Spring in Kamloops brings sage green-hued hillsides, the rush of the Thompson Rivers as the alpine ice packs thaw and the return of many pollinators such as honey bees, bumblebees and butterflies that kickstart Kamloops’ lengthy growing season. Kamloops is extremely fortunate to have such a long growing season – and our farmers can certainly attest - this video explains.
Farming begins well before the greenery pokes from the soil. Much of the planning starts in the winter months with seeds being ordered in January, greenhouse planting in February/March, and outdoor planting in April. By the time the Kamloops Regional Farmers' Market opens on April 22nd, farmers have been tending to their bounty for three full months. Walking through the Saturday market, you can expect to find root vegetables such as carrots, beets, garlic, potatoes, and cabbage that have been stored through the winter, though most exciting are the fresh, tender greens like purple and green lettuce, kale, and lettuce mixes perfect for spring salads.
The Kamloops Regional Farmers’ Market is celebrating 39 years of operation this year, and will be operate twice weekly throughout the season - Saturdays starting on April 22nd on the 200 block of St Paul Street, running from 8am-12pm and Wednesdays starting May 3rd on the 400 block of Victoria Street. The market is an eclectic showcase of local artisans – bakers, wine makers, artists, potters, beekeepers, florists and more.
An early season visit will reveal the freshest of Kamloops’ agricultural abundance. Exploring Kamloops flavours is quite simple – The Kamloops Flavours Trail highlights 3 options for visiting farm gardens, wineries, craft breweries, cafes and local foodie hotspots tasting the best of the season. Complete with a must-have “Shopping List”, your local souvenirs may consist of jars of honey, smoked salmon, local oatmeal and artisanal salsa. The Flavours Trail brochure can be picked up at the Kamloops Visitor Centre upon arrival to the city or plan ahead and download it online at www.tourismkamloops.com/flavourstrail.
Want to check out the busy workers that make all of this possible? Monte Creek Ranch Winery – Kamloops’ newest winery – also produces up to 400 litres of honey each year. Their honey is all natural, hand packaged and unpasteurized to present its full flavour while preserving the healthy, live enzymes that make honey good for you. To produce just one litre of honey, bees are estimated to have to fly more than 75,000 km.
Kamloops embraces the importance of these buzzy buddies and has recently been recognized as BC’s first Bee City by Bee City Canada - an organization that promotes habitat development and preservation for the country’s 800 bee species. As such, Kamloops’ certification will work to inspire and encourage local gardeners and farmers to introduce more bee-supporting plants and undertake public education on environmentally friendly pest management and the benefits of bees.
We certainly owe our thanks to our bees. Kamloops’ vibrant agriculture and urban food culture are a result of their hard work and tenacity helping to produce edible experiences that are perfect compliments to any Kamloops itinerary. Craft brews on a downtown patio, picnics paired with wine in the vineyard, food truck fare in the park or a three-course chef’s table are all options to add to your day. And…you can leave the driving to someone else! Let a local tour company play host for the day – DiVine Tours, Tailgate Tours, Tastefull Excursions and Wine Lover’s Tours all welcome you to sit back and relax.
Spring in Kamloops is the perfect season - no rush, no crowds, delectable flavours, stunning scenery, fresh abundance…and lots of sunshine! Come see what all the buzz is about!
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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!
The Kamloops Cowboy Festival will be celebrating it's 21st anniversary in Kamloops from March 16th to 19th. The Festival is a celebration of Kamloops' western heritage showcasing the best in cowboy and western fine arts featuring poets, musicians, artists and artisans. It is a celebration of Kamloops' history and is considered the biggest and best of its kind in North America.
This festival highlights the Kamloops of the past, but many do not realize that Kamloops is still very much a cattle town. It's strong ties to the ranching community make it the perfect host for North americans interested in western heritage and cowboy culture.
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.
About iTel Networks Inc.
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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.
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