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The Cowboy Times
2018 Vol #4 - December

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From the Editors
From the President
BCCHS Membership Info
The 2019 Festival Poster
The 2019 Festival Preview
Thursday Night Dinner Dance
BC Cowboy Hall of Fame 2019

Festival Accommodation 2019
Alberta Bus to Festival
100 Mile Cowboy Concert
Brett Kissel Tour Review
Miles Kingdon New Book
Harmonica Workshop
Spirit of the West Cruise

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From the Editors

Kathy and Mark McMillan

Kathy and Mark McMillan

Some more exciting news on the 23rd Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival in this issue ... the dates are March 14th to 17th, 2019. Also a quick update / review on the Brett Kissel tour, a reminder about the 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert, and a quick look at a new book that's just hit the streets!

You'll also find information on the next Spirit of the West Cruise and a review of the last one that we just returned from. Have a look at this article: Cowboy Cruise.

Kathy & Mark McMillan, Editors,

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From the President

Mark McMillan

December 2018, Pres report by Mark McMillan

Ho ho ho ... man it seems way to early to be saying that ... feels like it was just Christmas a month or two ago. I guess it's close though, we can tell because Kamloops Cowboy Festival tickets are selling fast. November 1st the phone started ringing at 8:00 am!!

Things are coming together quickly, and pretty good too, as far as I can tell. Tickets are selling well and there's a lot of interest in the dinner dance and the harmonica workshop.

We have two meetings coming up this month, one for the Joe Martin Award and the other for the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. There are some great nominations in both so I'm looking forward to the results of the meetings. Check back on our web site in early December to find out who was accepted.

Mark McMillan, President, BCCHS,

The BC Cowboy Heritage Society
Box 137, Kamloops, BC, Canada, V2C 5K3

Members: The BC Cowboy Heritage Society would like to thank you for your support over the past year. We hope you will continue supporting the society by renewing your membership annually. Membership information, and a membership form, can be found on our web site at:

BCCHS Memberships
If you're not a member but are interested in what we do to preserve cowboy heritage in BC, then you should think about joining. There are no commitments whatsoever and your $20 membership ($30 for a family and $100 for corporate) would be greatly appreciated. Membership dollars go towards the society's administrative costs.

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The Horse Barn

The Horse Barn's web site is:

The Horse Barn!

We are so glad to have the Horse Barn as a major sponsor of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival.

Festival Tickets are now available
at the Horse Barn!

The Horse Barn - Rafter HB!

The Horse Barn
517 Mt Paul Way
Kamloops, BC, V2H 1A9

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Tickets Are Now Available, and going fast, for
The 23rd Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival!

Louis "BigRig" McIvor

More exciting news ... we have now confirmed most of the entertainers for the up-coming Festival ... and it should be a great show!!

In the last issue we told everyone that Mikki Daniel, a young female Texan will be here! Mikki was the Western Music Associationís 2016 Female Entertainer of the Year and the Academy of Western Artists 2017 Western Female Entertainer of the Year ... wow!!

Joining her in the line-up will be a few favourites that are returning; Tim Hus, Jean Prescott, Michael Fleming, Alan Moberg, Larry Krause, Hugh McLennan, Bryn Theissen, Mag Mawhinney, Dave McLure, Ed Wahl, Bernadette Ducharme, Charlie Ewing, Louis "BigRig" McIvor, Mike Dygert, Jim McLennan, Gordie West, Abe Zacharias, and Gary

Allegretto. The new faces that will be added to the list this year are; Linda Nadon, Tom Swearingen and Mikki Daniels.

The dates are March 14th to 17th, 2019 and yes, it's the 23rd Annual

Alan Moberg
Alan Moberg

Mikki Daniels
Mikki Daniels

Gary Allegretto
Gary Allegretto

Tim Hus
Tim Hus

The Thursday night dinner dance sounds like it'll be a super time and the workshop list is being put together right now. There is some information on both in this newsletter. There's also information on the bus that'll be making the trip from Alberta ... in case you're thinking you might not want to drive!

