Blogs from Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, North America


North America » Canada » British Columbia » Kamloops July 27th 2019

I have said in the past that if we set off without a plan, the day often has a plan for us. But the reverse can also be true. The day can often unravel well made plans by tossing a wrench in it all. Today was one of those days. We left our hotel at 8 AM and 62 degrees and raining, and headed north. Our plan was to drive to Vancouver and go back to the water’s edge to enjoy the view before proceeding on to Kamloops. Well, Border Control was the wrench. After spending an hour and a half in line at the border, (where 8 available lanes were only manned by 4 people) we no longer had time to go to Vancouver, so we had to turn east and go directly to Kamloops, ... read more
Park at the boarder
Washington gas stop
Washington gas stop

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Kamloops June 13th 2019

Thursday 13th June 2019 Valemount is a sleepy little mountain town and we enjoyed two nights there doing very little! Either side of this restful sojourn, we had two days of driving, the first from Jasper to Valemount and then today from Valemount down to Kamloops (with a few cloud bursts and rolls of thunder to help us on our way)! We pottered around Valemount, sat in a quaint little tearoom, which was like Granny’s parlour and visited the Railway Museum. Fascinating place with artefacts carefully and proudly displayed. The museum is housed in the old Station Master’s house/railway station. It was once the focal point of the town and indeed the reason the town (which spreads either side of the track) is here. One part of the Station Master’s House also doubled at one time ... read more
Signal box
Caboose (Box Car)
Inside the Caboose

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Kamloops February 23rd 2018

7/21Kamloops is known as a major sports tournament center. We listened to local Kamloops commentators on the morning news who said their upcoming marathon was cancelled in consideration of the fire evacuees. People have offered to donate their entrance fees to the charity set up for these people. In addition many generous people in town have opened their homes and donated food and supplies to those in need. We left our hotel in the sun and boarded the train in Kamloops around nine. Finally hoping for visible scenery! Soon we were passing beautiful gold and green farmland converted for organic farms in an area named Tranquille where in 1907 people came to a TB center for healing due to the dry weather. St Joseph’s Catholic Church, built in the late 1800s, is the oldest in Kamloops ... read more
Kamloops Lake
Cascade Mountain Range
Thompson River

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Kamloops June 22nd 2017

Bonjour à tous, Ce matin encore, le temps est superbe, le gros orage d'hier au soir à bien purgé le ciel. Je vais donc faire une grande marche dans le beau parc de la ville, tout près du port et le long de lac, qui est fastueux dans cet environnement. Je n'avais pas de souvenirs précis de la ville elle même, et pour cause, typiquement nord américaine, sans âme donc sans grand intérêt. Pas le choix, pour me rendre à Kamloops, en passant par Merritt, que de prendre l'autoroute. Et comme hier matin un col à passer. 22° en partant, et seulement 6° au sommet. Mais ici pas d'aire de repos, impossible de s'arrêter pour fermer le toit. Je n'étais pas gelé, mais verglacé. Je quitte l'autoroute pour un stop à Merritt, qui n'a pas également ... read more
vallée des lacs
le bel aigle
le parc de Klowna

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Kamloops November 21st 2016

During the 2010 Winter Olympics, Kamloops was proud to be part of the Torch Relay. The event took place in TRU, I attended the ceremony and watched the performances. I even got a chance to take picture with the people that passed on the torch. Although it might seems like just another event, it does have a significance in my life. In China, I never thought about the fact that I would ever witness something great like this in real life. I was so used to seeing everything on the television. After I came to Canada, the world is smaller yet bigger to me. The world is smaller in a sense that I can witness something like this in my back yard. The world is also big to me because Olympic is such an international event ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Kamloops September 7th 2016

Well, what can I say about our B&B at Osoyoos. It was a case of Mr Grumpy (French) and Basil from Fawlty Towers rolled into one. The TV wouldn't go so he did his nut about it being caused by the previous people in the room. He was difficult to get a smile or polite answer from and it all seemed to be just so much bother!! Needless to say TripAdvisor will get a writeup from me. The B&B is out of Osoyoos on a Vineyard which could have been quite nice except that there wasn't anything to do or see. There certainly wasn't bottle of wine to be seen or a glass to have a wine. There wasn't even the offer of a cup of tea. Weird. After what was a very good breakfast we ... read more
A wonderful road but where are the cars?

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Kamloops August 12th 2016

Geo: 50.6761, -120.338Today was mostly about getting us closer to Vancouver and therefore, our final night's camping was to be at Kamloops, a town around four hours from Vancouver. The day mostly consisted of us driving, although we did have a couple of stops. The scenery was as stunning as ever - we made a couple of photo stops at what has become generic roadside scenery - beautiful tall mountains and incredible lakes - and then we had three woodland walks - very different from the scenery we have been walking in up to now.The first stop, The Rock Pile, was described by our guide as "hobbitty" and when we got in there, we could see what he meant. It was like a set for a miniature Lord of the Rings - all moss covered rocks ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Kamloops July 22nd 2016

Geo: 50.6761, -120.338Our train adventure begins traversing through Fraser Valley along Fraser River eastbound from Vancover to Kamloops. Everything is green and lush. In this region local farms produce a variety of crops including berries, field vegetables, orchards, bulbs, hops, seedlings and Christmas trees. We traveled through the town of Hope situated in the Cascade Mountains at the start of Fraser Valley, made famous by the 1858 gold rush. It is the chain saw capital of BC. A Rambo movie was made here. It's said that many gold miners came with hope, most left with despair because there wasn't much gold here after all. We passed by First Nations people fishing for Salmon. First Nations people are similar to our Native American Indians. Our train is very plush and comfortable. The main seats are above with ... read more
Fraser Valley
From inside the train
Fraser Valley

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Kamloops July 21st 2016

Greatest day of the whole trip. Perfect weather and the ride was great roads. I cannot even describe the beauty of BC. Pictures say it all. We left Kamloops after breakfast and Denny's and headed for the border via rt 1 east out of Kamloops to rt 23 south at Revelstoke. Had my doubts when we got on 23 going south and it was chip and seal. Can be challenging to a Motor Cycle if its new. Turned out great as we paralleled a lake and the road was not bad. Halfway down rt 23 we caught a ferry at Shelter Bay to the other side of the lake. Great experience and the lake was beautiful. On the other side we continued on 23 to rt6 to Valhalla Provincial Park, and then rt 3A to Kootenay ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Kamloops July 20th 2016

Our 7-Day Tour through the Canadian Rockies Rocky Mountaineer Tour 19-20 July – Vancouver to Kamloops to Jasper It was an early start from Vancouver with our Rocky Mountaineer host meeting us in the foyer of our hotel. Tom and I slept in (!!!) so it was a big rush to get ready but we made it. We didn’t have to have breakfast as this was to be our first meal on the Mountaineer. A truly unique opportunity to experience nature's spectacular beauty, this incredible adventure us to some of the world's most treasured natural wonders. Our bus took us to the train station. The welcome hall was full of people waiting to bord the Rocky Mountaineer. A man was playing a grand piano. Soon, we were called over to listen to a man playing bagpipes ... read more
Pam & Tom on the Rocky Mountaineer (1)
Journey Through the Clouds tour
Ariving in Jasper from the Rocky Mountaineer (5)

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