New to Kamloops and itching to get outside and explore? You have come to the right place. Kamloops has so much to offer, whether you love hiking, biking, rock climbing, the water, or the snow!
1. Mountain Biking
Kamloops is known around the world for its mountain bike trails, and for good reason! A great way to meet local riders and explore the trails is with the Kamloops Bike Riders Association or, if you’re a lady, the Dirt Chix. Each group holds group rides in different locations throughout the city every month for all riding levels. If you’re wanting to get out and explore on your own, check out Pineview, Bachelor Heights, or the Kamloops Bike Ranch.
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2. Hiking & Trail Running
Just off of campus, you can find Peterson Creek Park or Kenna Cartwright Park. Kenna Cartwright is the largest park within city limits in the province, boasting over 40 kilometres of trail. Another great hiking location is Battle Bluffs, which gives you a beautiful view of Kamloops and Kamloops Lake.
3. Rock Climbing
New to climbing or an old pro? Cliffside Climbing Gym for indoor climbing is the place to be. Don’t be afraid to go alone; you’re sure to meet plenty of other climbers and get help on your technique. For outdoor climbers, there is The Beach, Marble Canyon, and Roche Lake, to name a few.
A guide for all the climbing locations can be found here.
4. Skiing and Snowboarding
Kamloops is lucky to have two ski resorts within an hour’s drive: Harper Mountain and Sun Peaks Resort. If you’re new to skiing or snowboarding, Harper Mountain is a great place to take lessons. Harper Mountain also offers night skiing.
Sun Peaks is great for all levels of riders and lovers of the terrain park, tree runs, freeriding and more. There is a shuttle up to the resort from Kamloops throughout the season and discounts for TRU student cardholders at both resorts!
5. Canoe, Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Ever wonder where Thompson Rivers University got its name? It’s because right here in Kamloops is where the South Thompson and the North Thompson Rivers meet. There are both great places for kayaking or canoeing. The confluence of the rivers flows into Kamloops Lake, which is another great location for water sport adventures.
There are also lakes around Kamloops where you can rent a stand-up paddle board, take a lesson or go on a guided tour – details here. For kayak or canoe rentals, check out the locally-owned True Outdoors.
Pay attention to the time of sunset and ALWAYS let someone know where you are going and what time you plan to return. Last but not least: have fun!