Kamloops, Shuswap &
Vernon – Winter

Winter is a time for fun on the Interior’s Triang-ale Trail.

Winter doesn’t slow anyone down in this wonderland of outdoor and urban activities. From skiing and snowboarding to fat-tire biking and snowshoeing there is something for everyone to enjoy along with a delicious, local craft beer.

From Kamloops across to Salmon Arm and then down to Vernon, the six craft breweries on this triangular ale trail reflect the geographic diversity of the region with their own individual approaches. Once you find yourself caught in the grasp of this “Beer Triangle” you might just never want to leave!

Kamloops’ urban experience offers shops, restaurants and cafes to enjoy, and 2 ski resorts; Harper Mountain and Sun Peaks Resort, Canada’s second largest ski area are both nearby. After you’ve shopped or skied to your heart’s content, indulge in a craft beer at Red Collar Brewing or Iron Road Brewing, or dive into a scratch kitchen meal paired with a brew at the Noble Pig Brewhouse,  or their sister restaurant, Forno on 5th.

At Canada’s original certified organic, farm-based brewery, Crannòg Ales, winter is definitely a slower season, but check their site for their annual winter Open House and special hours heading into Christmas when you can stock up on beer ahead of the holidays.

Follow the Trans-Canada Highway east along the shores of sparkling Shuswap Lake to your next stop in Salmon Arm: the Barley Station, a popular roadside brewpub with delicious food and beer that makes it one of the best highway rest stops you’ll ever come across. Opportunities for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing abound in this lake country paradise.

Last but not least, Vernon is a small city that packs a big punch when it comes to things to see and do: its small-town vibe is melded with world-class amenities, giving it a distinct charm that is well reflected in its popular and attractive downtown brewpub, Marten Brewing. And don’t forget that SilverStar Mountain Resort is just a half hour away, and Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre is only 25 mins from downtown.

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Day 1

cafe
Red Beard Cafe
449 Tranquille Rd, Kamloops, BC

Morning to night, Red Beard is a great place to catch up with friends over a coffee in the morning, or a craft beer in the evening. Meals and snacks are made from a scratch kitchen that features fresh, seasonal ingredients on a small but quality-focused menu.

activity
Harper Mountain
2580 Harper Mountain Rd, Kamloops, BC

Only 20 mins from Kamloops, Harper Mountain offers a snow tube park, snowshoeing, night skiiing, and more. After a great day in the power, warm up beside their large wood fireplace and enjoy panoramic views of the mountain.

brewery
980 Camosun Cres, Kamloops BC, Kamloops, BC

All Aboard for creative craft beer and delicious food.

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Explore Downtown Kamloops

Stroll or shop around and discover back alley art murals, or take a walking tour of historic buildings or public art.

brewery
650 Victoria St, Kamloops, BC

The marriage between beautiful food and unique beer.

restaurant
Forno on 5th
120 5 Ave, Kamloops, BC

A local favourite, Forno is a modern casual restaurant in the heart of Kamloops' downtown. Fuel up on their seasonally influenced Mediterranean cuisine — these meals and tapas pair perfectly with a local craft beer or a craft cocktail.

brewery
355 Lansdowne St, Kamloops, BC

Kamloops’ downtown brewery is a gathering place for beer lovers.

liquor-store
2250-450 Lansdowne St, Kamloops, BC

The largest and most up to date craft beer selection in a Kamloops liquor store.

accomodation
Find a place to stay in Kamloops!

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Be sure to browse Kamloops’ event calendar when you’re in town for live music, markets, fairs, walking tours and more!

Day 2

cafe
The Art We Are Cafe
246 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC

Grab breakfast from The Art We Are Café. They are home to a variety of gluten free and vegan options.

Travel

Drive to Chase

activity
Quaaout Lodge
1663 Little Shuswap Lake Road, Chase, BC

Quaaout is about sustainability, sharing traditional heritage, supporting the community economically, and keeping the culture of the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band alive. Call ahead to inquire about cultural tours and snowshoe experiences.

brewery
706 Elson Rd, Sorrento, BC

Canada’s first certified organic on-farm brewery.

brewery
20 Shuswap St S, Salmon Arm, BC

This popular brewpub is much more than just another roadside attraction.

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Larch Hills Nordic Society
300-398 Larch Hills Rd, Salmon Arm, BC

This cross-country ski area is 20 km from Salmon Arm, and has over 170 km of ski trails, 57 km of which are regularly groomed, 17km of snowshoe trails and an 800m canine trail. There is no shortage of variety for the outdoor enthusiast.

accomodation
Find a place to stay in Salmon Arm

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Consider picking up a bag lunch at DeMille’s Farm Market in Salmon Arm before heading out to the snowy hills. At the base of Larch Hills, John’s Ski Shack offers snowshoe rentals and expert advice. Horse-drawn open sleigh rides can also be booked with Walter’s Sleigh Rides.

