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Kamloops Blooms Again


City Wins International Communities in Bloom Prize


Adapted from the article by Mike Youds, Kamloops Daily News Staff Reporter, October 27, 2013
Based on volunteerism, sustainability and Kenna Cartwright Park, Kamloops has won the international challenge of Communities in Bloom for cities of 50,000 and over. This year, Kamloops competed against the Ontario cities of Barrie and Chatham-Kent as well as Northampton, England, and Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea.  Kamloops has entered the competition, a Canadian version of the U.K.’s Britain in Bloom, for the past 13 years.  The competition looks for examples of civic pride and citizen involvement with emphasis on quality of life and environmental sustainability.
Mrs. Gay Pooler, the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association president, said, “The community is very involved in making the city a better place to live.”  Kamloops had the good fortune last summer of hosting two judges who had visited the city once before in their official capacity, she said, and wanted to see civic examples of sustainability.  After a boat tour showing off the North and South Thompson Rivers, more than 100 volunteers waited to receive them at Pioneer Park.
Since Kamloops’  initial entry in 2000, the city has twice won the national competition as well as “best blooming community” and winter lights recognition.  The recognition is a prelude to the city hosting the awards in two years. As a persistent award winner, Kamloops has piqued the interest of those who are curious to see what makes it so.  “This is a build-up to 2015,” Pooler said. “The national organization wanted us to host it. A lot of people want to come and see Kamloops.”

Harvesting Health with Community Gardens

Adapted from the article by Ashley Demedeiros, North Shore Echo, March 12, 2014

There are eight community gardens in Kamloops:

  • Crestline Community Garden,
  • Mt. Paul Community Garden,
  • Peterson Creek Community Garden,
  • River Street Community Garden,
  • Sahali Community Garden,
  • Glenfair Community Garden,
  • Rotary Community Garden, and
  • McDonald Park Community Garden.

There were openings at four of the eight gardens.  The community gardening membership includes organic soil, compost, water, a communal shed, some tools, a policy and procedures manual, and support in growing and learning about organic food production.  The Kamloops Community Gardens are completely organic.  “There are no pesticides or herbicides allowed in the gardens,” said Shelaigh Garson, Community Gardens Coordinator.  Eighty per cent of the garden has to be edible and the other can be floral.  You can grow anything that is legal.

Community gardening is a great way to get outside, meet new people and grow fresh food.  You can save up to $600 during a growing season.

Registration for plot availability took place on:
  • March 28 from 11 am to 1 pm


at Interior Community Services, 765 Tranquille Road.  For more information, please contact Shelaigh Garson, Community Gardens Coordinator, at 250-852-0681 or check kamloopsgardens@gmail.com.



 Canada Day 2013


Pancake Breakfast (started at 7:30 am)

Ethnic Food Booths (started at 10:30 am)

Indo-Canadian Community

Kamloops Chinese Cultural Association

Kamloops Korean Sa-Rang Church

Kamloops Hindu Cultural Society

Kamloops Chinese Free Masons

Kamloops Japanese Canadian Association

Greek Community

Mexican Community

Can-Ital Ladies Society

Filipino Canadian Association

Kamloops Thai-Lao Society

Two Rivers Metis Society


Cultural Display Booths

Kamloops Immigrant Services

Sociedad Hispana Kamloops

TRU India Club

Kamloops Korean Sa-Rang Church

Kamloops Taiwanese Cultural Association

Schlarafia Kamlupsia

Filipino Canadian Association


Fireworks on the River (started at sundown)



Canada Day Stage Events

Kamloops Rube Band

Japanese Drummers

Scottish Pipers and Dancers

Japanese Children’s Choir and Dancers

Ukrainian Children Dancers

Chinese Lion Dance

Filipino Dance Troupe

Metis Dance Troupe

Thai Classical Dancer

Canadian Square Dancers

Korean Martial Arts

Black Dog Blues Band


A Family that Plays Together, Stays Together

Adapted from the article by Ashley Demedeiros, North Shore Echo and Downtown Echo, February 12 and 20, 2014


Kei and Ken Massalski will perform in the Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts.

