These are figures for the Kamloops Airport, which sits at an elevation of
360 metres. DeLeeuw Ranch overlooks Kamloops and is some 600 to 700 metres higher
than the sage and cactus found along the valley. Temperatures at the ranch are
3 to 5 degrees celsius lower.
People come from all over the world to fish for the famous Kamloops trout. Over
100 lakes are within an easy drive of the ranch. The South Thompson River also
has a world-wide reputation for its runs of steelhead trout.
Whether your interest is in dressage, jumping, cutting, team roping, cattle penning,
reining or simply enjoying trail riding, this is great country to do it in.
Sun Peaks is 45 minutes away and offers top class downhill skiing. Cross-country
skiing at the ranch can't be beaten.
Flora and Fauna
A large variety of wild flowers abound on the ranch. Bird life is diverse. Raptors
are common. There are a few burrowing owls in the area. Other birds typical of
the area include red-wing and yellow-headed blackbirds, ravens, magpies, juncos,
clark's nutcracker, and a host of others. Ducks and geese nest around the
waterholes. We seldom see the nocturnal badger, but we do see mule deer every
day. There are moose and few whitetails resident on the ranch.
Kamloops has golf courses to suit every level of golfer, from the newly acclaimed
Tobiano to inexpensive yet fun par 3 and 4 courses. The very mild climate in the
valley keeps golfers active from March to late October (or this year, late November).
Arts & Culture
Arts and culture are alive, well and growing in Kamloops. The Western Canada
Theatre presents a varied live theatre experience with good season ticket support.
The Kamloops Symphony presents a season of quality performances while the Art
Gallery and the museum are recognized for innovation. The city is a stop for
some major concert tours. These use the Interior Savings Centre arena with a
capacity of approximately 5500. Frequent smaller acts use the Sagebrush Theatre.
There is a also a vibrant café and nightclub scene.
2009 will see the 13th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival - four days of western
music and cowboy poetry presented using three stages including a dinner theatre.
Later in the year, in July, the Mountain Music Fest - four days of country music
featuring the best that can be offered takes place in Merritt, 45 minutes away.
The Kamloops Blazers, a WHL hockey team, captivate loyal fans at the Interior Savings
Centre. This venue also hosts national and regional tournaments. Kamloops earned
being named the "Tournament Capital of B.C" by aggressively seeking tournaments and
doing a great job once it has them.
Sears, The Bay, Costco, Walmart, Home Depot, Chapters: they are all here. The
same is true of restaurant chains: Milestones, Montana's Grill, Tony Romas,
Eastside Mario's, and Earls. In both the retail and restaurant sectors there is
a large variety of locally owned specialists.
The Ranch is close to a school bus route. Public and private schools are within
easy reach. Thompson Rivers University is earning a sound reputation and is
particularly becoming known for its Asian connections. It has good sports
facilities including an Olympic size swimming pool which it opens to Kamloops
Royal Inland Hospital is a regional hospital and has recently gone through a major
renovation. It is 10 to 15 minutes from the ranch.
PROPERTIES FOR SALE:
Of the 15 properties for sale, there are omly 2 left. Each is described on the
Properties for Sale
page. The names given on each parcel title are those of the family who first
homesteaded the property. All can stand on their own offering specific characteristics.
The ranch straddles the Kamloops City boundary. Some of these parcels are in the
city, some in the Thompson Regional District. Some are in the Agricultural Land
Reserve, and some are not. We have given zoning details in each parcel
description on the
Properties for Sale
Here are a couple of web sites about the Kamloops Area
Enter Rose Hill Road, Kamloops, BC in the search box to get an overview of the area.
You can also see the
page for more details.