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Brennan Lund

Trails. And more outdoor adventure than you can imagine.

Kamloops is a city for every season. It’s place for families, urban and rural adventurers. Don’t just escape, explore. Go off the grid, get lost and discover the unexpected along the way.


Land Activities

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

The  rugged  Kamloops  landscape,  formed  from  ancient  lava flows  and volcanic debris  is  a  mountain  biker’s  paradise.  The  semi-arid  climate creates the perfect  landscape for three season riding. Visitors are spoiled for  choices  with  the  vast,  open  sage  scented  hills,  lush,  green  forests,  or windy  hills  and  dusty  trails.  Be  sure  to  hit  the  jumps  at  Canada’s  largest Municipal Bike Park. 

Must Ride:

  1. Pineview Valley
  2. Lac du Bois Grasslands
  3. Kamloops Bike Ranch
  4. Harper Mountain
  5. Kenna Cartwright Park

Click here to download our trails guide


Experience the ranges on foot. There is a hiking trail suited for every level of agility, athleticism and adventurousness. 

Must Hike:

  1. Dew Drop Trail
  2. Mara Canyon
  3. Kenna Cartwright Park
  4. Grasslands Community Trail
  5. Battle Bluff

Click here to download our trails guide

Explore other city hiking parks by visiting www.kamloops.ca/maps

Horseback Riding

The  rustic  region  is  the  perfect  backdrop  for  horseback  riding.    Most ranches  and  riding  stables offer  guided  tours  with  varied  time  frames inclusive  of  all  skill  levels. Delight  in  the  tranquil yet thrilling  journey  on  a most magnanimous steed. 

Must Ride:

  1. Campbell Hills Guest Ranch
  2. Erin Valley Riding Stables
  3. Jandana Ranch


Race  through hoodoos,  sagebrush  and  silt  bluffs  along  the  Rivers Trail,  a  40km  long  urban  pathway  weaving  through  the  city. Plenty  of running groups that offer active, social outings. 

Must Run:

  1. Rivers Trail
  2. Dirty Feet Trail Running Series
  3. Run Club

Disc Golf

Do you love golf but you also love frisbee, and feel impossibly torn between the two? Do  we  have  a  sport  for  you!  Disc  golf  is a variation  of  traditional  ball  golf, and is a sport many age groups can play. 

The   Kamloops   Disc  Golf  Club,  a  loyal  group  of  volunteers  and  enthusiasts organize tournaments and maintain the courses throughout Kamloops.

Must Play:

  1. Rose Hill West
  2. The Black Rose
  3. Heffley Creek – Dick Hart Memorial ParkHarper Mountain

Rock Climbing

Take things to the next level and view  Kamloops from an entirely different elevation.  The  region  is  home  to  many  great  climbs  that offer  varying degrees of difficulty 

Must Climb:

  1. The Beach
  2. Roche Lake
  3. Marble Canyon
  4. Oregon Jack
  5. Cliffside Indoor Climbing Gym

ATV/Dirt Biking

Back country exploration is at its best with an ATV or dirt bike. Whip down old logging roads or zip across multiple trails. Be sure to check in with the Kamloops Visitor Centre on appropriate riding areas for specific skill levels. 

Must Ride:

  1. Batchelor Heights
  2. Greenstone Mountain
  3. Inks Lake
  4. Oregon Jack

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Water Activities



Kamloops is home to over 100 lakes and rivers located close to the city limits. Plenty of these beautiful bodies of water have boat launches, which makes Kamloops an ideal location for your next boating adventure. 

Best boat launches:

  1. Lac le Jeune Provincial Park
  2. McConnell Lake Provincial Park
  3. Niskonlith Lake Provincial Park
  4. Roche Lake Provincial Park
  5. Tunkwa Provincial Park
  6. Walloper Lake Provincial Park

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Boats & Seadoo rentals:

  1. Bruker Marina at Kamloops Lake (Boat, Seadoo Rentals & More on Kamloops Lake)
  2. Bayside Rentals (Boat & Seadoo Rentals on the Shuswap Lake)

Canoeing & Kayaking

Paddling opportunities aplenty; from the gentle flow of area lakes to the faster pace of the South and North Thompson Rivers. 