Jean Prescott
Jean Prescott

Mike Fleming
Mike Fleming

Linda Nolan
Linda Nolan

Tom Swearingen
Tom Swearingen

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Hotels / Motels

Need a Hotel or Motel while you're at Kamloops Cowboy Festival? We'd appreciate it if you'd book your room at one of our sponsor hotels or motels ... here's a list of the 2019 places of accommodation:

  • Coast Kamloops Hotel : 1-800-665-6674 or 250-828-6660 ext 0
  • Wingate By Wyndham Kamloops : 778-471-7706 ext 0
  • Scott's Inn : 1-800-665-3343 or 250-372-8221
  • Canada's Best Value Inn & Suites : 250-374-8100, or 1-800-665-4467
  • Best Western Kamloops : 1-877-302-7878 or 250-374-7878
  • Travelodge Mountview : 1-800-667-8868 or 250-374-4788
  • Hampton Inn : 1-866-571-7897 or 250-571-7897
  • Four Points by Sheraton Kamloops : 1-888-836-4411 or 250-374-4144
  • Super 8 Kamloops : 250-374-8688
  • Riverland Inn & Suites - 1-800-663-1530 or 250-374-1530

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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 veggies
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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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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The 2019 Kamloops Cowboy Festival Poster!

The poster once again looks great. A big thanks to Noran Printing for doing all the art work and layout as well as for printing it. It's there now and we look forward to seeing the final copies!

Another big thanks goes out to photographer Mike Anfield, too, for taking the photograph and for letting us use it.

Mike Anfield is a photographer living in Knutsford BC with his wife Natalie. They operate several photography related businesses and both Mike and Natalie's work have been published in magazines and books, and hang on the walls of private collectors.

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

The 2019 Kamloops Cowboy Festival Poster!
The 2019 Kamloops Cowboy Festival Poster!

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The BCCHS & Mike Puhallo Memorial Student Scholarships

The deadline is December 31st

Up to five, $500.00 scholarships can be won so students get your entries in. You can enter in one of four different categories: a poem in the Mike Puhallo Scholarship (there could be two winners) and three in the BCCHS scholarship; a cowboy craft, a written short story, or art work ... a painting or drawing.

Find all the details on the Scholarships page including entries forms and all the rules.

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The 2019 BC Cowboy Hall of Fame

The deadline for nominations was November 1st and the selection committee met in Williams Lake on Saturday, November 24th to select the 2019 recipients. They are as follows:

    To be inducted at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival Friday evening, March 15th:
  • Granberg Ranch - Century Ranch
  • DeLeeuw Ranch - Century Ranch
  • Moon Family - Family
    To be inducted at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Sunday, April 28th:
  • Phillip Camille - Working Cowboy
  • Lawrence Elkins - Competitive
  • Willie Crosina - Builder of Western Culture

Nomination information and a nomination form can be found on the Hall of Fame page. There are a number of guideline categories including; Working Cowboy, Ranching Pioneer, Century Ranch, Competitive Achievements, Artistic Achievements, and Horseman but first and foremost, the nominee must be a working cowboy or rancher that has made his/her living physically working with cattle and horses in the Province of BC.

Nominations go to the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin in Williams Lake which is home to the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees memorabilia and is well worth a visit. They have a new location in the Williams Lake Visitor's Information Centre.

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Just think you could win ...
while helping support 4H in BC

4-H BC Gator Lottery Returns! Grand Prize John Deere XUV 560 4x4 Gator, generously donated by PrairieCoast. Look to buy YOUR winning ticket at the Cowboy Festival. Tickets are $5 each. 2 LOTTERIES, 2 GRAND PRIZES, 1 DRAW LOCATION.

Chances are 1 in 4,000 (8,000 total tickets for sale - two separate draws) to win a grand prize. Know your limit Play within it.

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Grand Prize
John Deere XUV 560 4x4 Gator
Grand Prize John Deere XUV 560 4x4 Gator!
Not exactly as shown.
Accessories not included.

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The 2019 Joe Marten Memorial Award

The deadline for nominations was November 1st and the selection committee met in Williams Lake on Saturday, November 24th to select the 2019 recipient. A recipient was picked but the committee cannot release his/her name at this point in time as the recipient has not been notified. Also, if possible, the name may be kept as a seceret until the time of presentation.

