Spring in Kamloops is calling all explorers to dive into a season rich with discovery! With its mild weather and blossoming landscapes, spring is a prime time to experience the full spectrum of Kamloops' diverse landscape and boundless outdoor activities — just before the heat of our summer sun. 

Strap on your adventure gear; it's time to tick off those dreamy spring endeavours from your bucket list. Here are our top 10 things to do in Kamloops in Spring, each providing a unique glimpse into the beauty of the Thompson Valley. 


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, mountain goats, arctic wolves, cougars, and many more.

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The wildlife sanctuary offers more than just a glimpse into the lives of local wildlife; it's an educational journey into conservation and sustainability.

Dive into the heart of Kamloops' natural heritage, learning about each species' role in the ecosystem and the critical efforts to preserve their future. From the majestic bears to stealth bobcats, over 65 species await to tell the story of British Columbia's rich biodiversity.

BC Wildlife Park Activities

Rest your feet with a ride on the Wildlife Express miniature train for a unique perspective of the park. Don't miss a walk through the reptile exhibit for a closer look at some scaly park residents. And for up-close encounters, the Home Hardware Family Farm invites you to meet and greet with llamas, goats, miniature donkeys, and sheep, rounding off a truly wild adventure in Kamloops.

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. Ride Local Mountain Biking Trails

Experience the heart-pumping excitement of freeride mountain biking, where it all began in our rugged landscapes and pioneering trails. Kamloops invites you to carve your path on pristine singletracks, ride dynamic berms, and cruise over rolling hills of sagebrush at the birthplace of freeride mountain biking. 


Mountain Biking in Kamloops

The trails, rich in history and innovation, provide a diverse playground that caters to every level of rider, from adrenaline-seeking experts to kids just beginning their freeride journey.

Embrace the legacy and adventure of freeride mountain biking in Kamloops, where every trail tells a story of thrill, discovery, and boundless freedom. Whether you’re carving down iconic descents or soaking in the vistas on a gentle river trail, Kamloops beckons you to join its storied ranks of riders and experience the history of freeride mountain biking.

Local Tip: Take a sunset cruise along the River's Trail from Riverside Park to Pioneer Park, following the North and South Thompson Rivers for a relaxing ride.


3. Hike With A Spring In Your Step

As one of British Columbia's first regions to welcome spring, Kamloops reveals endless miles of hiking trails that meander through its vast landscapes. These spring hikes traverse through expansive canyons, lush grasslands, along rivers and towering hoodoos, sparking the imagination of every adventurer.

Kamloops' Spring Hikes

Embark on a journey through the scenic trails of Kenna Cartwright Park, the largest municipal park in British Columbia, offering over 40 kilometers of hiking trails suitable for all skill levels.

For those seeking a challenge, the hike up Battle Bluff offers not just a test of strength, but also rewards with panoramic views of Kamloops Lake that capture the essence of the Thompson Valley's diverse ecosystems.

From the gentle whispers of bubbling streams to sweeping views of the awe-inspiring landscapes of its vast open spaces, spring hiking in Kamloops is an experience that is as varied as it is breathtaking.

Local Tip: Kamloops is famous for its sunsets. Head out later in the afternoon to find a hiking trail and catch the sunset over the Thompson River, but wear some layers because it can get chilly.


4. Golf in the Spring Sunshine

Spring golfing in Kamloops is your chance to hit a hole-in-one at British Columbia's boldest golf courses. Teeing off over dramatic canyons to playing amidst the rolling hills that overlook Kamloops Lake, the variety of terrain caters to every golfer's fantasy. And for those who appreciate the charm of history blended with their sport, Kamloops is home to one of BC's oldest golf courses, offering a timeless game with a view.

Why Golf in Kamloops?

Boasting a total of 8 unique golf courses, Kamloops invites golfers of all levels to enjoy the vast, crowd-free fairways under the spring sun.

As the snow melts and the greens come alive, Kamloops' golf courses become a sought-after destination for those eager to kick off their season. The mild climate, stunning landscapes, and diverse courses make spring golfing in Kamloops not just an activity, but a highlight of the year for golf enthusiasts.

Each course has its own character and challenges, ensuring that whether you're seeking a leisurely round or a test of your skills, you'll find your perfect match here.

Pack your clubs and set your sights on Kamloops this spring. Experience the blend of challenging play, stunning views, and the warm, welcoming community that makes golfing here truly exceptional.

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 is a dream come true for fishing enthusiasts, offering some of the best stillwater fishing in the world. With hundreds of lakes teeming with a diverse array of trout species, Kamloops is a premier destination for anglers seeking the thrill of the catch in spectacular settings.

Whether you’re a seasoned fisher or a family casting a line with the little ones, Kamloops' spring fishing welcomes all.

Family-friendly Dock Fishing

Discover public fishing docks scattered around local lakes and parks, where the calm waters and scenic surroundings make a great place for an idyllic family outing. These easily accessible spots provide a perfect backdrop for teaching the kids (and future anglers!) the joys of fishing, creating lasting memories amidst the natural beauty of British Columbia.

Lake Fishing in Kamloops

For the more adventurous and skilled anglers, Kamloops offers a treasure trove of blue-ribbon lakes just a stone’s throw away. These esteemed waters are renowned for their exceptional fishing quality, offering the chance to battle it out with some of the largest and most spirited trout species.

