As the warmth of summer gradually gives way to the crisp air of early fall, there’s a unique sense of anticipation in the City Gardens neighbourhood. September in Downtown Kamloops is the best time to explore the endless outdoor activities and new delicious food options this city offers!
If you are a nature lover, this is the perfect opportunity to stroll or bike through the beautiful Rivers Trail. Starting at the west end of Riverside Park by the Japanese Garden, this 40+ km paved pathway is ideal for an afternoon walk as the sun sets and trees overflow with fall colours. Along the way, you might also want to play a quick tennis or pickleball match with your friends at any of the two courts available.
And if your furry friend is joining you on your adventure, you can make this a dog-friendly walk starting by the parking lot of the Sandman Centre. Walk along the trail to Pioneer Park and enjoy some quality time at this dog-friendly beach where your puppy is sure to make some new friends!
Feeling a bit more adventurous? Water sport rentals are now available at Riverside Park, offering single kayaks, tandem kayaks and paddleboards, where you can pay for the hour or the day.
Fall is also bringing new restaurants to the core of Downtown Kamloops. Check out these three new businesses and enjoy the neighbourhood’s latest culinary hotspots after a day at the park.
Stills Co – 501 Lansdowne St.
Stills Co is Kamloops’ newest cocktail bar and tapas lounge located on the ground floor of The Hive, along Lansdowne Avenue. Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. until late, this luxurious space is a tasting experience full of flavours and unique details. If you are a teetotaler, Stills Co also has a café, offering espresso beverages and freshly baked pastries every Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m.
Mucho Burrito – 531 Lansdowne St.
Mucho Burrito is a casual Mexican restaurant where you can build your burritos, tacos, nachos and bowls and choose from a variety of toppings and sauces. Located at The Hive, enjoy some delicious fresh Mexican-inspired food and satisfy your cravings. Open Monday to Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
La Diperie – 531 Lansdowne St.
Don’t forget about dessert! La Diperie, a popular Montreal-based ice cream shop next door to Mucho Burrito, is an ideal spot to grab a sweet treat after a hearty meal. They offer customizable soft-serve ice cream, cookie dough, donuts, cheesecakes, and popcorn that you can dip with your preferred toppings and sauces.
From afternoons by the water’s edge to evenings of delectable dining, September in the City Gardens neighbourhood promises to be a time of discovery and connection. So, grab your jacket and your appetite and immerse yourself in the seasonal transformation as you savour the new experiences that await around every corner of Downtown Kamloops.