Kamloops aerial view in British Columbia, Canada

Things to do in  Kamloops

A little city with lots of heart

Full of sunshine, Kamloops is located in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc territory, on the unceded ancestral lands of the Secwépemc Nation. This city in the heart of British Columbia’s Southern Interior is surrounded by ski mountains, scrubland, and rivers, making it a wonderful destination for hiking and mountain biking. Besides exploring the outdoors, things to do in Kamloops include taking on the Kamloops Wine Trail, learning from your hosts at the Secwépemc Museum & Heritage Park, and hitting up one of the city’s many festivals.

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Kamloops BC Wildlife Park

Dedicated to the rehabilitation and protection of Canada’s native wildlife, the BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops is home to over 200 animals, including Arctic wolves, bison, and cougars, most of which have been rescued. Visitors can engage in activities ranging from observing grizzly bear feedings to holding a snake.More

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When to visit

Kamloops offers fun in all seasons, so the best time to visit depends on your interests. Mid-November to mid-April is when skiers and snowboarders will want to hit the slopes at Sun Peaks Resort and Harper Mountain, while the end of May means it’s time for the Kamloops Wine & Beverage Festival. July and August are busy and warm as visitors flock to the area’s 100-plus lakes, and September and October bring vibrant autumn colors and bustling farmers markets.

Getting around

Downtown Kamloops is small and walkable, with plenty of cafés and restaurants, and the public bus system is serviceable if you plan on staying within the city. If you’re hoping to check out some of the region’s parks, hiking trails, and wineries, you’ll find it much more convenient to have your own car. There are a few car rental agencies in town if you didn’t drive in.

Traveler tips

Check out The Noble Pig brewpub on Victoria Street for excellent eats and a rotating menu of creative beers. Almost everything is made in-house, and its shady veranda and cozy interior have made it a beloved neighborhood spot. Some favorites include the crispy pickles, pulled pork mac and cheese, and stuffed Yorkshire pudding—comfort foods that are perfect for a leisurely lunch or a late dinner.


People Also Ask

What is Kamloops best known for?

Kamloops is known as an ideal home base for those who want to explore British Columbia’s natural beauty. With over 100 tournaments every year, the city has also become known as the tournament capital of Canada. In recent years, a growing food and wine scene has started attracting foodies and wine connoisseurs.

How many days do you need in Kamloops?

If you’re just passing through, three days is a good length of time. You can eat your way through the city’s cafés and restaurants, spend some time relaxing by Kamloops Lake, or head to one of the provincial parks further afield. Spend longer if you’re coming for a ski holiday—you’ll want time to get to know the slopes!

Is Kamloops bigger than Kelowna?

No, Kamloops has less than half the population of Kelowna, even though it’s the Interior’s second-largest city. Despite (or perhaps because of) its size, Kamloops manages to have a small-town charm while hosting world-class sports events year after year.

Does Kamloops have a downtown?

Yes, downtown Kamloops is small and walkable, with plenty of restaurants and shops along Victoria Street. You won’t find high-rises or a lot of traffic—downtown is sweet and calm, and it’s a lovely place to spend an afternoon.

How cold does Kamloops get?

Central Kamloops is located in a valley, surrounded by mountains, so the winter temperatures typically range from 19°F (-7°C) to 35°F (1.5°C). December and January are the coldest months on average, with about six days of rainfall each month.

Do people swim in Kamloops Lake?

Yes, Kamloops Lake is a popular spot for swimming and sunbathing in the summer. As it feeds into Thompson River, you’ll find plenty of swimming spots near downtown Kamloops. Riverside Park Beach is a favorite, offering kayak rentals and live music in the evenings.

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