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There is lots to do in Kamloops this April

Kamloops Farmers Market is back in town!

Kamloops hosts some great events this month including the market which starts back up April 23rd from 8AM-1PM between 2nd and 3rd of St. Paul.  The market runs every Wednesday & Saturday in the downtown core. Enjoy smiling faces, sunshine, fresh produce and more!  If running is more your style, you won’t want to miss your chance to sign up for the CFJC Boogie The Bridge race, one of the largest running fundraisers in BC.  You’ll want to keep coming back for this one year after year! For more details on this popular event taking place April 22-24 visit www.boogiethebridge.com.

Book your Kamloops Hotel room at the Thompson when you come to town for the exciting and informational Green Living Expo scheduled for April 30th at The Sandman Centre from 10AM-5PM – come out and learn about new and innovative ideas for your city and your home! More details on this wonderful expo can be found at www.kamloops.ca/expo/  and of course, for all your concert goers we’ve got you covered!  This month check out Mariana’s Trench with their Never Say Die tour April 7th at Sandman Centre.  Need a little rain?  Check out Rain, a tribute to The Beatles at Sandman Centre April 21st.  For more information on either of these performances call 1-855-870-5000.

Did you know that the Thompson Hotel in Kamloops has an Event Package?

This exclusive offer is  to all guests attending an event at the Coliseum and Sagebrush. Present your event ticket for the same night as your overnight stay, and receive up to 15% off your room rate.
This package includes:
• One night accommodation in a Deluxe Room
• Continental Breakfast
• Complimentary parking
Looking forward to welcoming you back to The Thompson Hotel!

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10 Things to do under $10 in Downtown Kamloops

10 THINGS TO DO UNDER $10 WITHIN A TEN MINUTE WALK FROM THE THOMPSON

  1. Kamloops Art Gallery & Library – Free admission, lots to see.
  2. The Art We Are – Admission is free – the odd show has a $5-$10 cover – enjoy poetry, music, artwork, coffee, baked goods & more.
  3. The Paramount Theatre – enjoy a movie for under $10 & only $3.50 on Tuesdays!
  4. Riverside park – Fun & free.  Take out one of The Thompson’s courtesy bicycles this spring.
  5. Red Collar Brewing – grab a beer at this local brewery.
  6. Peterson Creek trails – kilometres of trails right at our doorstep!
  7. PDK café or Painted Pony – Grab a homemade doughnut and coffee from PDK cafe or a delicious savory or sweet bannock from Painted Pony.
  8. Kamloops Museum – Only $3 adults, $1 for children. Interesting & informative exhibits.
  9. Blue Grotto – Every second Thursday of the month enjoy a burlesque show for only $10.  Every Friday and Saturday enjoy live music.
  10. The Old Courthouse – Now an arts and culture building with gift shop.
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Kamloops March Madness

Kamloops March Madness!
Join us at The Thompson Hotel for the month that keeps on giving!

We’re celebrating Hockey here at The Thompson Hotel as Kamloops welcomes the 2016 Women’s World Championship – the best in women’s Hockey!  March 28-April 4, 2016.  Don’t miss your chance to get in on the action, check out www.worldwomen2016.com

While you’re at it, check out www.kamloopsminorhockey.com as the BC Hockey Female Provincial Championships get underway March 27 – March 31, 2016.

Movies more your style?  Celebrating their 20th year, The Kamloops Film Festival will be showcasing 20 amazing films from right under your nose and around the globe. The Festival Kicks off March 3rd running until the 12th.  Showings will be at Paramount Theatre – so close you can almost see it out your window!  Visit www.kamloopsfilmfest.ca for more details.

Join our friends at The Noble Pig on March 7th as they host their annual Spiked Pig themed Dinner with 5 dates to choose from. Tickets are $45 per person which includes beverage pairing.  Call 778-471-5999 for more details.

Don’t miss comedian Brent Butt at the Sagebrush theatre March 20th and Jan Arden March 21st. For more info visit www.kamloopslive.ca

The Thompson hotel – you just have to stay here once to know it’s where you want to be!

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New Year of travel, adventure and possibilities

Welcome to 2016 a new year of travel, adventure and possibilities.  There is so much going on in Kamloops this year, you’re going to want to book multiple holidays throughout the year.  Johnny Reid is back again February 3rd at the Sandman Centre and The Thompson Hotel is the perfect place to stay.

With only a 4 block walk to the concert and a wide variety of unique and local restaurants on the way, you’ll have everything you need without ever getting in your vehicle.  You’ll have to check out Red Collar Brewing Company along the way, this small craft brewery opened its doors in 2014 by master brewer David Beardsell.

Beardsell was the previous owner and brewer that lead the Noble Pig-Brewhouse (another local favorite and right next door to The Thompson Hotel) to its current success! Go to www.redcollar.ca to learn more about the beer, the brewer and the story of why Kamloops was chosen by this talented Brewmaster!
WHAT:  JOHNNY REID
WHERE:  SANDMAN CENTRE 300 Lorne street (4 blocks from Thompson)
WHEN:  FEBRUARY 3, 2016

WHAT: SHEEP DOGS
WHERE:  CJ’S Nightclub 130 5 AVE (1.5 blocks from Thompson)
WHEN:  FEBRUARY 17, 2016

Don’t forget to check out a Blazers Game while you’re in town!  Home games January 20, 29 & 30.  February 6, 8, 13, 17, 27 & 28. For more info go to www.blazershockey.com

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Christmas In Kamloops

November & early December is the perfect time to beat the crowds and have a relaxing and festive Holiday Shopping experience.  Book into The Thompson Hotel any day of the week for amazing rates and take in some of the holiday spirit…early!

Don’t miss staying in Downtown Kamloops as it bursts into the Christmas spirit. Lights in the Night Christmas party takes place November 26, where you’ll find merchant parties, sales, hot chocolate, kids parties, crafts, carolers, contests, Lumiere parade, holiday window unveiling and the annual tree lighting.  Keep your eye out for Santa Clause at the annual Christmas parade Saturday November 28th.

Go for a traditional family outing and pick your Christmas tree from the Woodward family Christmas tree farm.  Open November 28th – Dec. 21st, 10AM-4PM. Enjoy hot chocolate, hay rides, concession, sing-alongs, bonfire and on the weekends; mulled wine!  At the same time you can visit the tasting and barrel room at Privato Winery, festively decorated and waiting for you! For more information on events in Kamloops visit www.tourismkamloops.com

Don’t forget to book your room at The Thompson Hotel, right in the heart of the Santa Clause Parade and Nights in the Night Christmas party.  We look forward to welcoming you this season!

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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

Chimney smoke, black cats, and broomsticks…if you haven’t made plans for the October 31st weekend, why not get away to Kamloops?  Halloween falls on a Saturday this year and that won’t happen again until the year 2020.  With so much going on in Kamloops this month, it would be a shame to miss out on all the fun.
The BC Wildlife Park invites everyone out for Boo at the Zoo Oct.23, 24, 25 & 30th from 5PM-9PM with a tonne of great Halloween features including The Haunted Enchanted Forest, a treat station, Skeleton in the Closet story time, miniature train rides and a laser light show.  For more details visit bcwildlife.org

The Kamloops Heritage Railway’s Ghost Train is running again – visit kamrail.com/Ghost-Train.php …but be warned: only one of the departure dates is suitable for younger children.

Of course, we can’t forget about the adults. There are many 19+ events at various locations throughout town this Halloween.  Visit Tourism Kamloops for listings.

Something besides Halloween? On October 23rd, come on out and support Blazers Breast Cancer Game night at The Sandman Centre (only 4 blocks from The Thompson Hotel)  Buy your Pink or Black Pucks from the CBCF Tent and toss them onto the ice at half time to win prizes.  Show your support, dress in Pink!  For more info call 250-579-0195

Book at The Thompson Hotel today and we’ll see you all soon!

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Join the Thompson Hotel as we gear up for autumn

Leaves are beginning to line the sidewalks, the weather is cooling and the sun is setting just a little earlier each day.  Kamloops is a gorgeous city this time of year with more to do then you’ll have time for…

So how about the Kamloops Beer Festival?   That’s right Brew Loops is on its way September 24-27th.  Expect unique casks, education sessions, music and a tonne of fun!  Most of it will be happening just a hop skip and a jump from the Thompson Hotel so check out brewloopsfest.ca for more information.

