The hotel, was once again on the outskirts of downtown, but within reach of a local 7/11 food store. After eating all day we weren’t very hungry so a quick visit for supplies and then exploration.
The heat slammed into us as soon as we left the hotel; 7.30 pm in the evening and the temperature was still in the 100’s. However, we were determined to discover the artistic murals, which had been painted by local artists. These murals were to be found, according to our information, in the back alleyways around the centre of town.
You may think that we were taking a risk searching in these areas but honestly they felt safe even when the sun began to sink down into the horizon.
Fortunately, success came quickly and what a diverse variety of scenes covered walls, doorways and shop entrances. It was a delight!
It was an interesting and fun search and as we walked back to the hotel, I thought that it was a pity that so many buildings are built in boring grey materials, when they could easily be so colourful!
We decided to end the evening in one of the local bars. We were looking forward to the cool air conditioning but we were surprised to find that the bar we had chosen didn’t have any!
It was sweltering but as it was near to our hotel we decided to stay for what turned out to be quite expensive drinks for two!
An early night beckoned as we had an early start for our second day on the Rocky Mountaineer; this time all the way to Vancouver.
Interesting fact: Kamloops is known as the tournament capital of Canada due to its climate, central situation and its first class sports facilities. It has held tournaments of all different sizes and disciplines such as women's hockey, men's curling, tennis, basketball, speed skating, cross country skiing, soccer, swimming and Canada's summer games, to mention just a few!!