There were a few very deserving nominations brought forward which was great to see ... this award is special to us as it's one of the closest things we have that fulfills our mandate - "To Promote and Preserve Cowboy Heritage in BC".

Nomination information and a nomination form can be found on the Heritage Award page. This award was started in October 2006 in memory of the late Joe Marten and is awarded to someone who has been influential in the promotion and/or preservation of Cowboy / Western Heritage in the Province of BC. It is presented to an individual based on the following criteria, guidelines, and/or suggestions: Nominees must be, or have been, a BC resident and material must be BC related. A nominee does not have to be a working cowboy (working cowboys should be passed on to the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame). Nominees must be, or have been, influential in the promotion and/or preservation of cowboy / Western Heritage in the Province of BC.

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The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin

presents the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame

Museum Logo

The Museum is located in Williams Lake, BC. For information on the Museum, and what it displays inside, check out their web site at:

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Gary Allegretto learn to play harmonica workshop!!
Gary Allegretto

Gary Allegretto's "Learn to Play Cowboy Harmonica Instantly Workshop"

Back by popular demand ... Gary will teach complete beginners to play four Western songs instantly - guaranteed! Absolutely no musical or harmonica experience necessary!

There is a small fee of $25 that includes everything - a new harmonica, a music booklet, and a session of great entertainment!

Most of us have always thought it would be really cool to be able to play the harmonica .... right? Well at the up-coming Festival we'll have our chance!!

Tickets are necessary for this workshop (because of the cost of the suppied harmonica) and can be purchased with your Festival passes by phoning the toll free number: 1-888-763-2221 or, if there are any left, at the General Store at the Festival.

Learn to play harmonica from one of the best, Gary Allegretto!!
Gary Allegretto

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Brett Kissel Winds Up Part Two of his Nation Wide Tour

It looks like December 7th, in Bonnyville, AB, will be the final stop on Brett's Nation Wide Tour. He's been a busy guy ... I believe he will have done somewhere around 100 shows!!

A good number of those shows were sold out, too!!

Brett is the reigning CCMA Male Artist of the Year and when you take in one of his concerts you know why. Kathy's nieces in Ontario took in his show in Milton and were thrilled ... they got to do the meet and greet too, which made it even more exciting! We also heard through the grape vine (OK it was through Billie and Hugh McLennan), that the show in Kamloops was a super show as well.

Brett met with them before the show and also dedicated a song, Tough People Do, to them during the show. He doesn't forget his roots!

Kathy's neices with Brett in Milton, Ontario
Kathy's nieces, Victoria and Lauren,
with Brett in Milton, Ontario

Amanda with Brett in Williams Lake
Amanda & Brett

That was November 13th in Kamloops. November 14th he was in Williams Lake for the first of two concerts there. The next night is when we went. We took Amanda who works with Kathy and is a huge Brett Kissel fan, and Joanne a good friend that just likes music ... and she's heard Brett before, years ago with us ... maybe at a concert in 100 Mile or at the Dusty Rose Pub in 70

Chevonn with Brett in Williams Lake
Chevonn & Brett

Mile House. We met another friend, Chevonn, who lives in Williams Lake. We all totally enjoyed the show!

Brett pointed at us, then gave us a wave, then tipped his hat as soon as he stepped on stage ... still trying to figure how he could see into a dark audience with lights in his face! Part way through the night he did the same for us as he did for Billie and Hugh by talking about us and the Kamloops Cowboy Festival then playing "Tough People Do" for us!

He'd been throwing the odd tee-shirt and/or ball cap into the crowd all night and towards the end of the show he picked up one more and was ready to throw it when he looked me right in the eye ... then came the football quarterback throw straight at me! If I hadn't caught it the tee-shirt would have hit me dead centre in the chest - what a throw!!

Note the shirt ... not just a Kissel license plate ... but a BC Kissel license plate! :-) Not sure if he did a different license plate for each and every province or not ... but I'd guess he probably did.

For more information on Brett, the rest of the tour, and his other bookings, music, etc, see his web site at:

Mark showing off his new Teeshirt
Mark showing off his new Teeshirt

Another person we knew at the concert was the daughter of our local Radio personal Larry Rode. Larry is the morning guy at CKBX in 100 Mile. His daughter, Celina, was right up at the stage and got some great photos with her phone. Here's three of them:

Brett Kissel live in Williams Lake Brett doing the Brett thing

Brett Kissel live in Williams Lake An all Canadian boy!!