Day 3

Travel Info

Grab a coffee before heading south to Vernon — or head a 20 minutes north east for a scenic stopover in Sicamous.

Drive to Vernon

restaurant
EATology
3100 30 St, Vernon, BC

Fuel up at EATology. Their fresh, homemade hearty breakfasts are cherished by locals.

activity
Silver Star Mountain - Snowboarding or Skiing
123 Shortt St, Silver Star Mountain, BC

Explore over 3,000 acres with 131 runs and 12 gladed areas. Winter-venturers of all levels will love the groomed runs and wide open spaces. Warm up with a coffee or snack at the Bulldog Grand Cafe before heading back to town.

brewery
2933 30th Ave, Vernon, BC

Craft beer and barbecue are on the menu at this beautifully converted venue in downtown Vernon.

activity
Kal Crystal Waters Trail

This is an easy bike and hike trail that is great for families, and pets are allowed to tag along on leash. Strap on your cross-country skis or snow shoes and explore this beautiful area.

restaurant
Bamboo Beach Fusion Grille
3313 30th Ave, Vernon, BC

A wonderful blend of East and West. Bamboo Beach's traditional Japanese chef prepares fusion lunch and dinners from scratch.

accomodation
The Vernon Lodge
3914 - 32nd Street, Vernon, BC

The hotel incorporates the nearby creek in its design, offering a constant flow of natural water streaming in from outside. The creek and garden atrium are a favourite of locals and out-of-towners.

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Be sure to browse Vernon’s event calendar when you’re in town for live music, markets, walking tours and more!

cafe
Red Beard Cafe
449 Tranquille Rd, Kamloops, BC
activity
Harper Mountain
2580 Harper Mountain Rd, Kamloops, BC
brewery
980 Camosun Cres, Kamloops BC, Kamloops, BC
poi
Explore Downtown Kamloops
brewery
restaurant
Forno on 5th
120 5 Ave, Kamloops, BC
brewery
liquor-store
2250-450 Lansdowne St, Kamloops, BC
accomodation
Find a place to stay in Kamloops!
cafe
The Art We Are Cafe
246 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC
activity
Quaaout Lodge
1663 Little Shuswap Lake Road, Chase, BC
brewery
brewery
poi
Larch Hills Nordic Society
300-398 Larch Hills Rd, Salmon Arm, BC
accomodation
Find a place to stay in Salmon Arm
restaurant
EATology
3100 30 St, Vernon, BC
activity
Silver Star Mountain - Snowboarding or Skiing
123 Shortt St, Silver Star Mountain, BC
activity
Kal Crystal Waters Trail
restaurant
Bamboo Beach Fusion Grille
3313 30th Ave, Vernon, BC
accomodation
The Vernon Lodge
3914 - 32nd Street, Vernon, BC
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Tourism Kamloops

Kamloops is more than a city, it’s a state of mind. It’s a small-town kind of friendly with metropolitan flavours on the side. Far from the hustle and bustle, it’s a place where you skip the crowds, stretch your legs and expand your horizons. Resting on the shores of two picturesque rivers, the landscapes invite a sense of improvised adventure.

Be amazed by twisty single-track bike trails and winding walkways. Tee off on award-winning golf courses. Cast a line on trophy stillwater. Poke around local shops and boutiques. Engage with the vibrant arts and culture scene. Sample an assortment of food that promises to satisfy and satiate even the most discerning of palates. Indulge in a burgeoning bevy of wineries, craft breweries, restaurants and cafés that are overflowing with culinary enthusiasm and intensity.

Shuswap Tourism

The Shuswap boasts a small town feel and big country activities; and this may be the finest place to get back to getting down-to-earth.

The Shuswap is a region comprised of communities centered around Shuswap Lake, just north of the Thompson-Okanagan region, near the centre of BC’s interior.

Our region is the home of the world-renowned Shuswap Lake and is one of Canada’s premier warm water destinations. Our mild weather, varied geography (alpine meadows, warm lakes, desert-like rolling, arid hills, enchanting forests) and four-seasons ensure that there are a variety of new adventures and experiences to be found.

Tourism Vernon

A four-season playground where adventure awaits around every corner. In the Spring, hike, bike and adventure through fields and valleys bursting with blooms. Summer is all about our warm-water lakes – swimming, boating, SUP and more have visitors returning again and again. In Fall, experience a harvest season second to none, with all the beauty and bounty you can expect of the season. And in Winter, take home tales of champagne powder snow and horse-drawn sleighs.

Vernon is magical in any season; you’re invited in every season.

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