Summer kicks off in Kamloops this weekend

By Adam Donnelly
June 30, 2017 - 1:10pm

KAMLOOPS — You know it’s officially summer when the July Long Weekend rolls around; kids are done school, the temperature rises above 30 degrees, and people pack up their tents and trailers on a moments notice and head to the nearest lake as soon as possible. With the long weekend starting tomorrow, we went up to Tourism Kamloops to find out what they’re telling tourists to check out in the city.

With most of the staff out of the office to get a head start on the long weekend, we spoke with Lisa Strachan, Director of Travel Trade & Destination Development for Tourism Kamloops. Strachan says while lots of locals tend to head out of town for the weekend, she’s already seen the tourist traffic at the visitor centre start to pick up ahead of Canada Day.

“I know a lot of locals tend to head out camping, and we’ve seen a lot of campers come through [the Visitor’s Centre],” Strachan says. “We get a lot of people coming into the centre who are from out of town, looking for things to do.”

Strachan says while there are events galore throughout the city the summer - including live theatre thanks to X-Fest, sports events like the Kamloops International Baseball Tournament, and the Special Olympics, or big parties like RibFest, the best part of summer in the city is the wide variety of activities available each day.

“I just think we are so lucky,” Strachan says. “We have the most amazing weather, we’ve got an outdoor paradise. It’s a mecca.”


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