A Fun Weekend in Kamloops #ExploreKamloops

Have you ever visited a city for specific reasons, shopping, errands etc without really getting to know it? Over the last couple of years I decided to slow down and check out the beautiful cities around me and all they have to offer.  I have been to Kamloops many times over the years without really taking the time to enjoy it. Recently I took my daughter and our friends to Kamloops for a hosted stay and girls weekend away! What we discovered about this popular British Columbia city had us wanting more!

Last weekend was the annual ribfest and the Hot Nite in the city car show. Saturday also is the day the farmers market is downtown. It was a great opportunity for us to explore the area and enjoy some family friendly activities on our own. Since the streets were filled with classic cars we parked and walked everywhere we had to go.  Parking is free after 6pm and on Sundays. We chose to park in one of the many lots and pay a flat all day rate. It was better than having to rush back and feed the meter. Plus walking gave us the opportunity to check out the cars, live music and see some of the amazing street art the downtown has to offer.

We started the day off having breakfast at a unique cafe (I will tell you more about that in another post) Then headed to the farmers market to visit with local vendors. The market was full of meats, veggies, cheeses and artisan crafts as well as food trucks, buskers and one of a kind products.

If you get the opportunity to check out this great market, be sure to get there early to not miss out on the BEST stuff! Plus bring your own bag to keep with the whole theme of the market. I saw some pretty cool baskets and bags from shoppers while I was there.


200 block of St Paul St.
and the Stuart Wood schoolyard
Saturday Hours: 8:30-12:30
April 21st to October 27th, 2018

From the market we walked the streets looking at the classic cars. The Hot Nite in the City car show and shine had the downtown filled with beautifulk cars.

My nine year old loves old cars and enjoyed looking closer at all of these beauties.

While we walked around we listened to live music, checked out some of the vendors and viewed a few of the murals in the area. I* had no idea Kamloops had such a vibrant art community!

After that we headed down to the park to the ribfest. My daughter is a meat lover and could not be more excited about that. The ribfest happens every year and is a must see for anyone visiting the area. There is a kids area where families can hang out and be entertained, play some games and get some treats. There are also many options for those who may not eat ribs. A little bit of everything! Live entertainment, huge ice-cream cones and a beer tent as well.

My daughter and I ordered the prairie platter that came with a 1/3 rack of ribs, two meats (pulled pork and brisket) and coleslaw. She finished off the ribs and was looking for more in no time! We then voted for our faves as it is a competition and did some more exploring.

Somehow we got lucky and were able to avoid the rain all weekend long. It was a bit smokey as the summer months tend to be due to wildfires but temperatures were great!

We finished off our weekend with a country concert at a very unique venue, the Wildlife park!


It was great to attend a birthday bash for the New Country 103.1 radio station in this family friendly space. My daughter and her friend danced the night away and loved every minute of it.

We had a great weekend and can not wait to head back to the area. I will be sharing more of what we did, where we stayed and what we ate while visiting soon. In the meantime if you woudl like, check out my Twitter @Gingermommy and my Instagram RantingGinger under the hashtag #ExploreKamloops to see what we were up to 🙂

Visit Tourism Kamloops for information, events and more www.tourismkamloops.com


Disclosure-Our visit to Kamloops was in partnership with the tourism board and their partners.


  1. I have been out west, but never to Kamloops! It looks like such a vibrant city with so much to do, will definitely be visiting the next time we’re in the area!

  2. Live close to here ! A few hr drive

  3. I have never been to Kamloops (let alone BC!) but it’s on my bucket list of places to visit one day! I know what site to bookmark for when I do get to visit! Thanks for sharing this awesome info!

  4. I love a good ribfest!! I have yet to visit Kamloops but there are so many reasons to go there I think. We will add this to my must visit spots in BC. I have quite a list there because BC is so beautiful and there are so many amazing bloggers there I’d love to see and catch up with soon.

  5. Next time I’m in BC, I’ll make it a point to visit Kamloops.

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