Month: July 2010

Kelowna, British Columbia

A- Overview:
Kelowna is the largest city in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, which is located in the south central region of the province. The city is easily accessible by car, bus and air, and is located only 150 km. (90 miles) north of the United States border and 395 km. (247 miles) east of Vancouver.

Spectacular Okanagan Valley scenery in the cradle of the nearby mountain range, pristine pine-fringed lakes, blossom-filled gardens, abundant orchards and vineyards, sandy beaches, and first-class amenities, all combine in the beautiful city of Kelowna. Although relatively undiscovered, Kelowna is easily accessible and ready to host visitors from throughout the world. The Kelowna International Airport connects visitors and residents alike to many major North American cities. Kelowna is a quick 60-minute flight from Calgary or Vancouver and just 70 minutes from Seattle. Direct flights to Toronto are also available year-round. With a host of attractions, sites to see, numerous dining options, and events taking place year round; it’s a great choice for the vacationer.

Orchards and vineyards surround the city. Visitors can pick juicy peaches from trees, or spend a delightful day sampling the award-winning wares of the internationally acclaimed wineries. The Spring, Summer, and Fall Wine Festivals offer hundreds of activities focused on wine making, tasting, and touring. There are 12 wineries in and around the city, and some 65 throughout the Okanagan Valley. Kelowna, located in the center of the Okanagan Valley, is the perfect “base camp” for all Okanagan explorations.

When golfing in Kelowna, visitors find themselves meandering through an orchard, over desert terrain and rolling hills, or past expansive lakes and canyons. There are numerous courses located in the Kelowna area, providing golfers of all ages and abilities premium golf experiences.

Kelowna is a city of 100,000 people where the arts thrive. The Canadian Heritage Cultural Spaces Program named the Cultural District as the best in Canada. Those who enjoy the arts will feel at home in this vibrant District that covers a six-block area in the city’s centre. A concentration of galleries, museums, theatres, and artist studios co-exist with an eclectic mix of dining opportunities. Lady Luck is said to be found in the Cultural District at Lake City Casino. Kelowna has an outstanding symphony orchestra and blues, jazz, folk, country and rock bands play in a number of festivals and downtown venues.

Kelowna has miles of beautiful parkland, much of which is located along sandy beaches. Grassy picnic areas, playgrounds, washrooms and concession stands are standard facilities at the many beaches. The Okanagan Lake and surrounding mountains provide the scenic backdrop for a wide range of family attractions and outdoor activities including golf, downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, water-skiing, waterslides, cycling, hiking, camping, horseback riding, and fishing.

The Okanagan Valley also offers a comfortable climate year round. Summers are warm with hot days, boasting clear sunny skies and low humidity. Shorts, t-shirts, sundresses, and bathing suits are the best bet during the summer season. Winters are generally much milder than other areas east of the Valley. Although snow is abundant at the surrounding ski resorts, it rarely stays for long on the Valley roadways. Sweaters, vests and fleece clothing are popular during our fall and winter seasons. Kelowna is sunny, and umbrellas are seldom required. Dressing in layers is recommended for optimum comfort, especially in the spring and fall seasons, as temperatures can fluctuate between cool mornings and hot daytimes but return to cool evenings.

Play paintball, take a boat tour, ride a horse, play golf, relax, or take advantage of a host of activities is this tranquil yet vibrant city: the choice is yours.

B- City Information:
Population: Approximately 100,000

Elevation: 344 meters (1,129 feet) above sea level

Land Area: 262 square kilometers (107 square miles)

Location: Kelowna is the largest city in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, which is located in the south central region of the province. Easily accessible by car, bus and air, Kelowna is 150 km. (90 miles) north of the United States border and 395 km. (247 miles) east of Vancouver

Time Zone: Kelowna is in the Pacific Time Zone. Daylight Savings Time is in effect from 0200 hr on the first Sunday in April until 0200 hr on the last Sunday in October

Average Monthly Temperatures

Month
High
Low

January
0 C /32 F
-7 C/19 F

February
3 C/37 F
-5 C/23 F

March
9 C/48 F
-2 C/28 F

April
15 C/59 F
1 C/34 F

May
20 C/68 F
5 C/41 F

June
24 C/75 F
8 C/46 F

July
28 C/82F
10 C/50 F

August
27 C/81 F
10 C/50 F

September
21 C/70 F
5 C/41 F

October
14 C/57 F
1 C/34 F

November
5 C/41 F
-2 C/28 F

December
0 C/32 F
-6 C/21

Climate:

Kelowna’s climate is mild and one of the reasons why so many of its visitors become residents. Warm summers are characterized by low humidity, along with relatively mild winters.

Local Seasons:

Kelowna is truly a city of four distinct seasons. Summers do tend to be the busiest time of year as visitors come to the area to experience the many sites and attractions, as well as the near perfect weather. Winter also brings tourists to the area for the abundant skiing. With over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually, anytime of year is wonderful for a visit to this magnificent and picturesque city

How to Get There:

By Air

Kelowna International Airport Terminal
250-765-5125

Shell Aero Centre (Private Terminal)
250-765-8155

Air Canada Local Flight Information
250-765-8777

Central Mountain Air
888-865-8585

Westjet Flight Information
877-929-8646

Horizon Air Cargo Information
800-225-2752

Wildcat Helicopters Inc
877-768-2061

Carson Air Flight Centre
800-765-7779

Bus Lines

Greyhound Bus
800-661-8747

Kelowna Terminal
250-860-3835

Ground Transportation

Kelowna Airporter
877-235-6962

Kelowna Airporter (Local)
250-765-0182

Kelowna Transit System
250-860-8121

Taxi Services

Checkmate Cabs
250- 861-1111

Donchuck Ventures
250- 860-2663

Vehicle Rental Companies

Budget Car & Truck Rental
250-491-7368

Enterprise Rent A Car
250-979-0299

BC Ferries

Information
604-386-3431

Toll Free (BC Only)
888-223-3779

Canada Customs

For information contact:

Canada Customs

800-461-9999 within Canada or long distance at 204-983-3500 outside of Canada

How to Get Around:

With so many things to see and do both in the city as well as throughout the surrounding area, the best way to get around is by either personal or rental car.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day
January 1

Good Friday
March or April

Easter Monday
March or April

Victoria Day
May 24

Canada Day
July 1

BC Day
August 2

Labour Day
1st Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day
2nd Monday in October

Remembrance Day
November 11

Christmas Day
December 25

Boxing Day
December 26

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
19 Greens Putt and Play Zone

2050 Campbell Road
Kelowna, BC V1Z 3X7
250-769-0213

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

19 Greens Putt & Play Zone has long been one of Kelowna’s premier family attractions. Back-dropped by Lake Okanagan and the Floating Bridge, the renowned 18 hole Championship Natural Grass Putting Course, Cosmic Climbing Wall, X-Treme Trampoline Bounce and 18 hole Astro Mini Golf provide hours of fun and entertainment for the whole family.

Carmelis Alpine Goat Cheese Artisan Inc.

170 Timberline Road
Kelowna, BC V1W 4J6
250-764-9033

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free

Carmelis is a family dairy boutique. The dairy chose to specialize in rich complex and refined cheeses that render full justice to the quality of the milk and the art of cheese making. They are located on 170 Timberline Road, Kelowna, 12 km south of downtown Kelowna viewing the Okanagan Lake. In the goat cheese farm they have a beautiful cheese shop where visitors can taste the cheeses as well as purchase them.

