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While Kamloops is evidently a great place to visit for the outdoorsy among us, there’s so much more to this town than just the great outdoors! Award-winning wineries, a lively arts scene and lots of farms and farmers markets to explore are just some of the other great things you can experience in Kamloops.
Regardless of your preferred activity level, you’ll find many ways to enjoy nature in Kamloops. Summer activities range from mountain biking, hiking and canoeing to golf, swimming and stand-up paddleboarding. There are 82 parks and 100 freshwater lakes surrounding Kamloops, so the options really are endless!
Just over an hour from Kamloops you will find Shushwap Lake. It’s one of hundreds in the area, but this particular lake is well-known for a classic West Coast summer activity – houseboating! Many people spend long weekends (or full weeks!) enjoying the summer weather with friends and family on a houseboat. There are many rental companies in the area, so no need to go out and purchase your own boat. If you’re looking for a good time, you’ll find many “party boats” on this lake. But if you’re more interested in some quiet time, don’t worry! There’s over 300 square kilometres of water in Shushwap, so you’ll have no problem finding space of your own.
Have you ever seen a block party that spans over 200 blocks? That’s just what you’ll find at the bi-annual Back Alley Block Party! Once in the winter and once in the summer, the alleyway between Victoria and Seymour Street is turned into a big party, with local beer, live music and artisan market.
If you’re looking to experience the local Indigenous culture first-hand, you can’t miss the annual Kamloopa Powwow, one of the largest celebrations of First Nation’s culture in Western Canada. The Powwow is a spectacular expression of the Secwepemc people’s heritage and is a vibrant display of storytelling, song, and dance in traditional regalia.
Kamloops has come to be known as B.C.’s newest wine region, due to its unique climate and the innovative spirit of the locals. If you want to experience these award-winning wines for yourself, take a trip along the Kamloops Wine Trail. You can visit three wineries - Monte Creek Ranch Winery, Harper’s Trail Winery and Privato Winery & Vineyard. The top grapes planted in the region include Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Cabarnet Franc.
Written by Andrea Zakaib