The Kamloops Cowboy Festival

The BC Cowboy Heritage Society Proudly Presents

The 23rd Annual

Kamloops Cowboy Festival

March 14th - 17th, 2019

Thursday & Sunday evenings are a
bonus for weekend pass holders

We've gained the reputation of being the

Biggest and Best Festival of its kind in Canada

as well as one of the best in North America!

Don't miss out on the Sunday performance
Evening main feature dinner show!

Our headquarters and host hotel is the
Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre


About Us 


Hall of Fame 

Heritage Award 



Trade Show 

Western Art Show 

2019 Entertainers 

Festival Raffle 

Ticket Info 


Trade Show 

Art of the West


All the hotels listed below are Festival sponsors and are giving special room rates for the Festival - tell them you're going to the Festival. see details!

Again for 2019 We'll be hosting our own Thursday Evening Dinner Dance this year! Music by Ed Wahl and Band. - great venue - great food ...
Read More --->.

Thursday and Friday kick off events at the Horse Barn with entertainment by Gordie West and others. There will be shuttle buses running from the Festival on the weekend.




Festival Hours 



Good news ... there will be a bus tour to the 2019 Kamloops Cowboy Festival from Alberta! See the details here

Below is part of what is on the agenda for 2019 and we will have more updates as we get closer (some of what is below is still from 2018 but for the most part things will be close to the same).

Check out the Dinner Theatre Show menues!
Roast Beef plus other choices all 3 nights: 2019 Dinner Theatre Menu

Open Mic hours for 2018 ... Read more -->

The BCCHS Fund Raiser Raffle!
The Commemorative 2019 Festival Belt Buckle!

with an additional second prize!

This has become a favourite annual raffle. Tickets are $10 each and the winner will receive a solid silver, custom handmade, 2019 Kamloops Cowboy Festival commemorative belt buckle valued at about $750.00. It's a one of a kind buckle too, hand made by Merritt silversmith Richard Tenisch.

click to enlarge Last year's buckle shown

There are only 300 tickets printed for this raffle and they're $10.00 each. Tickets will be sold in the trade show area, at the information desk, and at the General Store - ask any volunteer!

with an additional second prize! Two weekend passes for the 2020 Kamloops Cowboy Festival with accommodation at the Best Western Plus Kamloops Hotel ... a $550 total value!!

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Thursday Night "Welcome to Cowboy Festival" Dinner Dance!

Featuring Ed Wahl and Band

Band sponsored by Dougie Haughton, aka John Deer Doug

The Kamloops Cowboy Festival will host it's own dinner dance this year featuring Ed Wahl and Band! It will be held in Hal Rogers Center (up on the hill close to the Festival). There are no stairs and lots of easy parking! Papa G's will cater the food and the buffet will feature:
Roast Beef
Garlic mashed patatoes
Baked Beans
Cornmeal bread or buns (choice)
Mixed vegies
Homemade brown gravy
A tossed salad with choice of dressing
Assorted pastries

Cocktails @ 6:00 pm. Dinner @ 6:45. Dance @ 8:00.

Thursday Night Kickoff Dinner Dance will feature Ed Wahl and Band
Ed Wahl Rhythm and Vocals
Mike Dygert on Bass
Jim McLennan on Lead Guitar
with others to possibly join in!

Band sponsored by
Doug Haughton

Tickets $45.00 per person
Includes tax & gratuities!
Please note: there is a very limited number of tickets!

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Festival Hours

  • Thursday 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM pre-Festival entertainment at the Horse Barn with Gordie West.

  • Thursday evening: Dinner Dance details

  • Thursday 7:00 PM Kickoff party at the Kamloops Convention Center - this is free for all weekend pass holders! (but you must have a weekend pass)

  • Friday kick off events at the Horse Barn will have entertainment from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM ... there will be a free shuttle service.

