This is part two of my three part blog series documenting my experience checking out the Kamloops Flavours Trail. This wonderful new experience designed by Tourism Kamloops allows visitors to get a real feel (and taste!) for the exciting new flavours coming out of our region. You can check out Kamloops Flavours Trail Part 1: City Limits here.
For part two, I’ll be taking you on a journey along the East Flavours Trail. While you can do the trail in one day, I would consider splitting it up into two and ending day one at a lake either in Barriere, Chase, or the Shuswap, depending on which route you take!
Blackwell Dairy Farm in Kamloops.
Your first stop along the trail will be the Blackwell Dairy Farm. Make sure you call ahead to see if they can accommodate you for a tour that day. Even if they can’t, the stunning drive along Campbell Creek Road to reach the dairy farm is well worth the time and you can still purchase products without going on a tour. Their products, which include cheese, sour cream, milk, cream and even eggnog, can also be found in many grocery stores in Kamloops. I would recommend visiting Fratelli Foods, a local shop in the heart of downtown Kamloops that is always bustling with locals and tourists.
Next, you’ll hop onto the Kamloops Wine Trail! This is a brand new wine experience in BC that includes four wineries: Harper’s Trail Winery, Monte Creek Ranch, Privato Winery (part of the City Limits Flavours Trail), and Sagewood Winery. Start at Harper’s Trail Winery and continue to work your way east. Harper’s Trail was the first commercial winery in Kamloops and I recommended a visit there in a previous blog post, How to spend a Perfect Saturday in Kamloops.
A view of the patio and field at Harper's Trail Winery in Kamloops.
They have recently built a brand new tasting room that offers more space for their collection of wines. The patio, complete with views of the orchard and a field full of hay bales, is idyllic and the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine (or two!).
The entrance to Sagewood Winery in Kamloops.
Next up is Sagewood Winery, just four kilometres (two and a half miles) down the road from Harper’s Trail. I’m no wine touring expert, but Sagewood is the most unique winery I’ve ever been to. The tasting room is very small and can only comfortably fit six to eight people at one time. Sagewood is a family run winery and the tasting is led by one of the owners, Shelley. It feels very down-to-earth and personal. From sharing the story of how the winery got it’s name, to the story of their late black lab Kayla who they’ve since named a special edition brut after (have your tissues ready for that story), Sagewood is like no winery experience I’ve had before.
Kayla Brut from Sagewood Winery.
Your final winery stop on the east side of Kamloops is Monte Creek Ranch Winery. A brand new building that you can see from Highway 97, Monte Creek offers an extremely upscale wine touring experience.
Monte Creek Ranch Winery in Kamloops.
Monte Creek Ranch is an experience in itself. After you’re done your tasting, I highly recommend sitting on the patio and enjoying their charcuterie board, a glass of wine and a beautiful view of the Thompson River.
Charcuterie board at Monte Creek Ranch Winery.
After you’ve visited the wineries, you have options for finishing off the East Flavour Trail. If you continue heading east, you will reach Chase and the “Little” Shuswap Lake, as well as the next two stops on the Flavour Trail – Pete Murray’s Corn Farm and Golden Ears Fruit Stand. Both of these vendors can also be found at the Kamloops Regional Farmers Market on Saturdays and Wednesdays. If you choose to head east, you can stop by the fruit stand and corn farm, pick up some fresh produce for dinner and head to a nearby lake for a picnic and swim. Adams Lake Provinical Park, Niskonlith Lake Provincial Park and Scotch Creek Provincial Park are all nearby.
Carl's Market Garden and Fruit Stand in McLure.
Another option is to head back towards Kamloops and go northeast towards Barriere. On the way, stop by Carls Market Garden and Fruit Stand. You could then choose to continue onto Barriere where you could spend the day at either East or North Barriere Lake, or you could take the McLure Ferry across the Thompson River and come back into Kamloops along Westsyde Road, which is a beautiful drive.
Stay tuned for part three of the Flavours Trail series – Flavours Trail West!