The Wildlights Festival at the BC Wildlife park in Kamloops is a spectacular event for the whole family. The festival features spectacular light displays with thousands of lights, performers, the famous WIldlife Park Holiday Maze, a Laser Light Show, and more.
Uncle Chris the Clown was performing each night with a few exceptions, delighting the kids and making the adults laugh as well. The Home Hardware Family Farm was a great way for kids to interact directly with animals.
The Holiday Maze was enjoyed by people of all ages, with laughter heard through the walls as the kids ran about trying to find their way out
The Wildlife Express Miniature Train was a must see at only $1.00/person, you could sit and cuddle for warmth as the train took you around the park, giving you an excellent view of all the light displays.
The number of visitors to the BC Wildlife Park to see the Wildlights was over 16,000 in 2015 and brought in a much needed $180,000, which will helps in what would normally be a slow time for the park.
See the listing for the BC Wildlife Park page on KamloopsCity.com for more information on the park
BC Wildlife Park History
On February 15, 1965, Wildlife Park founder John Moelaert, proposed to the chamber that a zoological facility would be an attraction for both residents and visitors alike. The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce felt that Kamloops was a ‘one-night stop’ and needed more attractions so that visitors would stay longer and benefit the economy. A Chamber sponsored public meeting on March 17th, 1965, in the old Kamloops Library to discuss the possibility of establishing a Wildlife Park. This quickly led to the formation of the Greater Kamloops Zoological Society, which was registered under the Societies Act on March 31, 1965.
The Society’s first task was to find a suitable site and soon entered into discussions with Molson’s Breweries who owned a hop farm to the east of the city. In February 11, 1966 Molson’s Breweries officially donated 106 acres of land to be used ‘in perpetuity’ as a wildlife park. On August 16, 1966 the first exhibits were opened to the public.
Over the fifty year history of the Society, the BC Wildlife Park has been continually enhanced through the tremendous support of volunteers and business professionals throughout the province.
Today, the Kamloops Wildlife Park Society is governed by a volunteer board of 14 directors elected at the Annual General Meeting from a membership of over 8,000 people. The BC Wildlife Park attained national status in 1987 when it received accreditation from the Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA).