KAMLOOPS - With plenty of outdoor options to keep you busy this first weekend of summer, hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate.
The weekend kicks off with cooler temperatures and rain today, June 24, and a chance of showers tomorrow but will end with sunshine and temperatures in the high-20s, perfect for enjoying some outdoor fun.
Friday evening Code Blue, an organization opposed to the proposed Ajax Mine, is hosting a party in Riverside Park. Starting at 5 p.m. today, four hours of music are planned at the Riverside Park bandshell, with food trucks on site and childrens activities.
Sun Peaks is opening its summer lift operations Friday, allowing mountain bikes access to the downhill paths and hikers access to alpine hiking. Lift operation hours are extended this year, running until 7 p.m. everyday. Kids Fest also takes place at the mountain resort this weekend, with lots of free activities for kids Saturday and Sunday. The annual farmers market also begins at the resort this weekend and runs Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Thompson Valley R/C Race Club is hosting its annual summer dirt competition this weekend, with electric and gas powered remote control car races taking place at the clubs track behind Valleyview Arena on Highland Road. Registration to race ranges from $10 to $25, but it’s free to go watch. Racing starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, and 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 26.
The tree tops in Riverside Park might see some visitors this weekend as the provincial tree climbing competition takes place. More than 30 arborists from the Pacific Northwest will compete in the event, which is free to watch. Preliminary events will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and a masters’ event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.
For wildlife fans, the B.C. Wildlife Park is hosting an end of school day Saturday. Family activities, including a colouring contest and splash park opening, are taking place along side grizzly bear feedings and encounters with birds of prey. The park is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with most events scheduled between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Ride Don’t Hide, a family-friendly bike ride dedicated to ending mental illness stigma, is taking place at Centennial Park in Westsyde on Sunday. Registration is $35 for adults online. Late registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the ride starts at 9:30 a.m.
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