Croc-Talk

700 Ace Road
Kelowna, BC V1X 4C5
250-860-6080

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Croc-Talk Show is an interactive, family-orientated journey into the world of Crocodilians. The base to this attraction is the live Crocs, large and small, as is the entertaining presentation on the biology and ecology of this ancient species.

The Jammery

8038 Hwy 97 North
Kelowna, BC V1X 6A6
250-766-1139

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free
Believed to be the world’s first and only Jammery.

Kelowna Grand Prix and Laser Tag

911 Stremel Road
Kelowna, BC V1X 5E6
250-765-1434

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Kelowna Springs Putting Course

480 Penno Road
Kelowna, BC V1X 6S3
250-765-7888

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

McCurdy Bowling Centre/Freddy’s Brew Pub

948 McCurdy Road
Kelowna, BC V1X 2P7
250-491-2695

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

McCurdy Bowling Centre is Kelowna’s state of the art facility with 24 – 10 pin lanes and 6 – 5 pin lanes. It is known for having a top of the line JBL sound system with a fantastic smoke and light show for cosmic bowling. Freddy’s features premium handcrafted beers from its own Mill Creek Brewery.

MV Fintry Queen

210 Bernard Avenue
Kelowna, BC V1Y 7N3
250-979-0223

Hours: Call for sailing times and additional information

Admission Charged

Cruise the lake and experience the beauty of the Okanagan Valley.

Safari Ridge Adventure Paintball

2220B Horizon Drive
Kelowna, BC V1W 3Y7
250-769-0239

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Join the fun and adventure of paintball.

Scandia Golf & Games

2220B Horizon Drive
Kelowna, BC V1W 3Y7
250-769-0239

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Fun for the entire family. Voted the number one fun place in the Okanagan.

Silver Lake Forest Education Society

347 Leon Avenue
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9H2
250-717-0033

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Welcome to an opportunity that could last a life time. Come to Silver Lake Forestry Centre to develop international friendships, learn and develop unique skills, and participate in fun, dynamic and rewarding experiences. Campers come from all over the world and many come back regularly. Staff are carefully selected and form a unique bond where priorities are safety, fun and nurturing. Visitors are welcome to come for an experience that is sure to open doors to new adventures.

Kelowna Fishing Charters

#46 – 3225 Shannon Lake Road
Westbank, BC V4T 2E2
250-878-6642

Hours: Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

Fully equipped, world-class fly-fishing or deep lake fishing at a reasonable price, year round.

Go With the Wind Cruises

227 Crossridge Crescent
Kelowna, BC V1V 1S5
250-763-5204

Hours: Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

Cruise by power and/or sail around Okanagan Lake and enjoy highlights such as Paul’s Tomb, the Westside, Okangan Lake Bridge and City Park. During the tour the captain will share his stories including tales of the ferry dock, the operation of our bridge, and local wildlife.

Kelowna Marina

6-2860 Woodsdale Road
Lake Country, BC V4V 2L2
250-862-6819

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Located on the Shores of Beautiful Lake Okanagan, just minutes away from busy downtown Kelowna is one of the oldest marinas in Kelowna, Kelowna Marina. Enjoy a vacation with brand new Larson boats ranging from 16 to 23 ft or try out a Seadoo. Also available are pontoon boats for 12 to 18 people.

MWS Adventures

Waterfront at the Grand
Kelowna, BC V1Y 6Y7
250-212-1554

Hours: Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

MWS Adventures offers both water-ski & wakeboard lessons for all ages and abilities.

Okanagan Watertoyz Inc.

2053 Campbell Road
Kelowna, BC V1Z 1S9
250-769-5382

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

The rental facility is a seasonal operation and is open, weather permitting with accepts reservations. All renters must fill out a waiver and rental agreement; then will be given an orientation to familiarize them with the operation of the machine and will be instructed in water safety.

Scenic Boat Tours of the Okanagan

Kelowna, BC V1W 1T3
250-861-0691

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Scenic Boat Tours of the Okanagan offers relaxing, comfortable cruises. The boat is capable of being fully enclosed, so even on those “not so sunny” days, they offer a protected and comfortable atmosphere.

Lake Okanagan Resort Stables

2751 Westside Road
Kelowna, BC V1Z 3T1
250-769-2634

Hours: Open May – October, call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

Come take a ride on the Historic Okanaga Bridge Trail, swim with the horse in the water. Rides for children 3 and up. Introductory programs for all ages.

Mandy & Me Trail riding

174 Bear Creek Road
Kelowna, BC V1Z 3T6
250-769-5735

Hours: Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

Mandy and Me Trail riding gives horseback tours overlooking the Okanagan Lake and city of Kelowna. The tours match the guest’s size and experience at riding so that both the visitor and their four-legged partner have a good experience.

Kelowna Parasail Adventures Ltd.

1310 Water Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9P3
250-868-4838

Hours: Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

No experience necessary, the adventure begins right from the boat.

Mariners Reef Waterpark & Slides

2160 Old Okanagan Hwy.
Westbank, BC V4T 2H3
250-768-5141

Hours: Open seasonally, call for additional information

The park is one of Okanagan’s most popular attractions. There are thirteen slides, including two inner tube rides, twister slides, straight fast slides, intermediate and kiddie slides, paddling pool, two large swimming pools. They also have a gigantic hot tub, picnic areas, concessions, ice cream and gift shops, and much much more.

Windstar Recreation Ltd.

325 Phoebe Court
Kelowna, BC V1W 3Y9
250-212-2580

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

It’s the Year of the Windsurfer! New wide boards and super light sails make learning fun and easy for the whole family.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
19 Greens Kelowna Putt and Play Zone

2050 Campbell Road
Kelowna, BC V1Z 3X7
250-769-0213

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

19 Greens Putt & Play Zone has long been one of Kelowna’s premier family attractions. Back-dropped by Lake Okanagan and the Floating Bridge, the renowned 18 hole Championship Natural Grass Putting Course, Cosmic Climbing Wall, X-Treme Trampoline Bounce and 18 hole Astro Mini Golf provides hours of fun and entertainment for the whole family.

Kelowna Grand Prix and Laser Tag

911 Stremel Road
Kelowna, BC V1X 5E6
250-765-1434

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

MV Fintry Queen

210 Bernard Avenue
Kelowna, BC V1Y 7N3
250-979-0223

Hours: Call for sailing times and additional information

Admission Charged

Come cruise the lake and experience the beauty of the Okanagan Valley!

Safari Ridge Adventure Paintball

2220B Horizon Drive
Kelowna, BC V1W 3Y7
250-769-0239

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Enjoy some paintball fun and adventure.

Go With the Wind Cruises

227 Crossridge Crescent
Kelowna, BC V1V 1S5
250-763-5204

Hours: Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

Cruise by power and/or sail around Okanagan Lake and enjoy highlights such as Paul’s Tomb, the Westside, Okangan Lake Bridge and City Park. During the tour the captain will share his stories including tales of the ferry dock, the operation of the bridge, and local wildlife.

MWS Adventures

Waterfront at the Grand
Kelowna, BC V1Y 6Y7
250-212-1554

Hours: Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

MWS Adventures offers both water-ski & wakeboard lessons for all ages and abilities.

Mandy & Me Trail riding

174 Bear Creek Road
Kelowna, BC V1Z 3T6
250-769-5735

Hours: Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

Mandy and Me Trail riding gives horseback tours overlooking the Okanagan Lake and city of Kelowna. The tours match the guest’s size and experience at riding so that both the visitor and their four-legged partner have a good experience.

