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Fantastic Fall Day Trip Ideas in Kamloops, BC


Fall Colours Drive and Hike

If you are looking for a beautiful and energetic way to see the fall colours, this is the Kamloops Day Trip for you! It features a scenic drive through a peaceful and rustic back road, offering the opportunity to view the vibrant reds, oranges, yellows, greens and browns of the fall-coloured trees, bushes and hills, as well as the opportunity to hike among the autumn splendour.

To start this journey, grab some friends or family, a pair sturdy outdoor shoes and a fall jacket, hop in your car, and head towards Knutsford on the Highway 5A. Take Long Lake Road until the first public road to the right, Goose Lake Road. Drive along Goose Lake Road, taking the time to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of fall around you. Be sure to stay on the road and not trespass on private property. Goose Lake Road will join up to Lac Le Jeune Road, where you can decide to follow it to spectacular hiking trails at McConnell Lake or Stake Lake. With an area covering 45 km of trails, you can hike around the lake at McConnell or venture to nearby Stake Lake for extensive trail systems. After the hike, or if you’re just out to enjoy the scenic drive, you can take Lac Le Jeune Road or the Coquihalla Highway (5) back into town. With stunning scenery, fall colours and great exercise, be sure to take a camera because these picturesque moments are ones you won’t want to forget!


Nine, Dine, and Wine

This Kamloops Day Trip is for those looking to take advantage of the long golf season in Kamloops, as well as enjoying delicious local food and beverages along the way. This day trip has two amazing options to choose from, or you can have double the fun and try both!

Option 1:

Start your day with an early breakfast and tee time at The Dunes at Kamloops golf course. The Clubhouse offers a full breakfast menu with specials available on weekends. Once on the course, with its lush fairways and surrounded by wild fescue and wheat grass, you can play 9 (or 18) holes while enjoying the best that nature has to offer at the same time. Next, head over to Privato Vineyard and Winery to sample their chardonnay and pinot noir, and pick up a bottle of your favourite to enjoy later. From there continue along Westsyde Road to the McLure Ferry and take the short ferry ride across the scenic North Thompson River. On the way back, pick up some fresh fruit at Carl’s Garden Market, and head back into town, picking up some meat and cheeses at a local deli, to enjoy a picnic with all your local treats and a delectable glass of well-crafted local wine to top it off!


Option 2:

Start with an early afternoon tee time at Sun Rivers Golf Resort or Rivershore Estates and Golf Links. Enjoy 9 (or 18) of unforgettable golf amidst a backdrop of natural sage, hoodoos, and rolling hills. You will enjoy the game, the panoramic views of the Thompson River valleys, and you might even catch a glimpse of some bighorn sheep grazing nearby. After the round, head to Harper’s Trail Winery to taste a variety of delicious, high-quality local wine, picking a bottle of your favourite to take along with you. Drive back into town along Shuswap Road, taking in the stunning scenery of Kamloops’ vast, rugged landscape and the picturesque South Thompson River. Finally, enjoy a mouth-watering meal at one of the many local restaurants in town, taking advantage of the recently introduced BYOW option to enjoy your Harper’s Trail wine with dinner.


Fall Family Fun

This Kamloops Day Trip is for families looking for something new, different and exciting to do together. The trip would be best done on a Saturday, since all the different attraction ideas will be open that day. On other days of the week, substitutions can be made with one of many fall attractions and activities in Kamloops.

To begin this Saturday adventure, head to Tranquille Farm Fresh in the morning for their Saturday farmers’ market. While there, be sure to test yourselves in the corn maze and take one of their fascinating tours (often best to choose and book tickets in advance – family pricing is available for most events)! After exploring the property, stroll through the fresh, local products at the market, picking up some supplies for a picnic later in the afternoon.

Next, drive back towards town to the BIG Little Science Centre for some interactive family fun and learning! With over 140 hands-on stations plus shows and activities on Saturdays, there will be lots of different things to entertain each member of your family.

