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.
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.
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
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, 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:
Kamloops Wineries Association
Photo: Kelly Funk Photography
Kamloops may not be on the Royal’s itinerary as they make a trip to BC and the Yukon in September, but we thought we would share what they are missing!
Kamloops is BC’s second sunniest city, and September is certainly an extension of summer. Here are our top 10 suggestions for a great Kamloops visit:
1. Visit the BC Wildlife Park – home to Clover the Spirit Bear
2. Western Canada Theatre comes to life with “Made in Italy”
3. Golf ‘til you drop – 13 remarkable courses to tee off at
4. Cheer on Kamloops’ hometown hockey favs - the Kamloops Blazers
5. Tunnel Tour Theatre at Tranquille Farm Fresh
6. Hike BC’s Largest Municipal Park – 40 km of trails and fantastic city views
7. Sip and savor at 4 Kamloops wineries
8. Immerse in Kamloops’ aboriginal culture at the Secwepemc Museum
9. 2nd Annual Brewloops Beer and Bike Festival
10. Harvest High Tea onboard the Spirit of Kamloops Heritage Railway
#ExploreKamloops like “royalty” and be sure to let them know what they left behind!
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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 www.downtownkamloops.com.
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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 pokemap.itel.com.
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The B.C. Wildlife Park has gained some new residents from Quebec, including some interesting South American rodents.
This week two Patagonian maras and three timberwolves arrived from a zoo in Quebec. While the park already has a permanent wolf enclosure, the maras are new, general manager Glenn Grant says. Grant describes the new rodent residents as having the face of a rabbit, stance of a deer and movement of a wallaby.
“They’re something completely different,” he says. “They originate in Argentina, so they can handle the warmth.”
In the winter the Patagonian maras will be able to take shelter in a heated barn within their enclosure.
Staff at the wildlife park had been looking for an animal like the Patagonian mara for a little while becuase the park had an empty enclosure ideal for an animal of their size. Grant says these two were born in captivity and don’t have to skills to be released into the wild.
“Any animal that’s born into captivity is not a good candidate for release,” he says. “Normally they need their mom to teach them skills in the wild.”
The three wolves, a sister and two brothers roughly 20 months old, were also born in captivity, and are from the same zoo as the rodents.
“It’s great to have three new young wolves who will be there for many years to come,” he says.
The park previously had a pack of four wolves, but that pack is now down to just one. Grant says the lone female is old and has deteriorating health so will be taken taken to an enclosure out of public view for care.
All the animals are in their new public habitats today, June 24.
for more info visit http://www.bcwildlife.org/about-us.htm
You are invited to the 2016 Kamloops Wine Trail Open House! Saturday, June 11th & Sunday, June 12th from 11am to 5pm
Our open house celebration will feature complimentary wine tastings, winery tours, a variety of food items, live music and more!
Festivities will take place at each of our three wineries:
- Harper’s Trail – 2761 Shuswap Road
- Monte Creek Ranch – 2420 Miners Bluff Road
- Privato – 5505 Westsyde Road
Take a self-guided tour or book with one of our local tour operators:
- divine tours.ca
Be sure to collect a passport stamp from each winery for your chance to win a fine selection of local product.
For more detail click here
Written by, Nick Waddell
Looking for a place to see some Kamloops wildlife this summer? The British Columbia Wildlife Park and Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge are two great places for families, children, and animal lovers to get their fix on several interesting animals native to British Columbia.
British Columbia Wildlife Park Kamloops
The British Columbia Wildlife Park houses several different species of BC wildlife for rehabilitation, research, and breeding located just 15 minutes east of Kamloops along the Trans-Canada Highway. The 50 hectare park is home to everything from big cats, birds, bears, canines, small animals, hoof stock, to reptiles and amphibians. Their mission at the BC Wildlife Park is to encourage the appreciation of and respect for BC’s wildlife and to assist in preserving biodiversity through education, research, captive breeding, and rehabilitation services. The BC Wildlife Park’s goal is to connect people to BC’s wildlife and wild places in order to encourage a sustainable society.
There are several activities and events to go see at the wildlife park all summer including interactions with the animals, tours, special events like the bird of prey flight demonstrations and laser light shows. The park features a wildlife express miniature train as well as a playground and waterpark to help keep young children entertained. At the far end of the park there is a short hike to a waterfall for the perfect picture moment
I visited the wildlife park on a hot afternoon in April and was instantly impressed by the look and feel of the services and buildings offered by the park. The staff were helpful, kind, and my visit was self-directed which let me do my own thing around the park. The first thing you notice is the wide-open, grassy spaces, dotted with trees that look ideal for an afternoon picnic. My favourite part was actually the Home Hardware barn where farm animals and smaller live stock are kept. The goats would prop themselves up to eat out of hay baskets hanging from the ceiling. You could pet and take pictures of the animals. The birds of prey were mesmerizing and beautiful. I was glad to see the animals were getting the proper attention they needed after being injured in various accidents. I enjoyed the hike at the end and took some great waterfall pictures.
For more information about the BC Wildlife Park concerning directions, rates, and hours, check out their website at http://www.bcwildlife.org or give them a phone call at (250) 573-3242.
Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge
The Turtle Valley Donkey refuge is a beautiful farm to visit this summer for families, children, and animal lovers. The refuge, located just outside of Chase, BC, is run by founders Rob Miller and Shirley Mainprize who devote their time to caring for senior, neglected, and abused donkeys. The refuge began 19 years ago when the two developed a passion for the animal and wanted to create a space for neglected donkeys. The Donkey Refuge is now owned by the Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge society but the original founders still volunteer daily on the farm. As donkeys can live up to 50 years, many are abandoned by owners who were not aware or prepared for the commitment. Donkeys are often not taken care of properly due to the unique care they require.
Donkeys are native to South Africa, and the BC climate and topography allow for numerous health issues to pop up if the animals are not taken care of properly. Dental and hoof care are the most expensive and common things to attend to when caring for the animal. Turtle Valley runs on a budget of approximately $350,000 a year and obtains most of their funding through grants, sponsors, admissions, and donations. The refuge encourages visitors to sponsor an animal to help out with some of the costs and are ideally looking for 20 sponsors per animal. Due to expensive veterinary bills and an increase in the price of hay due to a shortage, any donations are highly appreciated.
The farm currently has 105 permanent resident donkeys to interact with which include 3 different sizes of donkey. The animals themselves are quite calm, friendly, and enjoy interacting with humans. The six staff members running the refuge offer tours and one-on-one time with the donkeys as well as information about individual donkey personalities and care.
I dropped by the refuge to be energetically welcomed by the two founders, Shirley and Rob. Having never been within 10 feet of a donkey before, I really didn’t know what to expect from the animals. However, I was presently surprised. As Shirley educated us about the miniature donkeys, they would simply come up and bump into you looking for attention. It was quite adorable and I continued to pet and give my attention to several donkeys who were interested in what we were doing. The entire experience was quite peaceful as you look at the beautiful mountainous and green surroundings of Turtle Valley.
For more information and directions to the refuge, check out their site at http://www.turtlevalleydonkeyrefuge.com. You can also get in touch with one of the founders Shirley Mainprize by sending an email or phone call to (250) 679-2778 and email@example.com respectively.