Weather and Climate
Kamloops is British Columbia’s second-sunniest city with over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually, making it an ideal getaway destination in any of the four seasons. The city is located in the dramatic setting of mountains, river valleys, deserts and grasslands. Nowhere else in BC can you search for fossils, enjoy 100+ lakes, experience the grasslands and explore sage-covered hills under wide open skies, all in a single day.
What Should I Pack
Spring (March to May) is moderately cool with a mix of sunshine, wind and rain. Long pants, a waterproof jacket, sweater, hat/umbrella and close-toed shoes are appropriate.
Summer (June to mid-September) can reach temperatures 30+ degrees (Celsius) with the odd rainstorm and relatively low humidity. Shorts, t-shirts, sandals, a hat, and a light sweater or jacket is appropriate. A bathing suit is a must as there are many places to relax by the water. Remember the sunscreen and sunglasses!
Fall (mid-September to mid-November) has beautiful warm sunny days, but colder nights and a cooler wind. Pants/long shorts, t-shirts, sweaters, jackets and both close-toed and open-toed shoes are fine as early fall is still quite warm, about 25 degrees (Celsius), cooling to an average of 0 to 5 degrees (Celsius) by the end of fall. It is not uncommon to have below freezing temperatures so dressing in layers is recommended.
Winter (December to February) is snowy and cold, yet days are mainly sunny and sometimes windy. The valley is quite mild with lows of -5 to -15 degrees (Celsius) and snowfall of about 6 inches, while the mountains receive heavy snowfall (4 to 8 feet) with temperatures dipping to -15 to -30 degrees Celsius. Layered clothing, warm jackets/vest, gloves/scarf and close-toed shoes and/or boots are appropriate. Depending on your activities, sunglasses and snow-gear (i.e. snow pants and thermal underclothes) are also appropriate.