Want to try something new? Birdwatching is easy, accessible, inexpensive and a great way to get out into nature while maintaining physical distancing. It’s also endlessly fascinating in Kamloops, according to Tom Beeke, a local high school geography teacher who has been birding for 15 years and is “obsessed” with the hobby.
“There’s an amazing amount of stuff that goes on behind the scenes at a ski hill,” says Norm Daburger. His family has owned and operated Harper Mountain since 1973, which he now runs with his wife, Lisa.
For James MacDonald, theatre isn’t just about entertainment—it’s about sharing stories that really resonate with people. “I always think of our goal as stimulating the water cooler conversation,” he says. “I want people to come to the theatre and then to continue to talk about it for days afterward.”
It’s obvious to anyone watching the Kamloops Symphony that Dina Gilbert is a natural-born conductor. Her eyebrows rise and fall with expression, her gestures brim with passion and she leads her musicians with a genuine connection.
Pull over and take in the view. This 296 kilometre loop takes you on the scenic route through Merritt, with desert and lakes everywhere you look. Make a day of it, with stops for farm-fresh produce, hand-made bannock, and craft beer or cider to take home.
Maybe it’s the longer days or the warmer weather—there’s something about spring that makes us want to hit the road. Just a 1.5-hour drive from Kamloops, Wells Gray Provincial Park is a worthy destination.
What’s better than a drive in the country surrounded by farmland and spectacular lake views? The quirky stops along the way. Take a day trip from Kamloops through the Shuswap and you’ll brake not only for local farm stands and eateries but also fun oddities like a motorcycle museum and a donkey refuge.