Kelowna Parasail Adventures Ltd.

1310 Water Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9P3
250-868-4838

Hours: Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

No experience necessary, the adventure begins right from the boat.

Mariners Reef Waterpark & Slides

2160 Old Okanagan Hwy.
Westbank, BC V4T 2H3
250-768-5141

Hours: Open seasonally, call for additional information

The park is one of Okanagan’s most popular attractions. There are thirteen slides, including two inner tube rides, twister slides, straight fast slides, intermediate and kiddie slides, paddling pool, two large swimming pools. They also have a gigantic hot tub, picnic areas, concessions, ice cream and gift shops, and much more.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events & Entertainment

January

Snowfest

Held in mid January

Location: Varies

250-862-3515

Call for additional information

Kelowna Home Show

Held in late January – early February

Location: Prospera Place

250-979-0888

Call for additional information

February

Kelowna Home Show

Held in late January – early February

Location: Prospera Place

250-979-0888

Call for additional information

Sweetheart Couples 5k Run

Held in mid February

Location: Waterfront Park

250-861-1515

Call for additional information

March

Sport & Adventure Show

Held in early March

Location: Prospera Place

250-979-0888

Call for additional information

June

Kelowna Gardens Tour

Held in mid June

Location: Varies throughout Kelowna

250-860-9389

Call for additional information

Jaycees 24 hours relay

Held in late June

Location: Varies

250-861-1515

Call for additional information

Running around the Apple Bowl for 24 hours.

July

Canada Day Celebration

Held in early July

Location: Island Stage, Waterfront Park

250-862-3515

Call for additional information

Live music and other family entertainment, a multicultural food fair, a children’s activity area, canoe rides, multicultural displays, arts & crafts, a citizenship ceremony, a huge birthday cake, and fireworks at 10:00pm in front of Tug Boat Bay.

Folk Fest

Held in early July

Location: Skyreach Place

250-763-9747

Call for additional information

Westside Daze

Held in early July

Location: Varies

250-768-3378

Call for additional information

Guisachan Garden Show

Held in early July

Location: Guisachan Heritage Park

250-861-7188

Call for additional information

Kelowna Regatta

Held in late July

Location: City Park

250-860-0529

Call for additional information

Antique & Classic Boat Show

Held in late July

Location: Grand Okanagan Lagoons

250-763-4500

Call for additional information

Cherry Fair

Held in late July

Location: Laurel Building

250-868-0441

Call for additional information

Fat Cat Children’s Festival

Held in late July

Location: City Park

250-763-3212

Call for additional information

Car Show

Held in late July

Location: Bernard Avenue

250-862-3515

Call for additional information

Heartland Music Festival

Held in late July – early August

Location: City Park

250-861-1515

Call for additional information

August

Heartland Music Festival

Held in late July – early August

Location: City Park

250-861-1515

Call for additional information

Okanagan Summer Wine Festival

Held in early August

Location: Silver Star Mountain Resort

250-861-6654

Call for additional information

Mardis Gras

Held in early August

Location: Downtown Kelowna

250-862-3515

Call for additional information

Blues Festival

Held in early August

Location: City Park

250-868-3307

Call for additional information

Annual Kelowna Apple Triathlon

Held in mid August

Location: City Park

250-861-1515

Call for additional information

September

Dragon Boat Festival

Held in mid September

Location: Waterfront Park

250-868-1136

Call for additional information

Field of Dreams

Held in mid September

Location: Kelowna City Park

250-769-7913

Call for additional information

Auction and car show.

Terry Fox Run

Held in mid September

Location: Parkinson Recreation Centre

250-860-5828

Call for additional information

East Kelowna Fall Fair

Held in late September

Location: Varies

250-860-8314

Call for additional information

Peak to Peak

Held in late September

Location: Mission Hill

250-860-5828

Call for additional information

Run from Mission Hill to Know Mountain

October

Okanagan Fall Wine Festival

Held in early October

Location: Various locations

250-861-6654

Call for additional information

The Fall Wine Festival runs for 10 days leading up to the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend in early October each year.

Apple Fair

Held in late October

Location: Laurel Packing House

250-868-0441

Call for additional information

Halloween Howl

Held in late October

Location: Parkinson Recreation Centre

250-860-5828

Call for additional information

Okanagan International Marathon

Held in mid October

Location: City Park

250-860-5828

Call for additional information

November

Kelowna Christmas Craft Fair

Held in mid November

Location: Parkinson Recreation Centre

250-860-5015

Call for additional information

Tree of Hope Light Up

Held in mid – late November

Location: Landmark Square

250-763-2305

Call for additional information

Fall Craft Fair

Held in mid – late November

Location: St. Michaels & All Angels Hall

250-860-9159

Call for additional information

December

Christmas Light-Up

Held in early December

Location: Towne Centre to Kerry Park

250-862-3515

Christmas tree light up to start off the Christmas season.

Entertainment:

Kelowna Community Theatre

250-762-2471

Call for performance schedule and additional information

Bringing people together – there’s nothing like seeing it live!
Since opening its doors and raising the curtain in 1962, the theatre has been a vision of bringing people together from across the Okanagan and beyond to enjoy the performing arts from community groups to professional productions.

Mary Irwin Theatre

Located inside the Rotary Centre
250- 717-5304

Call for performance schedule and additional information

Located in beautiful Kelowna, BC the Rotary Centre for the Arts is designed as a multi-purpose venue providing enjoyment of a wide array of activities including special events, theatre, visual art, music, festivals and more.

Prospera Place
250-979-0888

Call for schedule of events and additional information

Prospera Place brings not only a state-of-the-art entertainment facility to the B.C. Interior, but brings a new level of exciting entertainment and a real focal point for sports, culture, business and community activity.

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra

250-763-7544

Call for performance schedule and additional information

Kelowna Community Concerts

250-762-9059

Call for performance schedule and additional information

Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club

4320 Gallaghers Drive West
Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z9

250-861-4240

Call for tee times and additional information

The Harvest Golf Club

2725 K.L.O. Road
Kelowna, BC V1W 4S1

250-862-3103

Call for tee times and additional information

Kamloops, British Columbia

A- Overview:
Kamloops, located in western Canada, is a city of wonders; particularly of the natural variety. As the third largest city in the interior of British Columbia, this four-season paradise has something for everyone. The city is easy to reach, has the warmest weather in Canada, and boasts world-class sporting facilities and incredible recreational experiences. It is also a very affordable city which treats its visitors graciously.

There are many reasons to visit Kamloops. The city has the warmest summers in the area with an average temperature of 72F during June, July and August. There are a number of beautiful parks throughout the city. At any time of year, there is some type of tournament taking place, giving Kamloops the nickname “The Tournament Capital of Canada”.

With a mild, dry four-season climate, visitors can enjoy summer and winter activities. Kamloops experiences over 2,000 hours of sunshine a year and only 10.62 inches of rain. In the winter, the area is transformed into a postcard-like effect with an average snowfall of 33.86 inches in Kamloops to 17 feet at nearby Sunpeaks, one of Canada’s largest ski areas.

Conveniently and centrally located in the heart of British Columbia’s Interior, visitors can arrive via train, plane or automobile from all parts of the province. With such convenience, it’s easy to take advantage of the many things to see and do, both in the city as well as throughout the entire area. Travelers to Kamloops will find a clean, lively city with an abundance of year round indoor and outdoor recreation activities and sports. The city offers a variety of museums, art galleries and live productions. Sports enthusiasts will find hiking, bicycling, fishing and golf in the summer and tobogganing, snow skiing, ice fishing and ice skating in the winter. Scenic views are another attraction to travelers. Visitors are lured to the city for a view of the surrounding mountains and lakes. Some of the major activities and sports in Kamloops include golf, hiking, and boating in the summer and skiing and snowboarding in the winter.

