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A Winter Adventurer’s Guide to Kamloops

This rough-and-tumble town with a railway and ranching past offers adventurers a delightful contrast of outdoor activities, a burgeoning culinary scene, and quirky street culture.

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I initially visited Kamloops to experience its outdoor adventure, but soon discovered its innovative breweries, delicious eateries, and vibrant street art – making this town a fun place to visit again and again.


Amber Turnau is a freelance storyteller and outdoor adventurer. When she's not writing she spends her time snowboarding, hiking, biking, and SUPing the wilds of BC.

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Boldly unscripted isn't just a tagline in Kamloops. This outdoor adventure town just two two hours drive from tourist favourites like Kelowna, is filled with culinary, cultural, and outdoor surprises for any style of traveller.

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3 hours 41 minutes from Vancouver

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A Winter Adventurer’s Guide to Kamloops


Pedal Through Ponderosa Forests

It’s no wonder Kamloops is referred to as the birthplace of freeride mountain biking, given hometown heroes like pro rider Matt Hunter. And, with the cooler temperatures and autumn colours, fall is a great time to hit the trails. First stop: Pineview Recreational Trails, just 10 minutes from Downtown off Highway 1. This well-maintained area with moderate climbs is a great way to explore the unique desert landscape and enjoy exhilarating descents like Beer Run and A Blaze on the Hillside. We loved zipping through the ponderosa pines, stopping to look out over the grasslands at different viewpoints along the way. The 26-hectare Kamloops Bike Ranch, on the eastern outskirts of town, will satisfy your

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Head Out for a Seasonal Hike

There’s no shortage of hiking in the Kamloops area, with dozens of trailheads located within a 40-minute drive of town. You can choose your own adventure year-round, opting for an easy and accessible stroll or a heart-pumping workout. Explore more than 40 kilometres of varied hiking in Kenna Cartwright Nature Park, the city’s signature park overlooking the Thompson Valley. Tip: take the Tower Trail for epic views of the city below. This is a dog friendly park and I loved bringing my pup, Mickey, along for a frolick—he met plenty of fur friends along the way. On a clear day, you’ll want to spend time in the Dewdrop Range, home of the difficult Dew Drop Trail (12 km) and the more moderate Batt

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Explore Colourful Street Art

Street art isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a blue collar railway town, but Kamloops is never one to stick to the conventional. Take a breather between adventures to explore the back alleys and walkways of Downtown Kamloops, where you’ll discover more than 30 eclectic murals, painted in various artistic styles. Hunt for hidden beauty on historic buildings or tucked away in alleys. The art peppered throughout town is diverse: portraits of iconic celebrities, striking naturescapes, graffiti lettering, and otherworldly creatures. I was struck by “The Mystic” at 316 Victoria, a stunning piece of an old man looking into a bird cage (which is actually a window in the buil

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Visit more than 30 murals

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Glide Through Champagne Powder

There’s a reason why they call it “champagne powder.” Sun Peaks Resort, about a one-drive northeast of Kamloops, accumulates around five metres of light, fluffy snow each year—making for soft landings and bottomless turns. Despite its penchant for serious blower snow and reputation for being warm and family friendly, the resort is still somewhat of a hidden gem in BC. And, with fewer international guests this year, you’ll claim your share of wide open spaces. The 135 ski runs are spread like veins across the three mountains and you can virtually ski or ride 360-degrees of terrain. If you’re an expert skier or rider, I recommend Gil’s zone on a good snow day, where you’ll find plenty

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Hit powder turns with 3 mountains to choose from

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Slide or Snowshoe a Winter Wonderland

Though Kamloops has relatively mild winters, you’ll find plenty of snow just a 20-minute drive away at Harper Mountain. This small, but mighty resort offers downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and the Snowtown Tube Park. They also offer night skiing Thursday through Saturday, which is a great way to cap off a multi-sport day in Kamloops. Who says you can’t bike and snowshoe on the same day? If you do choose to snowshoe, try the popular Powder Highway route, a two-hour downhill snowshoe trek, followed by a chairlift upload that brings you back to the lodge, where you can warm up over snacks and drinks.

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Multiple snow sports to choose from for any athletic ability

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Fuel Your Adventure With Tasty Bites and Craft Beer

Wining and dining is one of my favourite ways to explore a new town, and Kamloops did not disappoint me on that front. You might be surprised to learn that Kamloops—best known for its rugged outdoor activities—has a burgeoning culinary scene that’s bursting with good food and drink to fuel your adventure. Start your day with a heaping eggs benny on a toasted focaccia at the funky all-day breakfast joint called Hello Toast. Post-adventure, when it’s time for après, there are plenty of options to choose from (cue: the BC Ale Trail). Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Bright Eye Brewing might just blow you away with its ingredient-driven beer selection, elevated pub fare, and sumptuous

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Unwind with local craft brews

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