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Fancy Kamloops for the Long Weekend?

Have you ever thought of taking a spontaneous Labour Day long weekend trip to explore the beautiful city of Kamloops? There is a secret to travelling well within a minimal span of time! Everybody wants to know how they can explore while reaping the most from what is spent on an experience.

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Kenna Cartwright Park | Emiko Ohama

First of all, if you think that a three day weekend is not enough time to benefit from making it a short vacation, then you need to know that the latest research suggests otherwise. The research findings presented by Dr. Angela Durko and Dr. Jim Petrick at the Travel and Tourism Research Association’s 2016 International Conference suggests that adults can increase their personal satisfaction by taking shorter vacations that incorporate activities that each person enjoys.

This is because Dr. Durko and Dr. Petrick found that vacation time that was dedicated to an individual’s desired activities were able to significantly predict satisfaction after investing in a shared experience. They also found that an increase in the number of vacation days spent together resulted in a decrease in vacation satisfaction.

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Kamloops greens | Emiko Ohama

The secret could be in learning to align your sense of adventure with the smart-city-knowledge that only the locals know from years of experience. Having lived years in Kamloops – let me help by suggesting activity options that you can pick and choose from to create a personalized and memorable itinerary for this long weekend.

If you like starting Saturday adventures the same way I do, then you will begin by filling your reusable mug to-go with a Dirty Chai at PDK Cafe (438 Victoria Street). Meander one block further to find unique giftware and jewelry at Castles and Cottages (347 Victoria St) and then stop in at some of the trendy stores located on the (200 block of Victoria St), such as Jardine’s Domaine and Main Street Clothing Co.

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CW: Red Collar Brewery | Hello Toast | Notes at The Art We Are | Riverside Park | Emiko Ohama

Walking across the street and into The Art We Are (246 Victoria St) is guaranteed to become a memorable experience because of its innovative atmosphere. The walls are adorned with art that you can buy, and there are tables of local handmade products. They also offer a variety of vegan and gluten-free alternatives; my personal favourite being any muffin they make with ginger or mango!

Make your way up 2nd or 3rd avenue to the Kamloops Regional Farmers’ Market and then stop along St. Paul street to try some mouth watering Gluten-Free Chocolate Dipped Macaroons made with dates from Erwin’s Fine Bakery. Treats in hand, walk back down (3rd Ave) and right until your feet find their way in front of the (335 Lansdowne Street) Parkade. Venture for a memorable walk to the top of the Parkade, and voila – photo op numero uno.

Either resume walking towards Riverside Park and use the Uji Feature Garden as another backdrop for photos, or opt to attend the (one pm) free guided art tour at the Kamloops Art Gallery.

Lunch time? Head to Hello Toast (400 block of Victoria St) and enjoy choosing from an affordable menu full of very unique meals that are all made from scratch. Hello Toast offers delicious fare and many options for vegans, vegetarians, and fans of gluten free bread!

After lunch, if you still have room (or even if you don’t) you might opt to visit Scoopz Ice Cream Parlour and then walk along the water towards the Red Bridge for another stunning photo op.

To close out the evening, consider stopping by Red Collar Brewing Co. which combines their tasting room with board games galore; the perfect atmosphere for conversation. Or if you enjoy the atmosphere of a trendy restaurant, the Noble Pig also offers craft house made brews.

Sunday and Monday can be met greeting the sunrise with a refreshing hike at Battle Bluff or chasing after one of our gorgeous sunsets at Kenna Cartwright Park. Did you know that there are also places in Kamloops that you can spend a day searching for crystals and fossils?

Alternatively, you might enjoy discovering the Kamloops Wine Trail (KWT). If you visit all three wineries and have your KWT Passport stamped, you can enter into a monthly draw for a wine basket! Many people also enjoy picnicking at Privato, where it is as easy as choosing a basket and some goodies from the shelf with your favourite bottle of wine to enjoy in the garden!

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Sundown in Kamloops | Emiko Ohama

This Labour Day long weekend, capitalize on the benefits of taking shorter vacations and embrace a spontaneous trip to create memories in the beautiful city of Kamloops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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