In Kamloops, your health and safety is our priority. From wide-open spaces to uncrowded trails and patio dining, we’re ready to welcome you, your family and friends this summer.
To help you prepare for your trip, we’ve provided a list of just a few ways we're planning to keep you, our staff and community healthy.
Nature’s calling. Re-discover the wide-open spaces of Kamloops and explore the outdoors. Hike or bike uncrowded trails located right in the city, like Kenna Cartwright Nature Park, BC’s largest municipal park. Choose from over 100 lakes to kayak or paddle on or cast a line in search of the well-known Rainbow Trout. Swing your clubs at 1 of 10 golf courses including award-winning Tobiano Golf on Kamloops Lake. Tobiano has implemented vigorous cart cleaning protocols and cart dividers are coming soon. Our friends at Golf Kamloops have provided some additional Know Before You Go best practices for a safe golf experience.
Kamloops’ 5 breweries are now open and guest safety is their top priority. Tables have been spaced out with 2 metres between groups both inside and on the patio. Hand sanitizer is available for guests to use upon arrival. Whether it’s a pint of Saison at Iron Road Brewing or a Peppered Ale at The Noble Pig Brewhouse, you can once again enjoy a cold glass of local craft beer this summer. Bright Eye Brewing has also implemented temperature checks for employees prior to their shift and created a scannable digital menu in addition to their paper menus.
The Thompson Valley wine region is home to four wineries that offer award-winning bright wines with expansive views from the tasting rooms. Indulge in outdoor tastings on the patio at Harper’s Trail Winery, Monte Creek Ranch Winery, and Privato Vineyard & Winery. Harper’s Trail offers pre-poured wine tastings in their outdoor lounge to ensure their tasting ambassadors can share their exceptional knowledge of wines from a safe distance.
To adhere to physical distancing measures, reservations for wine tastings are recommended for all wineries. Visit Kamloops Wine Trail to get information before your arrival.
BC Wildlife Park
The BC Wildlife Park is open and ready to welcome you home. The rescue and rehabilitation centre is home to over 60 species that are native to British Columbia including Clover the Spirit Bear and the new Marble Foxes, McCoy and Raven. The park is allowing up to 1,000 guests to enter at any one time and they have a designated employee who will be sanitizing high traffic areas throughout each day. If you'd like to ride the miniature train, a protective mask will need to be worn at all times for anyone over the age of 2.
Indulge in local fare at Kamloops’ charming restaurants, lively pubs, and intimate cafes. Enjoy a bite to eat under the sun like the rooftop patio at Carlos O’Bryan’s, at Mason's Kitchen + Bar patio that overlooks the city, or a quaint cafe patio in downtown or on the Shore.
Some enhanced safety protocols include:
• Providing hand sanitizer available at the entrance
• Using digital menus, large chalkboards, or other alternative menus.
• Implementing 2 metres between tables
• Limiting the use of cash and encouraging the use of tap payments.
• And more
Kamloops’ accommodation providers are open and eager to welcome you back. They have implemented enhanced cleaning procedures that align with provincially approved guidelines to protect against COVID-19. Learn more about what BC Hotels are doing to keep staff and guests safe.
Some enhanced safety protocols include:
• Touchless guest experiences at the front desk
• Enhanced cleaning on high touch areas like elevator buttons and door handles
• Hand sanitizer stations
• Physical barriers and physical distancing signage
• Limited seating in the breakfast area
What You Can Do
When visiting Kamloops and area this summer, please be a responsible visitor and do your part to keep yourself and others safe.
• If you or anyone in your group has experienced flu-like symptoms, please reschedule your trip
• Please practice physical distancing at all times (keep 2 metres or 6 feet apart)
• Travel with your social circle
• Bring your own personal protective equipment (hand sanitizer, face mask)
• Please respect and adhere to the guidelines put in place
• Check with businesses directly for cancellation and refund policies
• Take the Thompson-Okanagan Regional Pledge as you consider your impact to the environment
• Remember in the words of Dr. Bonnie Henry: Be Kind, Be Calm, and Be Safe.
Visit What's Open for a list of Kamloops businesses that are open.