Winter Hiking Trails
Hiking is a year-round activity in Kamloops due to milder winter temperatures and plenty of sunshine. Extra layers and a pair of ice cleats to give you extra traction on ice and snow, allow you to venture outside into an untouched landscape of sparkling snow.
Situated in downtown Kamloops, Waterfront Park is a 2.8km round-trip paved trail connecting Riverside Park and Pioneer Park. This trail is enchanting in the winter with public art on display, as you make your way to the pier to see where the North and South Thompson Rivers meet.
As part of the River’s Trail system, Aviation Way runs parallel to the Kamloops Airport and can vary in length and time depending on the hiker. Enjoy views of the Thompson River and Cinnamon Ridge from the off-leash dog-friendly, flat, and southerly facing trail.
Kamloops’ newest trail, Xget’tem’ (pronounced hawk-tum) means “deep valley” in Secwépemc, and is located in Peterson Creek Nature Park. This 3.4km round-trip paved path is a steady climb from the downtown entrance but is cleared of snow in the winter and lit by LED lights at night.
West Highlands Park
The West Highlands Park is a 1.8km paved loop, through a repurposed golf course. Featuring sweeping views of the Thompson Valley, solar lights for those dark mornings and evenings, and plenty of benches - this trail is a community favourite. The City maintains this pathway, clearing it after every snowfall.
The Grasslands Trail in Peterson Creek Nature Park is a short 1.1km walk on a wide, packed gravel pathway. Note: it can get slippery with use. Enjoy sweeping views of the Thompson Valley, downtown Kamloops, and Mt. Peter and Paul in this off-leash, dog-friendly park.
The Tower Trail, one of 44 trails in Kenna Cartwright Nature Park, is a steady 1.8km climb, made tougher in the winter with a layer of snow. The climb is worth it for the sweeping views of the Thompson Valley that await you at the top. Note that the trails within the park are not maintained during the winter and are best done during daylight hours.
The Benchlands Trail in the Dallas-Barnhartvale Nature Park is an easy 3km walk through sagebrush to silt bluffs overlooking the South Thompson River. Located just a 15-minute drive east of Kamloops on Highway 1.
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