This winter, you'll probably be looking for ways to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors with your household. Winter in Kamloops offers ample activities for locals to take in the fresh air and wide-open spaces that surround our area. Frolic in the snow, tantalize your taste buds with local flavours, and refresh your spirits with the top 10 things to do this winter in Kamloops.
Skiing + Snowboarding
Long renowned for dry, powdery snow, and home to two ski resorts, Kamloops is ideal for hitting the slopes. Just 45-minutes north of Kamloops, enjoy 4,720 acres of skiable terrain across 3 mountains at Sun Peaks Resort, Canada’s second largest ski area. Day tickets must be purchased in advance online. Or take in Harper Mountain - set to open Dec 12, a family owned and operated ski resort 20-minutes from downtown Kamloops full of history and rustic charm.
Snowshoeing + Winter Hiking
Get your heart pumping and enjoy some fresh air. With plenty of sunshine, mild winter temperatures, and snow in the surrounding hills, hiking in Kamloops is a year-round activity. Take in panoramic views from the Tower Trail in Kenna Cartwright Nature Park, one of BC’s largest municipal parks, or on-top of the silt bluffs in Valleyview Nature Park. Bring your own or rent a pair of snowshoes from Runners Sole, Overlander Ski Club, or Harper Mountain and enjoy snowy, tree-lined trails.
Grab your Nordic skis or rent a pair at Overlander Ski Club at Stake Lake - stay tuned for opening date. Located just 20 minutes outside of downtown Kamloops, Stake Lake features over 60 km of meticulously groomed and set trails perfect for day skiing and 5 km of lit trails for night time skiing. If you're lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of a moose amongst the snow-covered trees. Recommended times to visit are weekdays, Sundays, and before 11am. Remember to be Adventure Smart and bring water, snacks, and tell someone where you are going as some areas of the trails have no cell service.
Kamloops is a known hot spot for freshwater fishing - even in the winter. Expect to catch Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout or Brook Trout. Some of the best ice fishing can be found on Tunkwa Lake, Monte Lake, Edith Lake, Walloper or Heffley Lake. If it’s your first time and you need gear and a lesson, consider heading out with Elevated Fishing Adventures. Be ice aware with Adventure Smart before stepping onto the ice.
There’s another way to venture down the hill this winter - no skis, snowboard, or skill needed. Give your legs a break, enjoy the lift assisted ride, and take the family on an exhilarating slide down the Snow Town Tube Park at Harper Mountain.
Strap on a pair of skates and enjoy a seasonal tradition for many Canadians. Ice skate outdoors amongst snow-covered trees at Inks Lake - be Adventure Smart and ice aware before you venture out onto the ice. Or skate indoors at Kamloops arenas like McArthur Island or Sandman Centre.
Just because there is snow doesn't mean you have to stop riding your bike. Bring your fat bike and glide through the powder snow on the natural trails in Kenna Cartwright Nature Park. If you prefer maintained trails, visit Isobel Lake Recreational Trails, 17 km northwest of Kamloops, home to over 30 km of single track, machine groomed trails. While these trails are free to ride, consider donating to the bike organizations and trail builders who maintain Kamloops' trails at the Bicycle Cafe.
Note: The trails in Kenna Cartwright are multi-use with hikers so please be respectful of others enjoying the park.
Arts & Culture
While you’re exploring downtown Kamloops or heading to lunch, make a point to check out 30+ Back Alley Art Gallery murals. If being outside isn’t your jam, there are plenty of ways to experience Kamloops’ vibrant arts and culture scene indoors. This winter, experience unique photographic works with distortions encouraging the viewer to engage visually at the Kamloops Art Gallery's newest exhibition or learn about the history of the Kamloops area with an exhibition at the Kamloops Museum & Archives.
Cozy up inside this winter with a brew from one of five local craft breweries. They’re each serving up their own unique, innovative flare with their beer and food menus.
• Noble Pig Brewhouse: Pair a Mocha Porter with their scratch kitchen menu infused with craft beer flavours.
• Red Collar Brewing: Compliment an IPA by ordering Tongdak Korean Fried Chicken from your server and have it delivered.
• Bright Eye Brewing: Revel in a seasonal Pale Ale poured directly from the tank with their famous Brussel Sprouts.
• Iron Road Brewing: Indulge in their taqueria or nacho menu paired with a railroad inspired flight.
• Alchemy Brewing: Satisfy your taste buds with their smoked chicken wings and a pint of lager.
Cafes and Restaurants
Compliment exploring the outdoors by indulging in the local flavours of the area. Fuel up for the day with a specialty coffee and brunch from one of Kamloops' cozy cafes like The Vic Downtown or the eclectic Red Beard Cafe on the North Shore. For your lunch and dinner stop, there are too many options to list, but a few local favourites include Jacob's Noodle + Cutlet, ROMEOs Kitchen + Spirits and Jamaican Kitchen.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Kamloops. Plan your whole stay now.