After plenty of science experiments and fun, head to Riverside Park for a family picnic with the delicious food picked up from the market. Let the kids play on one of the playgrounds in the park, or bring a soccer ball or Frisbee to pass around. Don’t miss wandering along the Rivers Trail, taking in all the colours of autumn and the beautiful river views. It’s a great opportunity for a family photo, so bring a camera along and snap some shots! It’s a day that the family won’t soon forget!




Board, Bike & Brew Tours

If you and your friends are looking to go out and have some fun, this Kamloops Day Trip is for you! Get the group together and start the afternoon with a pre-booked Board & Bike Tour with Paddle Surfit. For the first hour and a half, you’ll feel exhilarated on a mountain bike tour through the trails of Heffley Lake, enjoying the lush green scenery as you whizz through the trees. Next, you’ll refresh yourselves with an hour and a half paddle board tour of the lake itself, taking time to check out the changing colours of the trees around the lake and keeping an eye out for wildlife as you try out your skills on the board.

Head back into Kamloops and get ready to go out on the town for a self-guided brew tour. You can pick up a copy of the tour brochure from the Kamloops Visitor Centre or download one from http://www.tourismkamloops.com/brewery-tours-in-kamloops-british-columbia. You’ll visit five different downtown restaurants or pubs within easy walking distance of each other, enjoying everything from delicious locally-brewed beers to beloved international rarities and favourites. Watch for seasonal specialty beers to welcome and celebrate fall!

With boarding, biking, and brews, everyone will be having a blast!


A Date to Remember

If you and your partner are looking for a romantic and exciting way to spend the day together, then this is the Kamloops Day Trip for you!

Start the afternoon on a pre-booked trail ride at Jandana Ranch or Erin Valley Riding Stables. Whether a new or experienced rider, you will be paired with a horse to suit you and experienced guides will lead you along, leaving you and your other half to relax and enjoy the stunning sights and sounds of fall surrounding you.

For dinner, head to one of the many exquisite local restaurants. Consider a wine pairing dinner at Brownstone or Terra Restaurant. Both of these offer a unique dining experience with 3 to 5 mouth-watering courses, each paired with a delicious local wine. Call to discuss your options.

Next, treat yourselves to a live theatre performance by Western Canada Theatre Company. This company produces several plays throughout the fall and winter season, so you’ll have a number of great options to choose from!

With a day full of memorable activities, this date will be tough to beat!

~Sarah Reith

Top 10 Places to See Fall Colours in Kamloops

  1. Riverside Park


With its many trees, gardens and walkways, Riverside Park is an ideal location to see all the changing colours of fall. You can walk along the tree-lined River’s Trail within the park to see the changing leaves; have lunch and some hot chocolate at one of its numerous picnic tables; let the children play on the various playgrounds or throw a Frisbee around as a family; or check out the beautiful panoramic river view from the pier, with a backdrop of stunning autumn colours on the north shore.


  1. Kenna Cartwright Park Viewpoints


Enjoy great hiking trails in one of the largest municipal parks in British Columbia AND get great views at the same time. With breath-taking designated viewpoints and easy to advanced trails, Kenna Cartwright Park is a spectacular spot to see the fall colours in the city from above it all.


  1. Scenic Lookout off Columbia Street


If you want to enjoy a great view of the city without the hike, the Scenic Lookout off of Columbia Street (by the Howard Johnson Panorama) might be the place for you! From just outside your car, you can see the picturesque rivers, trees and city combining to paint a perfect fall scene.


  1. Rivers Trail


Riverside Park is not the only place along the Rivers Trail to enjoy the best nature has to offer in this fine season, there are many others! Explore the 40km of trails following the Thompson and North Thompson River valleys to view the reds, yellows, oranges and browns of fall in the historic and cultural sites, natural areas, urban parks, and public art along the way.


  1. Horseback Riding


Both Jandana Ranch and Erin Valley Riding Stables offer a unique vantage point for the colours of fall. Explore the trails and backcountry of Kamloops on horseback led by experienced guides to show you the magic and beauty of the season surrounding you.


