Kamloops is home to a lengthy list of activities for all kinds of explorers. Here’s a list of the top 10 adventures to cross off your summer bucket list.
1. Travel Back in Time
Travel back in time with a trip aboard the Kamloops Heritage Railway, a 107-year-old heritage steam train. Witness a train robbery by the infamous Billy Miner on the evening “Spirit of Kamloops” rail tour in July and Aug. Climb aboard and enjoy local brews on the Beer N’ Bluz Cruise July 27 or sample local wine while riding the Sip N’ Steam Wine Train Aug 24. Who says time travel doesn’t exist?
2. Get Wet
Kamloops has over 100 lakes within an hour drive from the city. Pack up the paddle board, kayak or canoe and take in the scenery on one of our pristine lakes. Local favourites include Paul Lake, Lac le Jeune, and Heffley Lake. Need to rent? Take SUP lessons and rentals with Paddle Surfit on Heffley Lake or visit Bruker Marina on Kamloops Lake.
3. Ride Canada's Largest Municipal Bike Park
Get your heart racing while shredding trails in the birthplace of freeride mountain biking. Carve a few turns on perfect singletrack, ride into berms and along rolling hills of sagebrush. If downhill mountain biking is more your style, hit up the jump lines with a jump park at the bottom. One run is all it takes to see why this is the place where it all began.
4. Take a Hike
There are endless hiking trails in Kamloops that are great for all fitness levels. Hike through grasslands, vast canyons, and tall hoodoos that pique your imagination. Stroll along side picturesque lakes and sage-scented trails. Local tip: Head out towards sunset for a scenic, colourful view of the city that can only be described as something you see in a postcard.
5. Golf - Our Kind of Swinging
Have you ever teed off a canyon? Is playing on an award-winning course a bucket list item? Kamloops offers a vast range of golfing terrain where you can swing with no crowds and the vibe is friendly. Play alongside rolling fairways and scenic views that will have you wondering whether you’re playing a round or taking a scenic stroll.
6. Get Reel Fishing
Angler’s take note: With some of the best stillwater fishing in the world, Kamloops has hundreds of lakes stocked with an abundance of different species of trout that will make any angler look like a skilled pro. The lakes are rich in aquatic life, giving the fish the ability to become ultra-selective on what they will eat. Public fishing docks make for great family fun, while blue-ribbon waters appeal to more skilled anglers.
7. Local Eats
Tasty food, refreshing beer, award-winning wine, and great company - a recipe for a good time at Kamloops’ restaurants, breweries and wineries. Follow the Kamloops Wine Trail and sip premium wines while lounging on a scenic patio. Wet your whistle on a frothy pint of cold, beer from one of Kamloops' best craft breweries, or tantalize your taste buds with fresh local fare.
8. Sip on a Wine Tour
Sit back, relax and indulge at Kamloops’ four wineries. Choose from a 3-hour tour, half day or full day tour with one of four professional and knowledgeable wine tour companies in Kamloops. Learn about the history of the wineries, enjoy the sights and visit one of BC’s newest wine regions, the Thompson Valley.
9. Hit the Beach
When people think of Kamloops, they likely don’t think of beaches. But, there are actually several beaches to spend an entire day soaking up the sun. Riverside Park Beach in the heart of downtown is a popular spot for families as it has a water park, playground, and washroom facilities. Got fur babies? Pioneer Park Beach is dog friendly and a great spot to pack a picnic lunch at to enjoy the sand and sun.
10. Participate in a bit of Horseplay
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Experience the country life and head out to one of many family-run horse ranches on the city outskirts. Through open pastures or secluded forests, enjoy trail riding day trips or overnight adventures. Peaceful ranches nestled away in the mountains await riders looking to escape the stresses of everyday life.