John’s.   

Mar 31 - Apr 9, 2016. Sagebrush Theatre.

Featuring: Dalal Badr (Gloria), Clint Butler (Frankie), Lise Cormier (Vicki), Andy Jones (Habib), Chirag Naik (Louie), Adam Olgui (Eddie), Craig Pike (Pat Flynn), Maria Vacratsis (Naseema).
Creative Team: Dean Paul Gibson (Director), Cory Sincennes (Set & Costume Designer), Robert Gauthier (Lighting Designer), Bill Brennan (Music Director & Sound Designer), Geoff Younghusband (Stage Manager), Christine Leroux (Assistant Stage Manager), Madison Henry (Apprentice Stage Manager).

For more information:

contact Suzan Goguen

Communications and Marketing Director

phone: 250-372-3216 Ext. 530



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The 20th Annual Kamloops Film Festival Broke Records!





The 20th Annual Kamloops Film Festival (KFF) was a tremendous success with over 5,200 audience members in attendance for 20 films, 10 events, and 10 guests over 10 incredible film filled days!!

The audience increased by almost 25% due the excellent lineup of films, the amazing industry guests, and the wonderful events, which included not only Steeping Discussions and Q&As, but Brewing & Wine-ing Discussions, and even a Family Friendly Tea Party at the Kamloops Art Gallery. Many even bought KFF swag and wore it proudly around town!!


The KFF Audience Choice Award for 2016, based on the voting cards, goes to Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World, which was actually our opening film for KFF 2016. Congratulations to KFF special guests Charles Wilkinson, Tina Schliessler, Rudy Buttignol & Murray Battle on their wonderful BC film. The full list of film ratings is below.

9.12 - Haida Gwaii
9.04 - The Lady in the Van
8.88 - A Royal Night Out
8.67 - Forsaken
8.63 - Mustang
8.47 - Snowtime!
8.41 - No Men Beyond This Point
8.20 - Embrace of the Serpent
7.96 - Born to be Blue
7.84 - Eadweard
7.65 - Youth
7.65 - Macbeth
7.63 - Son of Saul
7.51 - Victoria
7.29 - Ben's At Home
7.25 - Anomalisa
7.07 - James White
6.79 - Regression
6.68 - The Witch
6.27 - My Good Man's Gone


The KFF Most Popular Film Award for 2016, based on a record setting attendance of 675, goes to The Lady in the Van, which was also our 2016 Film for a Cause. Our partner, the Kamloops Food Bank, was able to collect numerous boxes of food and several cash donations to help them with their worthwhile efforts.

In closing, we want to make sure we thank all of the many people that make our festival the success that it is. A very special thank you to our wonderful KFF Committee, all of our generous sponsors, the partners that elevate the event, the volunteers that make it run so smoothly, and of course, the audience, who make it all worthwhile.

Thanks so much, see you in 2017. We've got some big plans for the next 20 years!!




If you haven't already, please take 5 minutes to fill out our annual survey so we can see what's working and what needs improving for KFF 2017. All of the answers remain anonymous.
Plus, if you give us your name and email you'll be entered into a draw to win 2 Full Festival Passes for KFF 2017!!

We will be picking a winner on March 31 so take the survey HERE ASAP!!








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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, or follow along through social media on Facebook and Twitter, and at   

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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.
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