As the days grow longer and warmer in Kamloops, so does the desire to get out and enjoy the spring weather. There are a number of trails that dry out quickly in the spring sunshine. They range in difficulty and offer gorgeous views of the city. Below are our top 5 spring hiking trails.

 

McArthur Island

Located off MacKenzie Avenue on the North Shore, this loop is spectacular year round. The trail is paved, flat, and wide which means its great for the whole family including bikes, scooters, and strollers. McArthur Island however does not allow dogs on the property so please check out other dog friendly hikes if you want to bring your furry friend.

There are two loops to choose from. The shorter one is 2.3km and the longer one is 3.1km and takes 1-2 hours to complete depending on your pace and chosen loop.

 

West Highlands Park

Located in the Aberdeen neighbourhood, this trail offers sweeping views of the city. This trail is wide and paved and great for the whole family, including dogs on-leash. While the trail does have some gentle ups and downs, there are many benches along the way and a covered rest stop with a picnic table. This trail is also well lit at night making it a great after work, after dinner, or end of day stroll. 

The loop is 1.8km and takes about 30 minutes.

 

Aviation Way - Rivers Trail

 

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Located near the airport, this section of the Rivers Trail is popular with dog owners as it is also an off-leash dog area. The flat, packed gravel trail follows the berm along the river and down past the airport. The Rivers Trail is extensive, which means you can make this hike as long or as short as you wish. In the spring and fall when the water is low, you can also take your dog out onto the sandbars and let them run around as much as they like! This trail is very popular for dog lovers so be prepared for numerous canine greetings! 

The route we took was about 3.7km and took about 1 hour to complete.

 

Oakhills Trail - Rivers Trail

Located in the Westsyde neighbourhood, the Oakhills section of the Rivers Trail is also flat, packed gravel and follows the dyke along the river. Similar to the Aviation Way trail, the Oakhills trail continues endlessly as part of the larger trail network, which means you can make your hike as long or as short as you’d like. This trail offers sweeping views up the North Thompson valley, often right from the waters edge. Parking for this trail is at the Westsyde Centennial Park, which is a great area for the whole family and offers a number of recreational opportunities, including a petting zoo for the kids. 

This trail is about 3.25kms and takes about an hour to complete.

 

Mara Loop Trail

Located out past the Kamloops Airport, the Mara Loop is stunning in the spring. This single track trail winds through the fragrant sagebrush and offers beautiful panoramic views of Kamloops Lake. While you're more than welcome to bring your dog on this trail, please keep in mind that cacti thrive in the area and there have been rattlesnake sightings. This trail is great for those looking for a longer, more challenging spring hike while the higher elevation trails take time to thaw and dry. 

This loop is about 4.3kms and takes about 1.5 hours to enjoy.

 

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