We feel very fortunate to get to spend time at our family friend’s hobby farm in Savona, about an hour outside of Kamloops. They have goats, chickens, alpacas, and rabbits, plus a few barn kitties. The boys were thrilled.
Kamloops is a great place to have an animal adventure. Because farming and ranching are a way of life around here, there are tons of opportunities to expose kids to those environments. Just be sure to always be animal-safe: the animals aren’t just selfie opportunities. Keep a hand on toddlers and small kids, and never approach horses, goats, or other big animals from behind. Make sure your kids know if they are going to hold a hand out, keep it flat so fingers don’t get nibbled.
Little Farmers Petting Zoo
Little Farmers Petting Zoo has you covered for the animal farm experience. Ducks, goats, pigs, and a host of exotic birds, be sure to bring quarters and loonies fly bird and goat feed. They are located next to Centennial Park in Westsyde, so it is a bit outside of downtown (bring your swimsuits or bikes for Centennial Park’s splash park or Rivers Trail!)
BC Wildlife Park
If you’re interested in seeing some big animals, BC Wildlife Park has bears, cougars, lynx, bison, camels and wolves, not to mention cool owls, falcons, and birds of pray, and a whole bunch of snakes and reptiles. I love that they are focused specifically on BC Wildlife, rehabilitation, and education. Captive animal exhibits can be ethically tricky, but BC Wildlife Park is a non-profit and does not buy animals.
Kamloops Mounted Patrol
If the Rocky Mountaineer Train is in town, hop down to Riverside Park and check out the Kamloops Mounted Patrol. If your kiddo is a horse enthusiast, they’ll love seeing these horses climb up on some of the rocks around the park! A cool ending to an evening picnic in the park!