  1. Stand Up Paddling


For a unique way to celebrate the colours of the season, try a stand up paddling tour of Heffley Lake with Paddle Surfit. Whether new or experienced at the popular sport, it will give you the opportunity to see the changing of the leaves from the middle of a lake.


  1. Golf


What better way to enjoy the fall colours than by taking advantage of the long golf season in Kamloops? From the beautiful courses suitable for every skill level, you’ll be awe-struck by the stunning and unique scenery surrounding you.


  1. Salmon Run and Hiking


A short distance from Kamloops offers another one-of-a-kind view of the season. Start by viewing the different colours of the trees as you hike on the various trails in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, and follow it up by stopping at the viewing platforms in the park to witness an amazing fall event – the spawning of the bright red and green coloured salmon in the Adams River.


  1. BC Wildlife Park


The BC Wildlife Park offers a fun way to view the flora and fauna of fall. Wander the paths in the park, or ride the train, to see all the changing colours plus over 65 different species of British Columbian wildlife.


  1. Tranquille Farm Fresh


With a farmers’ market, many different tours, a corn maze and much more, you’ll find fewer better ways to have an all-encompassing experience of autumn. It makes  for a flavourful, colourful and wonderful day for a flavourful, colourful and wonderful day for all!


~Sarah Reith


Five Reasons to be in Kamloops for Halloween

1.      One of the great reasons to be in “Spookloops” for Halloween is all of the fun activities starting right in the beginning of October to get you in the spooky spirit! From a Scarecrow Building Contest and the Sahalloween Fall Festival to the Tranquille Farm Fresh Tunnel Tours and the Kamloops Museum’s Criminals or Cemeteries for Kids tours, there is something for every member of your family to begin the festivities. Don’t forget to stop by a pumpkin patch to pick the perfect pumpkin to carve and add to your Halloween decorations!


2.      Another reason that you’ll want to be in Kamloops this Halloween is to choose the perfect costume! Kamloops has many spooky shops to choose from, including Pandora’s Costume Box, Halloween Alley, Halloween City and Value Village! So whether you or your family members are looking to be a super hero, creepy monster, princess or zombie, you’ll find everything you need to look your best, or your worst, in “Spookloops”.


3.      Kamloops doesn’t just have Halloween activities and events in the beginning and end of October, you can celebrate the festivities all month long! The Tunnel Tours at Tranquille Farm Fresh last nearly the whole month and their Corn Maze is available for the first half of the month. The Kamloops Museum hosts several different tours and events throughout the month that the whole family will enjoy. Boo at the Zoo is a family favourite! Here, you can enjoy Halloween at the BC Wildlife Park with things like a Kid's Haunted House, Freaky Family Farm, Spooky Light Displays, Haunted Maze and Trick or Treating.


4.      Another great reason to celebrate the Halloween season in Kamloops is the lovely change of weather. Our gradual change to cooler conditions means more time outside enjoying the moderate temperatures and beautiful sunshine. You can stroll around town, taking in the neighbourly Halloween decorations. There are plenty of opportunities to spend time outdoors and enjoy the reds, yellows, oranges, and browns of fall surrounding you. Plus, playing in the leaves is an annual family favourite!


5.      The best reason to spend Halloween in “Spookloops” is all the things you can do right around Hallow’s Eve itself. Tranquille Farm Fresh hosts a special Corn Maze Extravaganza, complete with scary actors, lights, fog, and music, for the five evenings before Halloween. The Kamloops Museum presents several activities right before Halloween, such as the Haunted Kamloops and Criminals tours to the Cemeteries for Kids Workshops to the Kids’ Halloween Haunts event. For those of age, there are often plenty of Halloween events at the local bars and pubs, which are always very popular! With plenty of ideas of things to do and new events being posted leading up to the big day, be sure to check http://www.tourismkamloops.com/halloween-activities-and-ghost-stories, and don’t miss your chance to get your creep on in “Spookloops”!