  • Friday
    • Doors open at 9:00 AM (for ticket purchases only)
    • Shuttle Bus will be running to the Horse Barn all day
    • Trade Show & Art Show, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    • Daytime entertainment 12:00 - 4:30 PM
    • Evening Show (Ball Room) 7:00 PM
    • Dinner Theatre (Theatre) - happy hour 5:30 - dinner & show 6:30 PM

  • Saturday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM the Horse Barn will again have entertainment with different Festival entertainers performing ... there will be a free shuttle service.

  • Saturday
    • Doors open at 10:00 AM
    • Trade Show 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
    • Art Show 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
    • Daytime entertainment 10:45 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Evening Show (Ball Room) 7:00 PM
    • Dinner Theatre (Theatre) - happy hour 5:30 - dinner & show 6:30 PM

  • Sunday
    • Doors open & entertainment (Ball Room) starts at 9:30 AM
    • Cowboy Church (Ball Room) 10:30 AM to Noon
    • Trade Show & Art Show 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Daytime entertainment 10:45 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Dinner Theatre - happy hour 5:30 then dinner & show - weekend pass holders only

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Ticket Information

Ticket prices for 2019

  • Weekend Pass - $80.00 - Includes everything (except the dinner theatre) all weekend!
  • Evening Show - $40.00 - Includes evening performance in the Ball Room & daytime admission!
  • Fri, Sat, or Sun Dinner Theatre - $35.00 upgrade - with a weekend pass - Includes dinner!
  • Fri or Sat Dinner Theatre - $75.00 - Includes day time & one evening performance & dinner!
  • Day Pass (Fri, Sat, or Sun) - $25.00 - Includes daytime entertainment, trade show, & seminars!
  • Thursday Night Dinner Dance - $45.00 - Includes Dance, Roast Beef Buffet, tax & gratuities!
  •         See the Thursday Night Dinner Dance information here --->

Check out the all new Dinner Theatre Show menues!
Roast Beef plus other choices all 3 nights: 2019 Dinner Theatre Menu

To order tickets phone toll free: 1-888-763-2221
Tickets go on sale November 1st Annually

Festival Tickets are now available at:

Weekend passes and Feature passes may be purchased at:
The Horse Barn on Mount Paul Way, BC's biggest and best western wear store.

Or through us by phoning: 1-888-763-2221 (please don't call the Horse Barn).

Please note: for 2019
all Dinner Theatre tickets must be purchased at our toll free number, and the Coast Hotel will not be offering packages - book your tickets through us at:

The BC Cowboy Heritage Society, Box 137, Kamloops, BC, V2C 5K3.
1-888-763-2221 or Email:

There are discounted room rates at many of the local motels if you remember to tell them that you are going to attend the Cowboy Festival. Please support our sponsor motels - book at one that is on our list - see the Accommodation List!

Good News For Albertans!!
Frontier Bus Lines Coach / bus to the Kamloops Cowboy Festival

Alberta Bus Tour to the 2019 Kamloops Cowboy Festival

Enjoy the Kamloops Cowboy Festival without worrying about mountain travel ...

Our official carry is Frontier Bus Lines and it's announcing their 4th annual tour to the Cowboy Festival with a departure on March 14th, 2019 from Central Alberta. The tour will include deluxe motor coach transportation with an experienced tour guide, Tickets for the Dinner Dance Thursday evening, 4 nights at the Coast Hotel (host hotel for Festival), daily breakfast, a weekend pass to Cowboy Festival and all three dinner theater shows. They will depart Red Deer at 7:00AM on the 14th. If you book before December 31st you'll save $50.00!! Please check their website for details at: or contact them toll free at: 1-888-LET-S-BUS (538-7287).

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2019 Performers Line-up:

Biographies and photos for the following are available on the Entertainers Bios and Photos.

  • Alan Moberg
  • Ben Crane
  • Bernadette Ducharme
  • Bryn Thiessen
  • Charlie Ewing
  • Dave McLure
  • Ed Wahl
  • Gary Allegretto

  • Gordie West
  • Hugh McLennan
  • Jean Prescott
  • Jim McLennan
  • Jocelyn Winterburn
  • Larry Krause
  • Linda Nadon
  • Louis "Big Rig" McIvor

  • Mag Mawhinney
  • Matt Robertson
  • Mike Dygert
  • Michael Fleming
  • Mikki Daniel
  • Tim Hus
  • Tom Swearingen

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The 2019 Evening Only Tentative Performance Schedule!

