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There’s a chill in the air and frost on the grass—winter is on its way! Whether you’re planning your holidays or diving straight into outdoor activities, Kamloops is the place to be this winter. Between holiday festivities, time spent with family, and a host of indoor and outdoor activities, there are family-friendly experiences for every kind of winter adventure.
Hit the snow
Who says winter has to be boring? In Kamloops, winter is the perfect time to wrap up and head outdoors to enjoy the snow. Find fun-filled outdoor activities, from skiing to hiking and so much more.
Family-run Harper Mountain is both a hidden gem and a local favourite. Just 20 minutes from Kamloops, Harper Mountain is a small, laidback ski resort, complete with a terrain park and lift-operated tube park. Built, run, and beloved by families, Harper Mountain is perfect for beginners and expert winter sports lovers. Hit the hills by day for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing or tubing, and settle down with hot cocoa by night. Harper Mountain’s season opens in mid-December and runs through March.
For a slower-paced winter adventure, keep warm with family and friends while bonding over a day on the ice or a snowy hike. Kamloops is home to plenty of indoor and outdoor skating rinks, perfect for gliding on the ice under snow-covered trees. Inks Lake, Brocklehurst Arena & Pool, Westsyde Centennial Park, and Juniper Park are among many popular rinks where you can bring your skates and hit the ice!
The fun doesn’t end when the day does! Don’t miss Wildlights at BC Wildlife Park, a holiday light show that brings friends and families together to create magical, lasting memories. Popular among locals and back for its 24th year running, Wildlights is full of holiday fun for the whole family. Take family photos with Santa in his sleigh, walk through glowing light structures, view over 800,000 lights on display, and indulge in hot cocoa and festive treats.
Making a list, checking it twice
Holly jolly fun is waiting for you in Kamloops! Get in the holiday spirit with Christmas at Privato Vineyard & Winery and Woodward Christmas Tree Farm, a beloved long-time local tradition. While you may not be taking a tree home, the festive ambience and wintry joy will feel like a scene from a Hallmark movie. Bonfires, mulled wine, and ciders add a perfect touch to a great day out.
Holiday shopping is easy at Monte Creek Winery’s Holiday Craft Market. Support local artisans and small businesses, enjoy delicious treats, and enjoy the cheerful atmosphere. This winery has just committed $10 million to upgrades, focusing on quality, innovation, and sustainability. Monte Creek’s wines are now divided into Ancient Waters and Living Land series. The Living Land series refers to the idea that great wine can only come from land that is truly alive. Biodiversity above and below the ground promotes a healthy environment and strengthens the grapevine, leading to incredible fruit and incredible wine. The Ancient Waters series refers to the historical geological events that formed the land and prized soils.
A cozy staycation
One of Tourism Kamloops’ values is to “fiercely protect the spaces we live and play in.” From staycations to staying near family over the holidays, Kamloops has plenty of accommodations that put sustainability first. Delta Hotels by Marriott Kamloops, Best Western Plus Kamloops Hotel, and the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre are all Biosphere Committed Companies. End every fun-filled day with a cozy evening indoors, watching the snow fall.
Visit tourismkamloops.com for details and to plan your winter fun today.
In Kamloops, real places and rough edges are embraced as a sign of memories well-made and adventures well played. Whether you’ve got fun between your legs on your bike, birdie (or bogey) your way across some of Canada’s most beautiful golf courses, or hike and taste wine at new heights, Kamloops has what you crave.