~Sarah Reith

Get Your Creep on in Spookloops


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“Spookloops” celebrates the not-so-scary side of Halloween

October 3, 2013, Kamloops, BC – Kamloops will echo with the calls of ghosts, goblins and ghouls as this interior city gears up once again for Halloween, that most fiendish of festive occasions. 

As the darkening days of October dwindle, this city situated where the beautiful South and North Thompson Rivers meet transforms itself into “Spookloops.” Around here, Halloween has become a destination event. From fascinating tours of the city’s spooky historical spots to a mind boggling, night time wander through a creepy corn maze, the city boasts an astounding variety of family friendly ways to celebrate the end of the harvest season and onset of wintertime.

New for 2013, Tranquille Farm Fresh, located on the shores of Kamloops Lake, will be offering tours of the property’s historic underground tunnels. The Tunnel Tours at Tranquille depart Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. offering guests a look at the underground corridors that once were busy passages for laundry, food and patients. In addition, the farm will be offering its Fresh Corn Maze, opening in mid-September.  Guests have the opportunity to wander among nine-foot tall corn stalks and unravel clues in search of the right path and the key to the maze. During the Corn Maze Extravaganza nightly explorations of the corn maze will include actors, fog, lights, music and scary sounds from Oct. 25 to 27.

The BC Wildlife Park is offering a perennial favorite, BOO at the Zoo, featuring a kid’s haunted house, freaky family farm, spooky light displays, haunted maze and trick or treating on Oct. 18 to 20, 25, 26 & 27, from 5 to 9 p.m. For those folks wanting to get their creep on, Sakred Skin & Studio is offering their second annual Haunted House with a kid-friendly event Oct. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m., along with an edgier, adults-only experience on Oct. 30 and 31 from 7 to 10 p.m.  

City streets and cemeteries take a dark turn when visitors join the Kamloops Museum and Archives hosts Deb Harrison and Sylvia Gropp for the Haunted Kamloops Tour held twice daily Oct. 23, 24 & 25. The tour explores the burial grounds and other locations around the city that resonate with spooky murders, hangings and other dubious dealings. The Wednesday, Oct. 23 tour is suitable for a younger audience. 


Interested in learning more about some of Kamloops’ more nefarious characters? The Kamloops Criminal Guided Walking Tour explores the disreputable past of the city’s criminals and ne’er do wells. The 90-minute tour departs from the Kamloops Museum located at 207 Seymour Street on Oct. 5 at noon.

Of course, any city that wants to be taken seriously as a purveyor of all things Halloween needs a ghost; Kamloops is home to the Ghost of Albert at the Sagebrush Theatre. Albert, believed to be the late Arnold Mallot, was the first person hanged for murder in Kamloops and his coffin was misplaced after the 1939 flood that destroyed the cemetery at the site of the theatre. However don’t worry, he’s a friendly ghost and his restless spirit now watches over Sagebrush Theatre patrons with a careful eye.

After enjoying all the ghoulish delights that Spookloops has to offer, visitors can (hopefully) relax over a glass of pumpkin ale at the Noble Pig, Kamloops’ only brew pub. This seasonal ale is brewed each September so that it’s ready just in time for the spookiest season of them all. Oct. 27 marks the third annual Oktoberfest at the Noble Pig – a great excuse to don your dirndl and lederhosen and raise a glass to celebrate this notable Bavarian event.

Throughout the Spookloops celebrations, visitors can choose from various accommodation options whether seeking family-friendly, downtown, or quaint river-side locations. To find out more about the Spookloops special offers and events, visit www.tourismkamloops.com.

About Kamloops, BC
Located in the heart of the interior of British Columbia, Kamloops is easy to get to, with several airlines servicing the city, major highways meeting in Kamloops and rail travel options. More information on activities, events, and accommodations in Kamloops may be found at www.tourismkamloops.com.


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