The second largest city in the BC Interior, Kamloops (pop. 90,000) sits at the confluence of the North and South Thompson rivers. Which means you’re just a paddle’s throw away from canoeing and kayaking, not to mention boating, waterskiing, and wakeboarding on nearby Kamloops Lake. (Packing light? Get geared up at Bruker Marina.) There’s also hiking and mountain biking for all abilities on trails past sandstone hoodoos, sagebrush-scented hills, and rolling grasslands.
Start with the Peterson Creek Nature Park, and its ample city views, or the Kamloops Bike Ranch—Canada’s largest municipal bike park at 26 hectares (64 acres). Then put your swing to the test on Tobiano Golf Course’s seventh hole, a tee shot across a canyon. (Did you know that Kamloops has the most golf courses per capita in the country?)