I moved to Kamloops almost six years ago and there is not a summer that goes by where I don’t feel incredibly lucky to live in this beautiful part of the province. There is so much to do and see! Over the years, I’ve honed down my perfect summer Saturday in this city. If you have just one day to spend here, this is what I would recommend:
Start with an early morning trail run or hike. I live less than a kilometre from Peterson Creek Park so that’s where I usually go trail running, but Kenna Cartwright Park is also within city limits and offers some amazing views of Kamloops Lake. The city has so many beautiful trails right in its backyard, we’re spoilt for choice!
Next, head to the Kamloops Regional Farmer’s Market – it’s the place to be on Saturday morning in Kamloops! I try to get there before 9:30am, as it gets quite busy, but the market does run until 12:30pm. Grab a coffee and some bannock (traditional Aboriginal fry bread) and wander the stalls to peruse all the amazing fresh produce.
By mid-morning / early afternoon, it’s usually quite hot (Kamloops receives over 2000 hours of sunshine annually), so the best way to cool off is to get yourself to a body of water. My husband and I both like to fish and kayak, so we head to one of city’s nearby lakes. Despite the semi-arid desert landscape of Kamloops, there are well over 100 lakes within a short drive of downtown. Edith Lake is one of our favourites; it’s only 15 minutes from town and you can fish from shore around the whole lake if you’re willing to hike a little. But if you want to stay close to the city, Riverside Park also has a beautiful beach and a splash park.
If you’re not in the mood to spend time by the water, then head to Harper’s Trail Winery located just outside of town. The recently opened winery is the first in Kamloops, and with yummy wine and beautiful views of the surrounding sagebrush and hoodoos (tall, thin spires of rock common in this climate), it’s a great place to spend an afternoon or an evening. They also have a beautiful patio and encourage you to pack your own picnic to enjoy with your wine tasting.
After wine tasting, make your way to Music in the Park in Riverside Park. Every night in July and August, there is a free concert from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. The musicians change nightly and feature everything from jazz and rock n’ roll to reggae and country music (you can find the online schedule here). This is my go-to activity when I have friends or family visiting, because it’s free, fun and outside. I usually cap off the evening with an ice cream cone from Scoopz – a popular spot during the summer months, it’s one the best ways to end a busy, summer Saturday.
There are literally hundreds of things to do in the Kamloops area during the summer, it’s easy to spend more than just a Saturday here.
Things to Do, Kamloops