WHAT’S UP DOWNTOWN – Connecting downtown Kamloops with Rivers Trail


Rivers Trail.

IT IS HARD to deny that ‘connectivity’ is a crucial part of any community, whether it’s between people or between people and their environment.

In Downtown Kamloops, one of the strongest connecting forces we have is the Rivers Trail, snaking its way through our core and creating a beautiful, convenient way for pedestrians and bikers to enjoy all Downtown Kamloops offers.

In recent years, an emphasis on developing connectivity in the urban environment has become popularized, and downtown Kamloops is a perfect example of this focus. The Rivers Trail provides exposure to what makes Kamloops such a desirable city, and gives locals and tourists the ability to experience downtown in the best way possible.

The Rivers Trail stretches 40 km in total, a large portion of which weaves through downtown Kamloops. Many cities are attempting to do what Kamloops has already done; connect their downtown to their parks and waterfront.  If simply enjoying the natural environment isn’t enough, people may also take in the many historical sites, the wildlife in both Riverside and Pioneer Park, the arts and cultural events, and the many shops and restaurants nestled in the Downtown core.

It is this accessibility that makes Downtown Kamloops such a connected community and brings people back to experience more.

Some of the most interesting parts of the downtown that the Rivers Trail provides access to are the Rotary Bandshell in Riverside Park, beaches along the Thomspon River, the Sandman Centre, play areas, and the many merchants along Lansdowne Street, Victoria Street, and Seymour Street. The variety of amenities available along the Rivers Trail caters to the diversity in downtown Kamloops, including the arts community, the sports community, and the business community.

In Kamloops, we are incredibly fortunate to have such a beautiful trail for pedestrians and bikers so close to downtown. Come say hi to the CAP Team downtown during the summer and let us know how the Rivers Trail helped to make your day in downtown Kamloops even better.

Written by Nathan Bymoen from the Customer Care and Patrol Team (CAP). Reach them at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Information Kiosk at 250-572-3017. Email Follow on Facebook (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops).

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