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No shortage of things to do in Kamloops this B.C. Day long weekend

July 29, 2016 - 9:30 AM

KAMLOOPS - There's lots to see and do in Kamloops and area this B.C. day long weekend.

People are arriving in Kamloops for the 37th annual Kamloopa Powwow happening at the Tk’emlups powwow grounds. It begins today, July 29, with the main entry at 7 p.m. Gates will be open on Saturday and Sunday as well, with tickets $10 per a day or $20 for the weekend. The annual First Nation’s celebration draws competitors from across western Canada and includes dancing, songs and storytelling. A market area will be set up as well.

Up at Sun Peaks the Alpine Blossom Festival is running from Friday to Sunday showing off the mountain flowers that pop up when the snow is gone. Hiking trails on the hill can be accessed via the Sunburst Express chairlift. On Saturday, July 30, an all ages group hike will head to the peak of Tod Mountain with Nancy Greene Raine starting at 9:15 a.m. at the Sunburst lift.

If you’re up for a drive down to Merritt and a fan of the outdoors and country music, the Rockin’ River Fest runs until Sunday. Country stars from Dean Brody to Sam Hunt to the Road Hammers will be taking the stage over the three remaining days. Tickets for one day start at $119. Multiday tickets and camping are also available.

Tonight federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May will be in Kamloops to participate in a townhall meeting at St. Andrews on the Square to discuss the proposed Ajax Mine. She’ll be joined on stage by Kamloops Coun. Denis Walsh and Dr. Jill Calder. The event goes from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and entrance is free.

For families with the day off on Monday, B.C. Day is Bear Day at the B.C. Wildlife Park. It’ll include public bear feedings for both Clover the kermode bear and the two grizzlies. The park’s train will be running, a clown will perform and there’ll be a barbecue lunch. Activities run between 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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