Take a walk, learn some history
Kamloops’ latest walking tour runs day or night, rain or shine — and doesn’t require pre-registration.
All you need is a music player or smartphone, a special map, decent footwear and some headphones.
Created by Think Green Publishing, with the City of Kamloops and the Kamloops Museum and Archive, the audio tour puts museum supervisor Elisabeth Duckworth in your ears for an hour and 15 history-packed minutes.
Steve Ceron of Think Green Publishing said the self-directed tour idea had been kicking around in his head for several years when he heard one of Duckworth’s tours.
“It was one of those things where I went, you know what? I should probably talk to her,” he said.
While Duckworth provided the facts — the history of St. Andrews on the Square, Billy Miner, early city bylaws and other tidbits — Think Green’s Arrival Magazine will provide directions.
Starting with the November issue, a heritage walking-tour map will run in the back of the magazine, with each stop on the tour identified.
To make sure walkers have enough time to get to each destination, Ceron videotaped Duckworth giving her tour, using the footage to pace out the recording.
Between clips, walkers will be treated to vintage music and the occasional sound effect.
All told, the tour took about 10 months to put together and Ceron said he’s hoping to see it catch on with tourists who may not be able to sign up for a regular guided tour — those in Kamloops on the Rocky Mountaineer, for instance.
The audio portion is available as a free download at arrivalkamloops.com/heritage-walking-tour/ and the accompanying map can be picked up from the Kamloops Museum and Archives at 207 Seymour St., which is also the first stop on the walking tour.