BC Wildlife Park Kamloops

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In a Nutshell

Annual festival celebrates the holidays with twinkling lights, entertainment, and refreshments

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Promotional value expires Jan 4, 2016. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Adults are age 18+, Children are ages 3-17 and ages 2 & under are free. Offer valid December 11, 2015 to January 3, 2016. Nightly 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Closed Christmas Day. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • C$18 for two adult tickets to the Wildlights Festival with two glow sticks (C$26 value)
  • C$29 for for two adult tickets and up to three children’s tickets to the Wildlights Festival (C$45 value). Children’s tickets may be used for children ages 3–17; children 2 and under receive free admission.

The 18th annual Wildlights Festival takes place from December 11 through January 3 from 5–9 p.m. nightly; the festival is not open on Christmas Day. During the event, the park is illuminated with over 20,000 lights, and live entertainment and refreshments help visitors get in the holiday spirit.

BC Wildlife Park

Established: 1965
Staff Size: 25–50 people
Average Duration of Visit: 2–4 hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Visitors to the BC Wildlife Park have an unlikely benefactor to thank for the park's acres of sagebrush-coated hills and Ponderosa Pine-lined trails: Molson's Breweries. When the Greater Kamloops Zoological Society set out in search of suitable land for zoological facilities in 1966, Molson's donated 106 acres of their hop fields. Today, the natural landscape blends seamlessly from wilderness to animal enclosures that host more than 60 native and non-native species and offer visitors a chance to learn more about the region. Some dwellings host the largest mammals of the mountains—grizzly bears, cougars, and grey wolves included—while others contain spiders, snakes, and birds of prey. Visitors also find a few nods to the farm life in the big red barn known as Home Hardware Corral. Inside, miniature goats, pot-bellied pigs, and other cuddly farm dwellers frolic, giving children a gleeful glimpse into the life of a farmer.

The park's staff offer more than just an opportunity to observe animals, though. They supervise up-close encounters with some of their wildlife at special request, allowing guests the chance to meet and pose for pictures with birds and reptiles. In warmer months, they open up their splash park playground to kids of all ages. The staff also puts on an annual falconry show each summer in the Highland Valley Copper Amphitheatre, working with golden eagles, burrowing owls, and a massive turkey vulture. Visitors can also explore the grounds aboard the Wildlife Express Miniature Train, riding the miniature rails past some of the park's more stunning vistas.

Customer Reviews

Staff friendly, animals and grounds well cared for.
Sheri S. · August 11, 2017
Dress warm + take a conveyance for young ones. Train is $1.00 per person.Great fun.
Diane K. · December 30, 2015
Dress warm & bring change for train and hot drinks :) It's a great little light display
Mary E Y. · December 29, 2015

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