The complete weekend schedules as PDFs are below.

This is tentative ... all schedules are subject to change


March 15th - Ball Room
Friday Evening - 7:00 PM!

(MC) Hugh McLennan

Larry Krause
Hugh McLennan
Tim Hus

Hall of Fame Inductions

Gary Allegretto
Linda Nadon
Jean Prescott


March 15th - Dinner Theatre
Kamloops Convention Centre
Friday Evening

5:30 Happy Hour 6:30 entertainment - Gordie West Band

Dinner Show 7:15 Concert
Dave McLure MC

Ed Wahl
Bryn Thiessen
Alan Moberg
Mikki Daniel
Mag Mawhinney
Charlie Ewing


March 16th - Ball Room
Saturday Evening - 7:00 PM!

(MC) Dave McLure

Gordie West Band
Dave McLure
Charlie Ewing

BCCHS Scholarship Awards
Joe Marten Award

Michael Fleming
Mag Mawhinney
Mikki Daniel


March 16th - Dinner Theatre
Kamloops Convention Centre
Saturday Evening

5:30 Happy Hour with 6:00 entertainment - Ed Wahl and Band

Dinner Show 7:15 Concert
Hugh McLennan MC

Bernadette Ducharme
Tom Swearingen
Matt Robertson
Jean Prescott
Hugh McLennan
Ben Crane

The Sunday evening dinner theatre show at the Kamloops Hotel and Convention Centre will be for weekend pass holders only ... here's the schedule.

March 17th - Dinner Theatre
Kamloops Convention Centre
Sunday Evening

5:30 Happy Hour 6:00 entertainment - Gordie West Band

Dinner Show 7:15 Concert
Mikki Daniel MC

Charlie Ewing
Dave McLure
Michael Fleming


Gary Allegretto
Jean Prescott
Tom Swearingen
Tim Hus

The 2019 Tentative Performance Schedules!
All schedules are subject to change!!

The evening schedules only (not daytime) are above. If you want the complete schedules pick one of the following PDFs to download it. They include daytime performances and evening performances in both venues, as well as the workshop schedule for that day. There is a separate schedule for each day.

There is also a list of entertainers with their scheduled sets beside their name if you're hunting a particular show - this includes all performers, both venues, and all three days.
Schedules up dated December 17th


Friday Schedule PDF
Saturday Schedule PDF

Sunday Schedule PDF
Schedule list by Entertainer PDF


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Workshops, Seminars, and Open Mic for the 2019 Festival (tentative)

Workshops and Seminars
Please note all workshops and seminars will be held in the Convention Centre
and there will be no workshops on Sunday.

12:00 - Writing Cowboy Songs - Jean Prescott
1:15 - Elements of professional stage presence - Hugh McLennan
2:30 - TBA

3:45 Workshop room - Open Mic Sessions

10:45 - All about guitars - Mike Miltimore Riversong Guitars
12:00 - Song Writing - Mikki Daniel
1:15 - Song Writing - Michael Fleming
2:30 - Learn to Play Harmonica - Gary Allegretto

3:45 Workshop room - Open Mic Sessions

11:00 am till 4:30 pm in the Workshop room - Open Mic Sessions

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The Art of the West Show and Sale!

Click here to go to the Art Show Page!

The BC Cowboy Heritage Society is pleased to present the Art of the West Show and Sale at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. The goal of this event is to showcase the art of the West in all its forms and all its locales, and in doing so, become one of the premier Western art shows in Canada. This year, the show will feature flat work in all mediums, photography, and sculpture.

People's Choice Award

Watch for the People's Choice Award ballots at the Festival. A People's choice award will be awarded to the piece of art work that receives the most votes from the viewers attending the show. The volunteers taking care of the show will be asked to encourage each visitor to vote once for their favourite. Artwork, Photography, and Sculpture entries are all eligible for the award. The voting will end at 5 pm on Saturday.

