Winter Activities Archives
Family Winter Fun at Harper Mountain
Imagine your family finishing a day of fun in the snow, in prime conditions, at Harper Mountain just twenty minutes from Kamloops. You've all just come off the mountain, a leg warmer on the T-Bar followed by some fresh powder runs on the Doppelmayr chairlift. The fire crackles in the wood frame lodge and you are warming your bellies with a hot chocolate and laughing about the day's events. The perfect family memory in beautiful British Columbia.
Snowshoeing in Kamloops
The high country above the Thompson River Valley offers many opportunities to snowshoe in the winter months. From mid-December to the end of March snow blankets the hills and we can drive up to dozens of trailheads to snowshoe the uplands forests and open spaces.
Written by: Doug Smith
Building Family Traditions in Kamloops | Woodward Christmas Tree Farm
When traveling to Kamloops we encourage you to experience our city like a local. Christmas time is rich with traditions and opportunities for families from near and far to make long-lasting memories. The Woodward’s Christmas Tree Farm is a must-experience destination in Kamloops and this is their story.
Fat Biking. Here to stay?
This past weekend I had the privilege of joining a local community group in town, Fat Fockers to try my hand at Fat Biking. Since I don’t have a fat bike I looked into renting a bike. Where in Kamloops can you rent a fat bike? After a little detective work, I found District Bicycle Company. They are a new shop in town located in Valleyview. As soon as you walk in the door staff welcome you and offer a friendly, helpful attitude. The owners are Jeff and Jess Blanken, local “Kamloopsians” who want everyone, young and old to experience biking. Whether it’s climbing hills, with a smooth ride down, or sending big objectives, they are open and willing to assist you in getting set up with the right gear for the task. Jeff and Jess were more them happy to lend me a fat bike to take out on the trails. At first glance, I was unsure if I would find riding a bike with super fat tires challenging, but I quickly found out that if you know how to ride a regular bike,you would feel even more stable and secure on a fat bike. District Bicycle Company offers rentals for both fat bikes and mountain bikes. As of now, they are the only shop in Kamloops who offer a winter rental fleet. Phone the shop or check out their website for more information. Please click here for information on all of the bikes shops in Kamloops and what they offer.
So what is Fat Biking? Wide rims, extra-large tires, and weirdly-dimensioned frames make it all fit together to define a fat bike, a cycling subcategory that’s garnered a serious following. What is the appeal? From improved traction on dirt to flotation when riding through snow, the obese tires let a bike roll where it has not rolled before. The wide rubber, fatty tires are 4+ inches across, or twice as wide as most mountain-bike tire tread adds notable grip on the ground, and the extra surface area does not allow the wheel to sink as much into soft surfaces like snow or sand.
Photo cred: Brad Heyman
Fat Biking allows people in Kamloops to ride almost year round. Dana Heyman said “Fat biking allows people from all walks of life to mountain bike, as the stability and comfort of a wider ride lends itself to more of a comfortable, confident ride.”
Kamloops has several amazing fat bike trails to ride, Isobel Lake, the premiere location, is the Focker groups’ playground consisting of an amazing trail system built from willing volunteers, who sweat out the trails using manpower, snowshoes, and a weighted sled converted from old skis. It is then dragged behind to help smooth out the trails. New for the Focker group, with recent grant assistance, they have been able to purchase a grooming tool which will allow trails to expand to double the existing trail network, Needless to say, the majority of grooming consists of lots of hard work and volunteers heading out on snowshoes.
Photo cred: Brad Heyman
On a cool, crisp, Saturday I went out riding alongside the Focker group, a local community group with membership consisting of younger children and more a mature age range. I’m careful here, not to put an age label on anyone as all of the “mature” members could outride any strong downhill expert. Our ride started at the upper parking lot of Kenna Cartwright trail system. Since I am new to Kamloops, I had yet to experience Kenna, but all I can is wow! What an awesome trail network. Despite having to pedal a few hills in the snow, I was able to keep up with the Focker group and had a fabulous time. It is easy to see how one can get hooked! With membership swelling to over 90 members it is easy to see that fat biking is indeed here to stay. Thanks to everyone in the Focker group for having me along, and big thanks to District Bicycle Company shop for hooking me up with a bike to ride!
