Kamloops Parks, Pools and Playgrounds

Kamloops, Canada’s Tournament Capital, boasts significant parks and playgrounds focused on enhancing the quality of life for visitors and residents alike.  Indeed, it would be difficult to find another city with as much green space per capita.

Notable Kamloops Parks include:

MacArthur Island Park, located on the north side of the Thompson River offers a stunning array of well-maintained sports facilities.

The island accommodates

  • 9 Soccer fields as well as the head offices for Kamloops Youth Soccer Association,
  • 12 Baseball fields of assorted sizes for an entire age range,
  • a 9 hole and mini golf course and pro shop,
  • a Skateboard park,
  • a 3 Kilometer paved walking trail around the entire island with exercise stations,
  • lawn bowling, tennis courts, and various buildings including a sports and events center.

Kenna Cartwright Nature Park located on the south side of the city on Mount Dufferin offers a 40 kilometers of gentle nature trails over 800 hectares specifically for hiking or cycling. Panoramic views of the city and surrounding valley and hillsides. The confluence of the powerful North and South Thompson Rivers are glimpsed from all angles of the trail systems.

Riverside Park in the heart of the city hosts the annual Art in The Park Canada Day Celebrations, and a beautiful band shell, home to nightly music concerts all summer long. The site is ideal for weddings and reunions with is acres of well-tended lawns and gardens including the rose garden and Japanese inspired Uji Garden. An expansive beach provides a delightful destination for families escaping the summer heat.

Kamloops Pools - year round water enjoyment:

In addition to the traditional community outdoor pools, hotel pools, and back yard pools, Kamloops is home to

The Canada Games Aquatic Centre - The beautiful indoor facility located adjacent to Thompson Rivers University, features a 50m 8-lane competition pool, complete with 1m, 3m and 5m diving towers, a kiddy pool, a water slide, hot tubs, sauna and a steam room.  

The YMCA located downtown has a great indoor pool as well, offering year round fun, first aid, and swim training, ensuring everyone has access to this important skill.

Notable Playgrounds include:

Kamloops Golf Courses:

At least eight major golf courses are found in every area of the Kamloops region, far too many to detail here. We have chosen to feature…

Kamloops Golf and Country Club located on the north side of the Thompson River is a walkable 18-hole, Par 72 Championship course. http://www.kamloopsgolfclub.com/

Sun Rivers Golf Resort is a par 72, 6953 yard golf course carved through natural canyons with river and mountain views. http://sunriversgolf.com/

Mount Paul Golf Course is a gentle nine hole executive course and a double tier driving range. http://www.mountpaulgolf.com/

Kamloops Bike Ranch

A playground for the young and young at heart. Located in terraced, gully'ed silt bluffs and open grasslands between Valleyview and Juniper Ridge is a 26 hectare park of adrenalin pumping trails with an elevation change of 132 m. Not for the faint of heart this fast-flowing, A-line style downhill trail boasts a multitude of tables and "berms" rated for the expert rider, a jump park for expert and intermediate riders, and a BMX track to Canadian Cycling Association standards.  For more information Click HERE

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