As our September schedules draw closer, the river city of Kamloops presents an opportunity to extend that summer getaway feeling, even if that escape is only 40 minutes from your backyard.
The late summer months can be some of the hottest days in the Interior, with the golden desert hills holding much of the dry heat throughout the day. That’s why locals opt to rise with the sun and put play before their mid-day plans. Toss your riding gloves on and hit the forested biking trails of the Pineview Valley Park, or watch the sunrise over the South Thompson River from Kenna Cartwright Park before heading downtown for a much-deserved brunch.
Physical distancing measures have extended some of downtown Kamloops’ most notable patios on Victoria Street, making a shaded meal in the heart of the city more safe and enjoyable. A patio brunch at Mittz Kitchen will satisfy taste buds you never knew you had, or grab a coffee and shop the streets lined with local boutiques. Mainstreet Clothing has stylish fall clothes and also offers wooden creations from Jak Natural Designs, an artist with Sun Peaks connections. Down a few blocks Far and Wide has everything you never knew you needed and the newly opened store Crooked Crown has trendy gifts for others or yourself. You’re bound to find something to take home as a stay-cation souvenir.
For a snack visit Scoopz Ice Cream Parlour for their end of the season ice cream sell off which raises funds for The Mustard Seed. The promotion runs Sept. 1 to 7.
If basking in the afternoon sun is more your style, grab some friends, pool floaties and plenty of sunscreen and water before heading off to the river. With several starting points along the South Thompson, you can easily float away several relaxing hours of your day before landing in Riverside Park. Just make sure you have a second vehicle parked at the end! If floating from the Valleyview Boat Launch it takes about four hours depending on water levels.
And if you wanted to take advantage of the hundred lakes surrounding the city but don’t have any of your own equipment, True Outdoors offers rentals of canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards to help you ease into nature on a quiet few days away.
After a full day of exploring the sights and soft wild sounds of the Thompson Valley, it’s time to experience the region’s authentic flavours. From craft beers at Red Collar Brewery to quench any beer preference to aromatic sips from local vineyards like Monte Creek and crisp summer ciders from Woodward Cider Co. inspired by the local lifestyle.
Those that decide to spend the evening in town can wind down at the newly renovated Delta Hotel by Marriott in the city centre. Just steps away from local eateries like Cordo Resto & Bar or the Noble Pig, this downtown amenity is the perfect conclusion to a vacation not too far from home. It also features an outdoor, rooftop pool to soak up the last few rays of summer sun for the year.