Volkswagen of Kamloops presents

VW Turtle River Race

September 27, 2020

‘Adopt’ a Turtle by buying a raffle ticket

Over $15,000 in great prizes to be won. On Race Day, the ‘adopted’ turtles will be released into the South Thompson River at the railway bridge. From there, they’ll race on the river’s current past the Riverside Park beach, down to the finish line at the pier. The first three turtles from each of the two races win incredible prize packages.


Congratulations to the winners!

RACE #1:

First place: Laima Brown
Second place: Fred Colter
Third place: Key Financial Group

RACE #2:

First place: Nancy Elander
Second place: Bev & Gene Archambault
Third place: Irene Abramyk

Proceeds to benefit:

Kamloops Brain Injury Association
Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism
Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Assocation

Tickets available for each Race

There are 1500 single tickets at $10 for each race. Value packs: 3 tickets for $25; 150 value packs for each race. 19+ to play. The chances of winning a prize are 1 in 650. Actual odds depend on the number of tickets sold per race.

Tickets are on sale until 12 Noon, September 27th.

Prizes as awarded. No substitutions. No cash value.

BC Gaming Event License #118259 (Race 1) and #118262 (Race 2)

Single Tickets


Value pack

Online ticket sales are now closed!

Purchase your tickets at any Save On Foods location until Saturday, Sept. 26 at 12 noon, or come to Riverside Park starting at 11 am on Sunday, Sept. 27 to buy your last-minute tickets!

Sahali – 1210 Summit Dr.
Westsyde – 3435 Westsyde Rd.
Brocklehurst – #38-1800 Tranquille Rd.
Lansdowne – #200-450 Lansdowne St.
Valleyview – #9-2101 E. Trans Canada Hwy.

The Turtles will race for the following prizes:

Prizes for Race 1 at 1:00 pm

Grand Prize

Value $8,179

  • $3,500 gift certificate from Travelwise, a Vision Travel Company
  • Getaway to Montana Hills Resort
  • $1,000 Save-On-Foods gift certificate
  • $500 Surplus Herby’s gift certificate
  • $500 Aberdeen Mall gift certificate
Second Place

Value $2,700

  • Annual Family Membership to the Kamloops YMCA
  • Napoleon Portable BBQ
  • $500 gift certificate to Mount Paul Golf Course
  • Interior Whitewater Expeditions Full Day Guranteed Addiction Package
  • Pass for 2 to Treetop Flyers
Third Place

Value $1,500

  • $500 gift certificate to Twisted Olive/Mittz Kitchen
  • $500 gift certificate to Brown’s Social House
  • $500 gift certificate to Earl’s Restaurant

Prizes for Race 2, at 2:00 pm

Grand Prize

Value $8,158

  • Stay and Play in BC Package from the Oliver/Osoyoos Wine Association
  • Getaway to Montana Hills Resort
  • Stay at Bella Coola Eagle Lodge
  • $500 Surplus Herby’s gift certificate
  • $500 Aberdeen Mall gift certificate
  • Five-Day Car Rental
  • VW of Kamloops Auto Detailing Package
Second Place

Value $2,700

  • Annual Family Membership to the Kamloops YMCA
  • Napoleon Portable BBQ
  • $500 gift certificate to Mount Paul Golf Course
  • Discover Scuba Diving Package for 4
  • Interior Whitewater Expeditions 4-hour Raft Trip
  • Pass for 2 to Treetop Flyers
Third Place

Value $1,500

  • $500 gift certificate to Twisted Olive/Mittz Kitchen
  • $500 gift certificate to Brown’s Social House
  • $500 gift certificate to Earl’s Restaurant
Prizes as Awarded. No Substitutions. No Cash Value.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where do the Turtles race?

The Turtles race at Riverside Park. They are released at the railway bridge and float down the South Thompson River to the finish line strung up at the Pier. It’s a sprint to the finish that’s typically approximately 10-15 minutes per race (depending on the wind!).

2. Is there any age restriction to play?

You must be 19+ to play. All ages are welcome to join us for Race Day festivities.

3. Are we racing live turtles?

No! These turtles have been created from environmentally safe plastics and are not in any way damaging to the environment. At the end of the race boaters and kayakers collect all of the racing turtles.

4. How do I know if my turtle is a winner?

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placing turtles in both races will be announced at Riverside Park on race day. Don’t worry if you can’t make Race Day—we’ll contact all the winners to let them know.

5. Can I volunteer to help support the turtle race?

We’re always looking for support to sell tickets and help out on Race Day. We also need assistance escorting the turtles down the river, so if you canoe or kayak, we would love to hear from you! To find out more and/or volunteer, please contact Stephanie at with any questions.

6. What happens on race day?

Race Day is a free, family friendly event, with entertainment. All ages are welcome! Join us on the beach at Riverside Park on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from noon to 3pm to cheer-on the Turtles as they race on the current down the South Thomson River from the railway bridge to the pier – great prizes up for grabs!

We’re working on Race Day entertainment – we’ll let you know more soon!

