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As the bus rolls towards Kamloops for the big tournament, you pull up Tourism Kamloops’ Facebook Page on your smartphone. ‘What else does the Tournament Capital of Canada have to offer,’ you wonder to yourself. A quick scroll through #explorekamloops makes you wonder if you should have planned a few extra days – between the tournament schedule and seeing what this beautiful valley has to offer, it looks like an action packed extended weekend ahead!

No trip to a new place would be complete without a little local shopping - the boutique shops and shopping districts throughout the city check this off your list. The foodie in you gets excited when you start to discover the fabulous and diverse culinary scene between the amazing selection of ethnic restaurants, fine dining options and craft breweries, the hardest part of the weekend might be choosing where to eat!

Then you find a post about the city’s arts and culture scene - at that moment you know that you will need to come back.

You nudge your fellow hockey-mom seated beside you on the bus, “are there seriously 10 professional full scale murals in the back alleys of downtown alone? That sounds amazing! And a symphony, year-round live theatre, and museums all within walking distance from the downtown core? Wow. What is this place?” 

When you come to Kamloops for a tournament, make sure to take a few extra days if possible to experience what locals know about the gem they live in – whether its arts, culture, food or adventure – Kamloops has it all and more!

New Public Artwork installed at Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops

The Kamloops Art Gallery and the City of Kamloops are proud to announce the permanent installation of a new artwork at the entrance to the Tournament Capital Centre. The newest public artwork recently installed in the city is by important British Columbian artist, Cameron Kerr. The work is from the Kamloops Art Gallery’s permanent collection and is now installed permanently at the TCC location as part of a public art partnership with the City of Kamloops.

Cameron Kerr has a longstanding relationship with the Kamloops Art Gallery. He created the commemorative wildfire sculpture that is permanently installed outside the TNRD building, which houses the library and art gallery, and his work was notably included in the exhibition An Era of Discontent: Art as Occupation at the KAG in 2012. The acquisition of this work, Freud’s Ceiling, is indicative of the Gallery’s mandate to collect work by living Canadian artists who have previously shown in Kamloops Art Gallery exhibitions.

Installing the work at this location allows the Gallery to share its permanent collection with a broader public. Public art is a key marker of all mature cities and this initiative is indicative of the dual importance Kamloops puts on both sports and culture. This work reflects the KAG’s commitment to supporting artists who are working and contributing to the conversation in British Columbia’s vibrant art scene today.

Freud’s Ceiling is based on a pattern found on the ceiling of an addition that was built on to Sigmund Freud’s house in London, UK, where the artist Cameron Kerr visited. The design references a naturally occurring pattern that forms in the visual cortex of the brain when one is half asleep. As part of his exploration, Kerr was also interested in research developed by a neurological scientist at the University of Chicago, Jack Cowan. Cowan discovered the mathematical formula that occurs in the visual cortex which produces hexagonal patterns.

Commissioned by the City of Vancouver to celebrate the City’s 125th anniversary, Freud’s Ceiling is part of a body of work that emerged from research into various sources, including art history, modernist architecture, iconography in the built and cultural environment, as well as the fields of biology and psychology. Freud’s Ceiling is similar to Cameron Kerr’s earlier work, in which he produced sculptural objects based on hexagonal concrete city planters. The carved forms and markings in these works evoke familiar urban shapes and reference the rods and cones that form the human eye retina.

Kerr’s geometric sculptures suggest a bodily relationship to our built environment and allude to perceptual processes, where the sculpture embodies the very mechanisms of viewing in the object being perceived and understood by the eye. Now in its prominent location at the TCC, the architectural references of this sculpture acknowledge the importance of this civic building to the citizens of Kamloops.

Cameron Kerr developed his marble carving skills at the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara, Italy and studied with William Tucker and Anthony Gormley in the UK. He went on to study at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, where he worked with well known artist Liz Magor. Working in marble, he developed an approach that merges traditional, figurative and conceptual strategies.

Please direct all media inquiries to Charo Neville, Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery, (250) 377-2410, or Craig Willms, Assistant Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery, (250) 377-2406



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.”

Plan Ahead: Reserve a Truck in Advance for Your Summer Move

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

Darcy Tucker Returns To His Roots


Hockey is certainly on the minds of Kamloopsians as the city gears up to welcome viewers across Canada for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, February 3-6 2016. This nationally televised event invites locals and visitors alike to rub shoulders with hockey greats such as, Darcy Tucker. Kamloops’s local hockey favorite, retired NHL/WHL alumni returns to town. It’s been over a decade since Darcy Tucker was last in Kamloops, but he will be coming back February 3-6 as a Scotiabank ambassador for Hockey Day in Canada.

“I honestly can’t wait to come back to Kamloops. It’s been years since I was in the city, but I have so many great memories of living in Kamloops and playing junior hockey, it will be great to be back.” Said Darcy Tucker. Many of you will remember when Darcy Tucker, number 16, played for the Kamloops Blazer Hockey Club. He spent four years playing for the club of what are arguably the franchises most memorable years when they won 3 Memorial Cup championships.

Darcy vividly remembers being scouted by Bob Brown of the Blazers. Brown had never seen Darcy play in real time. He had watched a video tape of him and selected Tucker, based not on points he occurred in the game but by how many times he got up after being knocked down, 22 times in fact. That type of tenacity would carry Darcy through his entire career.

Darcy recalled that life as a teenager in Kamloops did not allow for much time between school and hockey, when Darcy did get time, he enjoyed the beauty of Kamloops’ outdoors, hiking and skiing close by. Darcy has found memories of so many influential people helping him during his time in Kamloops such as his billets, teachers and coaches. Darcy says they really helped mold him and help him become the mature man he is today.

As a young child playing hockey, Darcy had always opted to be #10 or #12, those were his go-to numbers, but that all changed when he came to Kamloops and was tossed #16.

“I remember it like it was yesterday,” laughed Tucker. I called my Dad and asked if #16 was okay. He said “Bobby Clark wore #16 so yeah, it’s good. Represent it well. “Every time I stepped on the ice in my hockey career, I did my best to represent #16.

Today Darcy is putting his experience and passion for the game into the work he does as a brand ambassador for Scotiabank, the major sponsor of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada. It’s a job he loves.

“I have the best job,” said Tucker. “I get to travel with the Rogers Sportsnet and Scotiabank teams and help host Hometown Hockey events across the country. I enjoy working with Scotiabank because they believe in team work and community, and they give so many kids the opportunity to play the game of hockey through their sponsorship.”

Scotiabank sponsors 5000+ hockey teams across the country, something Darcy thinks is incredible.

“Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, for me, it’s all about people coming together, not just players on the ice, but all the people behind the scenes too. All kinds of personalities played the game, and still do. It’s a chance for us all to bond together with a common passion.”

When Darcy returns to Kamloops for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada he is looking forward to reconnecting with several hockey greats which he admired as a young kid. “When I was as a kid, I used to think hockey on TV was a movie. So when I got to meet Lanny McDonald when I was a kid and got to shake his hand, I realized that my dreams of making the NHL weren’t impossible, they were closer than I thought. Today, Lanny and I do a lot of work together.

Darcy also has great admiration for Kamloops’ hometown boy, and former Canadiens team mate, Mark Recchi. “I played with Mark when I first started in the NHL and he’s an incredible mentor. He was very good to me as a young guy coming to Montreal. I knew he was from Kamloops and had heard great things – he’s a good quality guy and it’ll be fun to reconnect.

 Kamloops is certainly looking forward to having Darcy Tucker and Mark Recchi back on hometown soil in less than two weeks for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada. Bring your friends and family down for a great four days of affordable fun! More info found here

(Interviewed by Aleece Laird) 

Home Town Hockey Hero Returns to Kamloops

T-minus 3 weeks and counting until hometown hockey legend, Mark Recchi is coming home! Recchi will join other hockey greats such as: Lanny McDonald, Kirk McLean, Darcy Tucker and others in celebrating a four day, hometown hockey festival coming to Kamloops! Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada will kick off February 3rd up at Sun Peaks Resort.  Many other exciting community events will headline hockey festivities throughout family day long weekend.

“I can’t wait to come home!” said Recchi. “To me there is no better place to host Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.” As a three-time Stanley Cup champion and winner of many National and World championships, Recchi certainly thrived playing hockey, a game he started to play at the tender age of six. “My friends and I would play hockey all the time- Spring, summer and fall there was always a game happening somewhere in Kamloops.” said Recchi.

