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Kamloops Stop of Interest refurbished

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November 28, 2016 - 1:06 PM

A refurbished Stop of Interest sign was unveiled in Kamloops today by Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone, with a reminder that nominations are still being accepted for new Stops of Interest throughout British Columbia.

"This Stop of Interest sign highlights Kamloops' vibrant role as a hub for the mining, trapping and ranching industries long before B.C even formally existed," Stone said. "Over 200 years later, our resource industries are still extremely important to the Kamloops and provincial economies."

"Our Stop of Interest sign has held this prominent position overlooking the city for almost 60 years," Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar said. "Today, it looks like new again and will tell the colourful story of our city's founding to new generations of visitors to Kamloops."

The refurbished Fur, Gold and Cattle Stop of Interest sign is located at the Columbia Street viewpoint. It recognizes the founding of Fort Kamloops in 1812 and the pioneering industries that contributed to the town's growth.

"Refurbishing the Kamloops Stop of Interest sign helps highlight our community's rich culture and history," said Tourism Kamloops CEO Beverley DeSantis. "The story of how Kamloops was founded adds to the experience for visitors as they explore some of the major must-see stopping points and attractions in and around the city."

B.C.'s Stop of Interest signs were first established in1958 to commemorate the Colony of B.C.'s centenary and recognize significant historical places, people and events. The ministry is refurbishing existing signs in need of repair and updating language where necessary.

In addition to the 164 Stop of Interest signs located around B.C., the Province is adding up to 75 new Stops of Interest. British Columbians are invited to submit ideas for new Stop of Interest signs and share the interesting stories that could be told to people travelling B.C.'s highways. 

Provide your suggestion for a new Stop of Interest sign online. Submissions will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2017.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will install the majority of the new Stop of Interest signs in summer 2017.

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