“Kamloops is known as a hub community,” says Lisa Strachan, director of destination development and trade relations for Tourism Kamloops. The British Columbia city is the intersection point for major Canadian highways and railroads, and it’s served by its own airport.
“Only four hours from Vancouver, five from Jasper and six from Banff, Kamloops is the ideal midway point for tourists,” but travelers should be sure to explore the city and its surroundings, says Strachan.
“[Visitors] are shocked by our climate and topography,” she says. “Kamloops has a semi-arid climate, including an inverted treeline, prickly pear cacti and hoodoos.”
These unexpected environs make for excellent outdoor activities. Strachan recommends a VIP tour of the British Columbia Wildlife Park.
“The park is an interactive wildlife experience specializing in rescue and rehabilitation of more than 45 indigenous species, and it’s the most successful breeder of burrowing owls in the world.” During experiences such as a cougar feeding, guests can view animals that are rarely seen in the wild.
Alongside Kamloops’ hiking trails, guests can explore the city’s wine trail. “The Kamloops Wine Trail showcases three diverse wineries pioneering a new wine region in the Kamloops and Thompson Valley area.” The city also has several craft breweries, and will add two more brewpubs by early 2019.
Top photo: Harper’s Trail Estate Winery
Photo by Tourism Kamloops
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