Today Recchi is the Player Development Coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins and thrives on helping young players break into the NHL. Recchi owes a lot of his passion and hockey skill development to amazing coaching and support which Kamloops is known for. “In my mind, Hockey Day in Canada signifies and promotes the passion we have for the game of hockey. It brings out the best in everyone… and sometimes the worst when your team loses. (Laughs) It’s a special day to recognize the sport and I think Kamloops is going to be an awesome host.”  Said Recchi.

 Kamloops is known for exceptional grassroots minor hockey development all the way up to being home of the WHL Kamloops Blazers Hockey organisation. This year the WHL will be celebrating its 50th year with an exciting, Pro Am Alumni game featuring teams made up of NHL and WHL alumni in a fun, family oriented game including such names as: Lanny McDonald, Mark Recchi, Darcy Tucker, Wendel Clark, Kirk McLean and more! Game to be played on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the Sandman Centre. Puck drop at 7:30pm

Recchi is excited to be home, to reconnect with friends and family both on and off the ice and be an ambassador for Kamloops hometown hockey. Bring your family and friends down for an exciting and affordable hometown hockey weekend.

Make sure to check out for ticket information and updates.

For Immediate Release - Tickets for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada Now Available


Sean Smith, Tournament Capital Coordinator
City of Kamloops

Hockey Canada Century Tour visits Kamloops and the 4 Nations Cup- bring your skates for a new experience!


Hockey Canada has set up its fully interactive hockey experience beside the Interior Savings Centre in celebration of their 100th Anniversary. The Century Tour caravan provides multiple experiences for fans including state-of-the-art interactive hockey timeline and milestone artifacts as well as programs and activities specifically developed for kids. The #CenturyTour launched in Ottawa July 1, 2014 and criss-crossing the country, will wrap up in May 2015

Running until Sunday in downtown Kamloops, you can step back in hockey history with a decade-by-decade timeline of Hockey Canada on the feature wall with vignettes of key moments in Hockey Canada history. The caravan also features interactive tablet stations, a replica of a Hockey Canada locker stall where you can see what it’s like inside a Hockey Canada dressing room. There is also a green screen that superimposes fans into an iconic Hockey Canada moment. And there is a really cool (not literally) synthetic ice surface for experienced players and newcomers to the game to lace up a pair of skates and take to the ice. Skates are available for children up to size 5 while everyone else will need to bring their own blades.

Kamloops to Host 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship


~For Immediate Release~

September 9, 2014



Kamloops to host 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championships



Kamloops, BC: International Women’s Ice Hockey will grace the ice surfaces in Kamloops in April 2016.  Today’s announcement by Hockey Canada was a welcome addition to the roster of notable sport events hosted in the city.  The world championship will be the second major international women’s hockey event to be held in Kamloops in a span of 18 months; the city will welcome Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States for the 2014 4 Nations Cup from November 4th to 8th


“Through strong partnerships with the City of Kamloops, their Tournament Capital of Canada branding, Hockey Canada and the local community, Tourism Kamloops looks forward to assisting in an exceptional sport event experience for visitors, athletes and coaches and their families,” noted Lee Morris, CEO.  “The tournament will also offer great benefit to tourism in the City in a normally off-peak season.  We look forward to welcoming this high-profile event.”






For More Information:

Ms. Lee Morris

CEO, Tourism Kamloops

P: 250.372.8000 |C: 250.319.4247 |                 


McArthur Island Park in the Spring

Posted on May 1st, 2014

McArthur Island Park


A ritual for many parents of Kamloops youth soccer players is driving them to spring practises on McArthur Island Park. As much as it’s challenging for those working to get out of the workplace early to be at your child’s practise on time, there can be a reward if the sun is shining and the temperature is lovely and warm. It’s far away from the maddening work world so rather than drop and run, consider drop and staying.  Try getting out of the car rather than rushing to make dinner and just plunk yourself down to enjoy the moment…..Use it as a time to collect your thoughts, enjoy the season and maybe even watch your kid learn the game of soccer with their team mates. For those who may be new to the city or visiting for just a short time, McArthur Island Park is also a perfect get away for breathing and walking space in Kamloops. The walking trail surrounding the park provides an ideal way to see the diversity of ages on the many soccer pitches and baseball diamonds as well as wildlife viewing opportunities on the adjacent Thompson River.  I took my son to his practise recently and just stayed and hung out, just me and my thoughts along with the warmth of the sun, a gentle breeze and a nice patch of grass to  to ponder the day’s activities……