Jack Massalski’s family has generations of music players in their family tree.  Jack’s two sons, Ken and Kei, played in the yearly Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts.  It ran  for three weeks, from February 23 to March 15, with young musicians around British Columbia showing their talents.  Performers from Fort St. John to Hope came to the Kamloops Festival, and competed in instrumental, speech, strings, voice, dance, piano and guitar.

The festival  is an important part of developing children and giving them life experience.  Sue Reedman, the office administrator for the festival, said, “I have watched the kids grow.  It is amazing to see the poise and confidence that the festival gives them.”  She has been involved with the festival since 1980, watching them learn how to accept criticism, while the participants gently show them how to improve.

Kei, 12, began playing piano when he was 6 years old.  He had been practicing his pieces for six months.  Ken, in Grade 10, has been playing piano for five and a half years.  He said, “Music is more about entertaining than competing.  It is a good chance to perform in front of people.”  He played two pieces that he had been working on for over a year.  Jack said, “Being part of the festival is a great benefit to get experience with performing.”

There were performances at:

  • St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1101-6th Avenue,
  • the Sagebrush Theatre, 621 Munro Street,
  • Sahali Fellowship, 1565 Summit Drive, and
  • the Southwest Community Church, 700 Hugh Allen Drive.

There were 1,250 entries this year, and thousands of dollars in scholarships and bursaries available.  The Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts has been here since 1930, playing an important role in the cultural growth of the city.  Check the website for updates:  kfpa.ca.  Tickets were available at Long and McQuade, Lee’s Music, or by calling Sue at 250-372-9339.



Kamloops Youth Soccer Association

North Shore Echo, February 19, 2014

KYSA offers support for both competitive and recreational players, and participates in both the Thompson-Okanagan Youth Soccer League and the Winter Soccer Academy.  Graham Cope, President of KYSA, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ciaran (pronounced Kieran) McMahon as the new technical director for the organization.  Ciaran holds a Canadian Soccer Association National B License and a full National Coaching Certification Program Level III Theory Qualification.  He is completing his Masters of Education degree with an Elementary Specialty, as well as full CSA National A License.



Kamloops Newspapers:


Kamloops This Weekkamthisweek


Mailing Address:  1365B Dalhousie Drive, Kamloops, B.C., V2C 5P6





Downtown Echo and North Shore Echo


#1 – 219 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2A1

Phone: 374-ECHO (3246); Fax: 374-3247

email: echo@shawcable.com



Senior Connector


Office Address:  439 Tranquille Road, Kamloops

Mailing Address: Box 729, Kamloops, V2C 5M4

Phone:  250-376-8883; Fax:    250-376-8806news






Insight:  Celebrating Indo-Canadian Life




Kamloops Television Station:



Main Phone:    (250) 372-3322


Newsroom:    (250) 851-3204


TV Control:    (250) 372-3323


Main Fax:    (250) 374-0445


News Fax:    (250) 372-5229


Address:  460 Pemberton Terrace, Kamloops, BC V2C 1T5



8:00am – 4:30pm

Monday to Friday



Shaw TV Kamloops Channel 10


Business Promotion Opportunities

We have many great ways for you to advertise and promote your business. Contact us to find out more.

Contact :  Randy Barthel, Sales Representative

Phone: (250) 979-6560

Email: randy.barthel@sjrb.ca


Public Service Announcements:

To have your community announcement displayed on the Channel 10 community pages at the bottom of our channel, submit your message to shawtvkamloops@sjrb.ca



Kamloops Radio Stations:







Sagebrush Theatre:  





Culture Days Event, September 28, 2013


Culture Days is a Canadian volunteer movement to raise:


  • awareness,


  • accessibility,


  • participation, and


  • engagement


of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.  This year, we participated in Culture Days by offering the Saturday, September 28, rehearsal free of charge.


