Raise your hand if you spend the time between vacations planning your next one. If you’re hankering for a getaway, but don’t feel like jumping half a day of timezones, then Kamloops should top your list. 

This BC town is a 3.5-hour drive from Vancouver and just under 7 hours driving from Calgary. You can fly too if you want to cut down on time! 

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This charming city in BC is the perfect getaway with a relaxing laid-back vibe and tons of activities to keep you entertained.


The best part about Kamloops is that traffic is never an issue. Feel free to pack your itinerary because you can get from one spot to another within 15-20 minutes. That means less time driving and more time enjoying your vacation

Here are 4 reasons to plan a trip to Kamloops for your next getaway.

The Outdoors


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 Kamloops is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re a novice hiker or a thrill-seeking mountain biker, Kamloops has the hills for you. 

The fun also doesn’t stop when winter rolls around. The city is the closest stop to the renowned Sun Peaks Resort and Harper Mountain.

Shred along these famous slopes for some of the best downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding in BC!

The Food

After a day of adventure, you’ll probably work up an appetite. Luckily, Kamloops boasts a vibrant food scene and from January 17 to February 11, 2024, the city will be hosting a Dine Around program. 

Enjoy three-course delights at 10 local restaurants for an unmissable culinary journey. Kamloops is also a marked spot on the BC Ale Trail, so you can count on finding some great craft brews to go along with lunch. 

Try Bright Eye Brewing for some fantastic local beers and perfectly paired bites.

The Arts and Culture

This BC gem isn’t just about outdoor adventures and delicious food. The city is also a hub for arts and culture.

You can explore local art galleries like the Kamloops Art Gallery, check out awesome murals around town, attend performing arts festivals, and immerse yourself in the city’s rich history at the Kamloops Museum and Archives 

The Vibe


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What sets Kamloops apart is its atmosphere. The city has a fun, laid-back vibe, where everyone is always up for a good time and no one takes themselves too seriously.

There’s nothing pretentious or fussy about Kamloops. Let your hair down, have a laugh, and enjoy life.