Be it a free Colin James concert at Sun Peaks Resort or a bonfire around a campsite, there’s a lot for people to do during the final long weekend of the summer.
For many, this is the last chance to get away for camping, fishing and fun in the outdoors. Unfortunately for last-minute vacationers, most provincial campsite are full, said Nathalie Dechaine of B.C. Parks.
“People want to take advantage of the long weekend and the end of summer,” Dechaine said Thursday.
Given the cool and wet week that was, some last-minute spots could open up. Dechaine suggested people check a site’s individual website before heading out.
Chase RCMP anticipates a quiet weekend as many Albertans have already returned home for the start of school on Tuesday.
Sgt. Gary Heebner said a campfire ban has been lifted, but campers are still asked to be careful. Another big concern is speeding and drinking and driving.
“We want everyone to slow down,” said Heebner, adding officers will be on patrol through the weekend.
The RCMP boat will be on the water as well to ensure boaters are abiding by regulations, he said.
Camping isn’t the only out-of-town activity to be enjoyed. The North Thompson Fall Fair in Barriere and Nicola Valley Fall Fair in Merritt start Saturday.
There’s also a free show at Sun Peaks by Canadian rocker Colin James, who hits the stage at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Closer to home, barrel racing is on all weekend at the Mount Paul Centre and down at Riverside Park, the Chamber Musicians of Kamloops and The Brandenburg Orchestra perform outdoors on Sunday at 7 p.m.
The concert recreates the first performance of Handel’s famous Water Music, which took place in 1717 on the River Thames.
Also on Sunday, the Kamloops Blazers take on the Vancouver Giants with a pre-season game at Interior Savings Centre starting at 6 p.m.
Everyone is invited to the annual Kamloops and District Labour Council Labour Day picnic in Riverside Park on Monday. Co-organizer Louis Rugg said between 500 and a thousand people are expected to attend depending on the weather.
Local unions are represented, but there’s also games and live music provided by Sabrina Weeks, Phoenix, and other local performers, said Rugg.
The picnic begins at 11 a.m.