Kamloops' diverse landscape makes a unique trail system for every level of adventurer. Hike through golden grasslands, ancient hoodoos, aromatic sagebrush, and ponderosa forests. Be rewarded with stunning views of the city, valley, and waterways below.
Local ambassadors, Doug Smith and Jordan Fraser, share their love of hiking through personal blogs, where visitors and locals can discover trails based on ability, length, difficulty, and photo-worthy spots.
Doug Smith, president of the local hiking club and founder of Kamloops Trails, has been exploring trails in the Kamloops area for over 43 years. Fast forward to today, Doug is now retired spending most of his days outside, hiking new trails or paddling new routes and documenting them on his blog. With over 1,500 posts detailing various routes, Kamloops Trails has long been a resource on hiking throughout the Thompson Valley.
Hiking in Kamloops is a year-round activity which allows Doug to explore new trails, routes, and terrain at all elevations. Options include the Thompson Valley hills, grasslands, forests, and the mountains, giving Doug the opportunity to exercise in the outdoors. He also enjoys experiencing the flora, fauna, and natural features of the area. His favourite hiking spots include the Lac du Bois Grasslands, Lac le Jeune Road area, and Wells Gray Provincial Park.
Jordan Fraser, a native Kamloopsian and founder of Hike Kamloops, has been sharing her local hiking experiences through her blog and on social media since 2015. Keen to explore more local trails, Jordan began documenting her excursions and sharing them as part of a class project at Thompson Rivers University. Hike Kamloops now features over 60 local hikes with easy-to-follow directions, descriptions, and images.
The mild weather and sunshine make it easy to explore the variety of hiking trails in and around Kamloops. Hiking in nature is not only great physically but mentally as well; it creates a sense of calm and peace. Jordan says the appeal of hiking in Kamloops is the accessibility of the trails within city limits and the ease of travelling in and out of the city. You can find Jordan in any of the city parks, but especially Kenna Cartwright Park. The 40km of trails gives her the option to go on a 5 minute or a 3-hour hike with stunning views from every angle.
Hit the trails and #explorekamloops like a local.