Barb’s Used Book & Music Sale

April 5-9, 2014, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm from Monday to Saturday, and 12 pm to 5 pm on Sunday

at the Aberdeen Court at 302-1150 Hillside Drive


The Spring Used Book & Music Sale is perfect for gift shopping and adding to your supply of books and music.  Donate, volunteer and shop!



Kamloops Symphony

Kamloops Symphony presented Sultans of String at the Sagebrush Theatre:



February 7 – 8, 2014


Sultans of String are JUNO award nominees and Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity.  They thrill audiences with:


  • Spanish flamenco,


  • Arabic folk,


  • Cuban rhythms,


  • foot-stomping Celtic and


  • French Gypsy-jazz.


The Kamloops Symphony Music School offers comprehensive music programs for students of all ages, including the Sunrise Program for ages 2-3, and Music for Young Children Program.  They offer preparation for recitals and festival performances, as well as private lessons in:


  • piano,
  • bass,
  • cello,
  • celtic harp,
  • guitar,
  • viola,
  • violin,
  • bassoon,
  • clarinet,
  • flute,
  • French Horn,
  • oboe,
  • saxophone,
  • trombone and
  • trumpet.


Check their website:  KamloopsSymphonyMusicSchool.com, call 250-372-5000 or email:


Location:  Station Plaza, #5-510 Lorne Street, Kamloops



Kamloops Film Society


The Kamloops Film Society’s 2014 Winter Film Series on Thursday evenings included:


January 16, 2014:       The Art of the Steal, a Canadian film.

January 30:                  Gabrielle

February 13:                 Down River

February 27 :                Inside Llewyn Davis

March 6:                        Oil Sands Karaoke

March 8:                        If I Had Wings

March 12:                      Gloria

March 15:                      Finding Vivian Maier

March 15:                      That Burning Feeling


The Kamloops Film Festival took place from March 6 to March 15, 2014, with nine of their fourteen films from Canada.  The films included:



Sex After Kids

The Husband

No Clue


Heartwarming Hits

Cas and Dylan

Le WeekEnd


Award-Winning Dramas

The Broken Circle Breakdown

The Past



Family Fare

If I Had Wings





Powerful Documentaries

Oil Sands Karaoke

Finding Vivian Maier


All films are at the Paramount Theatre, 503 Victoria Street and begin at 7 pmTickets are $8 each.  An annual $2 membership with the Kamloops Film Society (available at the door of the theatre) is required.



Free Summer Children’s Theatre at Riverside Park


Each July and August, the Kamloops Arts Council presents family-friendly theatre at Riverside Park, five days a week.  The Children’s Summer Theatre Program offers educational entertainment.  It also provides excellent experience for young actors and directors.  The Rivertown Players is a small children’s theatre company, performing Tuesday through Saturday.  Go to kamloopsarts.ca for more information.



Free Children’s Art Fest at Riverside Park


On September 14, from 11 to 4 pm, the west end of Riverside Park was filled with booths, tents and tables for a fun-filled, creative day of artistic, musical and theatrical activities for children age 2 and older.  This year’s workshops included:


  • lantern-making,


  • henna art,


  • clay works,


  • theatre games,


  • rock school,


  • jewelry-making,


  • drumming,


  • hula hooping, and


  • magic fairy ballet.


The project was filmed.  To view, visit:  youtube.com/watch?v=C4MXTjsPyXc&feature=youtu.be.



The Free Y Power of Being a Girl Conference


The annual Y Power of Being a Girl Conference was held on October 16, 2013 at the Tournament Capital Centre TCC).  Over 800 girls since 2006 have participated, discovering their talents and inner strength.

All of the girls who attend are sponsored, because the Y’s philosophy is that every young person deserves a chance to participate.

The day is designed by girls for girls to explore the challenges of growing up in a fun and empowering way, which reduces bullying and its effects.  For more information, contact kamloopsy.org or call 250-377-7725.




