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Come to Kamloops for a Canada 150 vacation that is affordable and memorable
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February 7, 2017, Kamloops, British Columbia – Kamloops has recently been honoured with the designation of one of Canada’s best value cities in 2017 by Trivago, making it a must visit destination for Canada’s 150th anniversary celebration. The hotel search website created the list of affordable destinations through an algorithm that considers both hotel prices and overall ratings.
“We have always known that Kamloops as a travel destination provides exceptional value”, says Monica Dickinson, Tourism Kamloops, Director, Industry Relations & Communications. “It is an honour to have our city recognized and celebrated as one of Canada’s most affordable places to visit.”
Hotel affordability is important for Canadians in 2017 as they look to include travel within Canada to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary. Tourism Kamloops believes that in addition to providing great affordability, the city offers tourists an impressive roster of experiences, enhancing the overall value of the destination.
“A Kamloops getaway is a great fit for many”, boasts Dickinson. “From our vibrant downtown to remarkable golf and renowned outdoor adventure to a rich arts and culture scene and everything in between – if you want to experience it, Kamloops has it at an affordable rate.”
In addition to a vast array of tangible vacation experiences, Kamloops offers four distinct and equally beautiful seasons, as well as easy access from major urban centres such as Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. But unlike those large urban centres, a vacation in Kamloops often requires minimal planning, no lines or traffic congestion, and rewards visitors with top-notch, value-added experiences.
For more information about your perfect Kamloops vacation, visit www.tourismkamloops.com.
Monica Dickinson, Director – Industry Relations & Communications
Did you know that every year photographers from around the world travel here to photograph the magnificent Common Loon who nest and raise their chicks here? Greg Downing gdphotography.com and Alan Murphy alanmurphyphotography.com/workshops.htm conduct sold out workshops in exotic locations around the world. Every year they spend June right here at Lac le Jeune.
They return every year because they know their customers will return home happy with memory cards full of great shots.
The Kamloops area abounds with those type of opportunities, not just for loons but also the hundreds of other species that call the area home. Local biologist Rick Howie has written a very comprehensive list of all the species that visit Kamloops, a PDF version can be downloaded here Birds of Kamloops.
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.
A Story of Ranching and Showing Cattle
Kamloops has a rich cowboy history. We celebrate this history twice annually during the Kamloops Cowboy Festival in March and the Provincial Winter Fair in September.
The Haughton Family personify this celebrated culture in Kamloops; they are pioneers. Their roots in 4-H Club and the Kamloops Bull Sale go back to 1928 and 1929 respectively. They have been proudly involved in the Provincial Winter Fair and the Kamloops Cowboy Festival for decades. This is Jim Haughton’s story.
Fall Fishing Kamloops and Area Lakes
With the summer winding down and temperatures following closely behind, some of the best fishing of the season happens in the fall months. From September until freeze up, fly fishing opportunities are abundant as fish start to prepare themselves for the long winter ahead.
Unlike the spring into early summer, the abundance of insect hatches are gone. The frustration of trying to figure out what size and color of chironomids has surpassed and anglers can focus on main fall food items. While we still see a few small hatches of chironomids at times in early fall, the main food sources are shrimp and leeches. Fish slowly migrate in to shallower water at water temps start to drop, thus making fish easier to locate. Concentrating on the edges of drop-offs and weed beds is a great place to start hunting for rainbows. Using an intermediate sinking line and pulling shrimp slowly but erratically over the weed beds is a sure fire way to get a fish to strike, or using a floating line and hanging a leech under an indicator with a “slow” retrieve has brought a lot of success to not only myself but my clients as well and produced good numbers and size of fish. Good colors of leeches are maroon, black, brown and variations together. With shrimp, small sizes in light green to olive green.
Fall fishing is my favorite time of year to fish, there are a lot less anglers on the water and the weather can be cool to start but turns in to more beautiful days than not.
Good luck and safe angling.
DNA Fly Fishing
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or Craig Willms, Assistant Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery, (250) 377-2406 email@example.com.
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!