While staying at The Thompson Hotel you’re also just blocks away from Sagebrush Theatre – home to Western Canada Theatre, The Kamloops Symphony and many local and national performances.  Excellent plays run from September to May including “Mary Poppins”.  Check out Kamloopslive.ca for tickets.

For a unique experience, check out Tranquille Tunnel Tours at the old Tranquille Sanatorium. Built in 1907 to treat tuberculosis and later used to treat the mentally ill the sanatorium was permanently closed in the 80’s. Chat with some of the locals and you’ll get some good ghost stories, Creepy Canada even paid it a visit.  Now the Folks at Tranquille Farm Fresh put on wonderful Tours & Plays that reflect on the history. This years Tour “Crossroads” runs from September 11 – November 1st Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.   Make sure to check out their Corn Maze each weekend too from 9AM-4PM.  For more information visit tranquillefarmfresh.com

Don’t forget Tragically Hip will be playing at The Sandman Centre September 27th and Bare Naked Ladies take the stage October 24th.  Book your room today – we’re only 4 blocks from Sandman Centre.

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Don’t miss the summer experience in Kamloops

Hello August, goodbye August!  It’s that time of year again where we must grab onto summer before it passes us all by!

With record breaking temperatures starting as early as June, the interior has been a destination hot spot for all things summer in 2015.  What’s great is there’s still time to head to Kamloops for more awesome days in the Sun and a tonne of fantastic events planned for the rest of August and September. Book your room at The Thompson Hotel to be centrally located to all the wonderful city-wide events.

Take a stroll down to Riverside Park to catch some rays on the beach and let the kids run around in the water park.  The park is only four blocks from our hotel, just the perfect walking distance to enjoy an ice cream from Scoopz Ice Cream Parlour along the way.

Travelling in a group?  Load up your vehicles with your best tubes and floatation devices. Leave one vehicle at Pioneer Park and take one with you out to Valley View to join dozens of other floaters as they tube down the South Thompson River. Bring your sunscreen, snacks and drinking water as float trips can take hours depending on your departure location.

Don’t forget, all of July and August is Music in the Park, free outdoor concerts every night of the week.

Keep an eye out for more fun-filled events around town! To name a few:
What:   Garden Gates 12th Annual Salsa Challenge (Free event – food, live music, prizes)
When:  August 21st, 2015 12:30PM-3:00PM
Where:  915 South hill street   (10 minute drive from The Thompson Hotel)

What:  Summer Finale at the BC Wildlife Park (Wildlife feedings, bouncy castle, Bobs & Lolo)
When:  August 29th, 2015 – All Day

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Create your own spa experience at The Ardeo Spa

No matter what you specific skin-care needs are, a spa treatment will help to relax and rejuvenate. Especially important in the winter, when skin is easily damaged by cold winds and dryness cause caused by indoor heating, quench your dry skin with motorizing treatments for smooth and healthy skin.

Treat yourself (and your skin) to Kamloops’ only Aveda aromatherapy spa getaway! The Ardeo Spa will seduce all five of your senses and help you forget the outside world.  From the soil in which the plants are grown, to the bottle that contains their all-natural ingredients, Aveda guarantees top-quality products.

Create your own spa experience, or choose from one of the following packages:

Our Spa Package Includes:

Why not bring a friend and enjoy your day of pampering together.

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Do you know your beer? Find out with our Noble Pig Brewhouse Package

Do you know your beer? Ale? Lager? Stout? The Noble Pig offers a selection of Noble Brews created on site and always on tap, ready to enjoy, as well as a rotation of seasonal and specialty beers. Join us for regular tours, tastings and “beer and food pairing” nights.

In case you’re a little rusty, here’s a little “Beer 101” lesson:

Pick your favourite house brew to fill your own personal growler, then stay to enjoy dinner!

 Our Noble Pig Brewhouse Package includes:

Package must be reserved 48 hours in advance of your anticipated arrival. Contact the us to reserve your package today!

The Thompson Hotel - Located Downtown Kamloops, British Columbia