Christmas Shopping Ideas
Tis’ that time of the year and the hardest part might be thinking of something to share with your family, friends and loved ones. There’s no shortage in Kamloops - a city that offers experiences, attractions and activities all year round. You’ll have no problem filling that stocking or fulfilling your Secret Santa surprise. Some ideas you ask? Start with these:
Tickets for one of our many festivals and events in town make great stocking stuffers and office gifts:
Kamloops Festival of Performing Arts
This festival runs from February 28th - March 20th, 2016 and is a perfect something special for that cultural, artistic and has a love for live music. Click here for more info.
Kamloops Film Festival – 20th Anniversary
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of this popular Festival held in the downtown core at the Paramount Theatre. We’ve had a sneak peak of some of the videos which we are so excited about. The lineup will be released shortly and will run from March 5th – 14th, 2016. Click here for more info.
The ever popular Kamloops Cowboy Festival is the largest of its kind in Canada. Full of jam sessions, western music, dinner theatre and heritage, this festival will deliver! This Festival will be from March 17th – 20th, 2016. For more info, click here.
Women’s World Cup
Kamloops is proud to be the host for the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship next year from March 28th – April 4th, 2016. This will mark the first time in the events 26-year history that it will be held in British Columbia. Tickets are available now and you can check one more thing of your list.
If you are looking for some fun family gifts this season you should try these:
|Get a family pass at Harper Mountain and ski, board or tube!|
|Head out for a snowshoe day at one of our may trails in and around the city.|
|Have you ever tried cross country skiing? Pop over to Stake Lake and enjoy a day together - don't forget to pack the hot cocoa!|
There’s plenty of time and copious holiday gift ideas for this magical time year. Get started, avoid the lines and settle in for a merry, stress-free and fun holiday season!
1. BC Wildlife Park
This is one of my favourite places to take the family. There’s always something new and exciting and the seasonal events are spectacular! The BC Wildlife Park is a place for all ages to explore over 65 species of our local wildlife. Every member of the family will enjoy seeing cougars, moose, birds of prey, snakes, grizzly bears, mountain goats, and timber wolves. The parks’ newest member is ‘Clover’ a white Kermode known as a Spirit Bear who will be in his new enclosure this year. I love the fact that The BC Wildlife Park aims to create a unique educational experience in which visitors can see and learn about one of Canada's most endangered and cultural significant animals and BC's official animal.
2. Cliffside Climbing Gym
Over the winter year we took the nieces and nephews to the Indoor Cliffside Climbing Gym and it was a blast! There were easy rock walls to learn on (where we mostly stayed) and also some more challenging for the experienced. Walk through the door and you can be climbing within minutes; that's how easy it is to climb!
3. Harper Mountain Tube Park
Harper Mountain is just outside of Kamloops and has a Tube Park! We went a few times this season (never gets old) and each time it was full of thrill and laughs. We also brought with us a some snacks and they had a bon fire going every time. I love that feeling you get when you’re in the outdoors sitting by a fire after a long hard afternoon or evening of fresh air!
4. The Big Little Science Centre
This has to be one of the most fun places! The Big Little Science Centre teaches science in an interactive environment with over 120 hands on stations, you can experiment on your own and also watch a demonstration. It doesn’t even feel like science, and a must do if you visit with the family.
5. Hiking and Family Photo Opportunities
Hiking in Kamloops is endless and there is so much ground to cover – no pun intended. From easy walking trails along the Thompson River to longer hikes in the mountains, every family young and old can experience our landscape within minutes of your front door. Recently we hiked Kenna Cartwright Park and Lac du Bois Battle Bluffs, both of which have amazing viewpoints for those seeking a great family picture. Click here for more hiking a viewpoints in Kamloops.
It's December 1st, 2014 and we have the Tourism Kamloops Desktop Calendar available for the download.
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