I’ve been pretty fortunate to have spent quite a bit of time at the BC Wildlife Park, located just 10 minutes east of downtown Kamloops, as a kid and now as an adult. Whether I’ve emceed events or have just been a visitor, the BC Wildlife Park is a great place to spend an hour or two, or an entire afternoon.

Now that we’re heading into September and the leaves are going to start changing colours, the Park is a gorgeous place to spend time with the family. There are 65 different species of animals which include two new grizzly cubs named Dawson and Knute – and boy, are they a big draw! Another big draw is the miniature train – I’ve got at least a dozen rides under my belt and it’s a great way to see the Park. I generally suggest to friends that they do the train ride first as it gives you a general overview of what you can see and do.

This fall, my family and I are coming up to Kamloops for our first ever visit for Boo at the Zoo at the BC Wildlife Park. I’m told the Park transforms into a Halloween playground with a Freaky Family Farm, Haunted Maze, Haunted House, pyrotechnics show and costume contests. Plus there are lots of opportunities to see wolves, owls and bears. This year’s event is October 19 – 21 and 26 – 28.

And not to rush the season, but I highly recommend making plans now to attend the Wildlights event. This is simply the most outstanding Christmas light display I have ever witnessed…with hundreds of thousands of lights, not only in the trees but also in the shapes of animals! It is a highlight of the holiday season for sure running December 14 – January 6.

Watch my YouTube visit here:


Until next time,

Mark Madryga