Spend crisp fall days walking Kamloops' trails with golden hues of autumn. 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 park. The flat, paved path loops 3.1km around the perimeter of the island through golden deciduous trees. Take in 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.

 

isobel lake

Among the first of the trails to experience the changing of the leaves, the Isobel Lake Interpretive Trail flows through the forest alongside the lake. Newly enhanced and reopened as fully accessible, the dirt trail is wider and home to a number of benches to take in the abundant fall colours. Pack a lunch or pick one up at a local eatery to enjoy at the enchanting Forest Inn.

 

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.

 

Tranquille River

Head upstream along the Tranquille River and weave through vibrant cottonwood forests. This 4.2km packed dirt trail is not officially classified as accessible but suitable for strollers. Keep your eyes open for the resident beaver or gold panners as they work the stream. If you're visiting around Halloween, check out the fall festivities at Tranquille Farm Fresh and Sunset Valley Farm on your way back into Kamloops.

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