Family Roadtrips –  Kamloops, BC Part 1: Staying Cool in Kamloops

Kamloops gets a bad rap down on the coast for being kind of a bro town with not a lot to do. We have a family wedding up there this summer, and I have really enjoyed the time I’ve spent there. If you’re looking to test your kids’ road trip legs this summer, I highly recommend this surprisingly family friendly town. I’m excited to share some of the gems we’ve found here over a few posts.

If you’re traveling to Kamloops in the summer, you want to be sure to find some places to cool off. The heat is blazing, but as long as you find somewhere with shade and/or to dip your feet, you will be fine. Here are some of our favorite places to cool off near downtown Kamloops.



Prince Charles Park

A bit of a zoo on the weekend, this small neighborhood park is perfect for the 2 – 6 year old set. The wading pool is a great spongy material, so injuries are nearly impossible. The playground is also tons of fun. Bring your own food as there isn’t a concession stand.




Pioneer Park

If your family includes a 4-legged member, this is the park for you. There’s a cool bridge, and lots of dog friends. Kids do swim on the beach, but the dogs definitely rule the beach. It can also be a touch swampy! A word of warning about city bylaws: technically the grass is an on-leash area and the sand is on-leash, but it is impossible to enforce.



Riverside Park

Riverside Park is just a jump downhill from Victoria Street, the hub of downtown Kamloops. It has a beach and a splash park. It is perfect if you have the under 2 set. The splash pad is a worry-free zone for parents as the water is just puddles and the ground is made of that lovely crushed rubber. If you’re visiting in July and August, there is music every single evening starting at 7 pm, so you can end your day with a little live music in the evening sun. There is a concession stand if you forget to pack snacks.

Tourism Kamloops has put together a great family guide. Check out the Guide to Summer for ideas and deals. 

Stay tuned, we’ll be having some more features on Kamloops in the coming weeks!