No that’s not an oxymoron, each of the major cities in southern British Columbia have fabulous parks within minutes from their downtown core!
Beacon Hill Park is located a mere 10 minute walk from downtown in the community of James Bay.
This park features ponds, bridges, vast beautiful flower gardens, countless varieties of trees, benches, and plenty of parking. Did we mention it also has a petting zoo by donation, more than 20 species of birds/water fowl, and it has live wild peacocks that roam the park.
If that wasn’t enough, there are also putting greens, lawn bowling, the world’s tallest totem pole, horse drawn carriages, and more! Once your done exploring the park head over to Beacon Hill Drive In, to grab some great ice cream and other fast food items.
Stanley Park is of course one of the biggest and most famous City Parks in North America. The park is 400 hectares of West Coast Rainforest, located just minutes from downtown and contains many activities to keep you busy all day long.
In addition to exploring the wonderful walking and cycling trails around the park, there is a swimming pool, miniature train ride, putting green, water park, multiple beaches, tennis courts, 4 kids playgrounds, concession stands, and 4 cafes/restaurants.
Visiting and exploring this vast park will surely be a memorable day.
Riverside Park in Kamloops, is located on the banks of the Thompson River, just minutes from the hustle of the city.
This park is ideal for swimming in the river, walking along the beach, and kids playing at a specially designed playground. It also contains a water park, a Rose garden, and a feature garden from their sister city in Japan.
Most people know this park for the Rotary Bandshell, which hosts a wide variety of musical acts all summer long from 7-8:30pm in the evenings.
Knox Mountain Park is 235 hectares of protected Ponderosa Pine and grasslands, located on the shores of Lake Okanagan, and just north of downtown.
The park has a great trail network that makes walking, hiking, and cycling a common activity for residents. The park also has a Pavilion, picnic area, playground, lookout on top of the mountain, tennis courts, and an old caretakers cabin.