The challenge and reward of fishing in these prestigious spots draw enthusiasts from around the world, eager to test their skills against the best that nature has to offer.

Ice-Off Spring Fishing

Springtime in Kamloops emerges as a premier season for ice-off fishing, where the thawing lakes, awaken the underwater world. The warmer temperatures and longer days make it an ideal time to cast your line into the crystal-clear waters, amidst the budding flora and vibrant wildlife that herald the season's arrival.

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, quaint cafes, hidden gems, and bustling food trucks serving culinary specials from around the world.

Kamloops' International Restaurants

Kamloops offers a rich tapestry of international cuisine, catering to diverse tastes with its multicultural food scene.

Savour the home-style flavours of the Caribbean at Jamaican Kitchen, or dive into the aromatic dishes of India at Maurya's Restaurant Bar + Banquet. Experience the zest of Mexican culinary traditions at Casa Azul and Hacienda Cielito Lindo.

For those craving Italian, Di Muzio Ristorante offers authentic dishes with the finest ingredients. Explore Japanese delights with Tiger Ramen's authentic ramen and Arigato Sushi's wide array of specialties. For a taste of traditional flavours with a touch of modern creativity, Lemongrass Restaurant's Vietnamese-inspired menu will not disappoint.

Experience the charm of dining on a breezy patio in the lively streets of downtown Kamloops or venture over to the North Shore to discover more hidden gems, and embark on a dining journey that spans continents. Each of these eateries contributes to Kamloops' reputation as a destination for food lovers seeking to explore international flavours in British Columbia's interior.

Need something sweet to finish your meal? Kamloops is also 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 At BC Breweries, Cideries, Wineries, and Distilleries

Ready to sip on the flavours of Kamloops? The local craft beverage scene beckons you with an inviting array of microbreweries, cideries, and distilleries. Or savour the flavours of the Thompson Valley at one of our local wineries, where the unique terroir of the region is captured in every bottle.

Kamloops' Breweries

With five unique microbreweries, each visit promises a new taste adventure to satisfy any craft beer enthusiast. Kamloops' craft beer scene offers everything from Iron Road's award-winners to Bright Eye's innovative brews, along with Noble Pig's refreshing sips, Alchemy's unique flavours, and Red Collar's European-inspired selections, each with a laid-back and welcoming atmosphere to enjoy their creations.

Kamloops' Cideries & Distilleries

Kamloops' cideries shine with local flair; Woodward Cider Co. combines engineering and tradition in their small-batch ciders from BC apples, while Left Field Cider Co. delivers artisanal English-style cider, blending old-world methods with local apples on their family ranch.

For more local sips, Kamloops' distilleries, including Red Bridge, Gin Lane, and Route 1, showcase the region's spirit through creative small-batch spirits and cocktails that embody the essence of our region.

Kamloops' Wineries

Nestled throughout the scenic Thompson Valley are three distinctive wineries, each offering a unique taste of the region's award-winning viticulture.

Monte Creek Winery impresses with outdoor dining and stunning views, while Privato provides a more intimate setting on its 80-acre farm, and Sagewood Winery is celebrated for its family-run boutique and award-winning wines.

Together, these three wineries encapsulate the diversity and richness of the Kamloops Wine Trail, offering a taste of local terroir in each glass.

Guided Wine & Beer Tours

For those who prefer a curated experience, consider taking a guided wine and beer tour, where the journey through Kamloops' craft beverage landscape is enriched with expert insights, leaving the logistics to the professionals so you can fully immerse yourself in the tasting adventure.

Whether you're a connoisseur or simply curious, Kamloops invites you to loop back, indulge in your favourites, and perhaps uncover new ones along the way.


8. Birds Of A Feather Flock To Kamloops

For more outdoor activities in Spring, Kamloops is a well-known bird-watching destination with over 300 species of birds.

Experience truly unforgettable bird-watching at the BC Wildlife Park, where you can observe birds of prey and learn about their vital conservation efforts. Here, visitors can observe these majestic creatures up close, gaining insights into the roles they play in our ecosystem.

For more bird-watching adventures, visit the tranquil Lac du Bois Grasslands. This natural haven provides a picturesque backdrop for spotting vibrant songbirds as they dart among the trees, offering a peaceful retreat for nature lovers and bird-watchers alike.

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, such as the yellow warbler, the western tanager, the Hammond's flycatcher, the Cassin's vireo, and Townsend's warbler.


9. Experience More of Kamloops' Wildlife

The Thompson Valley is a haven for wildlife lovers! Nestled in a unique microclimate, Kamloops positions itself at the crossroads of diverse animal habitats.

This distinct geographical advantage places Kamloops at the northernmost boundary for some species and the southernmost for others, creating a unique convergence zone that teems with remarkable wildlife, especially in the spring.

As nature awakens, the region becomes a bustling hub for outdoor activities, offering unparalleled opportunities to observe and connect with the natural world.

Whether you're a seasoned naturalist or simply someone who cherishes the beauty of wildlife, Kamloops invites you to explore its landscapes, where every visit is an opportunity to spot some of the most fascinating creatures in their natural habitat.

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 art museums will showcase their latest exhibitions featuring a diverse range of artwork from talented artists.

Stroll through downtown Kamloops, 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 the Thompson Valley's 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. 

We want to see where your adventures take you this season! Keep us in the Loop and share your favourites from our Top 10 Things to Do in Kamloops in spring. Tag @tourismkamloops on social and use #ExploreKamloops.

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