Kamloops, British Columbia, is a stunning place to spend time, whether you live there or are travelling. The mountainous city offers an abundance of great winter activities for you to explore and enjoy.
1. Visit Sun Peaks Resort
1280 Alpine Road, Sun Peaks
Price Range - $33 - $124 depending on what type of pass is purchased.
Sun Peaks Resort is a beautiful place to visit this winter in Kamloops, B.C. It offers 4,270 acres of skiable land with three skiable peaks. The resort offers unique ski paths varying in difficulty. There is a little European-style village in the middle of the resort. It is open to exploring by foot or by ski! The village is filled with lovely shops, cafes and restaurants. The resort has a dog sled ride, a skating rink and several comfortable and cozy places to stay overnight.
2. Search for waterfalls in Wells Gray Provincial Park
416 Eden Road, Clearwater
Monday - Friday 8:30-4:30pm
Winter in Kamloops, British Columbia, is perfect for hiking through Wells Gray Provincial Park. The park has 41 named waterfalls, and who knows how many are still undiscovered! The iconic waterfalls you'll find in the park are stunning, so make sure you bring your camera,
3. Visit Kamloops Art Gallery
465 Victoria St. #101
Open 10 am - 5 pm closed Sunday and Monday
The Kamloops Art Gallery is a great place to visit during the winter. The art is continuously updated, and the gallery often features Canadian artists. The gallery hosts 12 exhibitions per year and offers an abundance of art opportunities. The Kamloops Art Gallery aims to be affordable, accessible, and inspire and provoke thought. Whether you're a professional art buff or not, the art displayed at the Kamloops Art Gallery is inspiring, creative and stunning.
4. Visit Harper’s Trail Winery
2761 Shuswap Road
The Harper's Trail Winery is a 25.5-acre vineyard. It has a comfortable patio area with incredible views. You can often enjoy cheese, crackers, and small snacks in the patio area. Of course, you can enjoy Harper's Trail wine by the glass or bottle in the picnic area as well. The picnic/patio area is pet-friendly and wheelchair-accessible.
5. Visit the B.C. Wildlife Park
9077 Dallas Dr.
Open Saturday - Sunday 9:30-4 pm
The B.C. Wildlife Park is an adventure every time you visit. It is home to nearly 200 animals. Explore arachnids, insects, bears, felines, birds and more—the B.C. Wildlife Park is exciting and a great way to spend time.
6. Go Ice-Fishing.
Kamloops, British Columbia, has some of the best ice-fishing in the world. With more than 100 lakes close to the city, there are a ton of great ice-fishing places. A few places to try are:
- Tunkwa Lake
- Edith Lake
- Heffley Lake
7. Explore Back Alley Art Gallery Murals.
Kamloops is home to a unique art gallery. It's the Back Alley Art Gallery. Wander through, and you'll find more than 30 incredible murals. There are several styles of art displayed, and details for each piece of art can be found on their webpage.
8. Try fat biking.
If you're already a fat biking pro, then you can skip this part, but if not, then here are a few tips. Kamloops is a city where biking is enjoyed through all four seasons. A fat bike has wider tires than the average bike, and the tires run at a lower pressure. It makes riding through snow and on ice easier and more able to control. When you go fat biking, make sure you wear breathable clothing and that you dress in layers.
Fat biking paths:
- Kenna Cartwright Park
- Isobel Lake
- Sun Peaks Resort
9. Explore Winter Hiking.
Kamloops is a place where hiking can be thoroughly enjoyed throughout the year. This is because of its very mild weather and plenty of sunshine. When you go winter hiking, make sure of a few things :
- Dress in warm layers.
- Wear double socks.
- Wear waterproof footwear.
- Bring water and snacks.
A few places to explore Kamloops winter hiking are:
- Riverside Park and Pioneer Park
- Aviation Way
- West Highlands Park
10. Try Out Snowshoeing
Whether you've experienced snowshoeing or not, winter in Kamloops is an excellent time to start! The season is typically from mid-December to the end of March. Kamloops offers blanketed hills, white snowy forests and more to snowshoe through. Winter gives it a beautiful backdrop to explore.
A few places to explore snowshoeing are:
- Stake Lake
- Harper Mountain
- Kenna Cartwright Nature Park
11. Go Cross Country Skiing.
Kamloops, British Columbia, has plenty of areas to explore by cross country skiing. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, the snowy city has a trail for you. In addition, there are a few snowy spots that offer fantastic skiing opportunities and rentals in case you don't own the ski gear.
12. Tie up your skates and go ice-skating.
Skating is an excellent way to spend time during the winter. It gives you a ton of physical activity while practicing a great skill. There are plenty of places to enjoy ice-skating in Kamloops.
Some of our favourites are:
- Little Heffley Lake
- Albert McGowan Park
- Stake Lake
13. Get lost in downtown Kamloops.
Well, we don't mean to get lost literally. More like explore. Wander through the streets of downtown Kamloops. Downtown Kamloops has an abundance of things to do, see and experience. Find live entertainment, unique shops, boutique cafes and art galleries in the same vicinity.
14. Strap on your snowboard.
And, if you don't have a snowboard, don't worry, there's a ton of places that rent them! Kamloops' winter snow is fluffy, light and dry, making the hills perfect for snowboarding. Kamloops has perfect snowboarding weather from mid-November until about mid-April. It has various terrain making it suitable for all levels of snowboarders.
Excellent places to go snowboarding in Kamloops this winter:
15. Take a scenic drive.
Kamloops, British Columbia, is a beautiful place. Enjoy a scenic drive to see the mountains and the snow-kissed trees. Watch the sparkling rivers, see the snowy hills, and grab a coffee from your favourite coffee shop.
There are many amazing things to do this winter in Kamloops, B.C. The snowy terrain allows for great snowshoeing, skiing and snowboarding. In addition, Kamloops has a vibrant and bubbly downtown with unique small shops waiting for you to explore. Wintertime is an excellent time to get outdoors and enjoy all that Kamloops offers.