April, 2014 Archives
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Top 5 Ice Cream Hot Spots in Kamloops, BC!
As the sunny weather approaches and sneaks in a 21 degree day here and there, it gets me thinking about beaches, boats and most notable – Ice Cream! Generally speaking, eating an Ice Cream cone, walking the River’s Trail and spending time with friends goes hand in hand. There’s no shortage of places in Kamloops to grab a quick cone, bowl or shake. Whether you’re at Overlanders’ Beach on the North side, Riverside Park in the heart of downtown or at one of our many playgrounds with the family, this tasty treat is just a stone’s throw away. Keep these Top Five places in mind next time that craving hits:
1. Scoopz Ice Cream Parlour, located on Lansdowne Street, is a perfect stop for an ice cream, sorbet, sherbet and yogurt when hitting the downtown core or the park (opening next weekend by the way).
2. The Zoo Ice Cream Parlor and Creperie is perfectly located in Downtown Kamloops for an after lunch hit of classic Ice cream.
3. Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt is not to be missed. With over 80 flavours and endless self-serve topping choices, the whole family will enjoy.
4. Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt – Frozen yogurt and you pick the toppings! Mmmm… With two great locations, you can pop in on either side of the bridge.
5. Zack’s Coffee has the most amazing Gelato – perfect stop to curb that sweet tooth.
As I write this, the sun is shining and the expected forecast is a balmy 16 degrees making my appetite for a cone build in the near future. Whether you’re at work or visiting the ‘Loops, you should explore all the delicious opportunities this city has to offer - enjoy!
Five FREE Things To Do In Kamloops This Spring
Hang up those ice skates and retire the old toboggan, spring has officially arrived in Kamloops!
There is never a shortage of things to do and explore in Kamloops, and the spring season is no different. Ideal for a day out with friends or a fun afternoon with kids, here are 5 things you can do for free in Kamloops this spring.
Hiking In The Heart Of Downtown
Nestled in picturesque downtown Kamloops, Peterson Creek Park offers visitors a unique hiking experience in the heart of the city. Both kid and dog-friendly, Peterson Creek Park has a variety of trails with a varying degree of difficulty, quiet spots for a family picnic, and a gorgeous waterfall bursting with the spring runoff.
To get to the Peterson Creek Park’s lower entrance, head down Columbia Street and turn down Glenfair Drive. This will lead you along the creek to a parking lot and picnic area where a number of the trails meet.
Little Farmer Petting Zoo
Located on Franklin Road in Westsyde’s Centennial Park, Little Farmer Petting Zoo is an awesome place to bring the little animal lover in your family. The Little Farmer is home to peacocks, wild turkeys, chickens, ducks, swans, bunnies, pheasants, an emu, and a whole horde of goats with loads of spring babies.
There is no entry fee to visit the petting zoo with visitors instead invited to interact with the animals along side their pens. Feed can be purchased for a quarter or a loonie, and all money raised goes back into helping with the cost of the animals’ upkeep.
Lac Du Bois Grasslands
If you are looking to escape the city and take in some breath-taking views of Kamloops, the Lac Du Bois Grasslands is the perfect place to explore. Located in the hills above Kamloops behind Batchelor Heights, the grasslands feature a number of trails suited for both hiking and mountain biking, local wildlife and limitless places to explore.
On foot or mountain bike, Lac Du Bois’ expansive trail system will lead you through sage-filled grasslands and small groves of Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir. As it is a protected area, the local wildlife flourishes making it a great spot to catch a glimpse of mule deer, bighorn sheep and Western bluebirds.
Bears and Rattlesnakes can also be found in this area around spring time, please always be aware of your surroundings.
McArthur Island Park
McArthur Island Park is a popular destination for those looking to get active. With it’s large sports center, skatepark, baseball stadium, sports fields and golf course, McArthur Island Park caters to a variety of athletic endeavors. Those looking for a bit of light activity, or something fun for small kids the island is also a great place to go for a stroll and meet some of Kamloops’ local duck population.
On the NorthWest side of the park there is a small pedestrian bridge that joins McArthur Island Park with the surrounding community which is situated above an area commonly used by ducks for nesting in the spring and summer months. The bridge is fantastic for those with young duck enthusiast as it keeps everyone safely away from the water and from accidentally interfering with the ducks nests.
Spring Farmers’ Markets
Every Wednesday and Saturday in the spring and summer months, the downtown farmers’ market unites local vendors who offer an extensive range of products, from bedding plants, to vegetables, baking, farm fresh dairy products and grass-fed meat. In addition to tasty treats, the Kamloops Farmers Market is also home to local artisans, small business’ and home based companies who specialize in hand-made goods rooted in tradition and history.
Be it to pick up a snack, or just to enjoy a relaxing spring stroll through the market, the downtown Kamloops Farmers’ Market is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon in Kamloops.
|Whether you are visiting Kamloops for the day, staying the weekend or you are lucky enough to call it home, get out and explore all of the amazing free things to do in Kamloops this spring!|
Guest Blog Post by exploringkamloops.com
Exploring Kamloops is an online guide to everything about Kamloops BC written by people who love calling it home. A go-to source for information and resources for those looking to explore the city where the rivers meet.