Kamloops is a city which Monks believe is “the Center of the Universe”. If you’re looking for peace, harmony, nature and entertainment, Kamloops, which is located in British Columbia, is definitely the best destination. With its population of approximately 93.000, the city is considered to be small, but its nevertheless worth visiting. Although the city is located on Thompson River and near Kamloops Lake, in an area of undisturbed nature, you will experience a great time by witnessing many cultural events and regional offers. The beautiful city, which is located 4 hours away from Vancouver, is well-known for its outstanding cultural and sports events. This becomes obvious, when keeping in mind that the city of Kamloops has become Canada’s Tournament Capital. Hiking, skiing and boating are just some of the sports activities offered by the city of Kamloops. Surely its name “Kamloops”, derives from this fact: 2000 years ago, this stunning area was inhabited by Secwepemc people, who spoke Shuswap which means “meeting of the waters”. Indeed, Shuswap is still spoken by some members of Tk'emlúps Indian Band. Moreover, the city of Kamloops is listed one of the 100 largest metropolitan areas in Canada. The city of the “meeting waters”, where you also will “meet” not only waters but welcoming and warm people, lots of recreational opportunities for nature loving people and events for adventure seekers. Aditionally the city is the hometown of famous stars, as for example football player Mitch Berger actor Michael Shanks and jazz musician Phil Nimmons. Even for the martial arts athletes among us there will be an exciting event: the WWE Smackdown World Tour takes place in Kamloops, in summer 2011.
Kamloops is part of the regional "Thompson-Nicola Regional District", located in the Canadian province of British Columbia. If you're planning your visit, book on traveltura.com!
Tournament Capital Centre
This world-class Tournament Capital Centre surely is Kamloops’ masterpiece, since it’s internationally known as a modern turf field, featuring track and field facilities and a gymnastics centre. This is a place not only suitable for sports enthusiasts. A short drive away from the centre, you’ll find several shopping facilities. So ladies, be on look-out for the latest trends!
The BC Wildlife Park Kamloops, British Columbia
...is just one of the wonderful parks, which are situated in this region. The BC Wildlife Park Kamloops exhibits 65 different wildlife species, native to this untouched land, for example grizzly bears, birds of prey, snakes, mountain goats, moose, birds of prey and wolves. The park also features an Indoor Discovery Centre for those, who want to escape from rainy days. Entertaining festivals and events are held in the Wildlife Park as well. Check out the Easter Eggscitement, Mother's Day Event, Father's Day Event and the Animal Encounters Summer Festival for Kids.
Curator’s Choice- The Cube @ The Kamloops Art Gallery
...exhibits the stunning works by art students graduating from Thompson Rivers University. Explore the world of art by taking a look at ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, painting, photography.
Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park
in Kamloops represents the stunning history of the Shuswap people through tales and other legends in order to provide people with a great and new insight on former Kamloops roots.
Spirit of Kamloops
...Time travel by climbing aboard the heritage train 2141 “Spirit of Kamloops”Not only exciting for “historians” and “engine drivers” among us. Also in the city is the so-called Spirit of Christmas Train. Check out the train again during Christmas time to experience a “Silent night, holy night!”
Things to do:
Farmers’ Market in Kamloops, BC takes place on Wednesdays to Saturdays, from April-October and is the best spot for travellers, who want to enjoy the local fresh and delicious produce, while wandering through the market, which is source of culinary delights of this sun-kissed landscape.
Kamloops’ Cemetery Tour Looking for some extraordinary entertainment? This tour is sponsored by the city’s Museum. Just explore the Pleasant Street Cemetery. Various historical and popular locals of our past will take centre-stage through story-telling of your tourist guide.
In contrast to the event mentioned above, there are indeed some spots, which should not be missing on your travel tip list. Let the rhythm take you high, and head for the Pogue Mahone in Music in the Park, where you can enjoy live music, often for free.
Serenity Performing Arts Centre should be visited located in Birch Island, B.C. You can meet all the amazing performers and enjoy the artists’ music by dancing and cheering. So, live-glad people, what are you waiting for?
Rockhounding If you want to experience archaeology at its greatest, there’s one event which offers you a special family day by exploring the Kamloops fossils.It might be an educational field trip for your children. Check it out!
What about food?
The Noble Pig Brewhouse Travellers are mostly interested in trying the local cuisine, right? If that’s the case, dig in at The Noble Pig Brewhouse in Victoria Street.
Wendy’s If you’re looking for some traditional and well-seasoned hamburgers and baked potatoes,head for this restaurant, located in East Trans Canada Hwy. If you’re searching for some “ well known” food and beverages, you’ll not be disappointed-Starbucks Coffee, Mc Donalds and Subway of course are also represented in Kamloops.
Nando’s Flame Grilled Chicken Do you want to try some spicy, Portuguese style flame-grilled chicken?Than you should definitely head for this charming restaurant, located in Columbia Street West. Bon appetite!
Little Caesar’s Pizza We’re not talking about a Greek restaurant, but about a welcoming spot who invites its bon vivants guests to try some delicious pizza, wings and more. Try it yourself!
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