Canoe, Kayak + Stand Up Paddleboarding

Kamloops is a paddler's paradise with 100+ lakes within a one-hour drive
ideal for canoeing, kayaking, or stand-up paddleboarding.


Kamloops Lake

There are many secret places tucked around this gorgeous lake making it a paddler's paradise. From the water, admire old stone train bridges, train tunnels, a balancing rock, rock bluffs, eagles nests, and colourful painted bluffs.

Lake Access: Bruker Marina & Beach Club at Tobiano has a boat launch, beach, and offers watersport rentals.

Paul Lake

Paul Lake Provincial Park is nestled down the road from Harper Mountain. The park offers a large campground, a popular day-use area with beach and cartop boat launch. With over 7 kilometres of hiking trails and 12 kilometres of shoreline to paddle, it's sure to be a great day at this popular destination.

Lake Access: There is a cartop boat launch at the West end of the lake and a cartop launch at the provincial park day-use area.

Heffley Lake

Situated just 30 minutes from Kamloops, it is also easily accessible by car, trailer, camper, and motorhome. Heffley Lake is surrounded by beautiful mountains and thick forests and acts as an ideal setting for fishing from early spring to late summer. Aside from fishing, visitors enjoy swimming, paddling, biking, and hiking in the surrounding area.

Lake Access: There is one gravel boat launch at the north end of the lake just after the Hitch and Rail Campground.

Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park

Pack up your kayak or paddle board and hit the water at Lac le Jeune Provincial Park. Located just 30 minutes from Kamloops, the day-use area at this park features 146 meters of sandy beach for swimming but is also a perfect spot to launch your water craft. The park also has a designated boat launch.

Lake Access:  There is a concrete car ramp for boats and there is also a day-use parking area.

McConnell Lake Provincial Park

McConnell Lake is well known for its 3.5km hiking trail around the lake, but it is also popular among canoeists and kayakers. Enjoy the peace and quiet as you paddle around this day-use only lake.

Lake Access:  There is a small gravel surfaced boat launch suitable for small boats and there is also a day-use parking area.

South Thompson River

The South Thompson River is well known for its designated swimming area at Riverside Park. New for summer 2021, rent a kayak or water bike from The Concession in the park and cruise the waters with a scenic backdrop. Open seven days a week from 12pm - 8pm from June 25 to Sep 7, 2021.





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Zebra and Quagga Mussels are non-native to North America that live in freshwater – such as lakes and rivers – known to encrust and corrode hard surfaces and cause serious harm to waters where they become established. The mussels can be spread unknowingly by boats, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, fishing tackle boxes, life jackets and other objects that have spent time in infested waters.

To avoid accidentally introducing invasive Zebra and Quagga Mussels, or moving other aquatic invasive species such as invasive clams from one waterbody to another, you should:

  • Clean-Drain-Dry
  • Stop at Watercraft Inspection Stations as you pass them in your travels
  • Don't let it loose!


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