As the excitement for autumn builds, so does the potential for some great outdoor adventures. Here in the Kamloops area, it can get pretty hot in the summer, which can be a deterrent for any moderately difficult outdoor activities. Now that the weather is a little more bearable, September through November is the perfect time to lace up your runners and hit the trails for a hike.
Mornings and late afternoons can be a bit crisp, making them the perfect time for some hard hiking- the cool air is refreshing when you’re sweating your butt off. If you have time, the middle of the day is still pleasantly warm and you can just feel the vitamin D soaking through your skin while you admire the beauty that Mother Nature provides this time of year.
The best part about all of this is that you don’t need to go far to find some first-rate trails. Peterson Creek Park has a main entrance right in the heart of downtown Kamloops, and several other entrances scattered around downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods. Right outside your doorstep is access to 94 hectares of park with over 30 kilometers of trails! There are a couple of technical trails near the Bridal Veil Falls area if you’re up for a challenge, or you can simply loop around the copious gentle terrain trails.
Kenna Cartwright Park is another option right in city limits, and is the largest municipal park in British Columbia, containing 800 hectares and 40 kilometers of trails. Trails are marked with difficulty, and there are no extreme level trails in this park. The main entrance is located off of a neighborhood street, similar to Peterson Creek.
There are ample more hiking opportunities in and around the city; try taking a jaunt up to Paul Lake Provincial Park or Mara Mountain for a strenuous challenge, or the Rivers Trail downtown for a pleasant walk along both of the Thompson Rivers. Get out there and spread the fall fever!
Hiking in Kamloops, BC