Many Kamloopsians are familiar with the city’s vast and diverse history, including the era when steamboats pioneered the region. To honour the rich history of the Kamloops Sternwheelers, the city erected a sign in downtown Riverside Park. This sign reflects the history of Kamloops afloat.
While the sign has been up for a few months now, the official unveiling was on February 16th. It’s unique and bold feel is part of a new template for future interpretative signs in Kamloops.
Built at the request of Mr David Davies and presented to the City of Kamloops Heritage Commission, with the intention to feature the significant history of Kamloops of sternwheelers. Complemented by historical photographs from the Kamloops Museum and Archives’ collection, the sign adds some background and history to Kamloops.
For those curious, a sternwheeler is a steamer propelled by a paddle wheel positioned at the stern of the boat.
With the many interconnected rivers in the Thompson Okanagan, steamboats were the main form of transportation in the region prior to the advent of the rail system.
While they got their start shipping passengers and freight, sternwheelers went on to assist the growing railway. For many years the boats mainly towed logs and other industrial equipment, but in 1912 the region saw the launch of a new boat; The Distributor.
Riverside Park acts as an ideal location for the sign, as that’s where the boat originally launched and built.
While I might be a little young to have ridden on the old steamboats of the 19th Century, I remember riding on the old Wanda Sue paddle wheeler boat around the Thompson River during its prime, and it was fascinating learning about the history and seeing the behemoths in action.
Our CAP Team has seen the new signage many times at the park during our travels and we encourage everyone to do the same. It is important to remember how far we have come as a society, to look back at all the ways that technology, transportation, and industry have evolved, and to not forget where we have come from and remember our roots.
Written by Jon George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009. Email email@example.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!
Additionally, if you’re interested in finding out more information about the CAP team and downtown Kamloops, then you can check out our website here. You can also find us on Facebook here.
What’s Happening Downtown This Week?
It’s a busy week in #downtownkamloops! Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with someone special this year, or just looking for something to do, Downtown Kamloops has you covered! Here’s an overview of what’s happening downtown this week!
- Monster Truck’s #DownAndDirtyClubTour with The Picturebooks are coming to Kamloops with their hits Don’t Tell Me How to Live, For the People Why Aren’t You Rockin and many more. These funky rockers will bring arena rock to Cactus Jacks Nightclub.
- Join the Kamloops Art Gallery in the studio to drink coffee & tea, meet new friends and develop your art-making skills at Ladies’ Afternoon Drawing Club. All materials are provided. All skill levels are welcome. No registration is required.
- The Kamloops Blazers play a home game against the Victoria Royals! Come cheer on our local hockey team at the Sandman Centre at 7:00 PM!
- ARTBOUND at the Kamloops Art Gallery – Drop into the studio at 3:30 PM for weekly thematic workshops. All materials are provided. Ages 14 to 21.
- Join the Kamloops Art Gallery at Red Collar Brewing Co. for Drink and Draw! Contribute to large-scale collaborative drawings, play games and enjoy some of Kamloops best local beer! See you there at 6:00 PM!
- Open Mic Night at the Art We Are Café, an event that speaks for itself! This event is by donation at the door and starts at 7:00 PM.
- Join Kamloops Pride on the second Thursday of every month for an evening of socializing at Beers for Queers! Have a pint of beer or a quick bite to eat. This week’s location is at the Central Station Pub at 6 PM.
- Book your romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at The Commodore Grand Cafe & Lounge! Two separate seating’s at 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Reservations Only. There are 7 fondue tables for each seating and 7 regular tables, so book fast! (Did we mention that The Commodore Grand Café & Lounge is releasing a new menu on Tuesday?!)
- Have a Heart Day is a child and youth-led reconciliation event promoting love and fairness for Indigenous children. Drop into the museum to create a Valentine’s Day card to send to our Member of Parliament as part of #HaveAHeartDay.
- Wander around our downtown before catching a movie at the Paramount Theatre this Thursday! This week’s Valentine’s Day Movie Night is The Border at TFS. The showing starts at 7:00 PM and you can get your early bird tickets online!
- Storytime + Baby & Me Art Exploration at the Kamloops Art Gallery at 10:30 AM. Join the KAG for songs, stories, and puppets followed by baby-friendly art-making at 11:00!
- Midtown Jam at the Central Station Pub – A weekly creative playground put together to spread culture, blend musicians, bands, improvisers, and audience. Bring out and instrument, tune it up and plugin!
- The Kamloops Storm Jr. Hockey team play at Memorial Arena on February 15th, 16th, and 17th! Come cheer on your favorite junior hockey team as they face off the Osoyoos Coyotes (15th), the Sicamous Eagles (16th) and the Kelowna Chiefs (17th). Three back to back games will keep you busy all weekend!
- It’s the last week to stop by the Old Courthouse to BEYOND THE FOREST FLOOR & ALMOST BLACK AND WHITE by Kelly Tilly Perry! Printmaking and Acrylics in the Kamloops Arts Council Hall and Main Galleries until February 16th. Gallery Hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.
To see more #downtownkamloops events, make sure to check out our event page at www.downtownkamloops.com. We hope to see you downtown this week!
This article was written by Alexis Proulx, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Supervisor & Back Alley Art Gallery Coordinator. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!
Additionally, if you’re interested in learning about more going on with the CAP team or Downtown Kamloops, check out our website here. Furthermore, you can find us on Facebook here as well.
Valentines Day in Kamloops
Downtown Kamloops is full of romantic events, and last minute gift ideas for your sweet Valentine!
Check out all the lovey, dovey ideas below.
Fondue Dinner At The Commodore Grand Cafe & Lounge
Book your romantic Valentines Day dinner at The Commodore Grand Cafe & Lounge! Two separate seating’s at 5:30pm and 7:30pm. Reservations Only.
There are 7 fondue tables for each seating and 7 regular tables, so book fast!
Call 250-851-3100 or email email@example.com!
Gift Ideas: The Sweetest Valentines Day Cookies From Cocoa Dot Cakes!
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We just love the day of love so much that we had to make some sweet treats for the occasion! Place your order by February 12th at 5:00pm.
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Valentines Themed 5 Course Dinner
Choice of three, four, or five course Chef’s menu with optional wine pairings.
Have a Heart Day
Thursday, February 14, 2019 | 10:00 – 4:00
Have a Heart Day is a child and youth-led reconciliation event promoting love andfairness for Indigenous children. Drop into the museum to create a Valentine’s Day card to send to our Member of Parliament as part of #HaveAHeartDay.
Catch a Movie
Wander around our downtown before catching a movie at the Paramount Theatre this Thursday! This week’s Valentine’s Day Movie Night is The Border at TFS. The showing starts at 7:00PM and you can get your early bird tickets online!
Where Are They Now Series
Designed to help youth develop and hone relevant work experience, the CAP team provides an opportunity to gain opportunities related to their career goals. Over 85 students and youth have gone through the program since it started in 2004. Each participant securing positions in desired career fields or continuing to develop their educational goals. It’s important to celebrate the successes of our alumni and showcase how diverse the program is. So we are conducting a series of interviews for a new project called “Where Are They Now?”.
For this series, we have started contacting previous CAP Team employees and seeing what they are up to. We’d like to know how their experience with Downtown Kamloops helped them achieve their success. This project is just beginning, but we have gathered a few responses so far and we are happy to hear that our CAP Team alumni are doing well.
Some Words From Past Cappies:
“When I was with the CAP Team, I began to shape my career path while pursuing my Bachelor of Arts. I knew I enjoyed writing and had an interest in promotions and business development. Through the CAP Team’s training in social media advertising, public speaking and event planning, this job was a major outlet to inspire what I am now pursuing – a career in public relations.”
– Julia Dumbrell, (CAP Team Member in 2016). – Graduated with a Major in English Literature and Minor in Commerce from UBC in 2019
“Since the CAP Team, I have pursued a career in destination marketing and tourism. Today, I am in charge of visitor services at Tourism Kamloops. My role is a mix of assisting visitors, researching innovative and sustainable solutions for visitor servicing, and connecting with stakeholders and partners.”
– Angela Halas (CAP Team Member from 2016-2018). – Visitor & Stakeholder Liaison with Tourism Kamloops
As we develop this series and reach out to even more CAP Team alumni, you can find their stories on our website. If you are a CAP Team alumni and would like to share your story, please contact us for ways to involve yourself! If you know a CAP Team alumni, please feel free to share this opportunity with them!
Written by Alexis Proulx, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Supervisor & Back Alley Art Gallery Coordinator. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!
Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about the CAP team, you can find more information on our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.