What shines brighter in the summer? Our sunshine or the smiles of the Kamloopsians ready to give you a warm welcome?! If you really want to get a taste of the fun side of Kamloops this summer, try these five ways to do summer in the city like a local.

Go wild for country music at BC Wildlife Park

Giddy up for a wild ride at BC Wildlife Park this season! Have some fun and make a difference to the furry (and not-so-furry) friends who call the BC Wildlife Park home. Grab a ticket for the 5th Annual BC Wildlife Park’s Country Wild Music Fest, which takes place on August 20. Country fans can go wild for performances from artists Cory Gallant, Bobby Wills, and Chris Buck Band, grab eats from Fryer’s Express and Scoopz Treat Trailer, and quench their thirst with a bevvy in the beer garden. Tickets start at $40 and include admission to the Park ahead of the concert from 12-4PM.

Get A Taste of Traditional Products at Kweseltken Market

Discover delectable local produce, dine on delicious Indigenous-inspired food, and learn more about traditional artisans and crafts at the Kweseltken Farmer’s & Artisan Market this summer. Named after the Secwepemc word for ‘relatives’, the Kweseltken Farmer’s & Artisan Market showcases products that have been grown, raised, caught, made, baked or wild harvested by the vendors themselves. You don’t get fresher than that! Presented by the Community Futures of Central Interior First Nations, the market can be found at the open-air Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Powwow Arbour every Sunday in the summer (8AM-2PM). Drum circles, singers, and other live performances bring a festive atmosphere to the farmers' market every weekend.

Wet your whistle at Woodward Cider Co.

Hot sunshine and cold bevvies…name a more iconic summer pairing! Throw in some live music and you’ve got the ultimate sunny way to unwind. Chill out with an ice-cold glass or a flight (responsibly of course), of cider at the family-run Woodward Cider Co., where you’ll find freshly poured cider to help you relax after a day of sightseeing. The cider is crafted in small batches made from 100% BC apples that are all natural and gluten-free. Love bopping along to live music with a bevvy in hand? Head to Music in the Vineyard ($20), which takes place in the cidery and vineyard gardens every second Friday from 6-9pm or the free Sunday Sessions from 3-5pm. Grab some grub from the food truck on site, enjoy a tipple of local wine and cider, and soak up live music from bands like The Fugitives (August 12) and Jeremy Kneeshaw Band (August 26) 6-9PM. Fancy a tasting another time? Make a reservation to try cider, wine, or even a combined tasting of them for the best of both worlds.

Hop on the eco-friendly Ebus

Woah, have you seen the price of fuel? Save money, and the environment, and leave your car at home next time you come to visit Kamloops. Consider taking the Ebus instead, to cut down on the environmental impact of road traffic and maybe meet some locals heading home too! With services from Vancouver, Kelowna, Vernon, Salmon Arm, and Edmonton, the network conveniently connects the city with other places in BC. Bring your road trip snacks while you might end up sharing stories with other passengers and taking in the scenic views heading to Kamloops.

Feast on food that locals love

Beat the heat at one of Moon Wok’s popular family-owned Chinese restaurants, which can be found across the city. Grab your friends or family and share signature dishes like lettuce wraps with crisp, fresh veggies, or chow down on in-house-made dumplings, or an appie sampler featuring mini spring rolls, coconut prawns, and cheesy wontons with Thai chilli sauce. Pair with an ice-cold TsingTao beer or daily drink special. Cheers to that!

Save On Your Stay with Travel Deals

Don't let your travel plans break the bank this year. From boutique hotels to budget motels, let Kamloops be your base for unexpected adventures. Take advantage of travel deals and enjoy savings on your stay such as: gas gift cards, free nights, dining gift cards, and more.