The holidays are done, but there is still plenty of winter left. While we definitely support staying indoors and practising hygge (see December’s post), we wanted to provide some ideas for things to do in the case of emergence from hibernation.
Kamloops is perfectly positioned to take in all things winter. Skiing, tubing, snowshoeing, and skating are all accessible within 30 minutes of the city. For the more adventurous, we’ve also included some ideas for winter biking and fat biking. Whatever you choose, we hope you get out and enjoy the winter wonderland we’re proud to call home.
Snowshoeing: snowshoeing is a wonderful way to explore new or old terrain. Both local ski hills rent snowshoes as does Spoke Bike & Ski, True Outdoors, and Runners Sole. Kamloops outdoor enthusiasts at Hike Kamloops have put together a comprehensive guide on where to snowshoe in Kamloops, including reviews, directions and maps.
Cross Country Skiing: the Stake Lake Trails, located 25 minutes south of Kamloops, are a great place to slap on some skinny sticks—but don’t take our word for it, check out this awesome video by Tourism Kamloops! This 60km trail system is operated by the Overlander Ski Club, who also provide equipment rentals.
Skating: there are several city-owned ice rinks in the Kamloops area, all with dedicated public skating hours. Many arenas also offer family or group puck and stick time. Many neighbourhoods in Kamloops also have outdoor rinks, operated by neighbourhood volunteers. If these rinks are up and running, they are open to the public and are free of charge. If you’re looking for something a bit different, check out one of the cleared skating surfaces on a local frozen lake or pond!
Winter biking and fat biking: Kamloops is a haven for cyclists of all types, so it’s no surprise these enthusiasts have found ways to keep on rolling right through the winter! Tourism Kamloops has compiled a list of places to go for winter biking and fat biking in Kamloops. Rent bikes and fat bikes at District Bicycle Co.
Harper Mountain: this resort has been family owned and operated since 1973 and is located 20 minutes from Kamloops. Harper Mountain is sure to have something for everyone including tubing, skiing, snowboarding, a terrain park, and snowshoeing. If you can’t make it during the day, they have night skiing and tubing Thurs-Sun evenings! No equipment? No problem. Harper Mountain has rentals and lessons available on site.
Sun Peaks: you can find all the activities listed above at Sun Peaks and rentals for each activity too. In addition to snowshoeing, skating, skiing, and fat biking, Sun Peaks also offers dog sled excursions, cat trax groomer rides, heli and cat ski excursions, horse drawn sleigh rides, snowmobiling and more, including a number of accessible options to remove barriers for those who may have mobility challenges.
We hope you have fun exploring new experiences this winter!