A visit to the British Columbia Wildlife Park is well worth the time spent. Visitors can wander with the family through a unique wildlife facility. The park features over 70 local and endangered species, programs for children, and even a water park. For a unique adventure with spectacular scenery, take a trip on the Kamloops Heritage Highway by rail. Guests can ride the rails with the sights and sounds of the magnificently restored steam engine 2141, “The Spirit of Kamloops”. Watch out for Billy Miner and his gang who are known to stop the train and re-enact the “Great Train Robbery.” A truly unique attraction is the Sunmore Ginseng Factory. Here visitors can take a tour of the 18,000 sq. foot facility and learn about the healing powers of ginseng. This is the only professional ginseng manufacturing facility in North America. For the out of doors enthusiast, there are a variety of activities both in the city and nearby. Hyak Wilderness Adventures offers guests a fun and safe whitewater rafting experience. Depending on how much excitement a visitor desires, one can take a motorized raft trip or enjoy a paddle trip and really get involved with the river.

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, no visit is complete without viewing the Adams River Salmon Run. Every year, nature’s great story of birth, death and renewal takes place in the shallow waters of the Adams River, east of Kamloops. This annual reaffirmation of life is one of nature’s most remarkable shows, witnessed by travellers from all over the world. Every year in late September to mid-October, hundreds of thousands of salmon make their way up the mighty Fraser and Thompson Rivers to spawn. It’s a massive migration and a yearly ritual established well before humans settled the area. The Adams River is also the final home for Chinook, Coho and pink salmon. Of course there is nothing like a day of skiing and there is plenty available. One of the most noted ski resorts is the Sunpeaks Ski Area. The resort is internationally recognized and known for its abundant sunshine, dry and plentiful snow, friendly locals, superb grooming, and an award-winning trail and village design. There are over 3,600 skiing acres on three mountains and the highest peak soars nearly 3,000 feet above the village. Sunpeaks can entertain all from the most aggressive to the most cautious of skiers and snowboarders with its wide variations in terrain.

Whatever the interest and whatever the time of year for a visit, visitors to Kamloops will leave rewarded with wonderful memories and wonderful pictures, so be sure to bring the camera.

B- City Information:
Population: 80,000

Elevation: 345 metres (1133 feet) above sea level

Location: Located in the center of the Thompson Okanagan tourism region of south central British Columbia, approximately 3-1/2 hours by car from Vancouver, British Columbia and 5-1/2 hours from Seattle, Washington. The city lies in the heart of British Columbia’s southern interior at the confluence of the North Thompson and the South Thompson rivers which join near the city center and flow together downstream as the Thompson River.

Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone (when it’s noon in Kamloops, it’s 2pm in Chicago, 3PM in New York City (EST), and 3pm in Toronto). Kamloops observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October

Weather: Average Temperatures:

Month
High
Low

January
41F
32F

February
44F
34F

March
50F
37F

April
58F
40F

May
64F
46F

June
69F
52F

July
74F
54F

August
73F
54F

September
65F
49F

October
57F
44F

November
48F
39F

December
43F
35F

Local Seasons:

Kamloops has a mild, dry four-season climate which means visitors can enjoy summer and winter activities. Kamloops experiences over 2,000 hours of sunshine a year and only 270 mm (10.62 in) of rain. It also gets a fair amount of snow. The average snowfall is 86 cm (33.86 in) in Kamloops to 559 cm (17 ft) at Canada’s 3rd largest ski area, Sunpeaks.

In a weather survey of cities in Canada conducted by Statistics Canada, Kamloops had excellent ratings: Here’s how Kamloops ranked in the top 100.

1st – hottest summers

2nd – warmest spring

2nd – driest city

2nd – most sunny days in warm months

11th – warmest year round

13th – mildest winter

14th – most sunny days year round

How to Get There:

By Air

Kamloops Regional Airport

3035 Airport Drive

Kamloops, BC, V2B 7X1

250 376-3935

Call for additional information

The regional airport is served by a limited number of airlines

By Car

Take Trans-Canada Highway 1 eastbound from Vancouver. Take the Coquihalla Highway to Kamloops. Approx. 3 ¼ – 3 ½ hours.

By Bus

BC Transit
520 Gorge Road East
Victoria, BC, V8W 2P3
250-385-2551

Offers service to Kamloops, call for schedule and additional information

By Train

VIA Rail

From anywhere in Canada or the United States, call toll-free: 888 842-7245

Rocky Mountain Rail Tours

From anywhere in Canada or the United States, call toll-free: 877-460-3200

How to Get Around:

With so many things to see and do year-round, the best way to get around is by either personal or rental car.

National Holidays:

New Years Day: January 1

Good Friday: Varies

Easter Monday Varies

Victoria Day: Monday preceding May 25

Canada Day: July 1. The Holidays Act provides that July 2 is Canada Day when July 1 is a Sunday.

Labour Day: First Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day: Second Monday of October

Remembrance Day: November 11

Christmas Day: December 25

Boxing Day: December 26

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Kamloops Art Gallery

465 Victoria Street

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada V2C 2A9

250-828-3543

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free

The Kamloops Art Gallery organizes or hosts up to 25 exhibitions each year.

British Columbia Wildlife Park

9077 East Trans Canada Hwy.

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada V0E 2M0

250-573-3242

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Wander with the family through a unique wildlife facility. The park features over 70 local and endangered species, programs for children, and a water park.

Kamloops Heritage Highway

#6 – 510 Lorne Street

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada U2C 1W3

250-374-2141

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Ride the rails with the sights and sounds of the magnificently restored steam engine 2141, “The Spirit of Kamloops”. Experience the charm of vintage coaches or let the wind flow through your hair in the open air cars. Watch out for Billy Miner and his gang who are known to stop the train and re-enact the “Great Train Robbery.”

Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park

202-355 Yellowhead Highway

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada V2H 1H1

250-828-9801

Hours: Vary, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Visit the Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park and experience the rich cultural history of the Shuswap People. Attractive museum exhibits incorporate the oral history and legends of the Secwepemc People along with historical photographs, illustrations and artifacts.

Kamloops Museum & Archives
207 Seymour Street
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada V2C 2E7
250-828-3576

Hours: Open year round, Tues – Sat, 9:30am – 4:30pm. Summer hours: May 24 – Sept 6th, Mon – Fri, 9:30am – 4:30pm.

Admission by donation

Three floors of permanent and changing exhibits which cover the exciting and varied history of this Wild West town and the landscape which shaped the People. See exhibits about the local Secwepemc nation, the early fur traders, the gold rush and the gold seekers, cattle ranching, paddle wheelers and railway construction, the coming of permanent settlers, and the making of a frontier town.

Sunmore Ginseng Factory
925 McGill Place

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada V2C 6N9
250-374-3017

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Take a tour of this 18,000 sq. foot facility and learn about the healing powers of ginseng. This is the only professional ginseng manufacturing facility in North America.

Kamloops Farmer’s Market

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada V2C 6H3

250-573-3981

Hours: Open from May 20 to Oct 28; May 20 to Oct 28: Saturday 8:00am – noon, May 24 to Oct 25: Wed. 8:00am – 2:00pm

Admission Free

Shop for locally grown produce, fresh baking and local cheeses from May to October, every Wednesday and Saturday mornings in downtown Kamloops.

