Take to the trails
Kamloops has a strong reputation as a mountain biking destination, with some of the world’s best riders either hailing from here or spending considerable time riding and filming in the area.
This mountain biker’s paradise offers unique, rugged terrain and the perfect semi-arid climate for year-round riding. Classic single track, high-speed alpine downhill, fat biking in winter–whatever your style, you’ll find it here. Rent your wheels from District Bicycle Co., then head out to local trails like the Pineview Valley Trail Network, an all-mountain area west of the city. Also check out Kamloops Bike Ranch, Canada’s largest municipal bike park, which covers 26 hectares (64 acres) of open grasslands terraced between the Valleyview and Juniper Ridge neighbourhoods.
For some lower-key riding—and fabulous views of the Thompson Valley and Kamloops—check out Lac du Bois Grasslands or Kenna Cartwright Park, (which can also be explored on foot).
Prefer to travel on foot? Nearby hikes with panoramic views include Peterson Creek Nature Park (bring your pups, as it’s entirely off-leash) and Battle Bluff with a nearly 360-metre (1180-foot) ascent to a cliff overlooking Kamloops Lake. Looking for a more leisurely stroll? Enjoy an interpretative lakeside walk at Isobel Lake (wheelchair accessible).