Sometimes, the craziest ideas turn into the best ones ever. Take for example, today’s adventure with the family. We had celebrated New Year’s Eve at the house of a good friend…and lo and behold, we finally made it to midnight! That meant arriving home late and getting the kids to bed at almost 1am. **Turns out that it IS true…no matter how late the kids go to bed…they are bound to wake up at the same time no matter what!**
So on New Year’s Day, even though the kids were operating on a sleep deficit, my husband actually suggested that we head up to Stake Lake for a snowshoe. Not only did he suggest a snowshoe, but that we would actually try the Basalt Bluffs trail, which we had never attempted before and weren’t even sure if the kids could handle it.
However, it turned out to be an awesome experience! Basically, no whining and only smiles at the end of our adventure.
We started off at the Lodge and headed straight onto the Lake Trail (A on the map, be sure to get one at the booth!) The Lake trail is a loop and therefore you could start it in either direction. We chose the shorter distance. Our goal was to get do that little bit of the Marsh Trail (C) that connects to the Basalt Bluffs trail (D).
Once on the Marsh trail, we turned right onto the Basalt Bluffs trail (D) and then snowshoed that trail in the counter-clockwise direction Continue reading Tackling the Basalt Bluffs Trail
Our family took part in the North Face Dirty Feet Snowshoe Fun Run/Walk at Stake Lake last Sunday. It was our second year participating in this fun 5km event on the snowshoe trails maintained by the Overlander Ski Club and the conditions were excellent!
We were greeted with a beautiful, sunny morning and plenty of fresh powder when we arrived at Stake Lake that day. Vehicles and drivers generously provided by River City Nissan shuttled us (and all of our gear!) from the parking lot to the location of the start of the race.
Of course, we took the customary pre-race photo before we set off on our snowshoeing adventure as a family, along with just under 100 other participants!
I raced with our 6 year old, while my husband stuck to the back with our 5 year old as she tends to check things out at a much slower pace. My son kept up the pace by chatting with me throughout the race, singing songs and even surprising me with periodically running 10 second intervals!
When we finally arrived at the finish line, it wasn’t long before my son and I realized that he was about 20 minutes faster than last Continue reading Kicking off the 2016 Dirty Feet Race Series with the Family
Take a look at what’s happening in Kamloops for BC Family Day!
Family Day FREE Skiing at Stake Lake
Come visit Stake Lake for a free day of skiing with a donation to the Kamloops Food Bank! We’re offering free day-tickets for everyone who makes a donation of food or cash at the ticket booth to help Kamloops food bank.
Along with free skiing there will be fun events at our Stadium for all ages hosted by Girls Go Nordic!
Relay races, fun games and more all on skis! Try out the obstacle course, challenge your friends and family to a fun race! OR try out a pair of skate skis and see what all the hype is about!
Where: Stadium at Stake Lake
When: Family Day Feb 8th 10am-2pm
See you on the trails!
Normal rental fees apply.
BC Family Day Special at Sun Peaks Resort
Celebrate BC Family Day by bringing everyone up for a day on the slopes, and take advantage of this lift ticket special to mark the occasion! You can also make a weekend of it with the BC Family Day Long Weekend accommodation package.
50% Off Full Day Alpine Lift Tickets for BC Residents – rates
Kids Scavenger Hunt at the Sundance Kids Centre
||Every Monday, Dec 14 2015 – Mar 21 2016
||Starting at 4:30pm
||Sundance Kids Centre
||Kids 5-12 years old
||$17 plus tax
|Enjoy an exciting scavenger hunt at the Sundance Kids Centre with our fun, friendly staff leading the way!
The Sundance Kids Centre is located next to Guest Services, click here for directions.
Although drop-ins are welcome, space is limited so we recommend registering in advance with the Sports School at 250-578-5505.
Sahali Mall Family Day
2016 Indoor GranFondo & Family Festival
Please join us for the 2016 Indoor GranFondo Challenge. Ride your stationary bike (on a trainer or Kaiser Spin Bike) for any length of time up to 6 hours.
Family Day at the BC Wildlife Park
Monday, February 8th, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
(Last admission at 3:30 pm)
11:00 am – Bird of Prey Encounter
12:00 pm – Bobcat Feeding
2:00 pm – Snake Encounter
10:00 am to 3:30 pm – Wildlife Rangers Pin Collectors Club
Kamloops Blazers vs Calgary
Kamloops Blazers vs Calgary at 2pm at the Sandman Centre.
Family Yoga Class at Kamloops Hot Yoga
It’s no secret, our family LOVES snowshoeing and the conditions in Kamloops this season have so far been fantastic!
One beautiful bluebird day last week, our family drove out to Stake Lake, hopped on our snowshoes and made the 2.7 km trek around the Lake trail, operated by the Overlander Ski Club.
We started right at the parking lot and began our trek around the lake in the clockwise direction.
One reason why we like this trail is because it is a loop and if one of our children have had it before reaching the halfway point, then we simply turn around and return to the parking lot.
Not sure how long it took us, but it took us a lot longer than usual as our 5 year old had to check out just about every single beautiful hoar frost pattern on the bushes within her reach.
The kids also really enjoyed the drawings of animals on cross-country skis that we found on the trees.
To get there from Kamloops, take exit 366 and follow Lac Le Jeune Road south about 22 km. Snowshoes can be rented from either the Overlander Ski Club or Runner’s Sole in Kamloops, BC. Make sure that your family is properly dressed for the conditions and prepared before heading out, with a backpack loaded with snacks, water, a first aid kit and a fully charged cell phone (there is cell phone coverage at Stake Lake).
The cost to snowshoe on the trails at Stake Lake is $4 per adult and free for children. Remember to ask for a map of the snowshoe trails at the ticket booth or check out the large map at the parking lot before you head out!
Don’t forget to take pictures!
For today’s post for the Winter Activity Special, we take you on a tour of the Overlander Ski Club.
Family is about building traditions and creating memories that are lasting and meaningful. Cross Country Skiing is one of the best winter activities where the entire family can enjoy the outdoors and have excellent recreational family time; inexpensively.
Overlander Ski Club is 25 minutes South of Kamloops with over 60 km of groomed trails. We also have 10 km of Snowshoeing trails, 5 km of Dog trails and night skiing 7 days a week.
Let see what else Overlander Ski Club has to offer:
- Our Club offers Lessons for Children (Ski League) as well as Lessons for Adults of all abilities.
- Children enjoy family ski outings, but they also thrive on the sport through the social opportunities of club-based Jackrabbit on-snow fun and skill acquisition programs.
- For many, racing, or simply entering recreational ski loppets and marathons also becomes a passion.
- For everyone, but especially those introducing young children to skiing, the ability to start and end your ski at a heated clubhouse is a practical boost to making every outing a positive one. We have a large, comfortable and wood heated DAY LODGE — with water and hot beverages available.
- Club members provide a lot of other informal support and good company.
- You can learn so much more and enjoy yourself more by meeting and talking with other skiers at a club.
- Overlander also offers a variety of skiing-related social events.
- Cross country ski injuries are rare, but nonetheless, the Stake Lake staff (not to mention many skiers) are there when injuries do happen, and help is available.
- Overlander Ski Club at Stake Lake is host to numerous events, both fun and competitive each winter.
- These events may include: Spoke/Overlander Ski Marathon, Ski for Light Canada (skiing for the blind), Special Olympics, BC Sprint Championships, and Midget Championships to name a few.
- Check our event calendar.
Why cross-country ski at Stake Lake?
- The trail system at Stake Lake, and development that does take place such as our day lodge, is done keeping potentially negative environmental impact at a minimum.
- Careful thought, along with consultation with the BC forest service and others, takes place to ensure that the area will remain pristine and unblemished for future generations.
- Stake Lake is known for the quality of its trails, which is a function of their grooming as well as their design.
- Our volunteer groomer’s take pride in their grooming work and understand the technicalities involved in issues related to grooming such as snow temperature. They have many years experience.
- The quality of snow in the BC interior is well known.
- In particular, in the heart of our season (mid-December to mid March), snow is typically dry interior powder which makes for a great ski experience.
Join us as a member, on a day outing, or as a visitor from out of town.
We’d love to share our ski paradise with you.