Kenna Cartwright Park

Located in southwest Kamloops. Take the Trans Canada Highway to Exit #366 north along Copperhead Drive and then west along Hillside Drive to the main entrance

Hours: Open year round dawn to dusk

Admission Free

The park offers an extensive network of gentle nature trails for hiking or cycling with panoramic views of the city, the Thompson Valley, Kamloops Lake and the convergence of the North and South Thompson Rivers.

Kamloops Rock Works

29 – 450 Lansdowne Street

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada V2C 1Y3

250-554-2930

Hours: Open April – October, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Tours leave from any local hotels or motels and consist of a 2 hour walking tour with an experienced tour guide who will explain the various geological processes that formed the beautiful Kamloops region. All walkers will leave the tour with a sample of a unique local rock or fossil.

Airdance Hang Gliding School

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada V2B 6J6
250-579-9182

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged
When it comes to hang gliding in Kamloops, there are more sites than pilots! Air Dance Hang Gliding School offers tandem flying and will take visitors to the best locations.

Stake Lake Cross-Country Ski Trails

Overlander Ski Club

Kamloops, BC, V2C 6H3, Canada

250-372-5514

Hours: Winter season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

This popular ski area is located 25 minutes south of Kamloops on Lac Le Jeune Road. Stake Lake has 45 km (28 mi) of well-groomed classic and skating tracks, some with shelters and outhouses. There are trails for all abilities and a heated day lodge. Open daily and lessons are available.

Nearby:

Lake City Casino

907 – 1708 Dolphin Avenue
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada V1Y 9S4
250-861-5457

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free

A taste of New Orleans can now be found in the heart of sunny Kamloops BC. The Kamloops casino reflects the excitement and energy of Mardi Gras with brightly coloured masks, beads, confetti and streamers.

Hyak Wilderness Adventures
203 – 3823 Henning Drive

Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada V5C 6N5

800-663-7238

Hours: Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

Whitewater rafting is a safe, well-managed sport. Even before getting onto the water guests learn paddling skills, water safety and have a dry land practice. Then, with experienced guides leading the way, the guests and their crewmates head down the river aboard stable, inflated rafts designed to provide the kind of adventure they will never forget. In Kamloops Country, visitors can take a water rafting trip suited to their interests—extreme, casual or novice. Take a motorized raft trip or enjoy a paddle trip and really get involved with the river. There are three rivers to raft in Kamloops Country, the Thompson, Adams, and Clearwater. A variety of companies—some with 20 years or more experience—spend six months a year guiding rafters of all skill levels.

Adams River Salmon Run

Directions: From Kamloops, head east on Hwy 1 to the Scotch Creek turnoff at Squilax. Roderick Haig Brown Park is located 5 km from Squilax (66 km from Kamloops)

250-679-8315
Every year in late September to mid-October, hundreds of thousands of salmon make their way up the mighty Fraser and Thompson Rivers to spawn. It’s a massive migration and a yearly ritual established well before humans settled the area. The Adams River is also the final home for Chinook, Coho and pink salmon. The 2,440-acre Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park and its fine interpretive area explain the salmon’s whole remarkable cycle.

Sunpeaks Ski Area

RR #1

Clearwater, British Columbia, Canada V0E 1N0
250-674-0200

Hours: Open year round, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Over 20 years of outdoor hospitality & professional wilderness guiding in Wells Gray Provincial Park & area, British Columbia’s Outdoor Adventure Paradise. The resort is internationally recognized and known for its abundant sunshine, dry and plentiful snow, friendly locals, superb grooming, and an award-winning trail and village design. There are over 3,600 skiing acres on three mountains and the highest peak soars nearly 3,000 feet above the ski-in, ski-out village. Sun Peaks Resort can entertain the most aggressive and cautious of skiers and snowboarders with a wide variety of terrain. Experienced skiers can look for the expert runs on Mt. Morrisey and everyone can enjoy the illuminated tube park next to the village.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
British Columbia Wildlife Park

9077 East Trans Canada Hwy.

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada V0E 2M0

250-573-3242

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Wander with the family through a unique wildlife facility. The park features over 70 local and endangered species, programs for children, and a water park.

Kamloops Heritage Highway

#6 – 510 Lorne Street

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada U2C 1W3

250-374-2141

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Ride the rails with the sights and sounds of the magnificently restored steam engine 2141, “The Spirit of Kamloops”. Experience the charm of vintage coaches or let the wind flow through your hair in the open air cars. Watch out for Billy Miner and his gang who are known to stop the train and re-enact the “Great Train Robbery.”

Kenna Cartwright Park

Located in southwest Kamloops. Take the Trans Canada Highway to Exit #366 north along Copperhead Drive and then west along Hillside Drive to the main entrance

Hours: Open year round dawn to dusk

Admission Free

A Hiker’s Paradise. The park offers an extensive network of gentle nature trails for hiking or cycling with panoramic views of the city, the Thompson Valley, Kamloops Lake and the convergence of the North and South Thompson Rivers.

Kamloops Rock Works

29 – 450 Lansdowne Street

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada V2C 1Y3

250-554-2930

Hours: Open April – October, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Tours leave from any local hotels or motels and consist of a 2 hour walking tour with an experienced tour guide who explains the various geological processes that formed the beautiful Kamloops region. All walkers leave the tour with a sample of a unique local rock or fossil.

Hyak Wilderness Adventures
203 – 3823 Henning Drive

Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada V5C 6N5

800-663-7238

Hours: Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

Whitewater rafting is a safe, well-managed sport. Before getting onto the water guests learn paddling skills, water safety and have a dry land practice. With experienced guides leading the way, the guests and their crewmates head down the river aboard stable, inflated rafts designed to provide an unforgettable adventure. In Kamloops Country visitors can take a water rafting trip suited to their interests—extreme, casual or novice. Take a motorized raft trip or enjoy a paddle trip and really get involved with the river. There are three rivers to raft in Kamloops Country, the Thompson, Adams, and Clearwater. A variety of companies—some with 20 years or more experience—spend six months a year guiding rafters of all skill levels.

Adams River Salmon Run

Directions: From Kamloops, head east on Hwy 1 to the Scotch Creek turnoff at Squilax. Roderick Haig Brown Park is located 5 km from Squilax (66 km from Kamloops)

250-679-8315
Every year in late September to mid-October, hundreds of thousands of salmon make their way up the mighty Fraser and Thompson Rivers to spawn. It’s a massive migration and a yearly ritual established well before humans settled the area. The Adams River is also the final home for Chinook, Coho and pink salmon. The 2,440-acre Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park and its fine interpretive area explain the salmon’s whole remarkable cycle.

Stake Lake Cross-Country Ski Trails

Overlander Ski Club

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada V2C 6H3

250-372-5514

Hours: Winter season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

This popular ski area is located 25 minutes south of Kamloops on Lac Le Jeune Road. Stake Lake has 45 km (28 mi) of well-groomed classic and skating tracks, some with shelters and outhouses. There are trails for all abilities and a heated day lodge. Open daily and lessons are available.

