A Late Winter Jaunt Around McArthur Island

The weather has been absolutely beautiful lately, so it’s time to get the youngsters out to explore the world around them. One of our favorite places to explore is McArthur Island, a 2.3-3.1 km loop that is stroller friendly with plenty of places to stop and play along the way.

I took my 4 year old earlier this week. Armed with her own pair of binoculars, we set out on our adventure at the McArthur Island Sports & Events Centre, walking in the counter-clockwise direction past the Xeriscape Garden.

McArthur Island is more than just baseball diamonds and soccer fields – this urban park has a well established trail system offering 360 degrees of views from anywhere in the park.

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Were we successful in finding any birds or wildlife in general?

Absolutely! Not only was my daughter excited about stumbling upon a crow seated on a street lamp….

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“Mummy! A bird! A beautiful Mummy bird!”

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…..we also found these entertaining ducks down by the water near the Butterfly Garden.

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There were plenty of places to stop along the way, including a playground for kids and a couple of spots filled with exercise equipment. 

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Even though it’s only the first few days of March – we also caught a couple of early signs that Spring is on its way!

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Driving Time:  Very short drive over the Overlanders Bridge from downtown Kamloops – address is 1665 Island Pkwy.

Walking Time: We did the entire 3.1 km loop (which includes the loop behind the golf course) but can’t give a more accurate time as we stopped a lot to play.

Distance Travelled: 3.1 km. If you want to do the shorter 2.3 km loop, do not follow the trail behind the golf course (we turned right at the Native Plant Walk sign)

Stroller Friendly: Yes!

Difficulty: Easy

Remember to pack the usual items required for hikes and walks such as a mini first aid kit, water and snacks. Even though the weather has been really sunny out there, make the experience a little more enjoyable (and lengthier!) by bundling them in layers to keep warm.

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About Jodi Roberts

Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec and spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 and is currently an at-home parent of a 4 and 5 year old as well as a part-time volunteer adaptive ski instructor. She loves exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!

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