Spend crisp fall days enjoying Kamloops' colourful trails as they turn the golden hues of autumn. The best time to enjoy these trails is during the month of October. Here are 5 accessible trails ideal for the whole family - strollers included.
McArthur Island Loop
A hub of sports-related activities in the summer, McArthur Island in the fall is a peaceful leaf-strewn wander. The flat, paved path loops 3.1km around the perimeter of the island through golden deciduous trees. Watch the wild ducks and marmots, enjoy the Butterfly Garden, free mini-golf course and free disc golf course along the way.
River's Trail - Waterfront Park
Following the bank of the South Thompson River, the tree-lined trail from Riverside Park to Pioneer Park is an ideal location to see the changing colours of fall. Experience art displays, gardens, deciduous trees, and views of Mt. Peter and Paul along the 2.8km roundtrip trail.
Among the first of the trails to change its leaves, the Isobel Lake Interpretive Trail winds through the forest alongside the lake. Newly enhanced and reopened as fully accessible, the dirt path is wider, offers numerous benches to pause at, and even has accessible outhouse facilities. Pack a lunch or pick one up at a local eatery to enjoy at the enchanting Forest Inn picnic spot.
Viewing Platform Trail - Tsútswecw Provincial Park
Tsútswecw (pronounced ‘choo-chwek’) Provincial Park, just 45 minutes east of Kamloops, is home to one of the largest Sockeye Salmon runs in North America. In October, millions of Sockeye Salmon journey home to the Adams River to lay their eggs. The Viewing Platform Trail is fully accessible and takes you 400m through the forest to the new viewing platform overlooking the Adams River.
Learn about the native plants and landscape features of the park on the 2km interactive and interpretive Story Trail Loop. Stories are told via your mobile phone through the voices of local youth from the Chase Secondary School’s Secwepemctsin language class.
BC Wildlife Park
Take in the autumn colours and meet the local wildlife at the BC Wildlife Park. As of June 2021, the BC Wildlife Park paved all their public pathways and all animal habitats are wheelchair accessible by either a ramp or are on a flat surface.
Everyone has the opportunity to enjoy Kamloops, both able-bodied people and those with diverse abilities or physical impairments. Kamloops strives to be accessible to all.