Kamloops is home to a never-ending list of activities for every kind of explorer! Spring is the perfect season to experience Kamloops' diverse landscape and boldly unique spaces before the heat of our summer sun.
Here are the top 10 adventures to cross off your spring bucket list.
1. Step Into Spring At The BC Wildlife Park
Discover the unique wildlife native to British Columbia at the BC Wildlife Park. As a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife, the BC Wildlife Park is home to nearly 200 animals, including bears, elk, bobcats, arctic wolves, and cougars.
Local Tip: Book a Private Animal Encounter or a Guided Tour through the park, or grab a tasty bite to eat in the Blue Heron Cafe while exploring.
2. What Goes Up, Wants To Ride Back Down
Experience the heart-pumping excitement of freeride mountain biking, where it all began. Carve turns on perfect singletrack, ride berms, and cruise over rolling hills of sagebrush at the birthplace of freeride mountain biking.
Local Tip: Take a sunset cruise along the River's Trail that meanders through the valley, following the North and South Thompson Rivers for a lighter ride.
3. Hike With A Spring In Your Step
As one of the first parts of BC to thaw out each year, Kamloops has endless miles of hiking trails that weave and wind through vast canyons, grasslands, and towering hoodoos that will ignite your imagination. Take a leisurely stroll along picturesque lakes, bubbling creeks and rivers, and sage-lined trails, or test your strength with a hike up Battle Bluff..
Local Tip: Kamloops is famous for its sunsets. Head out later in the afternoon to catch one on the way back, but wear some layers because it can get chilly.
4. Hit The Links In The Sunshine
Hit a hole-in-one at BC's boldest golf courses. Tee off a canyon, play in the breathtaking hills above Kamloops Lake, or keep it classy at one of BC's oldest golf courses—one of Kamloops' 8 golf courses has something for everyone. Kamloops offers a vast range of golfing terrain where you can swing with no crowds, and the vibe is friendly.
Local Tip: You can find big savings for any budget with Kamloops golf packages and bookings over at Golf Kamloops.
5. Cast Your Line Into A New Season
Kamloops offers some of the best stillwater fishing in the world, with hundreds of lakes stocked with different species of trout that will delight any angler. Find public fishing docks at several local lakes, perfect for family fun in the sun. At the same time, blue-ribbon waters can appeal to more skilled anglers just down the road.
Local Tip: Make sure you are up to date with the latest local fishing bylaws and safety tips over at gofishbc.com. While you’re there purchase your BC Fishing License for your trip!
6. International Cuisine In BC's Interior
Indulge in Kamloops' take on delectable cuisine at our local restaurants, cafes, hole-in-the-wall eateries, and food trucks. Take in an iconic Kamloops spring sunset while sitting on a patio, or take a stroll downtown and eat your way through fare from several corners of the world. Need something sweet to finish your meal? Kamloops is home to delectable bakeries and ice cream shops.
Local Tip: Kamloops is home to 3,500 international students from over 100 countries each semester, inspiring many global eats.
7. Take A Sip And Order Another
Ready to sip on the flavours of Kamloops? With five microbreweries in town, four wineries, two cideries, and three distilleries, you'll want to loop back and try your favorites a second time. Enjoy the warm spring sun on a local patio as you explore the city's watering holes yourself, or leave the driving to the professionals and take a guided wine and beer tour.
Local Tip: Kamloops has several fun hidden gem breweries if you want to try something new this season.
8. Birds Of A Feather Flock To Kamloops
Kamloops is a well-known bird-watching destination with over 300 species of birds. For a truly unforgettable bird-watching experience, head to the BC Wildlife Park, where you can observe birds of prey up close and learn about their conservation efforts. Or take a leisurely hike through the tranquil Lac du Bois Grasslands, where you can catch glimpses of colourful songbirds flitting through the trees.
Local Tip: Many species of birds can be found in Kamloops in the spring, including migratory birds passing through on their way to their breeding grounds, including the yellow warbler, the western tanager, the Hammond's flycatcher, the Cassin's vireo, and Townsend's warbler.
9. Experience More of Kamloops' Wildlife
Kamloops is a wildlife enthusiast's dream destination! Thanks to our unique microclimate, we're situated at the northernmost tip of some animal ranges and at the southernmost point of others, making Kamloops a prime spot to spot some amazing wildlife in the springtime.
Local Tip: Find California bighorn sheep, owls, river otters, black bears, and hundreds of species of birds wandering the Kamloops hills in spring.
10. Kamloops' art scene blossoms in the spring!
With the arrival of warmer weather, local galleries and museums showcase their latest exhibitions featuring a diverse range of artwork from talented artists. Stroll through the city's downtown area, and you'll be greeted with vibrant street art and public installations. Spring is also the perfect time to catch outdoor performances and cultural festivals celebrating Kamloops' rich artistic heritage.
Local Tip: Kamloops takes pride in being an inclusive space for everyone, including four accessible art venues for everyone to enjoy.
No matter what you decide to experience in Kamloops this spring, your travels don't need to break the bank. Be sure to check out the best travel deals and discounts available in Kamloops so that you can spend your money on more important things—like another round of golf. Can't make it this spring? Check out 10 things you can do in Kamloops this summer.