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Hitting the Trails in Kamloops

Credit: Sterling Lorence

As soon as the snow melts, riders can take to the hills. Not only is the season extended because of the prompt arrival of spring but the hundreds of kilometers of trails allow families to keep coming back to discover new twists and turns in the landscape. The long season and the diversity of the landscape in Kamloops has always been a draw for mountain bike enthusiasts. Pro rider and Kamloops resident, Matt Hunter explains, “It’s interesting to travel the world and experience different mountain bike towns; and Kamloops is definitely a mountain bike town. There is something special about our landscape and the people who are here. It’s a magical combination.” Matt goes on to explain that the grasslands and forests of Kamloops are a recipe for smooth and flowy trails- there’s nowhere else quite like it.

Top photo: Sterling Lorence

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Don't forget to stop by the Kamloops Visitor Centre to pick up your FREE Trail Guide or download a copy here.

 

 

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Cowboy Tours New to Kamloops

 

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.

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Press Release | Kamloops Named by Trivago as One of Canada's Best Value Cities in 2017

Come to Kamloops for a Canada 150 vacation that is affordable and memorable
 
For Immediate Release
 
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.

 

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For more information about your perfect Kamloops vacation, visit www.tourismkamloops.com.
 
Media Contact:
Monica Dickinson, Director – Industry Relations & Communications
Tourism Kamloops
P: 250.372.8000
C: 250.819.0151
E: monica@tourismkamloops.com
 

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Birding in Kamloops

 

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.

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Family Winter Fun at Harper Mountain

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.

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Snowshoeing in Kamloops

 

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

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Building Family Traditions in Kamloops

 

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.

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A Story of Ranching and Showing Cattle

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.

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Fall Fishing Kamloops and Area Lakes

 

 

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.

Mike Porco
DNA Fly Fishing

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The Perfect October Weekend Getaway in Kamloops

 

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

 

5.     Golfing

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

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