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Heat Wave Incoming

Heat Wave Incoming

Heat wave incoming! The weather forecast is predicting more hot weather coming to Kamloops and the surrounding area. So, we here at Downtown Kamloops thought it would be a good idea to give you all some advice on how to stay cool in the days ahead.

1. Drink Water!

It sounds lame, but this age-old piece of wisdom has stuck around for a reason. Especially while out in the heat, you need to drink water. If you’re sweating excessively – if you work outdoors or are going for a run – you’ll also need to replace the electrolytes you’re losing as well as the water. If you need to, mix an electrolyte powder into your water, or substitute a bottle of water for a bottle of your favourite sports drink.

2. Stick to the Shade and Cover Up

Prolonged direct sunlight is one of the main causes of heat stroke, and can also lead to nasty things like skin cancer. The best way to avoid this is stay in the shade whenever possible. If it’s not possible to be in the shade, make sure to wear a sun shirt and hat.

3. Sunscreen

Another oldie-but-goodie. If you must be in the sun, make sure to slather on the sunscreen onto any exposed skin. This will reduce the risk of sunburn for one, but will also reduce your long-term risk of skin cancer. For maximum effectiveness, reapply sunscreen often, at least once an hour.

4. Stay Indoors

This isn’t possible for everyone, but whenever possible, stay inside and out of the sun. Keep the windows in your house closed and if you have air conditioning or fans, turn them on. This will help keep your house cool and give you a sanctuary away from the heat. It’s also a good idea to take a cold shower to help regulate your body temperature.

In Conlusion,

I know these tips seem obvious, but they can certainly help you stay safe and cool this summer. As the hot weather approaches, it can be easy to forget how dangerous heat stroke and heat exhaustion can be, but these suggestions can help you and your family stay safe.

For more information about Downtown Kamloops and upcoming events, click here.

Taste of Downtown is Underway!

Taste of Downtown is Underway!

Taste of Downtown is underway, so let’s take a look at what it has to offer!

You can get a Taste of Downtown passport for a minimum donation of just $5. All donations will go to the Kamloops Food Bank to help feed local families and individuals in need. With your passport, you get access to a whole host of amazing offers from downtown restaurants. For example, Scoopz Ice Cream Parlor is offering one free scoop of ice cream to passport holders, while Caffe Motivo is offering 10% off all menu items. And remember, you can use your passport at all of our Taste of Downtown locations twice! Get your passport at the KCBIA main office from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, or at the CAP Team office at 340 Victoria Street from 11 am to 1 pm, Monday to Saturday. We will also be at the Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays selling passports from 10 am until 1 pm.

Because of the current COVID-19 pandemic happening at the moment, we’ve decided to change things up for Taste of Downtown this year. In past years, Taste of Downtown has been a day-long event. This year, in order to reduce crowds, we’ve decided to make Taste of Downtown a month-long event. This is part of Downtown Kamloops’s #OpenWithCare campaign, which is dedicated to keeping Kamloops businesses open and safe during this trying time. So, you have until August 31st to take advantage of as many of these excellent offers as you can.

For more information about Taste of Downtown and what offers are available, click here.

 

Heat Wave Incoming

Downtown Parkades Membrane Replacement Project – Update

The City of Kamloops is replacing the traffic deck membrane in both downtown parkades (Lansdowne Street and Seymour Street) between July–August 2020. This Membrane Replacement project is necessary to protect the concrete structures from moisture and extend the life of the downtown Parkades.

Due to the membrane Replacement project, the Seymour Street Parkade scheduled to reopen at 7:00 am on Monday, August 10. The Lansdowne Street Parkade will be closed for approximately one month starting Wednesday, August 12. Construction scheduled to occur Monday–Friday, 7:00 am–7:00 pm. Weather permitting, this project is expected to be complete by the end of August 2020.

During the Lansdowne Parkade closure, the Seymour Parkade will be open. Off-street parking is also available in the following City-owned surface parking lots: 300 St. Paul Street, 400 Lorne Street, 500 Lorne Street, Heritage House parking lot, Sandman Centre north parking lot, and Riverside Park west-end lot.

As the City is not currently collecting parking fees in the parkades and City-owned surface lots, parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking fees will be reinstated effective September 7, 2020, for all City-owned surface lots and parkades.

For questions about downtown parking, contact bylaws@kamloops.ca or 250-828-3409.

Source: City of Kamloops

Sundays in Downtown Kamloops

Sundays in Downtown Kamloops

Summer weekends can be great time to head downtown and take all our city centre has to offer. However, it can be hard to find out what’s open on Sundays in Downtown Kamloops. We here at the KCBIA thought it might help to let you all know what businesses are open on Sunday, and what their hours are, so you can plan your day accordingly.

