Ski Northern BC this Winter
For a dusting of powder and charm.
In the winter, Kamloops is an ideal destination for lovers of snow and snow sports. The ground is often white in the city itself, and the surrounding mountains are always covered in enough dry powder to make a successful and memorable winter holiday. Skiing (downhill and Nordic), snowmobiling, snowshoeing and dog sledding are just a few of the traditional winter sports on offer.
We asked our Facebook fans what activities they would recommend to a friend who had 48 hours to spend in Kamloops this winter, and here are their top five suggestions:
Tied in fifth place is Harper’s Trail, the first winery to open in Kamloops. This popular and scenic spot boasts a spacious tasting room where you can sample award-winning wines in a spectacular setting. The winery sits along the South Thompson River, and is surrounded by sagebrush-covered hills and hoodoos: tall, thin, otherwordly-looking rock spires. Keep an eye out for bighorn sheep, mule deer and bears.
Also tied for fifth place is the excellent Nordic skiing available at Stake Lake, located between Kamloops and Logan Lake, off the Coquihalla Highway. There are 60 km (37 mi) of trails here, groomed for both classic and skate skiing. You can even bring your furry friend and take advantage of 5 km (3 mi) of dog trails. Night skiing here is greatly enhanced by the lit trail around the lake.
Number three on our list is an activity growing in popularity, known as fat biking. The idea is to take a specially built bike – one with tires that range from about 10-12 cm (4-5 in) wide – and hit the snowy trails. Kamloops has a local club, the Fat Fockers, who organize group rides in the winter.
In at number two is the British Columbia Wildlife Park, a fantastic and interactive place to learn about and enjoy the animals that call BC home. Ride the Wildlife Express Miniature Train, and wander around the park’s 40+ hectares (100+ acres) to view wolves, cougars, bison, moose, bighorn sheep, birds of prey, reptiles, and even a rare white Kermode bear. Don’t miss the Wildlights Festival if you are visiting from mid- December to early January.
And our fans’ most highly recommended way to spend time in Kamloops in the winter is to enjoy the many activities on offer at nearby Sun Peaks Resort. Located an hour from Kamloops, Sun Peaks is well known as a family-friendly destination that offers something for everyone. Enjoy downhill skiing and boarding, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing and sleigh riding, all close to the resort’s ski-in/ski-out, European-style village accommodation. Sun Peaks boasts lots of great dining options, and hosts annual food and wine festivals.
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