Summer’s finally here and now is the perfect time to make the most of the sunshine and enjoy being outdoors, whether you’re into active adventures or simply want to soak up the sun on a patio in Kamloops. We’ve rounded up fun summery places to explore and fresh seasonal flavours to try in the city this June!
Take a swing at the driving range
Get outside and enjoy the great outdoors, right in the heart of the city. Mount Paul Golf Course is located at the foot of two mountains, surrounded by beautiful scenery. Play the nine-hole golf course or take a swing at the driving range, which is under cover and gives plenty of shade when the weather heats up. Take a break and refuel in the restaurant for some cool refreshments.
Sip wine in the sunshine
Summer brings changes to the wineries on the Kamloops Wine Trail. Harper’s Trail’s hard-working owners Ed and Vicki Collet are taking their well-earned retirement from June, but you can still find some of their wines online, so snap them up now. At Privato there are plenty of al fresco events from comedy to music and at Monte Creek the Terrace Restaurant is open, so head there for dinner on the terrace overlooking the vineyards and the beautiful South Thompson River.
Have fun in the sun at Privato
In addition to the winery’s first comedy show in the vineyard (opening with limericks by owner Debbie’s mom), Privato will also be hosting music amongst the vines every Sunday afternoon from 2-4pm on the garden patio. Look out for new wine releases and next door at Woodward Cider Co there will be a fresh and summery ‘lemon fusion’ cider on offer. Make it a lighthearted afternoon with new games on the grass patio area (with shade for super hot days) or music in the vineyard.
Soak up the sun on the North Shore
Head to the North Shore for a whole host of summer sports, sunny patios, and special events to heat things up this June. McArthur Island hosts the NorthPaws Baseball, disc golf, soccer, softball, and a fantastic skateboard park and you can work up a sweat at McDonald Park’s pickleball courts before cooling off in the splash park. McDonald is also home to Yoga in the Park on Wednesdays 6-7pm between June 7 to July 26. At Brocklehurst you can enjoy outdoor swimming at the pool or practice your backhand at the tennis courts.
After all that activity, indulge in a treat at The Ice Cream Social, to enjoy amazing ice cream cones, floats, or ice cream sandwiches. Eat at one of 19 international restaurants or pick from 21 different patios on the North Shore - you’re never far from a sunny bevvy here.
Summer also brings a slew of events including the family-friendly Yew Street Block Party on June 17 (3-9pm) on Yew Street off Tranquille from Spirit Square to Yew Street Food Hall and Red Beard. Meet Sancho the Clown, enjoy ice cream, waffles, and mini donuts, get your face painted by Kamloops Art Party, visit vendors, and listen to buskers.
If you’re still hungry for summer activities try the Kamloops BMX track (1550 Ord Road), play a game of golf at Kamloops Golf & Country Club or The Dunes, or stay active with hiking and biking at Lac du Bois Grasslands, Mara Mountain, River’s Trail to Cinnamon Ridge, Schubert Drive Trail, The Beacon, and Tranquille Marsh Sanctuary.
Grab a bite at Shark Club
It’s a sizzling summer of new food and drink features and exciting contests at Shark Club. Look out for a new drinks menu launching on June 15 that showcases summery flavours through vibrant fruity cocktails and daily specials. Through its new Burger of the Month Feature Program, Shark Club is proud to announce they’re supporting Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), by donating $1 of every burger sold to this amazing organization. June’s Burger of the Month is the Stampede Burger launching June 7, which consists of a juicy beef patty, crisp onion rings and jalapeno havarti cheese on a toasted pretzel bun.
Make the most of your family fun time
The sun is shining and there's no better time to have some outdoor family fun. But how do you choose the perfect toys to help your kids get the most out of their summer experience? Tumbleweed Toys has got you covered.
Whether you're lounging by the pool or hitting the beach, pool floats are a must-have for a splashing good time. There are countless options to choose from, like fun animal shapes, colorful patterns, or classic inflatable rings. When the beach is calling your name, be prepared with an arsenal of sand toys that are perfect for little hands. From sandcastle building kits to mini excavators and dump trucks, sand toys will keep your kids entertained for hours. But the fun isn't limited to the beach— sand toys are excellent additions to backyard playtime as well.
With all these sun-filled days, why not engage the whole family in some backyard games? From ring toss and corn hole to badminton or soccer, outdoor games are great for all ages. Encourage your children to explore the great outdoors and stay active with summertime staples like scooters and bikes in a variety of styles and sizes. Sometimes, the simplest toys can bring the most joy during the warm summer months. Bubbles and chalk provide affordable and accessible fun for your kids to enjoy at home or on-the-go. Keep them in your bag for an impromptu play session at the park or during a family walk. As summer adventures await, make sure you're ready with all the best toys from Tumbleweed Toys. Shop the wide selection of summer must-haves now and ensure your kids have the most memorable and enjoyable summer yet.
Experience summer in the cities
Come and easily visit friends and family in Kamloops this summer, or take a little city break yourself to visit Vancouver, Kelowna, or Edmonton with eBus. Featuring comfy seats, free wifi, and plenty of local and further afield routes, it’s an easy way to get around BC and Alberta and see the scenery from your seat.
Bonus - Take a break from the sun at Kamloops Museum and Archives
If the sunshine is too much for you, head indoors and to become illuminated about one of Kamloops’ most popular political leaders. The Kamloops Museum and Archives (KMA) is presenting an exhibition this summer on popular Kamloops-based political leader, Leonard Marchand Sr (November 16, 1933 – June 3, 2016, Syilx Nation), Canada’s first person of First Nations status elected to Canadian parliament and Canada’s first Indigenous federal cabinet minister. This exhibition will focus on a recent donation of family photographs and work with the Marchand family to discuss the conditions that gave rise to Marchand’s achievements and approach to creating social change. The Kamloops Museum is opening Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.