Brett Kissel live in Williams Lake Brett with his band and opening
singer Dan Davidson (on his right)

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The 19th Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert

February 16th, 2019 - Two shows 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM

Tickets should be on sale at the beginning of December ... hopefully anyway! At only $20 each they make great stocking stuffers or Christmas presents so keep your eye out for them! In Williams Lake you'll be able to get tickets at the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin and at PMT Chartered Professional Accountants. In 100 Mile House PMT Chartered Professional Accountants, Work-n-Play and 100 Mile Feed will carry them.

There are two shows every year. There's a 2:00 pm Matinee so that folks travelling, or folks that don't like winter driving, can get to the early concert and still get home a ecent time. Folks that like to go for dinner in town and then take in the evening show can go to the 7:00 pm show! The shows are both the same so either one will be a great show!

Here's a little about the entertainers:

All three performers have been part of this concert in past years and we've had requests to bring all three back again .... so here they are!!

Tim Hus is known to have a voice sweeter than a Husqvarna chainsaw, a wit that is sharper than rusty barbed wire, and a list of songs longer than a Saskatchewan fence line! People love Tim ... both for his musical ability and for his wit and humour! Stompin Tom Connors once said "Canada needs more singers like Tim Hus! He'll be joined by Jason Ruscheinsky and Hugh McLennan.

Now anyone that listens to the Spirit of the West Radio Show every Sunday, or has been to the Cowboy Concerts or Kamloops Cowboy Festival over the years will know Hugh ... and he really needs no introduction. One of the best parts is that with Hugh here I don't have to MC and you won't have to listen to me again this year!!

Kamloops Cowboy Festival goers will know Jason, especially if they took in the Rising Star Showcase. Jason won this a few years back and has been on main stage since. Last year in Kamloops he won the Horse Barn's "Keeper of the West Award" that is voted on by the fans. He's also been part of the 100 Mile Cowboy Concert and numerous other concerts around the area.

photo by Donna Smith
Tim Hus
Tim Hus

photo by Jerry Stainer
Jason Ruscheinshy
Jason Ruscheinsky

photo by Jerry Stainer
Hugh McLennan
Hugh McLennan

The 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert, Saturday, February 16th, 2019, Martin Exeter Hall.
Two shows to pick from: a 2:00 matinee or a 7:00 pm evening show!! Tickets $20

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Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association - ACPA

Check it out at: If you're looking for a performer for an event, or if you are a performer looking to get booked for an event, then you'll find how on their web site. If it's a CD or book you need you'll find tons of them there, too! That's

Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association - ACPA

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Miles Kingdon's New Book
Beyond the Next Ridge
A Cowboy's Story

Although Mile's picture on the back of his new book is in black and white anyone that knows him knows he's a very colourful character! His new book titled Beyond the Next Ridge, A Cowboy Story, reflects Mile's lifetime of riding ... and on some of the biggest cattle ranches in BC.

I haven't received a copy yet but I'm really looking forward to reading it when I do. I have no doubt that the stories in the book are just as colourful as Miles himself. To top it off the illustrations in the book are by Rob Dinwoodie, another colourful cowboy.

I know the first run is going to run out quick ... and I say first run because I'm sure popular demand will have them getting a second run. Right now to order a copy you can email Mile's wife Possum at: The cost is $18 Canadian plus shipping and handling.

Miles Kingdon's New Book
Miles Kingdon's New Book

Watch for my book review in the May issue of the Cowboy Times or in the March issue of Beef in BC magazine if you're a BCCA member.

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The 17th Annual Spirit of the West Cruise!

We're back ... and we're happy!

We saw Quebec City, the Maritimes, New England, and New York City!!

178 Spirit of the West listeners met in Quebec City on September 16th and spent their first night in the Chateau Frontenac. The second night was spent aboard the Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas cruise ship but still in port. This gave everyone a couple of days to explore Old Quebec ... an amazing historic town.

