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Chill out at country houses

Chill out at country houses

Downtown Kamloops is where hockey fans celebrate

Published 30.03.2016 20:56 GMT-7 | Author Lucas Aykroyd
Chill out at country houses
The Noble Pig Brewhouse hosts Japan House at the 2016 Women's Worlds. Photo: Lucas Aykroyd
The Sandman Centre and McArthur Island Centre aren’t the only two venues for fun at the 2016 Women’s Worlds. Eight country houses offer food, drink and more.

Celebrating the eight nations participating in this year’s tournament, the houses are mostly located in popular local restaurants along Victoria Avenue, all within easy walking distance. Hockey Canada has dubbed it the "Molson Road to Gold." It’s a nice way to relax with friends, family and fellow fans between the games.

Japan House is at the Noble Pig Brewhouse, which Joe Wiebe, author of Craft Beer Revolution, has called one of the best brewpubs in British Columbia. Through April 4, the Noble Pig is offering a selection of Japanese-themed bites like crispy duck wings and spicy tuna sashimi to supplement its Wallonian Pig Belgian Peppered Ale, Mocha Porter, and other acclaimed brews. The families of Canadian players have been enjoying the hospitality here.

Carlos O’Bryans, a jolly Irish pub, is festooned with Swedish and Swiss flags, and you can sip a “Swedish Polar Bear” cocktail with vodka and blue Curacao. You might spot Russian players strolling by outside as you enjoy a quinoa bowl with basmati rice, sliced avocado and grilled vegetables at the Commodore, Russia’s country house.
Frick and Frack, celebrating the Czech Republic, has welcomed the Czech coaching staff several times. This Kamloops fixture’s diverse menu ranges from perogies to souvlaki to butter chicken. It has 18 beers on tap and 138 by the bottle.

Meanwhile, Finland House is at Hotel 540’s Blue Dining + Lounge and United States House is at Boston Pizza. There’s no shortage of options in downtown Kamloops.

For the host nation, Canada House is at the Kamloops Curling Club. Each night, different bands hit the stage at 21:00, playing everything from indie rock to Heart and Pat Benatar covers.

Fans can pick up a special passport at any of the houses and collect stamps at all eight locations in order to enter a draw to win a trip to the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal and Toronto.


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