From teeing off amongst bighorn sheep to private flight tours over the Thompson Valley, spring offers prime conditions in Kamloops. The Luv’n the Loops Passport provides digital deals and discounts for local residents to experience Kamloops attractions and eats. Here's how to use your passport on your mobile device for 72-hours of fun.
Book a staycation at your hotel of choice and feel like you're a mini-getaway – the Best Western Plus Kamloops Hotel and Coast Kamloops Hotel are offering discounts and packages for locals to explore their own city.
Make your way downtown and explore the cultural district on foot by parking at Riverside Park. Scope out over 30 back alley art murals surrounding Victoria Street with art pieces that give a nod to Kamloops craft breweries, wildlife, and prohibition-era hotels. Hint: We hear the Film on the Mind mural is noteworthy.
Unwind and people-watch along Victoria Street on the patios at Tumbleweed Lounge or Cordo Resto + Bar. Sample local brews or spirits at both establishments and soak up the mild spring evening as you dine into the sunset.
Fuel up for the day's adventures with a homestyle breakfast on Scott’s Inn & Restaurant's patio in the east-end of downtown. Drive east on Highway 1 and take Exit 390 for the BC Wildlife Park. The park supports 65 different species of rescued and rehabilitated wildlife including the Kermode bear, cougars, and more.
Take the scenic route from the BC Wildlife Park to Bighorn Golf & Country Club via East Shuswap Road with views of the rustic hoodoos and South Thompson River. Tee off at the base of Mount Paul at the 18-hole course renowned for its bent grass fairways, natural sand dunes, and impressive views of the city. Don’t be surprised if there are bighorn sheep in the bunkers or along the course. Hint: Apres golf with a view... one of the best in the city!
If golf isn’t your passion, take to the skies for a private flight around the Thompson Valley with Vayu Aviation at Kamloops Airport. We recommend you book your tee times or flight tours in advance to guarantee a booking.
Sample seasonal brews and scratch-kitchen items (Grapefruit Radler and deep-fried pickles, yes please!) on the Noble Pig Brewhouse's converted swimming pool patio. If you’re feeling takeout from the comfort of your hotel room, try the menu from Spezia House or Duffy’s Neighbourhood Pub.
Stroll through the local farmers' market to stock up on seasonal produce, baked delights, and support local artisans. The Kamloops Farmers’ Market is setup on the 200 block of St. Paul Street on Saturdays from 8:30am-12:30pm until October 30, and on the 400-block of Victoria Street on Wednesdays from 8:00am-2:00pm until October 27.
Sample the flavours of the Thompson Valley during a private wine tour with DiVine Tours or Tastefull Excursions. Both tour operators are Kamloops-based and offer tours along the four local wineries. You’re on staycation after all, so leave the driving to the professionals.
If wine touring isn’t your passion, immerse yourself in the latest exhibitions at the Kamloops Museum & Archives and Kamloops Art Gallery. Both galleries are renowned in the BC Interior and are within walking distance of each other in downtown.
Enjoy the last evening of your staycation by grabbing takeout from Harvest Restaurant & Lounge and walking down to Riverside Park for an alfresco dinner. Remember to order at least two servings of their cheesecake for dessert!
Take a slower pace this morning and soak up Kamloops’ relaxed atmosphere. Hit snooze, sleep in, and check out of your hotel when you’re ready. Grab breakfast at 5Bean Brew Bar & Café or Eat Clean Express in Sahali, before heading to the trailhead of Kenna Cartwright Nature Park off Hillside Drive in Dufferin.
Lace up your hiking boots and take the Tower Trail to the Mt. Dufferin viewpoint for a 1.8 kilometre round trip. Spot the North and South Thompson Rivers, East Shuswap Road hoodoos, Kamloops Airport, and more from the panoramic vista.
Click here for information on how to create a Luv’n the Loops Passport account to start receiving discounts. Please adhere to provincial health guidelines, stay local, avoid non-essential travel, and be kind.