Lights, Kamloops, action! Our otherworldly landscapes, varied geography, and wide-open spaces have provided ideal locations and lots of inspiration for movie makers over the years. Here are six TV shows and movies that have used the Kamloops area as a backdrop for all the action.
Stephen King’s mini-series, The Stand, about a planned pandemic might seem a little too close to home now, but some of the filming locations can be seen at a safe distance in the village of Ashcroft, an hour away from downtown Kamloops. With other scenes being filmed around Highway 97C and the surrounding area, look out for our region appearing on-screen soon.
Jurassic World: Dominion (2022)
While our neighbours in Merritt, just an hour’s drive southwest, provided the location for much of the third Jurassic World movie, stars were staying in Kamloops. Main actor Chris Pratt took to his Instagram account to praise the beauty of Kamloops, saying “Kamloops, British Columbia, is so beautiful” as he filmed his drive through the region.
Hike along Tranquille River taking in the fall colours and see the spot where the monster in Monster Trucks sped away taking Tripp on a ride he’ll never forget; bring your dog – they’ll love the walk. As you drive past the Kamloops Airport on your way to Tranquille Creek, look out for the Oil Refinery that’s the backdrop for the oil riggers’ man camp, where the monster spun around and outsmarted the FBI.
Don’t worry, there are no real vampires eating hikers like you might have seen in Van Helsing Season 4. In addition to filming at Tranquille Farm Fresh, you can safely admire the hiking area amongst the hoodoos on the way to Harper’s Trail Winery along East Shuswap Road to retrace the steps of the scenes from this spooky series.
Beyond The Woods
Filmed with a mainly Kamloops crew, this indie film went on to win multiple awards for its psychological thriller tale after its release in 2019. Look out for Kamloops as a backdrop, with spooky scenes taking place in the farming village of Westwold, a 45-minute drive south east of Kamloops.
Feel like an old-school film fest? The 1990 Martin Sheen/Charlie Sheen military prison drama, Cadence, (aka Stockade) was based in 1960s West Germany but filmed around Kamloops and Ashcroft. Look out for some retro shots of the region.