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Move over Hollywood, get ready TIFF, there’s a new show in production as Canada becomes the country-wide set for a tourism video, one where the stars—and directors—are all local and getting reel.
The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) is reaching out to Canadians through its 35 Million Directors project: to help create a new video to inspire more travellers from around the world to choose Canada for their vacation.
Starting today, Canadians can upload experiences from coast to coast to coast, videos or images, to a new website. Footage and photos must showcase Canadian travel experiences - from a favourite hike to a music festival, a sporting event to dining al fresco downtown. ‘Directors’ will want to capture moments that will whet the appetite of international travellers looking for unique and authentic examples of what is available across Canada.
Contest Prizes: The cherry on top: a contest with prizes for the best entries and even a random draw so everyone’s got a shot. The contest runs until from August 22 - September 16, 2012, when the CTC will then look at the story-line Canadians have created, select the best entries, and mix in the work of a few professional directors to create a grassroots video advertisement to inspire travellers from around the world to visit Canada.
“We’re out to create a story from the point of view of Canadians and what makes them proud about our great cities, our geography and nature, our cuisine, our culture, or perhaps the friendliness of a local festival,” says Michele McKenzie, CTC president and CEO. “We hope Canadians are out there this summer enjoying what our country offers whether on a trip or during a lunch break. Many are already capturing what moves them on phones and cameras and sharing with friends and family. We want to share these images big time with the world, and add a grassroots dimension to our marketing efforts in attracting more and more international visitors to Canada.”
Inspirational help will be on hand as well from Canada’s deep pool of talent. Renowned visual artist Douglas Coupland has stepped forward to post his own video. Film-school students are encouraged to upload clips of their own.
The final two-minute video will debut at the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) Congress in November and be shared with Canadians before CTC starts using the video in international travel campaigns. https://www.35milliondirectors.com/
For further information, please contact: Margaret Nevin Senior Communications Advisor Canadian Tourism Commission Tel: 604-638-8406
Kamloops, BC: The five finalists of the 2012 Tourism Kamloops Cocktail Competition have been determined. On August 9th, Ramada’s Rooftop Lounge, Hoodoos at Sun Rivers, Terra Restaurant, Frick and Frack and ORA Restaurant Lounge will face off at St. Andrews on the Square where a panel of judges will select the overall winner based on the presentation by lounge, presentation of the cocktail and how well the cocktail tied into the city’s history.
2012’s competition embraced the celebration of Kamloops’ Bi-Centennial whereby participating cocktails featured an interpretation of the history of Kamloops. Using a maximum of six ingredients, the cocktails have been included on the establishment’s menu since July 9th and will remain after the competition until September 4th. Online voting took place weekly at www.tourismkamloops.com/cocktail. A total of 3866 votes were cast over the 4 week period.
“Tourism Kamloops would like to thank the restaurant partners for participating in this event. This event has allowed us to showcase Kamloops’ diverse hospitality industry and has encouraged locals and visitors to celebrate a significant historical milestone for Kamloops in a festive, summer-inspired fashion,” said Tourism Kamloops’ CEO, Ms. Lee Morris.
The 2012 Kamloops Cocktail campaign combined the innovation of local restaurateurs with the celebration of Kamloops’ Bi-Centennial, all in the spirit of embracing summer in Kamloops.
Contact: Ms. Lee Morris, CEO, Tourism Kamloops
P: 250.372.8000 C: 250.319.4247
A beautiful afternoon in Kamloops, and my two boys and I were taking a nice walk down the brick sidewalks of Kamloops. The trees have exploded into various shades of green and people are out walking their dogs, wearing sunglasses and sporting flip flops. I was looking for coffee and walked into the locally owned Zack’s Coffee, and what to my boy’s wondering eyes should appear, but a case full of specialty gelato. I’m an ice cream fan, as are they, but there’s something about the presentation of that Italian style ice cream known as gelato, sitting there looking all yummy and covered with special oozing icings and chocolate drippings.
The lady at Zack’s was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. She asked if the boys would like to sample before making their decisions, and after two samples for my 6 year old, and ahem … FIVE samples for my 8 year old, the youngest went for chocolate and chocolate chip and the eldest picked vanilla and chocolate. Of course, as their loving mother, I made sure I helped them finish the gelato which was so nicely put into their little cupcake-style cups.
I still did get my coffee and we sat outside on their sidewalk patio enjoying watching the people pass by, loving the sun and happy that summer has now been welcomed by a scoop (or two) of gelato! Mmmmm!
~ Awesome Aleece
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Now we’re talking, right?! There are actually FOUR Farmers’ Markets in Kamloops which sell local produce and products from April through October. My Mom and Dad had a great garden when we lived in Kamloops and we were never short of fresh peas, carrots, beans, corn and tomatoes. I for sure ate more veggies when I was a kid, but the Farmers’ Market is a fun place to meet the farmers, growers, bakers and makers of great food, which more than makes me happy for good, healthy produce… yes, even veggies!
