Good half way stop, with plenty of places to eat.
It's hot, and I mean HOT!
small town atmosphere in the biggest city between Vancouver and Calgary (I think)
Visiting Two River Junction is a great way to spend your evening. The dinner theatre is tons of fun with local history mixed with classic tunes and a cast of great characters. Two River Junction was introduced to complement the Rocky Mountaineer train that passes through Kamloops from April to October every year. Thousands of guest pour through...more
A good stop off point if you're driving through Kamloops to Vancouver is Kamloops Lake, quite a picturesque location to stop by and have something to eat. You may see a huge long train go by beneath you, and a mysterious funnel of smoke in the distance which you can see all around Kamloops!more
If you have the opportunty - do not miss this!! We took a trip on the Spirit of Kamloops. The love, care and attention that has gone into restoring this train is incredible. The folks working there are friendly, informative and so welcoming. This was the highlight of my 6 year olds trip to Canada and the States - I believe it was also the highlight...more
Okay, car lovers... this one's for you. Every summer, Kamloops plays host to several hundred classic and specialty cars for one great night in August. The hot night in the city event is an absolute must-see, even if you don't have a thing for vehicles. Some of the oldies are truly spectacular, well cared for and polished up for the show. The show...more
Canada Day in Kamloops is one of my favorite days. Riverside Park turns into a carnival of sights and sounds. There are several featured events on Canada Day. Art in the Park runs during daylight hours and is a great place to find some amazing and interesting art. From paintings to sculpture to clothes to jewellery, there are tons of unique and fun...more
The BC Wildlife Park is a pretty fun place to visit. Although it does have animals in captivity (some that I'm not necessarily cool with), most are kept in very large and naturally landscaped pens. The park features mainly Canadian wildlife, such as bears, deer, racoons, several bird species, and so on. There are several interactive exhibits, and...more
We stayed overnight at the Holiday Inn in Kamloops, which had great views of the town.more
Medium sized rooms, casino located within the hotel (but it's rather small), small fitness room (a...more
We (2 adults and 2 children ages 10 and 7) stayed here in April of 2003 it was great. We stayed for...more
Everyday Rick offers a different selection of sandwiches. Just order the one that inspires you the most and enjoy it with the tortilla chips and the wonderful dip created by Rick. Don't miss the soup of the day and a slice of cake.All food is homemade, including the tea (iced in summer, hot in winter).Nice place, pretty small, very very friendly,...more
Hello Toast is located in the Downtown Core of the city. It is a newer restaurant, but already one of my favorites. It is quite small, only seats about 25-30 people, and is usually quiet. The food is excellent. There is traditional fare available, such as omlettes, bacon and sausage, etc. For those veggies among us, or those who are into the...more
There are tons of little cafes where you can chill in the evening in Kamloops. Each has its own distinct feeling.There is the ubiquitous, trendy Starbucks. There are three in the city; one downtown, one in Sahali and one in Aberdeen at Chapters book store. Starbucks is good if you want your favorite caramel latte or coffee of the day the way you...more
The Max is your typical meat market 20-something nightclub. Lots of young people scantily dressed and shaking around to club favorites.During my drinking years, I spent a lot of time there shaking my bootie. I can tell you from lots of experience: This place is dark, dingy, dirty and full of sexed-up bar stars. If this is your cup of tea, I would...more
If you want to get to Kamloops from Edmonton, the fastest route is via Jasper and the Thompson River route. From Edmonton, you will head West to Jasper (haven't been this route since I was about 8 yrs. old, so don't know what the conditions are like now!). Once in Jasper, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Mt. Edith Clavell, the Marmott Range,...more
If you're travelling from Calgary, the fastest route to Kamloops (and to Vancouver, coincidentally) is via Rogers Pass in the Rocky Mountains. The trip is absolutely spectacular. Make sure you give yourself the whole day so that you have time to stop for photo ops!The route goes something like this. Calgary to Banff is about 1-2 hours. There is...more
Kamloops Transit is not very good. Because the city is so large for such a small population, the Transit Authority has really had to stretch it's resources in order to accomodate the most people. The problem is that the resources are small to begin with because nobody rides the bus due to poor service... You get the picture.In addition, the routes...more
After many years in Kamloops, my favorite bookstore has closed its doors. The owners, David and Nathalie, have retired. Please be aware that Merlin books will likely still be included in many directories and guides for the next few years until new editions can be updated.If you are looking for books in Kamloops, try Chapters in Aberdeen, or At...more
The Farmers Market is one of my favorite summer features in Kamloops. The market runs Saturdays and Wedensdays in downtown Kamloops. The Saturday market is the bigger of the two. Basically, it's your typical farmer's market: farmers, artisans and other vendors bring their wares to be sold to the throngs of weekend shoppers. Everything is fresh and...more
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Kamloops is one of the hottest places in B.C. and in the summer, there is little to no precipitation. Be sure if you plan to do activities in the area that you have plenty of sunscreen and water. In particular, if you plan to hike away from the city, bring these essential items with you.
Planned to spend the day at the BC Wildlife Park just north of Kamloops to celebrate my daughters 3rd birthday.
It was SO BAD we left within twenty minutes - there were few animals - most of which were in very bad shape and none of the wonderful interactive experience as advertised in their flyer or on their site.
It appeared to us that the funding this park gets is all going into buildings for PEOPLE and not into animal welfare or compounds.
We actually felt ill leaving there and did not want our kids to see animals who were obviously dehyrated and not living in good conditions. Cannot believe somewhere like this was receiving funding from the city when something as wonderful and the heritage railway was not. A scandal!!
Kamloops is a river city, and as a result, we have some pretty good river beaches. Unfortunately, all the locals are quite aware that these exist, and crowd to them regularly. If you're okay with the crowds, ask any local about Riverside and Pioneer Parks. If you want something a little quieter, with lots more space and sun, head to the North Bank...more
One of the best activities to beat the heat of the Kamloops summer is tubing the Kamloops river. It is a little accessory intensive, but it will take you all day, and will probably be worth the $10-20 you spend on equipment. You will need: a tube or floatation device (inflatable mats are usually available at supermarkets for cheap in the summer), a...more
Peterson Creek Park is accessible from downtown Kamloops or from Sahali. The park is a very popular place to take a stroll with your family or dog.
The paths in the lower part of the park are quite easy. There are lots of little picnic tables and benches where you can stop for a break or have lunch. As you get further into the park, the trails get a little steeper. If you have very young children, I would recommend sticking to the lower trails.
If you decide to go on the higher trails, you will be rewarded at the end with a gorgeous waterfall and pool for wading in. A great way to cool your feet after hiking up!
It is possible to hike up behind the falls but the trails are very steep and tricky. If you go, take a friend and be careful.
Equipment: A day pack with water, sunscreen and lunch. Comfortable hiking boots with high ankles (some difficult hiking spots where the ankle support will come in handy).
This tip is in response to another general tip where a visitor stayed at the hostela dn was disturbed about being advised to boil the water. In the past every spring Kamloops had a water turbidity problem-arising from sediment overflowing into the drinking water-thus boiling your water. Kamloops has since built a state of the art water infiltration...more
I was in Kamloops with a friend, staying in a youth hostel. We both are Canadian, and we were astonished when we saw a sign in the hostel warning visitors not to drink the water without boiling it first.It isn't something very bad, but it certainly was unexpected on my part, so be prepared if you're in Kamloopslmore