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The Western Art and Gear Show!

Click here to go to the 2019 Trade Show Page!

As well as all the above entertainment we also have a Western Art and Gear Show that will run all weekend long! The exhibitors in this show are some of the finest cowboy craftsmen and artists in North America! There will be a variety of booths selling and taking orders for saddles and leather work, western clothing, books, jewelry, lots of art, bronzes, and some educational booths!

Here is a tentative list of the exhibitors that will be at the 2019 Festival

  • 4H BC
  • Back Country Horsemen Society of BC
  • BC Cowboy Heritage Society
  • BC High School Rodeo
  • BC Rodeo Association
  • Barkerville Historic Town
  • Ben Crane - Jinglebob Music
  • Canadian Cowboy Country magazine
  • Cariboo Saddlery
  • Cowboy Classic Equipment
  • Creations by Bob
  • David Griffith, Author
  • Farmhouse Collectibles

  • Kactus Western Wear
  • Larry Warren Fine Arts (Sculptor)
  • Longhorn Rope Creations
  • Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin
  • The Mushroom Lady (neckrags and scarves)
  • The Next Generation
  • Richard Tenisch, Silversmith
  • Saddle Up Magazine
  • Sandra Pasman Art
  • Storch Knives
  • SweetWater Bronze
  • Tony Smith Stirrup Maker

For photos and write-ups on some of the exhibitors see The Trade Show Page!

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Where Are We?

The Kamloops Cowboy Festival is held under one great roof
The Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre!

The venue is located at 1250 Rogers Way - just off of Highway #1 in Kamloops, BC, Canada. Kamloops is one of the few places that you can not only take in a super Cowboy Festival, but you can also bring your snow skis and your golf clubs and enjoy a week long holiday in March! Remember to tell your motel that you are attending the Cowboy Festival, as they are offering discount rates! For more information phone 1-888-763-2221 or Email:

Click here for a Map!

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Just say that you're going to the Cowboy Festival and the following sponsors will give you a special "Festival Rate!" Don't forget to tell them, though. If you do need accommodation please stay at one of the following as they do sponsor the Festival.

The prices quoted below are as accurate as possible but if the motels have not supplied us with current information then these prices may not be correct .... please let us know if the prices here are not the same as what the motel quotes you. Also motels may block a number of rooms at the following prices and when they are gone, they will go back to their normal price. We have no control of this.

Please note: Some hotels that were sponsors in the past are no longer sponsoring us and have therefore been removed from this list - we'd appreciate you supporting our sponsors, thank you!

Our Official Host Hotel - Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre

Our Official Host Hotel

Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre

1250 Rogers Way (Festival Headquarters)
Phone 1-800-665-6674 or 250-828-6660

March 2019
single or double $125 (plus tax) for standard accommodation with 2 queen beds.
Please quote: Cowboy Festival

Please note: all Festival passes must now be purchased from the BCCCS @ 1-888-763-2221.

Upgrades are available at additional upgrade fees. Please call for more information.
Phone 1-800-665-6674

Relax at the best location in the heart of the Festival. As the host hotel for the event you have easy access to the tradeshow, art show, dinner theatre shows & all the entertainment, only steps from your room. Take time to enjoy the indoor pool & hot tub in the tropical atrium, onsite liquor store and Romeo's Kitchen + Spirits offering stunning city views, amazing food and perhaps a nightcap with friends right in the hotel. Parking and high speed internet is free, plus Press Reader; offering magazines & news of the world to your device.

Relax and play at the Coast, you never have to leave the building!

Wingate Kamloops - Newest Hotel in Kamloops

Located steps away from the Festival

Wingate By Wyndham Kamloops
Now Open
1180 Rogers Way, Kamloops
778-471-7706 ext 0

Our hotel features everything you need for an efficient stay-from free hot breakfast and onsite laundry facilities to free WiFi and a business center. Plus, we've got extras to make your visit memorable, like a relaxing indoor pool and hot tub, and well-equipped fitness center and onsite convenience store.