Must Paddle:

  1. The North & South Thompson Rivers
  2. Paul Lake
  3. Kamloops Lake
  4. Shuswap Lakes
  5. 100+ more lakes in the area (too many to name!)

Canoe & Kayak rentals:

  1. Bruker Marina
  2. Paddle Surfit
  3. Ocean Pacific Water Sports
  4. True Outdoors Kamloops

Fly Fishing

Fishing fanatics, rejoice! There’s over 100 fishing lakes within an hour of Kamloops. Kick it old school with a worm and hook, or test fishing techniques through trolling, spin casting or fly-fishing. The Visitor Centre is a Go Fish BC – Rod Load location, get the scoop on boat rentals and favorite fishing holes. 

Must Fish:

  1. Nehalliston Wilderness Adventures (Dave Sigsworth) – 250-374-3383
  2. Nehalliston Wilderness Adventures (Dave Sigsworth) – 250-374-3383
  3. Mike Porco (Desert North Adventures) – 250-320-1267
  4. Bruce Southern Guiding Services – 250-378-2556

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Stand Up Paddling

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is grounded in Hawaiian history; in the 1940’s Waikiki's beach boys used single blade "kanu" paddles to propel their oversized surfboards to watch over their guests.  The activity develops core strength and promotes balance, strength, endurance and overall fitness. 

Must SUP:

  1. Paddle Surfit (Lessons – Tours – Rentals – Sales - Corporate & Groups Sessions - Free Demos)
  2. Bruker Marina (Rentals)
  3. True Outdoors (Rentals)
  4. Dolson's Source for Sports (Rentals)


There's nothing more refreshing than a dip on a hot day. (With over 2000 hours of sunshine annually in Kamloops, you’ll need reprieve from the heat) Whether you want to swim, splash or soak, there are many outdoor, indoor and family friendly swimming spots. 

Must Swim:

  1. Riverside Park Beach (no dogs allowed)
  2. Pioneer Park Beach (dog friendly)
  3. Overlanders Beach Park (dog friendly)
  4. Prince Charles Park Wading Pool
  5. Brocklehurst Outdoor Pool
  6. Canada Games Aquatic Centre

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Wakeboarding, Water Skiing and Wake Surfing

Wakeboarding is a waterskiing meets surfing meets snowboarding fusion that promises high-speed aqua adventure. Up for the challenge?

Must Rent, Learn, Surf:

  1. Kamloops Lake Water Sports
  2. Bruker Marina (Rentals)
  3. Ocean Pacific Water Sports



Air Activities


Treetop Flyers Zipline

Located just 40 minutes from Kamloops in the Village of Chase, Treetop Flyers is a thrilling family-friendly eco-adventure! Awaken your inner adrenaline junkie amid the natural beauty of Chase Canyon. Open May to September, a Treetop adventure is a must do for anyone visiting the Kamloops region. Website

Scenic Flight Tours and Aviation Flight School

Whether you want to become a pilot, add a rating to your existing license or just rent a plane to stay current, you have come to the right place! TylAir Aviation was created to make flying fun and accessible to their customer base. From beginner to commercial pilot, they have you covered. Website


There's nothing quite like soaring over the vast, rugged landscape of the area, taking in the views of the shimmering Thompson rivers...because you’ve just deliberately jumped out of an airplane, you daredevil you. Qualified coaches, certified by the Canadian Sport Parachute Association, are available to offer courses and instruction. Website

Helicopter Tours

Craving a unique, romantic, and thoroughly impressive way to experience Kamloops and surrounding areas? Why, a helicopter tour is the best way to go.  It’s also an opportunity to holler, Get to the choppa a la Arnold Schwarzenegger from the 1987 action classic, Predator. How often do you get to quote that movie and mean it? Website



Outdoor Adventure Tours

Act Adventure Tours

Act Adventure Tours

Day hikes, multi day hiking trips, camping tours and three different walking adventures to choose from in downtown Kamloops. Website

Tailgate Tours

Tour options include walking and hiking, sightseeing and wildlife viewing, and visiting local attractions such as wineries, craft breweries, and the Kamloops Wildlife Park. Website

Download our Outdoor Adventure Guide