If your travels take you through the southeast corner of British Columbia, you'll find plenty of activity around the Thompson and Fraser Rivers to keep you busy ? and only a quick drive from the majestic Banff & Jasper National Parks, too! Most major roads north lead through Kamloops, so this, for those on a long-distance road trip, is the place to decide whether to take 97 west along the Fraser River to Prince George, or go scenic route 5 and make a stop at Jasper.
Kamloops, however, is the sort of place you can afford to stop and think things over. With miles of hiking trails suited to all abilities, long stretches of terrain ready for some rough mountain biking, fishing, fossil hunting and even in-town fine arts museums, the city offers a pleasant pause for road weary wanderers. For a can't miss adrenaline rush, book a rafting trip down the rocking stretches of the Nahatlach River or the Fraser. For those headed on to Jasper from here, find chance to adjust to stunning wilderness with a lunch break and some waterfall sightings at Wells Gray Provincial Park en route.
Should you decide, for whatever reason, to make your foray into British Columbia's powdery regions in winter, take a break and test your skis just outside of Kamloops at Sun Peaks Resort.
Kamloops may not be your final destination, but don't get so caught up in finding the Rockies that you miss a comfortable Canadian experience in the process.
Kamloops is 273 miles from Jasper National Park, and about 150 miles northwest of Penticton, BC. Vancouver BC is 220 miles to the southwest along major highways.