Sunpeaks Ski Area

RR #1

Clearwater, British Columbia, Canada V0E 1N0
250-674-0200

Hours: Open year round, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Over 20 years of outdoor hospitality & professional wilderness guiding in Wells Gray Provincial Park & area, British Columbia’s Outdoor Adventure Paradise. The resort is internationally recognized and known for its abundant sunshine, dry and plentiful snow, friendly locals, superb grooming, and an award-winning trail and village design. There are over 3,600 skiing acres on three mountains and the highest peak soars nearly 3,000 feet above the ski-in, ski-out village. Sun Peaks Resort can entertain the most aggressive and cautious of skiers and snowboarders with a wide variety of terrain. Experienced skiers can look for the expert runs on Mt. Morrisey and everyone can enjoy the illuminated tube park next to the village.

E- Events & Entertainment:
January

Ice Fishing Tournament

Held in late January

Location: Shumway Lake

Ice fishing tournament at Shumway Lake, 10 min. south of Merritt on Hwy 5A. $60,000 in total prizes, 1st prize $10,000 cash for largest fish by length.

March

AA Provincial Basketball Championships

Held in March

Location: Sport Mart Place

300 Lorne Street

Kamloops, BC Canada V2C 1W1

250-928-3451

Call for additional information

Kamloops Cowboy Festival

Held in mid March

Location: Calvary Temple Church

250-374-3511

Call for additional information

April

International Women’s Show

Held in late April – early May

Location: Sport Mart Place

300 Lorne Street

Kamloops, BC Canada V2C 1W1

250-374-6222

Call for additional information

May

May Meet Boogie

Held in May

Location: Kamloops

250-376-1213

Call for additional information

Billed as the biggest, best, and longest running skydiving boogie in Canada, this annual meet shows why Kamloops is a great place for parachuting. The meet focuses on boogies skydiving for freeflyers, belly flyers, solo flyers, and birdpeople. The Kamloops Skydivers Sport Parachute Club is affiliated with the Canadian Sport Parachute Association.

International Women’s Show

Held in late April – early May

Location: Sport Mart Place

300 Lorne Street

Kamloops, BC Canada V2C 1W1

250-374-6222

Call for additional information

July

Merritt Mountain Music Festival

Held in mid July

Location: City of Merritt

604-525-3330

Call for additional information

The Merritt Mountain Music Festival lives up to the honor of Country Capital of Canada as it wraps up six days and nights of hot summer festivities, an outstanding line-up of entertainment and an estimated crowd of over 100,000.

August

Impulse Car Show

Held in mid August

Location: Sport Mart Place

300 Lorne Street

Kamloops, BC Canada V2C 1W1

250-928-3451

Call for additional information

October

HRI Food Show

Held in late October

Location: Sport Mart Place

300 Lorne Street

Kamloops, BC Canada V2C 1W1

250-928-3451

Call for additional information

Autumn Leaves

Held in late October

Location: Sport Mart Place

300 Lorne Street

Kamloops, BC Canada V2C 1W1

250-928-3451

Call for additional information

December

Fulton Cup – Basketball Tournament

Held in mid December

Location: Sport Mart Place

300 Lorne Street

Kamloops, BC Canada V2C 1W1

250-928-3451

Call for additional information

Entertainment:

Akimbo Dance Company

765 Lansdowne St.

Kamloops, BC. V2C 5S2
250- 374-5404

Call for additional information

Akimbo Dance came alive in 1993 as a joint project of Kamloops dancers Kim Harris and Bonnie McLean. Their vision was to create awareness of and appreciation for modern dance in Kamloops. This vision has been realized in the form of annual productions; presenting a lively mixture of traditional and experimental dances, and providing a forum for local dancers to learn and perform.

Western Canada Theatre

1025 Lorne Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 5K9

250-372-3216

Call for performance schedule and additional information

The Sagebrush Theatre is a 710 seat Proscenium Theatre, jointly owned by the City of Kamloops and the Kamloops/Thompson School District.

Sports:

Kamloops Golf

888-232-6603

Call for tee times and additional information

Visit Kamloops and discover a golf paradise offering 4 diverse and challenging courses, with more on the way. The dry climate & long days

Quebec City, Quebec

A- Overview:
No excursion to French speaking Canada is complete without a visit to exuberant, romantic Québec City, a travel destination found in one of the most beautiful natural settings in North America. The well preserved Vieux-Québec (Old Québec) is small and densely packed, and is steeped in four centuries of history and French tradition. 17th and 18th century buildings have been carefully maintained and preserved over the centuries and are bordered by numerous attractive parks which contain historic monuments.

The government of Québec has completely restored many of the centuries old buildings of Place Royale, one of the oldest districts on the continent. Because of its meticulous preservation of this, the only fortified city remaining in North America, UNESCO has designated Vieux-Québec a World Heritage Site.

Perched on a cliff above a narrow point in the St. Lawrence River, Québec City has a view that seems to take in the whole world. In the 17th century the first French explorers, fur trappers, and missionaries came here to establish the colony of New France. Today, it still resembles a French provincial town in many ways. The culture, music, food, and art are all distinctly influenced by the French. At the same time, the Quebecois have created their own enduring culture with its unique traditions, flavors, sounds, and sights.

Québec City’s split level landscape divides Upper Town on the cape from Lower Town, along the shores of the St. Lawrence. Separating these two sections of the city are cliffs of steep and precipitous rock, against which were built more than 25 escaliers (staircases). Both parts of the town offer attractions ranging from from centuries old buildings to beautiful churches. The city also has an amazing array of cabarets, cafes, and restaurants where visitors can enjoy the unique Quebecois cuisine.

Quebec City is the closest one can come to being in France without leaving North America. Visitors to Quebec City are never disappointed. The blend of French culture with other traditions has produced an amazing city of timeless treasures and memories to be shared.

B- City Information:
Population: 671,889

Elevation: 300 feet (91 meters) above sea level

Land Area: 1957.1 square miles (3,149.7 square kilometers)

Location: Located in the southern section of Canada, close to the border of the United States

Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (when it’s noon in Quebec City, it’s 9am in Vancouver). Quebec City observes Daylight Savings Time from Late April – Late October

Weather:

Average Temperatures:

Month
High
Low

January
18F
2F

February
20F
4F

March
31F
15F

April
45F
29F

May
61F
41F

June
72F
52F

July
76F
57F

August
73F
54F

September
64F
47F

October
51F
37F

November
36F
24F

December
22F
9F

Climate:

Québec has three distinct climates: the humid continental climate in the region covered by boreal forest (south of the 50th parallel), the sub arctic climate in the taiga region (between the 50th-58th parallels), and the arctic climate of Nunavik, the tundra region above the 58th parallel, home of the Inuit.

Québec’s southernmost climate is marked by seasonal extremes of temperature. A rigorous snowy winter, with an average annual snowfall of over 3 metres (10 feet), gives way to an exhilarating spring and a pleasantly warm summer, followed by a crisp and colorful autumn. Through all the thermometer’s ups and downs, the hospitality and conviviality of the people of Quebec is legendary.

Local Seasons:

The crowds are at their most bustling throughout summer (June through August), particularly over the last two weeks of July when Canadian factory workers and other heavy-industry personnel traditionally lay down their tools and take a “long lunch”. Another peak period is the week in mid-March when elementary and high-school students are released from school for the annual family holiday, which in Québec City often means a pilgrimage to nearby Île d’Orléans.

How to Get There:

By Plane

Aeroporte de Quebec

500, Rue Principale

Sainte-Foy (Quebec)

Canada G2G279

418-640-2700

The airport is located 12 miles (19.3 kilometers) northwest of the city and is served by many of the national and international carriers as well as a variety of local, regional and charter services.