Kamloops Markets


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Kamloops Farmer’s Market provides bursaries to three students every year who are in horticulture or agriculture courses at Thompson Rivers University.

It offers organic produce, including:


  • potatoes,
  • asparagus,
  • beets,
  • eggs,
  • spinach,
  • lettuce,
  • salad greens,
  • radishes,
  • bouquets of spring flowers,
  • sausage,
  • honey,
  • meats,
  • fish and
  • herbs, as well as arts and crafts, and live music.


Every Saturday from 8 am until 12:30 pm, April 19-October 25

200 Block of St. Paul Street, Kamloops (the Stuart Wood Schoolyard)

Phone:  250-682-7975; ask for Deanna


Every Wednesday from 8 am until 2 pm, April 30 to October 29

400 Block of Victoria Street, in front of the library

250-318-7254; ask for Wendy



Photo by Murray Mitchell, courtesy of the Kamloops Daily News



Artisan’s Square


Artists’ show and sale, including musicians and performers, at Gagliardi Park, 159 Seymour Street, just around the corner from the Farmers Market.

Every Saturday in July and August, and on September 1, 8:30 to 12:00.



Visions Farmers Market Society


The market offers organic produce, arts and crafts.

Sahali Centre Mall (Indoors)

Saturdays from 10 am until 2 pm, October to April 30

250-577-3810; ask for Andy (Dandyme2@hotmail.com)



Visions Summer Market


The market offers organic produce, meat products, preserves, baking, and arts and crafts.

BC Wildlife Park, 9077 Dallas Drive, Kamloops

Sundays from 10 am until 2 pm, June to September

250-577-3810; ask for Andy (Dandyme2@hotmail.com)


Kamloops Flea and Farmers Market


Kamloops Indian Band Pow Wow Arbour

Sundays from 8 am until 2 pm, June to September

250-828-9749; ask for Hank



Tranquille Farm Fresh Market


Tranquille Farm is located on the delta of Tranquille Creek, the centre of the 1857 B.C. Gold Rush.  This land has contributed to community health and wellness for thousands of years.  Aboriginal hunters and gatherers have come to this area for fish and wild game.

In 2005, British Columbia Wilderness Tours began a collaboration with the city of Kamloops and local interest groups to build a sustainable, mixed-use planned community.  The historic Calf Barn has been re-purposed as the Tranquille Farm Fresh Market.


For more information about the development plans and the farm, please visit:  http://tranquillefarmfresh.ca.


  • From August 15 until October 14, familes experienced the Corn Maze!  They wandered through 9-foot-tall corn stalks in the maze.  They wore boots, hiking boots or old shoes, because the paths are dirt.


The market offers fresh organic fruit and vegetables, and eggs.  We also sell old-fashioned lemonade and natural fruit popsicles.


The Wildlife Watching Tour offers two hours of adventure and fun while observing and photographing the birds and wildlife, together with an experienced guide.  Learn about:


  • the bobolink,


  • sharp-tailed grouse,


  • great blue heron,


  • pelicans,


  • painted turtle and


  • deer in this ancient delta.


Tranquille On the Lake, 4600 Tranquille Road, Kamloops

Saturdays 9-4 and Sundays 10-4

May 31 to October 18




Public Produce Garden

During the summer growing season, organic vegetables are available to the public from Macdonald Park Public Produce Garden, 262 King Street, Kamloops.



Music in the Park 


Photo:  www.kamloops.ca


Beginning July 1, every evening from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm during July and August, everyone is invited to come to the Rotary Bandshell at Riverside Park for free, live musical entertainment by local, national and international musicians, weather permitting.  For example, August 13, 2013 featured Devon Coyote & the Midnight Howl (folk/rock band).

Many people bring folding chairs and/or blankets and picnic dinners, as well as lawn games. There is a playground and splash park for the kids to cool off and shade trees.  There is free parking at the Riverside Park lots for July and August (except during events at the Interior Savings Centre).