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So what’s your favourite vegetable? Mine is asparagus, believe it or not. We used to pick it wild when I was little, out by the Kamloops Airport. And for fruit, I'm a berry kind of guy… blueberries and raspberries, and oh yes, I definitely love watermelon!
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So head out to one of the Farmers’ Markets this year in Kamloops, meet the locals and stock up on some really amazing food!
~ Mark Madryga
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Treetop Flyers Zipline - NOW OPEN!
It’s what we’ve all been waiting for! Begin with a ride on the 100 metre Flying Fox zipline in the village to learn the basics and then continue your adventure with two ziplines above the amazing Chase Falls. Two adventure guides will accompany each group to interpret the area's culture, history and geography.
Heli - Off Road Segway Tour
Climb aboard a Lakehead Helicopter for an exhilarating ten to fifteen minute ride over the Shuswap to a wilderness location in the mountains. Meanwhile the Segway PTs are trucked up a steep, rough 4X4 road to meet you. Upon arrival climb aboard your Segway PT for a truly unique wilderness adventure! Lunch and snacks are provided. You will be returned via a second splendid helicopter ride. Total tour length: Allow 5 hours.
Paddle/Hike Copper Island Tour
An invigorating early morning wake up call! You will launch on on inflatable boats at Shuswap Provincial Park and paddle the 2 km across to Copper Island Provincial Park (approximately 1/2 hour paddling). Then you will hike about an hour around the loop trail with exquisite panoramic views on Copper Island. You will return to Shuswap Park with a satisfying paddle across the lake. Snack and drinks provided.
1st Annual Kamloops Marathon
This year Kamloops will host the inaugural Kamloops Marathon, adding to the various first-class sport events the city currently facilitates.
Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge Centre
The Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge Society is an 80 acre facility located near Chase, BC. We are dedicated to rehabilitating and caring for unwanted, abused and neglected donkeys. When donkeys are abused they require years of special care, costly vet and farrier work and years of love and devotion to heal the scars made by man. Stop in and meet the donkeys Wed, Sat & Sun 11-3pm.
Faction Indoor Skate Park
This indoor skatepark, skateboard and bmx retail store is open year round. Try your skills with the mini halfpipe, mini ¼, flat banked ramp, massive platform, manny box, launch ramp & flat round rail.
Tranquille Farm Fresh
The historic calf barn has been restored and now houses the TranquilleFarmFresh market! It is a charming piece of a bygone era with its unique design. We have tried to maintain as much of the past as possible during the renovation process. The barn contains our post harvesting station where your TranquilleFarmFresh produce is cleaned, packaged, and cooled. It also contains our retail market. With the morning sun bouncing off of its freshly whitewashed walls you will experience a taste of history while you are being embued with the vitality of today’s life and pulse on an urban farm.
1st Annual RibFest
This summer, Ribfest will take over Riverside Park from Friday, August 10th to Sunday, August 12th for Kamloops' first full weekend of fantastic, free, family fun. In conjunction with Hot Nite in the City, the highly successful Ribfest offers a rib cook-off between five champion barbeque teams; music and entertainment throughout the entire event; entertainment and activities for children and youth, as well as a Refreshment Center and a whole whack of great vendors.
Friday Night Rock N' Range at Sun Rivers
Every Friday evening from May – August, head up to Sun Rivers for unlimited range balls, a beer, CPGA instruction & live DJ for only $15.
Home Sweet Cafe
Sweet Home is a cafe that offers a supervised children's play area where kids are in safe hands while parents can relax in the comfortable eating area or lounge. What a great concept! There is a kids play area, a lounge area, and two public bathrooms (kids bathroom available). Sweet Home Cafe offers hot water for formula, a play pen and diapers as well as wipes! Don't miss their great menu of fantastic healthy foods and wonderful desserts.
Locally Owned & Operated with over 100 parties worth of experience! If you are looking to step into a Fairy-tale you’ve come to the right place. Enchanted Teacup specializes in creating childhood memories that will last a life time, with their very special Character Hosted Theme Parties and Events. Experience a Magical World where all of your child's dreams can come true!
Tournament Capital Ranch
Located just north of Rayleigh, this new recreational facility is not just for ball players! The site is 3x larger than McArthur Island Park and offers miles of river views, walking and tournament opportunities.
Guided Freshwater Kayak Tours with Desert North Adventures
1/2 day and full day tours including kayak rentals, PFD and instruction.
Legends Indoor Golf
Legends Indoor Golf is a premier indoor golf entertainment and game improvement facility. Legends gives golfers of all levels the opportunity to experience world class play on 21 golf courses. The state of the art facility includes 6 simulators, licensed snack bar, retail and reception area; making it the perfect place for playing 18 holes, practicing your game or taking a lesson!
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