48 Hours in Kamloops | Golf, Fishing, Wine and Markets… a weekend to remember!
Let’s Hit the Links
Upon arrival in Kamloops, you’re probably eager to get swinging. Let’s start by teeing it off at one of BC’s most unique golf designs, The Dunes at Kamloops. Often referred to as Kamloops’ true nature course, players will be welcomed by a collection of holes that truly fit the semi-arid landscape.
The native sand dunes act as the canvas for this championship layout, creating rolling fairways and undulating greens that are sure to test even the most skilled golfer. While generous fairways and unique approach shots create fun around every turn, the true test is on the dance floor. A great location to begin your weekend of fun in Kamloops.
Bike or Hike
Rise and shine! Get warmed up for a day on the links with an adventure through some of Kamloops’ most beautiful trails and parkways. Panoramic views of the valley are plentiful through a collection of accessible hiking and mountain biking areas, perfect for enjoying the morning sun and getting those legs moving. Bring a thermos and enjoy your morning cup of coffee at one of the vistas overlooking the beautiful mountainous landscape. You’ll soon understand why Kamloops is hailed as an outdoor playground.
Here are some local favs:
Looking to grab a bite before teeing it up? Conquer your appetite and embrace the local culture with a number of brunch venues to fuel up for the day. Weekend mornings are perfect for exploring the vibrancy of downtown, as the Kamloops Regional Farmers’ Market sets up shop for their traditional Saturday visit on St. Paul Street. Around the corner, a famous brunch stop Hello Toast awaits, where visitors can enjoy home-style breakfast made from quality, locally-sourced ingredients. Truly some of the tastiest eggs-benny around.
Here are some other brunch stops:
Another 18 Holes?
Time to get serious. A golf getaway to Kamloops isn’t complete without a stop at the nationally recognized Tobiano Golf. Ranked 9th on ScoreGolf’s list of best Canadian public courses in 2019, Tobiano’s dramatic viewpoints and exceptionally kept greens and fairways will make players feel as if they’re teeing up among the pros.
The tee-boxes at Tobiano are situated among some of the best panoramic views in Kamloops, and test golfers to make solid swings throughout their round. The greens are world renowned for rolling pure and true, and are a safe-haven for players confident with the flat-stick. Carefully pick your jaw up off the floor and bring your best golf to Tobiano.
Aprés Done Right
For those looking to complete a busy day with a night cap, Kamloops is quickly becoming well known for its emerging craft beer scene, with 4 craft breweries and 2 tap rooms to hang your hat for the day. Get crafty and experiment with a selection of seasonal flights, from ales to stouts that are rotating year round. Craft-beer experts to beginner beer drinkers rejoice as they’re sure to find a favourite in Kamloops.
Here are some of the local craft-beer stops:
Gone Fishin’ – 2 to 4 hours
Thinking of casting a line in between rounds? Kamloops has long been recognized as a fisherman’s haven, with over 100 lakes that are abundant with Rainbow Trout, Eastern Brook Trout, and Kokanee. Interior Fly Fishing Co. has you covered with a guided tour through some of the local hot-spots, providing unmatched expertise you can take home with you. Drop them a line and attempt to catch some fish before chasing birdies on the course.
Weekend Wine Tour – 2 to 4 hours
Among the assembly of craft breweries, award-winning wineries also bring new flavour to the BC Interior. As more vineyards begin to occupy the land adjacent to the North and South Thompson Rivers, visitors are eager to sip and savour the unique blends the semi-arid landscape has to offer. The many outdoor tasting venues are perfect for a stop after your round, or make the most of your weekend getaway by hopping from winery to winery on a guided tour with Tastefull Excursions.
Here are the local Kamloops wineries:
Final Round Sunday
The final golf outing of your 48-hour frenzy concludes at the regionally acclaimed Rivershore Golf Links. Designed by award-winning architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., Rivershore lies adjacent to the South Thompson River, with a collection of links-inspired holes that wind through the flat lands below the hoodoos.
Bringing a certain European golf flavour to BC’s Interior, Rivershore’s layout asks golfers to be precise with their irons and bunker play, as nearly 100 sand-traps protect the fairways and greens. Consistently one of the local favourites, the accessible tee shots and spectacular views of the valley make for an unforgettable round on the links. A perfect finale to your weekend wander through Kamloops.