Mirabel International Airport

12600 Aérogare A-1 Street
Mirabel, Québec, Canada J7N 1C9

800-465-1213

Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

975 Roméo-Vachon Blvd North
Montréal, Québec, Canada H4Y 1H1

514-394-7377

Ground Transportation

Car rental, taxi, shuttle service and limousine service is available at all of the airports as well as throughout the city.

By Car

From the U.S.:

Québec City is slightly more than 805km (500 miles) from New York, and less than 644km (400 miles) from Boston. Coming from New York and points farther south, pick up Interstate 91 at New Haven, and follow it right up to the Canadian border. From Boston, take I-93 out of the city and link up with I-91 at St. Johnsbury, Vermont. After crossing the border, I-91 becomes Québec Autoroute 55, to Sherbrooke and Drummondville. From Sherbrooke, there is a choice. To make the trip quickly, take Autoroute 55 to Autoroute 20. But Route 116, which heads northeast from Richmond, midway between Sherbrooke and Drummondville, is more scenic, if a bit slower.

From Montreal & Vice Versa

When driving to Québec City from Montréal, Autoroute 40, which runs along the north shore of the St. Lawrence, is faster than Autoroute 20, on the south shore. The trip takes less than 3 hours without stops.

By Bus

Gare Centrale d`autobus
320, Rue Abraham-Martin
Québec (Québec) G1K 8N2
415-525-3000

Terminus Sainte-Foy
925, Ave de Rochebelle
Sainte-Foy (Québec) G1V 4H8
418-525 3000

By Train

Gare du Palais
450, Rue de la Gare-du-Palais
Québec (Québec) G1K 3X2
418-524-4161

Gare de Sainte-Foy
3255, Chemin de la Gare
Sainte-Foy (Québec) G1W 3A3
418-658-8792

How to Get Around:

Quebec City Bus (RTC)

418-627-2511

Taxi

Québec Taxi Co-op

418-525-5191

Taxi Québec

418-522-2001

Sainte-Foy / Sillery
Taxi Laurier

418-651-2727

Taxi Coop

418-653-7777

Rail

Gare Du Palais

450, de la Gare du Palais

Quebec

418-692-3940

Immigration and customs formalities

Visitors from any country except the United States must carry a valid passport. American citizens need only proof of citizenship such as a birth certificate and an identity card that includes a photo.

Personal luggage not subject to any specific restrictions is tax exempt, but must be declared to Canadian customs. There are restrictions on imports of food products, plants, pets and firearms,

For additional information, call 506-636-5067.

National Holidays:

New Year’s (January 1 and 2)

Good Friday

Easter Monday

Patriotes’ Day (second-last Monday in May)

Québec National Holiday (June 24)

Canada Day (July 1)

Labour Day (first Monday in September)

Thanksgiving (second Monday in October)

Christmas (December 25 and 26)

C- Attractions/Things To Do:

Église St-Jean- Baptiste
410 rue St-Jean.
418-525-7188
Constructed by the architect Joseph Ferdinand Peachy this church was inspired by the facade of the Église de la Trinité in Paris. The present church, which dates to 1884 features 36 stained-glass windows – each consisting of 30 sections. The impressive sound of the church organ is a final touch in this majestic monument.
Aquarium du Québec
1675 av. des Hôtels
418-627-2511
The aquarium, located near the center of the city, contains more than 340 species of marine life. This collection of animals includes everything from reptiles, exotic fish, to seals from the lower St. Lawrence River. A wooded picnic area makes for a great afternoon or early morning.

Jardin Zoologique du Québec
9300 rue de la Faune
418-622-0313.
This zoo is especially unique because of the DuBerger River, which runs through the park. 200 animal species make their home in the Jardin. The animals that call – or maybe “roar” the Jardin home include bears, wildcats, primates, and birds of prey. Another unique feature of this park is that during the winter months visitors can cross-country ski.

Musée de Québec (Québec Museum)
1 av. Wolfe-Montcalm
418-643-2150.
Showcasing more than 20,000 traditional and contemporary pieces of Québec art, the Quebec Museum is a must see. An interesting feature of the museum is the incorporation of a newly renovated building – this building, however was once a functioning prison that is said to date back to 1867.

Plains of Abraham
418-648-4071
This park, named after the river pilot Abraham Martin, is the site of the famous battle of 1759. However, nowadays visitors use the area to cross-country ski and for sleigh rides during the summer. And once the snow has melted, visitors can lace up their in-line skates and take a “roll” through the plains.

Château Frontenac
1 rue des Carrières
418-692-3861
This castle is Quebec’s most celebrated landmark. The Frontenac was completed in 1925 with the unique addition of a 20 story central tower. Due to its impressive stature and history, the Chateau Frontenac enjoys a wide variety of famed visitors.

Verrerie La Mailloche
58 rue Sous-le-For
418-694-0445
Catch the sight of a true master at work! The glassblowing techniques used in this museum are said to be quite ancient – however the products tend to be quite modern. Master glassblower Jean Vallières gives a demonstrative workshop for visitors.

Musée de la Civilisation (Museum of Civilization)
85 rue Dalhousie
418-643-2158
Oddly located, this museum’s locale is on the foot of a cliff. The museum designed by architect Moshe Safdie, is lined with a limestone and glass facade that has been made in order for the structure to creatively blend into the surrounding landscape. Its campanile echoes the shape of church steeples throughout the city. The museum tells the story of Quebec’s culture and its people. Many exhibits detail the arrival of the first, the role of the Roman Catholic Church and the Québec nationalism.

Edifice Price (Price Building)
65 rue Ste-Anne.
Known to be the city’s first skyscraper, this structure 20story structure was modeled in the Art Deco style. Built in 1929 it served as the main headquarters of the Price Brothers Company.

Couvent des Ursulines (Ursuline Convent)
18 rue Donnacona.
Founded in 1639 by two French nuns, this is one of the oldest of all girl schools. Located on the property are the Musée des Ursulines and the Chapelle des Ursulines – both of which are open to visitors.

Montcalm Monument
Pl. Montcalm.
This monument was erected as a tribute to Louis-Joseph Montcalm, a general who won four major battles in North America.

Grande Théâtre de Québec
269 blvd. René-Lévesque Est.
418-646-0609.
Opened in 1971, the theater incorporates two main halls. The halls are named in honor of Louis-Frechette and Octave-Crémazie. For a taste of the theater don’t miss out on this site of cultural distinction.

Parc de l’Esplanade (Esplanade Park)
100 rue St-Louis
418-648-7016
The French began building ramparts along the city’s natural cliff as early as 1690 to protect themselves from British invaders. 3 miles of walls surround this park. Guided tours are offered in the summer.

Granby Zoo
Autoroute 10, Exit 68, Route 139
450-372-9113
Recently added to the entourage is the AFRIKA Pavilion and its gorillas and AMAZOO. Amazoo is a water park featuring what is claimed to be the biggest wave pool in all of Canada. Zoo features include family water games, more than 1,000 animals, the Children’s Zoo, l’Île du Fort Magik and Château Yoplait.

Parc Safari
850 Route 202
450-247-2727
Parc Safari is a family recreational park. Some of the sights and activities include animals, swimming, rides, shows, picnics, games, trails, shops, and restaurants. Parc safari provides the whole family with a full day of fun and discovery.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Aquarium du Québec
1675 Av. des Hôtels
418-627-2511
The aquarium, located near the center of the city, contains more than 340 species of marine life. This collection of animals includes everything from reptiles, exotic fish, to seals from the lower St. Lawrence River. A wooded picnic area makes for a great afternoon or early morning.
Jardin Zoologique du Québec
9300 rue de la Faune
418-622-0313.
This zoo is especially unique because of the DuBerger River, which runs through the park. 200 animal species make their home in the Jardin. The animals that call – or maybe “roar” the Jardin home include bears, wildcats, primates, and birds of prey. Another unique feature of this park is that during the winter months visitors can cross-country ski.

