Is anyone serious about doing positive things for Kamloops and the Thompson River?

November 4, 2009 at 3:50 PM 4 comments

It’s now November and everyone has winterized their boats (hopefully). Now we’re all thinking of Christmas, Skiing, and winter …. Brrrr! The media buzz surrounding boaters versus floaters, mandatory recreational boating licenses and making the river safer for everyone involved seems to have all but disappeared… But should it? Does everyone just love to complain about the latest controversial issue or are there people out there who really do want some positive change?

Change is hard.  It requires effort. If we only discuss the issues (and complain) when it’s “in season” then things are never going to be done. Many changes are needed if we are to all enjoy Kamloops as a tourism destination versus a place that people just drive through.

When it comes to the Thompson River and Kamloops Lake waterways no group has really assumed responsibility for commercialization, safety and other issues. Perhaps it’s because no one wants to assume the liability?

Personally I’d like to see a stewardship group formed to help move some positive initiatives forward. Things like: investigating “channeling” the river to make it safer and to create better fish habitat (versus dredging); public education around safe boating practices; reviving the Kamloops Yacht Club which shouldn’t just be a rental property for the city with a misleading name; fostering tourism related events that involve the Thompson River.

Is anyone with me? What do you think?


Entry filed under: In Kamloops.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. tulip1810  |  December 6, 2009 at 7:03 AM

    Check out my latest blog! Christmas Ships on the Columbia! I have been to your area. My oldest son played hockey! So we came there for a playoff!

    This is what I think! Do you think that some of your boater buddies could decorate those boats for Christmas and start promoting there boats as well as give the town some great enjoyment? Or do you already have this activity?

    My blogsite is Tell me if you enjoy this video.

    Your comments are appreciated in advance! Merry Christmas…Mona

    • 2. cameroninglis  |  December 6, 2009 at 11:29 AM

      Hi Mona, thanks for the post. I think that’s a great idea but unfortunately my boat isn’t made for ice breaking. We already have sheets of ice that are 3 inches thick floating down the river and it won’t be long before the ice flow freezes over the river completely. It’s not the cold that would stop me. Just the potential damage to my boat. Maybe I’ll take you up on your idea and do a Christmas in July regatta on the river with my friends.

    • 3. cameroninglis  |  December 6, 2009 at 11:38 AM

      I love the video Mona. Thank you for sharing your beautiful memmories. Merry Christmas.

  • 4. Mona  |  December 6, 2009 at 11:36 AM


    Thanks for checking my blog out! Oh…Yeah…Memories of how cold it gets there! I bet the river is froze. Sometimes even on the Columbia especially at night you have to watch and be careful not to hit anything! Could do alot of damage. Have a Merry Christmas, ok give it a try in July that would be unique.



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