May is the perfect time to visit Kamloops and experience the city come to life. The sun is shining, flowers are in bloom, and patios are open. Experience the beauty and bounty that Kamloops has to offer in the Spring. Keep reading to discover hidden gems and inspiration for your visit.
Patio Sipping at its Finest
Kamloops in May is the perfect time to grab a drink and meal on a patio. Kamloops has an amazing selection of restaurants that showcase local brews, spirits and wines, and locally sourced ingredients that elevate any patio experience and allow you to explore what the region offers.
Some must-visit patios include Jadoo's Eclectic Modern Indian Cuisine and Craft Cocktails. They offer unparalleled panoramic views of the city and cocktails that are sure to impress. The Noble Pig Brewhouse's patio in the bustling downtown core offers a cozy and welcoming vibe that pairs perfectly with their craft brews. On the North Shore, the Sandbar and Grill licensed waterfront patio that will transport you to paradise, providing an idyllic backdrop for indulging in their fantastic selection of dishes.. Head to Monte Creek Winery and bask in the beauty of the South Thompson River, vineyards, and hoodoos while sipping on their specialty wine cocktails.
Outdoor adventures don’t have to be all about hiking or biking. Enjoy fresh ingredients, warm spring weather and views that will take your breath away in Kamloops this May.
Get Outside in Kamloops
Get ready to immerse yourself in the beauty and wonder of Kamloops this May! The city is brimming with life as the outdoor Farmer’s Market returns, the meadows and forests burst with blooming wildflowers. And the wildlife comes out to play. With sunny days and mild temperatures, it’s the perfect time to explore the great outdoors in Kamloops.
Start your day off right by sipping your morning coffee while browsing the locally grown produce and handcrafted items at one of Kamloops Farmers’ Markets With over 100 unique vendors, you’ll have plenty of regional delights to discover and indulge in. While you’re in Downtown Kamloops, take in the Back Alley Mural Tour to view over 30 eclectic art murals downtown Kamloops and explore different artistic styles in this outdoor art gallery.
For a memorable hiking adventure, hit the Dallas-Barnhartvale Park trails to hike on top of silt cliffs, through grasslands and Ponderosa pine trees above the South Thompson River. The Benchlands Loop is a local favourite as it is easy enough for the whole family and offers breathtaking valley views.
Spring time in Kamloops is also the perfect opportunity to spot wildlife in their natural habitat.. Keep your eyes peeled for bighorn sheep as you drive along East Shuswap Road or take a stroll along River’s Trail at Aviation Way near the Kamloops Airport to catch a glimpse of majestic Bald Eagles soaring above. And for a chance to see some resident yellow-bellied marmots, head over to McArthur Island and keep an eye on the rocks near the rivers edge.
So, whether you're looking to grab some local produce, take a hike, or watch some wildlife, get outside and breathe in the fresh air in this Kamloops
Local Events In May
They don’t call us the Tournament Capital of Canada for nothing. From sports and tournaments to roller discos and performing arts festivals, there’s a lot of fun events happening in Kamloops this month.
2023 Dynamic Discs Tournament Capital Open: Disc Golf lovers or those curious about this fun all-ages activity are invited to McArthur Island Disc Golf Course to cheer on the participants from May 5, 2023, to May 7, 2023.
Hydra Performing Arts Festival: Chimera Theatre Society is excited to announce The Hydra Performing Arts Festival is returning in 2023. The Festival will run from April 27 to May 13, 2023 at The Effie Arts Collective.
Roller Disco: An evening to feel the beat and skate to music. The Tournament City Derby Diversified skaters are excited to host their first Roller Disco at the McArthur Island Sports & Event Centre on May 13 from 7pm to 9pm.
BC Lions Training Camp & Fanfest: BC Lions Fan Fest, presented by BCLC, takes place at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops on Saturday, May 20th. This annual event is a fan favourite, and offers the opportunity to meet with players, watch a live practice, and enjoy good food & beverages. Training camp runs Sunday, May 14 to Saturday, May 20.
KYSA Slurpee Cup: The 2023 KYSA Slurpee Cup, presented by Kamloops Youth Soccer Association is happening May 20th to May 22nd. All teams will play 4 games over the three days at McArthur Island.
Memorial Cup: Get ready to throw on your jersey and cheer on your favourite team because the 2023 Memorial Cup is coming to Kamloops.This highly anticipated hockey tournament will take over the Sandman Centre and a series of Memorial Cup related satellite events will take place throughout the 10-day tournament May 25th to June 4th.
Canadian Enduro League 2023 The biking community in Kamloops has never been stronger. Kamloops is the birthplace of freeriding which makes it the perfect place to host the Canadian Enduro League event May 27th to 28th at Harper Mountain
Browse our online calendar of events to see what else is happening in and around Kamloops this May.
Embrace the Warmer Kamloops Weather In May
Get ready to soak up the sunshine and enjoy the crisp, refreshing breeze in Kamloops this May! With warm days and cooler nights, you’ll want to layer up with a light jacket in the morning, peel it off by midday, and put it back on in the evening for maximum comfort. And don’t forget to pack your hat and sunscreen, as the UV index increases during this time of year.
Kamloops in May is the perfect time to enjoy the city's natural beauty and variety of outdoor activities. Plan ahead and stay up to date with the latest weather information and view live webcams of Kamloops by visiting our weather and climate page.
This May, travel in style without breaking the bank. Check out these incredible travel deals and discounts available in Kamloops this May. And if you’re planning ahead, take a peek at our list of the top 10 things you can do in Kamloops this summer.