March 2019
Single / double from $129.00
Hot breakfast is included
778-471-7706 ext 0
Ask for Cowboy Festival rate

Wingate By Wyndham

Each non-smoking room features a flat-screen HDTV, work space, microwave, mini-refrigerator, coffee and tea maker, and iron and ironing board. We also offer pet-friendly rooms for a small fee and free underground parking with electric car chargers.

Scott's Inn
551-11th Ave & Columbia - Downtown
Phone: 1-800-665-3343
Phone: 250-372-8221

Voted # 1 in Business Excellence
for Tourism and Hospitality
Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor

March 2019
$79.95 1 - 2 persons / 1 bed
$79.95 2 people / 2 beds
$99.95 2 people / 1 bed suite

Scott's Inn
Free Continental Breakfast

Please mention Cowboy Festival
when making your reservation!

There will be four Free Shuttles from the Cowboy Festival running all weekend long!

SERTA CONCIERGE PLUSH BEDS, Flat Screen TVs & Renovated Bathrooms. Amenities include FREE Continental Breakfast, FREE Wi-Fi, FREE In-room coffee, FREE parking, Indoor pool & Hot Tub & an on-site licensed restaurant. Pet Friendly rooms available upon request ($10.00 plus tax/night).

Canada's Best Value Inn & Suites
Location that can't be beat
1200 Rogers Way, Kamloops
Phone: 250-374-8100, Toll Free: 1-800-665-4467

We are right beside the Cowboy Festival! We offer complimentary continental breakfast and wifi. Clean, comfortable and friendly, yet affordable. Guest Rooms with 2 Queen Beds or king beds. Non-Smoking. Rooms

March 2019
single / double start at $89
Continental breakfast incl.
Ask for Cowboy Festival rate

Canadas Best Value Inn

are furnished with Wireless Internet, Microwave, Mini-Fridge, Work Desk, Hairdryer, Iron, Ironing Board, Coffeemaker, flat panel Cable TV, Alarm Clock, Complimentary Local Calls.

660 Columbia Street West
Phone: 250-374-7878
Toll Free 1-877-302-7878

This is a special rate for the Cowboy Festival so please quote Cowboy Festival when you make your reservation.

Includes continental breakfast from 6:30 - 9:00

This is one of the newest and most environmentally friendly hotels in Kamloops

March 2019
$120 Single and $135 Double

upgrades available

Best Western Logo

Travelodge Mountview
1225 Rogers Way (right next door)
Phone 1-800-667-8868 or 250-374-4788

Your room includes ... a complimentary self serve breakfast bar (6:30am - 9:30am), free high speed internet access, and the use of our new business center. All suites come with a fridge and microwave for your convenience!

We're right across the road from the Convention Centre!

March 2019
$89 for one night
$85 per night for 2 or more
including a
continental breakfast
Suites are available at added cost - please ask for rate

Travelodge Mountview

Four Points by Sheraton Kamloops
1175 Rogers Way
Phone: 250-374 4144
Toll Free: 1-888-836-4411
For booking:

March 2019
Traditional Room $109
Deluxe King Rooms $129

Four Points by Sheraton

Located a short walk from the Festival events, conveniently located off of Hwy #5, Exit 368. Kamloops premier hotel property, the Four Points by Sheraton has all the extras that you'll need. Like free high speed internet and free bottled water in ever room. Twisted Olive, serving Mediterranean cuisine, is our in house restaurant, is open daily from 6:30am to 10:30pm and the Twisted Olive Lounge, open until 12am for the Festival. Come and enjoy the weekend, in Four Points style

Super 8 Kamloops
1521 Hugh Allan Dr
Phone: 250-374-8688

Please quote "Cowboy Festival"

Next to the Cascade Casino!!
We're an easy two block walk from the Festival ...
or take one of the four shuttle busses that run regularly!

March 2019
Single or Double $79

Super 8 Kamloops

Riverland Inn & Suites
1530 River Street
Suites & jacuzzi suites also available, please ask for more information when you reserve. Rates include a continental breakfast. Kamloops' only river front Inn located minutes from the Cowboy Festival & downtown.

