New to Kamloops? Not sure how to maximize your summer? You've come to the right place. Kamloops is a world-class destination for recreation, and as the days become warmer, options for exciting adventures seem to multiply tenfold. So, where to start? From artistic and cultural attractions and events, to adrenaline-generating ventures for the thrill seeker, and relaxing experiences for those looking to unwind, the selection is vast. Expand your horizons using our simple guide to the opportunities that await you in Kamloops. And remember, this is only a sampler — the list of activities you can fill your calendar with is almost unlimited.
Make A Splash!
Kamloops is famous province-wide as an idyllic destination for water sports. The city is surrounded by crystal-clear currents, whitewater rapids, the serene and sparkling waters of Kamloops Lake, and the many pristine lakes within short driving distance of Kamloops. Here, you can paddle gentle waterways, kayak or raft some of the world's best whitewater, swim in balmy springs, and even go sailing. If you're heading just out of town, stop by the famous Shuswap Lakes or the lesser known but equally as stunning Kalamalka Lake. Or, try fishing in some of the smaller lakes and ponds just outside the city's perimeters.
Sample Local Wines
Kamloops is known for its amazing wines, and some truly exceptional wineries and vineyards are at your fingertips. Head to Monte Creek Ranch to enjoy world-class wines, stunning mountain vistas, and fresh produce. Or, head to Privato or Sageway Wineries, topping off your journey at Harper's Trail Estate, one of Kamnloops most renowned wine tour destinations.
There is a wealth of beautiful ranches in and near Kamloops, and with these comes a wealth of stunning bridle paths and trails. Traverse lush fields sprinkled in wildflowers, desert flora, evergreen forests, and mountainous terrain. Head near creeks and streams and enjoy some of the most vibrant scenery around — with or without the help of a guide!
Kamloops is a cyclist or mountain biker's dream location due to the sheer range of topography, among which is a vast assortment of trails spanning from the gentle to the highly technical.
Music festivals are popular in Kamloops, and tradition touches almost all of them. This summer, enjoy the 7th Annual Retro Concert Weekend between August 12 and August 14 and travel back in time through the power of music. The Sun Peaks Summer Concerts will take place on a daily basis between July 8 and July 10 and then again between August 19 and August 21. On July 1st, country music fans can head up to Sun Peaks for the Annual Country Fest. Plus, there will be tons of cookout fare! In addition to music, nature enthusiasts will enjoy the Alpine Blossom Festival, which will have live entertainment, kids' activities, an alfresco movie showing, and plenty of striking wildflowers to explore!
Find Fresh Local Foods
The Kamloops Regional Farmers Market is a local favourite, due in part to the farm fresh BC produce you'll sample and partly because of the lovely sense of community you'll experience here.
Kamloops is home to a number of top-notch golf courses for athletes of all levels. Some, like the Pineridge Golf Course are part of exclusive clubs and feature fine dining facilities. Tobiano Golf Course is one of Kamloops' premier courses, with a breathtaking benchland setting and views of the shimmering Kamloops Lake. Other prominent attractions include The Dunes At Kamloops Golf Club and Eaglepoint Golf Resort, among many more. Sun Rivers Golf Club is known as Canada's exclusive desert golf course and is set among awe-inspiring rolling hills. Pro shops, luxury restaurants, and golf academies are just a few of the features you can expect from this first class golf destination
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