A decision to move to Kamloops in 2013 uncovered a fortuitous opportunity to start the first premium transportation service specializing in guided wine tours promoting what became the Kamloops Wine Trail and the lovely Shuswap Lake area wineries. Kamloopsians and visitors alike welcomed the exciting opportunity to “Experience the Wine Trails Less Travelled” and so a new and thriving business was born heralding Kamloops as “Gateway to BC Wine Country.”
Multiple awards for both guest experience and guest safety have been received over the years and TasteFull Excursions maintains top rankings year over year for both Google and Tripadvisor.
In those early days, TasteFull Excursions colourful and widely recognized 11-passenger Mercedes Sprinter that served as a billboard on wheels when few locals were even aware that Kamloops had a fledgling wine industry. Read about us in the Globe and Mail feature article (April 2014): Winery Fit For Game of Thrones and here in a wonderful early feature on the Kamloops Wine Trail by eminent BC wine author and historian, John Schreiner: Kamloops Emerges As Gateway To Wine Country.
With early support from the Kamloops Wine Trail, industry partners, Kamloops residents, positive media coverage and the ongoing support from the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel, the company has grown into a year round premium tour and shuttle service provider with 11 buses primarily comfortably appointed 15 seat Ford Transits. With the black and gold branding for our deluxe shuttle service, we are setting the “Gold Standard for transportation in B.C.”
Winter Season/Expanded Shuttle Services
In addition to regular service between Kamloops Airport (YKA) and Sun Peaks Resort, inter-resort and charter connector transportation is also provided to neighbouring Silver Star Mountain Resort, Big White Ski Resort, Revelstoke, Whistler, and two world renowned heli-ski operations – Mike Wiegele Heli-Skiing Resort and Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH), in Blue River and Valemount respectively.
In addition to guided wine tours and winter transportation, TasteFull Excursions provides year-round transportation services that includes: shuttle for weddings, golf groups, corporate incentive programs, company conferences and more. TasteFull Excursions is the official service provider for Golf Kamloops.
The Management Team
Maatje Stamp-VincentCEO & Tour Director
Since her early twenties, Maatje has been immersed in small business & entrepreneurship. One of her key strengths has been to recognize and act on business opportunities that are interesting and fill a market gap. Over the years, Maatje has been a business owner, marketing consultant and project leader across a diverse range of industries providing services to advertising agencies, tech companies and the tourism industry.
Upon her arrival to Kamloops, she discovered the opportunity to launch the city’s very first wine tour company. With decades of business and volunteer experience, Maatje is excited to see the growth and diversification of her original wine tour company into the full-scale enterprise that it has become. Maatje and Gordon work together to diversify the menu of tour packages, expand the winter ski resort connector service offerings, and further elevate visitor experiences within the Thompson Valley and the Okanagan.
Wines of British Columbia Ambassador Program – Level 2
[email protected] C: 250 819 2435
Gordon Stamp-VincentCFO & Shuttle Director
Gordon was a career banker for 38 years in various communities in rural B.C. before joining his wife Maatje full time in the business in 2016. Gordon took on the role of building the winter ski resort business. He is responsible for ensuring that the shuttle operations are running smoothly and acting as lead contact for Sun Peaks Resort. Gordon is constantly seeking out new and interesting opportunities for TasteFull Excursions.
[email protected] C: 778 586 0586
TasteFull Excursions has 15+ driver hosts to carry guests safely to their destinations. All of our drivers hold either Class 1,2 or Class 4 unrestricted commercial drivers licenses as required by BC law and the regulatory requirements of the BC Passenger Transportation Authority. TasteFull Excursions is licensed under the provisions of General Authorization Licensing to provide tour, shuttle and connector bus services.
PTA license #72373