Phone: 1-800-663-1530 or 250-374-1530

March 2019
Standard one queen $79
Standard two queens $89
plus tax

Riverland Inn & Suites

Thanks for supporting our sponsor motels!
Please remember to ask for the
"Kamloops Cowboy Festival Rate"
when making your reservation.

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Click to enlarge The 2019 Kamloops Cowboy Festival Poster

The 2019 Kamloops
Cowboy Festival Poster

Mike Anfield is a photographer now living in Knutsford BC. With his wife Natalie they operate several photography related businesses. Both Mike and Natalie's work has been published in magazines and books and hangs on the walls of private collectors. Originally from Vancouver Mike retired to his wife's hometown of Kamloops after a career in policing. A chance encounter with a crew of cowboys from the Frolek Cattle Co. in the Lac Du Bois grasslands led to Mike's first cowboy photos. Mike started photographing working cowboys when he could but quickly learned that to capture more than brandings and pregnancy checks he was going to need to get out on the range with the cowboys. After doing some riding at Sugar Loaf Ranch Mike decided he would need his own horse and of course a place to put it. This led to him and his family moving out to a small acreage in Knutsford where they keep the horses and run a few yearlings.

"I honestly didn't know the difference between a heifer and a Herford when I moved up here. I always tried to pitch in and do my part though when I showed up and not just take photographs and leave. I think as I learn more about the cattle business my cowboy photography improves. I'm not often described as handy, but hopefully I am now more often a help than a hindrance."

Mike now takes most of his photographs from the back of his horse while working along side the cowboys. Along with selling fine art prints Mike produces calendars for a number of the local ranches.

Mike's work can be seen at:
and on Facebook:

The 2019 Kamloops Cowboy Festival Poster artist is Mike Anfield
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The Cowboy Festival wouldn't be possible
if it wasn't for our sponsors
If you get a chance drop in and see them - tell them thanks!

We have quite a pile of sponsors lined up - please take a minute or two and go through this list - if you see a sponsor that you could patronise please support them - they support us!

    Platinum Sponsor
  • Tourism Kamloops
  • Coast Kamloops Hotel
  • Black Press Group
  • North Thompson Star Journal
  • Canadian Cowboy Country
  • Spirit of the West
    Gold Sponsor
  • Noran Printing Ltd
  • The Horse Barn
  • MSR Web Design
  • Dr David Ciriani Inc
  • BC Tractor
  • Teck Highland Valley Copper
    Silver Sponsor
  • Saddle Up magazine
  • Radio NL
  • CJKC Country 103.1
  • Four Points by Sheraton Kamloops
  • Wyngate by Wyndham
  • PMT Chartered Professional Accountants (100 Mile House) Bronze Sponsor
  • SignRite Signs
  • Lee's Music
  • Hub Intl Barton Insurance
  • Travelodge - Mountview
  • Scott's Inn
  • Doug Haughton & Family
  • Chartwell RidgePointe Retirement Residence
  • Scott's Inn
  • Canada's Best Value Inn

  • Dearborn Ford
  • Kamloops Dodge Chrysler
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • National Car Rentals
  • KamLake View Meats Ltd
  • Kamloops Large Animal Clinic
  • Kal Tire (Victoria St)
  • Save ON Foods
  • Best Western Plus Kamloops
  • Riverland Inn & Suites
  • Super 8 Motel
  • Surplus Herbies
  • Douglas Lake Equipment
  • Lloyd Creek Ranch
    & Vic & Janette Piva and Family
  • Lordco (Valleyview)
  • Kamloops Camera House
  • Art Knapp Garden Centre
  • Costco Wholesale
  • Fountain Tire (Yellowhead Hwy)
  • Home Hardware
  • Canadian Tire
  • Kal Tire (Mt Paul Way)
  • ABC Communications
  • The Home Depot
  • George Low RE/MAX
  • Cascades Kamloops Casino
  • Tobiano
  • The Bay
  • KMS Tools
  • Absorbent Products Ltd
  • Coast Beer & Wine (Coast Hotel)
  • Caffe Motivo
  • Kamloops Blazers
  • Peavy Mart

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