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A Rejuvenation Guide to Kamloops

In an age where digital connections often replace face-to-face interactions, a getaway with friends and family offers a wonderful opportunity to truly reconnect.

In an age where digital connections often replace face-to-face interactions, a getaway with friends and family offers a wonderful opportunity to truly reconnect. A vacation in a city like Kamloops, which caters to families, adventure-seekers, and those in need of rejuvenation, provides the perfect setting for bonding. Whether it’s through shared adventures, leisurely meals, or simply relaxing together, the experiences gained can strengthen relationships in the best way possible. 

Consider Kamloops for your next group or family getaway. This active city in the Thompson-Okanagan has something for everyone, with numerous activities, sights, and dining options. Kamloops offers a range of accommodations, from upscale to quaint and cozy, ensuring that everyone is comfortable. A visit here will bring you together, where you can share laughs and memories that’ll last a lifetime.


Where To Stay

Delta Hotels By Marriot Kamloops

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Delta Hotels By Marriot Kamloops

Staying at a Delta is always a comfortable, elevated experience, and this one is no different. Spacious rooms, plush bedding, a heated rooftop pool with cabana seating, a restaurant, and a bar make your stay feel posh, while still remaining a stay that caters to groups and families alike. Plus, being conveniently located in the downtown core on Victoria Street, you’re just steps away from boutique shopping and restaurants.


The Vista Inn

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The Vista Inn

The Vista Inn was recently renovated and is now completely unrecognizable. The newly renovated space features vibrant pops of pink, locally sourced furniture, and high-end finishes, creating an inviting and stylish atmosphere.The beds are the kind you sink into and don’t want to leave. But what truly sets the Vista apart is the unobstructed scenery right from your room, with stunning views of the Thompson River and mountains. And for dog lovers, the Inn is pup-friendly, so every member of the family is welcome, even the pooch.


The Thompson Hotel

a room with open galss doors, a long brown couch and a black counter with the words The Thompson Hotel
The Thompson Hotel

The Thompson Hotel, located on the bustling Victoria Street, is a full service hotel with lush rooms complete with mountain or street views (whichever you prefer) and a long list of amenities. Take a dip in the indoor pool and jacuzzi (the kids will love splashing around in both), play an arcade game, watch a movie in the theatre room, get a workout in at their gym, and enjoy a meal at one of the two onsite restaurants: The Noble Pig or Alchemy Brewing Company.


Where To Eat

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Kamloops’ culinary scene is a hidden gem . From cute cafes to fine dining establishments, the city caters to all palates.

Before you set off on a city adventure with your crew, kickstart your day with a caffeine fix. Try Motivo Caffe, which serves Vancouver’s JJ Bean coffee—so you know it’s going to be good and strong. For a more relaxed morning, head to Amplified Cafe inside the Kamloops library, or visit The Art We Are, a cafe and gallery where artists and creatives will feel right at home. If you’re in the mood for a more substantial breakfast, make your way to Hello Toast or Amsterdam Cafe (which has a kids menu).

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Yew Street Food Hall

For lunch, we wouldn’t normally recommend a “food hall,” but trust us when we say this one is nothing like the ones in your local mall. Food halls, not to be confused with food courts, are quite common around the world and feature a taste of the city’s unique culture—literally. 

Kamloops’ own Yew Street Food Hall is relatively new (opened in late 2022) and features a unique blend of locally owned restaurants, from Mexican tacos to Asian fusion, and even a bakery (with the best bread ever! The smell alone is tantalizing).  When no one can decide what to eat, this is the place to go. It offers something for everyone, including options to satisfy even the pickiest of little eaters. 

For dinner, there’s an eclectic selection to choose from in Kamloops. For fresh pasta that’s made in-house (sadly, not usually the case anymore), head to Peter’s Pasta—what kid doesn’t love slurping up some fresh spaghetti? Now, you wouldn’t think Kamloops would be the place to go for authentic Japanese ramen, but at Tiger Ramen you’ll be proven wrong. If your group is feeling social, sit at the bar; it’s always a lively atmosphere.