Restaurants

The following restaurants are open on Sunday for the following times:

Caffe Motivo – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Fresh Slice – 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

Hoja – 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Mittz Kitchen – 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

The Noble Pig – 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Booster Juice – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Boston Pizza – 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

Carlos O’Bryans – 11:00 am to 12:00 am

Central Station Pub – 10:00 am to 12:00 am

Cordo Resto & Bar – 7:00 am to 10:00 pm

Dairy Queen – 10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Denny’s – 7:00 am to 10:00 pm

Dorian Greek House – 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Frick & Frack Taphouse – 11:30 am to 10:00 pm

Hello Toast – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Kelly O’Bryans – 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

Klasske’s Bistro – 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Maurya’s Fine Indian Cuisine – 1:00 pm to 8:30 pm

McDonald’s – 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

Moxie’s Grill and Bar – 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Oriental Gardens – 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Passeks Classics Cafe and Catering – 8:00am to 1:30 pm

Pizza King – 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Red Collar Brewing – 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Scoopz Ice cream Parlor – 11:00 am to 9:00 pm

Sharks Club – 11:30 am to 11:00 pm

Starbucks – 6:00 am to 7:00 pm

Subway – 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Tim Hortons – 24 Hours

Vyanjan Fine Indian Cuisine – 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Other Business

4 Cats Art Studio – 10:30 am to 7:00 pm

Billiard Club – 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Barre Kamloops – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Common Sound – 10:00 am to 2:00 am

Great Canadian Oil Change – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Let’s Move Studio – 9:00 am to 10:30 am

The Yoga Loft – 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Jardine’s Domaine – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Kipp Mallery Pharmacy – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Lansdowne Liquor Store – 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Castles & Cottages – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

High Octane Comics – 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

VapeSense – 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Wizards of the Green Tower – 10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Dollarama – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

St. Paul Liquor Store – 9:00 am to 11:00 pm

Save-on-Foods – 8:00 am to 9:00 pm

7-Eleven – 24 Hours

808&Bench – 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Citymax Liquor Store – 9:00 am to 11:00 pm

Cloverdale Paint – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

CosmoProf – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Countdown Escape Rooms – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Dancy Pants Boutique – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Desert Hemp Hut – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Desert Rain Giftware – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Doctor Love – 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Visions Electronics – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sherwin-Williams Paint – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

One Stop Love Shop – 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

London Drugs – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

First Comes Love – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Ferguson Equipment – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Bell Mobility – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Plaza Liquor Store – 9:00 am to 11:00 pm

 

Spend your Sundays in Downtown Kamloops! For more information about what Downtown Kamloops has to offer, visit www.downtownkamloops.com/.

Taste of Downtown is Back!

Taste of Downtown is Back!

Taste of Downtown Kamloops

The Taste of Downtown is back, and now it’s bigger and better than ever. From July 31st to August 31st, patrons of the downtown are encouraged to purchase a Taste of Downtown passport for a minimum donation of $5. This passport will allow them access to special offers and discounts at participating downtown restaurants and cafes. The participating businesses and their promotions will be announced at a later date.

How Can You Participate?

Businesses that wish to participate are encouraged to contact the KCBIA by phone at (250) 372 3242. The deadline for businesses to join is July 15th.  All businesses have to do is fill out a registration form stating what promotion they will be offering. Donations of merchandise and gift cards are also appreciated as we will be giving out weekly prizes to passport holders. There will be a grand prize given out at the end of the event. Passport holders who have received at least ten stamps in their passport and who have kept their receipts are eligible for the grand prize. Once the event begins, patrons will show their passport to participating businesses to receive special offers and discounts. There is no additional cost to businesses to participate, but donations of prizes are welcome.

#OpenWithCare

In past years, the Taste of Downtown has been a day-long event, but this year we’re doing things a bit differently. As part of the KCBIA’s #OpenWithCare campaign, this year the Taste of Downtown will be a month-long event, from July 31st to August 31st. This is to spread crowds out and ensure proper social distancing can be maintained throughout the event.

Passports can be acquired starting on July 25th at our main office at 246 2nd Avenue Monday to Friday, from 10am to 5pm and Monday to Saturday at our 340 Victoria Street office from 11am to 1pm.

For more information about Downtown Kamloops, please visit downtownkamloops.ca or phone us at (250) 372 3242.

Kamloops Art Gallery – Now Open!

Kamloops Art Gallery – Now Open!

 

The Kamloops Art Gallery has reopened its doors to the public! After being closed down they are finally able, and ready to #openwithcare to the public.

Some things have changed, however, the new hours of operations are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. Thursday is still free admission thanks to BCLC.

The exhibit the Art Gallery will be highlighting is “Casting the Eye Adrift” by Donald Lawerence, curated by Charo Neville and will run until December.

Remember to adhere to the Gallery’s COVID procedures:

  • Please stay home if you are not feeling well
  • There will be limited maximum capacity in all of our spaces
  • All guest from different households must stay 2m apart
  • Children must stay with an adult at all times
  • Masks are welcome but not mandatory
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the Gallery

For more information, check out their website for all the details! Help support the Kamloops Art Gallery!