Plains of Abraham
418-648-4071
This park, named after the river pilot Abraham Martin, is the site of the famous battle of 1759. However, nowadays visitors use the area to cross-country ski and for sleigh rides during the summer. And once the snow has melted, visitors can lace up their in-line skates and take a “roll” through the plains.

Granby Zoo
Autoroute 10, Exit 68, Route 139
450-372-9113
Recently added to the entourage is the AFRIKA Pavilion and its gorillas and AMAZOO. Amazoo is a water park featuring what is claimed to be the biggest wave pool in all of Canada. Zoo features include family water games, more than 1,000 animals, the Children’s Zoo, l’Île du Fort Magik and Château Yoplait.

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Events

January

Carnaval de Quebec Mr. Christie

Held in late January – mid February

Location:

290, rue Joly

Québec QC G1L 1N8

418-626-3716

The Quebec Winter Carnival is a great winter celebration for the entire family. It is a gathering of art, culture, sports and entertainment in an event that people from around the world are invited to share.

February

Antique Snowmobile Festival

Held in early February

Location: Centre-ville de Saint-Raymond
418-337-4049

Call for additional information

Winter Carnival – Le Carnaval de Quebec

Held in late January – mid February

Location:

290, rue Joly

Québec QC G1L 1N8

418-626-3716

The largest singular event on the city’s social calendar is the Winter Carnival, reputedly the biggest annual event of its kind in the world and one of the reasons why Québec City gets as jammed with people in the middle of winter as it does in summer. The carnival features parades, ice sculptures, dances, a snow slide that sets up on Terrasse Dufferin, and the vigorous downing of locally brewed beers such as St. Ambroise and Boréale. The master of ceremonies since the festival began in 1954 has been a character called Bonhomme, who allegedly snowshoes in from a place called Knulandis and appears around town dressed only in a red hat and a jolly grin.

March

Papillons en fete

Held mid February – mid April
Location:

6029, boulevard Hamel, L’Ancienne-Lorette

418-872-9705

Exotic butterfly sanctuary

June

Air Nova Horse Show

Held over 4 days in late June

Location: St-Jean-Baptiste

418-647-1300 (2248)

Admission free to most events

For four days in late June the Plains of Abraham are transformed into a giant equestrian circuit. This is a premiere stop on the World Cup, attracting well-known horses and riders from around the world; everything from pony rides for the kids to riding accessories and polo demonstrations are offered. Past events have also included an equestrian circus, dog show, miniature horse exhibitions and art exhibits. A moderately priced Show Button offers complete access to all events.

July

Quebec International Summer Festival

Held in early – mid July

Location: Quebec City

514-284-2860

To meet their objective, event planners have turned not only to the stars of Québec’s 70s musical scene but also to outstanding representatives of the younger generation of performing artists who, together, will renew the spirit of fraternity epitomizing this mega-gathering of cultures, a forerunner of today’s Québec City Summer Festival.

Les Grands Feux Loto-Quebec

Held end of July – mid August

Location: Montmorency Falls Park

418- 692-3736

There could hardly be a more spectacular venue for international competitive fireworks displays than Montmorency Falls Park, just outside of Quebec City. Illuminating the night sky and the falls themselves, teams from around the world compete over three weeks for the coveted Solstice Loto-Qubec award; traditional favourites include Italy, Spain and South Africa’s Pyro Spectacular. Regular admission to the park is free (parking is CAD7), and spectators can set up camp anywhere on the grounds.

August

Expo Quebec

Held in mid – late August

Location:

Centre de Foires, Expocité.
250 boul. Wilfrid-Hamel.
418-691-7110

Relive childhood memories at Expo Québec, the biggest fairground in eastern Canada which offers a wide variety of exciting activities!

SAQ New France Festival

Held in early August

Location: Old Quebec

5, rue du Cul-de-Sac, C.P. 128, succ. B
Québec, Québec
Canada G1K 7A1
418-694-3311

Festivities feature the history and heritage of New France and encourage visitors to join in the fun. The 5-day event is held in the heart of Old Quebec.

October

The Quebec City Festival of Sacred Music

Held in late October – early November

Location:

Église Saint-Roch.
590, rue Saint-Joseph Est.

418-525-9777

From Gospel music to Gregorian chants, from Corsican polyphony to Celtic sounds, the Festival features music inspired by the world’s many spiritual traditions, both ancient and contemporary, performed by artists of international fame. Through their art, they give expression to sacred music’s power to create a sense of both peace and exaltation.

December

Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup

Held in mid December

Location:

Station Touristique Stoneham
1420 avenue du Hibou
418-827-1122

Some of the best riders of the World compete in the Halfpipe, Big Air, Parallel Giant Slalom, and Parallel Slalom disciplines.

Arts and Entertainment

Quebec Opera

1220 avenue Taché
Québec, QC G1R 3B4

418-529-4142

Performances held at the Grand Theatre de Quebec

Call for performance schedule

Quebec Symphony Orchestra

Location: Montcalm/St-Sacrement

418-646-8486

Season runs September – May, call for schedule

Boasting a remarkable amount of musical talent for a city of Quebec’s size, this top-notch orchestra delivers a full program of concerts and events.

Theatre de la Bordee

Located in Old Quebec

418-694-9721

Call for additional information and schedule

One of a surprising number of small independent theatre companies in Quebec City, this venerable organization mounts four productions annually.

Theatre Periscope

Located in Montcalm/St-Sacrement

418-648-9989

Call for additional information and schedule
Situated at the creative forefront of Quebec theatre, the Periscope also sponsors public discussion sessions with respect to their program and art in general.

Elvis Story

Located in Old Quebec

418-694-4444
Call for additional information and schedule

This rollicking chronicle of Elvis Presley’s runs at Quebec City’s Le Capitôle theatre, and audiences show no sign of tiring of the now infamous production. Hear all of the King’s most famous numbers during the biographical drama, including a show-stopping medley of “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Shake, Rattle and Roll” and “Heartbreak Hotel.”

Theatre du Trident

Located in Montcalm/St-Sacrement

418-643-5873
Call for additional information and schedule
One of Quebec City’s premier theatre companies, staging plays from Quebec and around the world.

Grand Theatre de Quebec

Located in Montcalm/St-Sacrement

418-643-8131
Call for additional information and schedule
Quebec City’s modern theatre stands in stark contrast to the venerable beauty of the Palais Montcalm, which it effectively replaced. Built in the mid-1960s, the home of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and l’Opera de Quebec does have its own charm, however. The Salle Louis-Frechette seats 1,875 in a classic four-tier arrangement, while the Salle Octave-Cremazie is a more intimate option at 506 seats. With a huge annual program befitting a first-class, multi-use facility, any visitor with an interest in the arts is likely to find himself, enjoyably, at the Grand.

Sports

Capitales Baseball Club of the Northern League

Games played at the Municipal Stadium

100 rue du Cardinal Maurice-Roy

418-521-2255

Call for additional information and schedule

Hippodrome de Quebec

Professional harness racing

250 bd. Wilfrid-Hamel ExpoCité

418-524-5283

Admission free

Races held year round