5 plates of Gourmet meals on a table with wines and beer

For a meaty experience, Underbelly by the Pig serves hearty classics like pork belly and carbonara, while the decor is modern industrial, making the experience feel a little more elevated. Alternatively, try The Noble Pig for classic mile high burgers, poutine, and Truffle Mac and Cheese. And don’t miss Mittz Kitchen, known for its Canadian cuisine made with local ingredients. For a more laid-back atmosphere, The Columbia Diner is perfect for families with children.

For a more refined evening, you’ll love the cozy ambiance at Cordo Resto & Bar, known for its complex cocktails and intricate dishes. You can also visit Atlas Steak and Fish, home to the iconic Atlas Seafood Tower, or enjoy elegant Canadian cuisine at Brownstone Restaurant, set in a historic 1904 building.


What To Do

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Kamloops has a reputation for being one of the best cities in BC for outdoor adventurers, from mountain biking and fishing to golf and hiking (there are literally hundreds of trails), but the city offers so much more. While the South Okanagan is home to Canada’s wine capital, Kamloops also has a few wineries worth visiting, like Sagewood, Privato and Monte Creek. And unlike the touristy areas such as the South Okanagan’s famous Naramata Bench, the wineries here don’t have lineups out the door, yet they are just as elegant.

For a little arts and culture, the Kamloops Art Gallery features exhibitions, publications, and programs that engage and challenge audiences, while the Kamloops Courthouse Gallery showcases local art. Downtown, don’t miss the “Back Alley Art Gallery,” which is actually  over 20 murals depicting the art, culture, and history of Kamloops located in historic back alleys. The Kamloops Museum & Archives is also worth a trip. Established in 1937, it’s home to over 20,000 artifacts; kids won’t get bored here!

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Movement Collective

If rest and rejuvenation are on the agenda, visit Aina Organic Spa—the massages will work out any tension building in your body, and the facials will leave you glowing. For all your nail needs, head to Cosmic Beauty Spa and Studio for a relaxing mani-pedi in a lovely atmosphere. But if rejuvenation to you also means a great sweat session, go to Movement Collective on Victoria Street. The welcoming studio with the friendliest instructors offers Barre, Strength, Pilates, and Yoga—you’ll leave totally refreshed.

For the kiddos, there are plenty of outdoor adventures to be had, from parks to trails, but there’s also a variety of indoor play options. The littles can burn off steam at Zaaz Eatery and Play, test their strength at Cliffside Climbing gym, run wild at The Fun Factor Fun centre, bounce around at Apex Adventure Plex, or swim around like dolphins at the Canada Games Aquaticcentre.


Where to Shop

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Far & Wide

For a little retail therapy, Victoria Street is where you’ll find the goods. No trip to Kamloops is complete without stopping by Far & Wide, a gift and plant shop with the funkiest products, from ceramics and candles to exotic houseplants. If you’re looking for clothing, just up the street is Jardines Boutique, which carries brands like Free People and BC-owned Gentle Fawn. But this cute shop doesn’t only carry great clothing—here, you’ll find high-quality home decor and even bath and body products. Just a few doors down is Mainstreet Clothing Co., also carrying a unique blend of women’s and men’s fashion. You’ll find brands like MinkPink and Part Two for the ladies, as well as Mavi and Clae for the men.

For music lovers, Barnacle Records offers an impressive selection of new and used vinyl—you can easily spend a few hours here. If you’ve got kiddos with you, surprise them with a shopping spree at Tumbleweed Toys. This toy shop rivals Santa’s workshop and is filled with unique toys they’ll go crazy for. Of course, there’s also Aberdeen Mall, which features popular chains like Saje Natural Wellness, Sephora, and Lululemon.


Plan your Stay 

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Kamloops is that undiscovered treasure that’s often overlooked but offers the best of both worlds: adventure and charm. Whether you’re going for a rejuvenating weekend with the girls or looking to reconnect with the family, this flourishing community has something for everyone. Embrace the diversity of Kamloops and let its welcoming spirit and endless possibilities refresh you. And don’t forget to grab your ‘Loops Explorer Pass for exclusive deals and discounts at Kamloops’ premier attractions and eateries. Get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime!