Kamloops (pop. 85,678) is ideally situated half-way between the Canadian Rockies and Vancouver / Whistler. Kamloops features an incredibly diverse semi-arid ecosystem and landscapes of sagebrush-covered hills, natural hoodoos, rugged mountains and pristine lakes with over 2000 hours of sunshine each year. Kamloops is home to world-class mountain biking, hiking/snowshoeing trails, fishing, and golf. Spring starts early, to the delight of golfers and boaters. Summer is bright and sunny with warm days extending well into autumn. And with its endless blue skies and famous dry powder, winter in Kamloops is a snowy, playtime paradise. If its culture that you’re after, spend some time walking around downtown, peruse the boutique shops, sip on local craft beer, visit the art gallery, and learn about First Nations and Western Canadian history at the museum. Kamloops is also home to the BC Wildlife Park, a rescue facility where you can visit Clover the spirit bear.

Horseback Riding in Kamloops
Kamloops, photo credit: Tourism Kamloops / Kelly Funk