We then sailed down the St Lawrence River and around the Gaspe Peninsula to our first stop in the Maritimes, Charlottetown, PEI.

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The Chateau Frontenac in Old Quebec City
The Chateau Frontenac in Old Quebec

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Horseback riding in PEI
The 7 of us that went riding in PEI

A few of us took a private tour of part of the Island and then went for a horseback ride. The next stop was Sydney, on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia and from there we sailed to Halifax. Four motor coaches awaited us there and took us on a private group tour to Oultons Farm and then to the Hants County Fair - the oldest continuously run fair in North America at 252 years young!

Our last stop in the Maritimes was Saint John, New Brunswick and the next day we were in New England ... Bar Harbor, Maine (Bah Hah Bah as they pronounce it). From there we visited Boston, Massachusetts, Portland, Maine, and ended up in New Jersey where two buses awaited us. We were part of the group of 86 people that opted for the New York post cruise package ... so off we went to New York City!!

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Mike Oulton talking to some of the group at Oulton Farms
Mike Oulton talking to some of the group

The post cruise package included a ton of stuff ... museum passes, hop on-hop off bus passes, free breakfast at Applebee's every morning, an end of stay steak dinner in the Rockefella Center, a big league baseball game, a Broadway Show, and we loved every minute of all of it ... wished we had had another few days in the big city ... oh ya, passes to the Empire State Building ... so much I don't remember what all was included. 86 cowboy rancher type folks wandering around in "the city that never sleeps" ... NYC !

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The Spirit of the West 2018 Group phot
The Spirit of the West 2018 Group photo. Ha .. .try and get close to 200 people coordinated for a photo :-)

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Royal Carribean's Adventure of the Seas viewed from the Plains of Abraham
Royal Carribean's Adventure of the Seas viewed from the Plains of Abraham

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One of our private group sing-a-longs with Hugh and Band on the ship
A private group sing-a-long with Hugh & Band

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Hugh on his draft cross had trouble keeping up to Mark ...
Hugh on his draft cross had trouble keeping up to Mark ...

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Royal Carribean's Adventure of the Seas viewed from the Plains of Abraham
A sea of orange T-shirts as far back as you can see in our reserved group section of the ship's dining room

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Royal Carribean's Adventure of the Seas viewed from the Plains of Abraham
86 of us taking in the informative talk from our guide as we approach Ground Zero ... an eye opener!

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Royal Carribean's Adventure of the Seas viewed from the Plains of Abraham
Imagine 86 cowboy rancher types in Times Square late at night ... in the city that never sleeps :-)

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Royal Carribean's Adventure of the Seas viewed from the Plains of Abraham
The New York Mets take on the Miami Marlins and 86 of us sat together with close to 50,000 other ball fans!

Next Year's Cruise!!!

WOW ... a bucket list trip for many!!
Ireland and the British Isles!!

August 29th to September 13th, 2019 the Spirit of the West Cruise will sail to; Dublin, Ireland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland; Invergordon, Scotland; Edinburgh (South Queensferry), Scotland; Paris/Normandy (Le Havre), France; London (Southampton) England; Guernsey (St Peter Port) England; Cork, Ireland (Cobh-For Blarney Castle).

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Ireland and the Bristish Isles

Ireland and the British Isles

16 days of fun and adventure (including an optional 7 day post cruise coach tour in Ireland) with Billie and Hugh and other passengers that have said that this cruise is on the top of their bucket list. This time on Princess Cruise's "Crown Princess"! An all new cruise for them where they'll see all new ports of call.

Book early and SAVE!!
Cruise: Prepaid gratuities included for all balcony or suite cabins booked by Dec 21, 2018.
Post Cruise: Save $200 if you book before November 27, 2018. Gratuities included.

For more info contact Megan, Karen or Jim at Cruise Vacations: 1-800-530-0131.
Or see the cruise page at:

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Home of the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame!

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BC Cowboy, Ranching, and Rodeo Museum The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin is located in Williams Lake, BC and is the Home of the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. It is located at the corner of 4th Avenue and Borland Street. Phone 250-392-7404 Email:

We highly recommend a visit to the
Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin in Williams Lake!
Check out their web site - BC Cowboy, Ranching, and Rodeo Museum

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