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Furniture fortresses and online museums: Stay close to home and keep busy for Victoria Day long weekend

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May 16, 2020 - 2:30 PM

With provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry urging British Columbians to stick close to home this long weekend, here are a few ways to enjoy staying safe in your hometown.

1. Enjoy camping in your backyard and maybe win a prize

All you need is a patio. Explore Magazine recently released a fun video encouraging locals to enjoy the outdoors from their back porch.

Tourism Kamloops is challenging residents to camp in their backyards for a chance to win a prize for the most creative campsite.

Follow Tourism Kamloops for the Kamp-In on Instagram and the Facebook event page to find out more. Sponsors, rules and how to win prizes will be posted there. The contest closes May 18.

2. Enjoy a hike or spend time in a regional park

Most provincial parks are open for day-use, although it should be noted that campsites are still closed. The Regional District of Central Okanagan lifted a campfire ban earlier this week, which means that all Central Okanagan municipalities and rural areas can have campfires expect for the City of Kelowna.

READ MORE: Central Okanagan campfire ban lifted in time for the Victoria Day long weekend

2. Support a business

Whether it’s take-out, delivery, or even drive-in dining, Thompson Okanagan businesses have begun to re-open. Kamloops’ popular Scoopz Ice Cream Parlour has opened just in time for the long weekend. Thrift giant Value Village has also opened locations in Vernon, Penticton, Kelowna and Kamloops with physical distancing measures in place, according to the store’s website.

4. Build an IKEA (or your own furniture) fortress

Did you know IKEA Russia now has instructions for fortress building specially designed for pandemic times? Keep the kids entertained (or yourself, we’re not judging) by repurposing your furniture, according to Retail Dive.

5. Enjoy a virtual exhibit

Galleries and museums throughout the region are being creative with how they’re sharing content online. The Kelowna Art Gallery is running its current exhibit online From Geisha to Diva: The Kimono of Ichimaru until May 30. For more information, visit the gallery’s website. 

BATS: Out of the Darkness, is shown online at the Okanagan Heritage Museum through its social media until May 30. Or learn the history of the Okanagan name with an informative Facebook video from the Snc?wips Heritage Museum, which has developed an ongoing video series during the pandemic.

The Kamloops Museum and Archives is currently putting on a virtual children's program, called Cabin Fever, through YouTube.


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