You’ve wrangled up the crew, packed the car, and are ready to hit the road. Kamloops presents ample things to do for you to create new memories this summer with those you haven’t seen in months. Here are 5 ways to take in a different side of the city from hiking amongst hoodoos, cruising on e-bikes, and indulging in local flavours - don’t forget to capture the moments for Insta-worthy snaps!
Family Fun Antics
Curious how far a cougar can jump or how wide the wingspan of a Bald Eagle is? Wild times await at the BC Wildlife Park - a rescue and rehabilitation centre for over 65 wildlife species - where the animals serve as an education piece about their species. View wildlife like Clover the Spirit Bear, Zoe and Kalamalka the cougars, marbled foxes and more at your own pace or take a private tour with the Education Team for a personalized experience. Don't forget to ride the Miniature Express Train and see the animals from different angles.
Relive the childhood story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff with the latest outdoor theatre production from Project X-Theatre. X-Fest: Theatre Under The Trees presents GRUFF!, a rock-n-roll parable about what happens when the grass really is greener on the other side, with Poor Goat, Rich Goat, and a terrifying, goat-eating Troll. The musical takes place at Prince Charles Park from August 3-21, 2021. Tickets must be purchased in advance and available online now.
Head indoors and reminisce about your childhood at Fun & Games. For those young and the young at heart, play various arcade games to win tickets that can be redeemed for prizes or play a round of billiards. Do you wish you could take a ride on a roller coaster? New to the line up are virtual roller coasters where you can enjoy the ups, downs, and twists while flying through the skies.
Biking on water? Yes, you can! Make a splash in the Thompson River this summer by renting a water bike - a watercraft and bike in one - with Sea Legs Water Bikes at The Concession at Riverside Park. Kamloops Water Sport Rentals is also dishing out kayak and canoe rentals for a scenic paddle across the water. Open daily from 12pm-8pm until Sept 7, beach-goers can also enjoy food trucks, snacks, and rent games like bocce, croquet and yard yahtzee. Don’t forget to take a picture in front of the sunshine graphic art! If you want to stay on land, pedal alongside the Thompson Rivers by renting an e-bike from Riverside E-Ride, west of Riverside Park. Cruise the paved pathway of the Rivers Trail, which connects downtown Kamloops and the North Shore, taking in the scenic landscape and stopping for eats along the way.
No stop in Kamloops is complete without satisfying your hunger with local flavours. Marg our words, The Alley at ROMEOs Kitchen + Spirits is a summer spot complete with margarita flights, tacos, and bubble waffle cones from 5pm-9pm. Visit mid-week and dine while you listen to local live music on Thursdays - don’t worry, furry friends are welcome! Nothing says summer like a swimming pool. The Noble Pig Brewhouse has converted an old swimming pool (no swimming but pool rules apply) into their patio space where diners (families welcome) can enjoy scratch-made menu items and quench a thirst with a craft brew - the Peppered Ale is a local fave.
Back Alley Art Gallery
Get caught off guard from the calibre of the outdoor murals on a self-guided Back Alley Art Gallery tour. Local artists’ have created over 30 murals on the historic buildings in downtown Kamloops providing opportunity for snap-worthy moments. Want to learn the significance and meaning behind the murals? Book a private tour with the downtown CAP Team (look for the red shirts!) and they will give insight into some of the iconic artworks that lend to the history of Kamloops. Hint: Check them out while cruising on your e-bike rental (don't forget to be cautious and always on alert).
Hike The Hills
Have you been up close and personal with hoodoos before? Take a hike through Kamloops’ backyard and be amongst the rugged hoodoos and sagebrush in the Dallas-Barnhartvale Nature Park. Local Tip: The Benchlands Trail brings you through the hoodoos and out to the top for a panoramic view of the Thompson Valley. If you want to see another angle of Kamloops, visit Kenna Cartwright Nature Park and embark on the Tower Trail, a 3.4km round trip green-marked hike brings you to vistas of the whole city.
Where To Stay
Adventures are lined up, time to hit the hay! Super 8 by Wyndham Kamloops East is easily accessible from Highway 1 and centrally located between downtown and the BC Wildlife Park. Take in their amenities like the seasonal outdoor swimming pool, free parking and breakfast. Non-smoking and accessible rooms are available.
Located uptown near Aberdeen Mall and local restaurants, Rodeway Inn & Suites offers visitors a stay in close proximity to city amenities. Be sure to also take advantage of their hotel amenities such as hot tub suites (bonus!), free breakfast and kitchenette rooms.
Ahead of your trip to Kamloops, please remember to be a responsible visitor, check DriveBC for road conditions, and view our Tourism Kamloops webcam to know before you go. Click here for more ideas on things to do to add to your Kamloops summer trip.
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