Henry Small has organized Music in the Park since 1993, and it is the longest-running music festival in Kamloops.  It has entertained more than half a million people in its history.  The schedule includes blues, rock, roots/pop, dance music, country folk, bluegrass, big band classics, ska, blues rock, country rock, French traditional, classic rock, gypsy blues, funk, boogie piano and jazz pop.


Find the music in the park schedules here!



Community Associations


Community associations are volunteer organizations, with people who work together to support their neighbourhoods.  When we know our neighbours, we have stronger and more connected neighbourhoods.  Associations


  • Keep neighbors informed about what is happening in their area


  • Host community celebrations


  • Organize community projects to make the area more beautiful


  • Encourage the development of healthy, safe neighborhoods


  • Build connections among neighbors to make our community strong



Aberdeen Community Association




Barnhartvale Community Association




Dallas Community Association


email:  dca@kamloopscommunities.ca



Guerin Creek Community Association

email:  Guerin.CreekCA@gmail.com



Juniper Ridge Community Association

email:  Juniper.RidgeCA@gmail.com



North Shore Community Association

email:  northshorecentral@yahoo.ca



Pineview Community Association


email:  pineviewvalleycommunitysociety@hotmail.ca



The Sagebrush Neighborhood Association

email:  south.shore.ca@gmail.com



Sahali Community Association

email:  sahalicommunityassociation@gmail.com



Valleyview Community Association

email:  info@valleyviewcommunity.ca



Westsyde Community Association

email:  wcds@westsyde.info


Access Kamloops


Access Kamloops is a regularly updated directory of all non-profit and government-funded resources that are available.  Information includes:


  • online and paper resources;


  • community news; and


  • events.


Please check the directory:  www.accesskamloops



Salvation Army


Community and Family Services

 Community ServiceCommunity Service
Open Monday to Friday    10:00am to 1:00pm
Join us for dinner Wednesdays at 5:00pm. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, visit our mobile kitchen for a meal at 6:00pm in the parking lot @ 4th Avenue and St. Paul Street.

Services that we provide:

  • Emergency Food Hampers
  • Bread and Pastries
  • Good Food Box
  • Meat Bags
  • Vouchers to our Thrift Store
  • Birthday Club


Bread  Meat  B'day
Bread:  We have bread and buns available daily, as well as some sweets and pastries. Meat Bags:   Available anytime from Community Services. Contents include beef, pork and chicken. The price varies depending on product. Birthday Club:   For kids up to 16 years, we will provide a gift and a cake when available.



Community Committees


The following committees work with the Kamloops City Council to make informed decisions about issues that concern the city:


Parks and Recreation Committee

Issues related to community parks, sport and recreation.

Contact Val Lyons, 250-828-3400 or vlyons@kamloops.ca



Social Planning Council

Issues the affect the quality of life in Kamloops.

Contact Jennifer Casorso, 250-828-3758 or jcasorso@kamloops.ca



Seniors Advisory Committee

Improve access to city services for seniors and their families.

Contact Nicole Beauregard, 250-828-3653 or nbeauregard@kamloops.ca



Youth, Children and Families Advisory Committee

Ensure that children, youth, parents and providers are involved with the decisions that are made in their community areas.

Contact Nicole Beauregard, 250-828-3653 or nbeauregard@kamloops.ca



Diversity Advisory Committee

Cultural diversity within Kamloops.

Contact Ben Chobater, 250-828-3582 or bchobater@kamloops.ca



Mayor’s Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities

Matters connected with persons with disabilities and their well-being.

Contact Ben Chobater, 250-828-3582 or bchobater@kamloops.ca



Arts Commission

Develops and promotes the arts.

Contact Barbara Berger, 250-828-3663 or bberger@kamloops.ca



Heritage Commission

Responsible for developing and promoting the arts.

Contact Museum Educator, 250-828-3493 or mbaker@kamloops.ca



Kamloops Sports Council

Advocates and supports local sports.

Contact Linda Stride, 250-828-3692 or lstride@kamloops.ca




For References, please go to the Kamloops Education section.



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