Rules of Play

Ticket Information

Ticket orders will be available for purchase over the internet and delivered by email exclusively at this time. The Purchaser will receive, by email, a confirmation of the order with their ticket number(s) and tickets(s) attached and available for download and to print.

A total of 3,950 tickets are available for each race, with 1,500 tickets for $10.00 and 150 value packs @ 3 for $25.00. Tickets may be sold and purchased only in British Columbia.


The following people are not permitted to purchase tickets in this lottery: Kamloops This Week employees or staff/board members of the Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism, Kamloops Brain Injury Association, Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association and the Kamloops Community YMCA-YWCA. A non-resident of British Columbia may purchase a ticket only if the entire payment transaction takes place while the person is physically in British Columbia and if the ticket or a receipt is issued at that time. Tickets or receipts will not be distributed to, emailed, mailed or otherwise sent to a non-resident’s third-party address in B.C.

A non-resident winner of a prize is responsible for all costs associated with delivery of prize to the location the winner specifies, that is outside the province of British Columbia.

When a resident of British Columbia is outside the province of British Columbia, they may not place an order to purchase tickets. This restriction includes all methods of ordering tickets.

Ticket Purchaser must be 19 years of age or older. If a winning ticket bears a minor’s name, the prize will be lawfully delivered to the minor’s parents, legal guardian or trustee. Know your limit, play within it. Problem Gambling Help Line 1-888-795-6111

Non-residents of British Columbia may not order tickets by telephone, fax or mail.

For further information on restrictions on purchasing, please see Standard Procedures for Ticket Raffles, Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch, Province of British Columbia. The website for this information is

Chances of Winning

There are 3 prizes available to be won including the grand prize. The odds of winning any prize is 1 in 650.

Tax Information

Prizes are awarded tax free in Canada. The price of tickets is not deductible as a charitable donation for tax purposes in Canada.

Pertinent Draw Dates

Cut-off times for ticket sales are at 12:00 on September 27, 2020. The final draw for all prizes will be held at the end of each race (starting at 1:00 pm and 2 pm on September 27, 2020. Only tickets that have been paid for and/or verified as paid are eligible to be entered in the draw(s).

The winner of any prize does not have to be present to claim the prize.

Cash Equivalents and Prize Details

There are 3 prizes available to be won for each race. The retail value of the grand prize is $8,179 for Race #1 and $8,158 for Race #2. The retail value of all prizes is $12,379 for Race #1 and $12,358 for Race #2based on Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price as provided by our supplier and this amount includes any related taxes on individual prizes.

Prizes must be accepted as awarded and must be claimed within one (1) year of the draw date. No substitutions are permitted by winners except where a cash option or alternate prize is specified. Prizes may not be exactly as shown. Winners of a prize will be required to sign a “Receipt of Prize” and consent to the release of their names by the Licensee.

Online Ticket Sales

We have contracted the services of the Kamloops Community YMCA-YWCA to sell Lottery tickets by taking ticket inquiries from this website and calling back purchasers to conduct the actual ticket sale by telephone. Lottery tickets will be sent to the purchaser by mail.

In addition:

  • Ticket purchasers must be physically in the province of B.C. when placing the order; and
  • The address given for tickets must be a valid B.C. address

Non-residents of British Columbia cannot purchase tickets by phone, fax or mail.

Group name in trust – When a Group name is added at the time of purchase the Group Name will be added to the ticket when issued to the primary purchaser. It is then considered held in trust by the primary purchaser for the benefit of the Group. The identity and members of the group are the responsibility of the primary purchaser.


Each ticket will be re-entered for subsequent prize drawings thus each person has a chance at winning all the prizes. Each winning ticket will be selected using a random number generator.

The list of the winner will be published on the this website.

If a credit card payment is charged back, you will be contacted by the Payment Processor and given opportunity to provide replacement payment according to the terms and conditions of the Payment Processor. Any tickets issued will be considered invalid until replacement payment is received.
The records of Kamloops Community YMCA-YWCA shall be deemed correct if there is a discrepancy in numbers.

All sales are final once the ticket number is assigned, and all sales are subject to credit approval. The Licensee reserves discretionary right not to accept entries.

The Purchaser is responsible for proof-of-ownership of shared tickets.

Should a prize be unavailable due to circumstances beyond the control of the organizers, the winner shall be awarded the fair market value of the prize.

The liability of the organizer is limited to the ticket price paid. Winners will be notified directly by email, phone and/or mail by the organizers as to the prize they have won and how to claim.

Winners consent to the release of their names by the Licensee. The list of winners will be published on this website and in local media.

If there is a discrepancy, the list and rules located on this website shall be deemed correct.

For enquiries relating to any ticket purchased please call (250) 819-5109.


The Licensee Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism Foundation is located at 1111 Tranquille Rd., Kamloops, B.C. V2B 3J8. Phone number is (250) 374-7467. The draw procedures comply to the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch of B.C.

Know your limit, play within it

Problem Gambling
Help Line:


Must be 19+
to play