Today we feature a family friendly hike at Isobel Lake, located a short drive from Kamloops.
Driving Time: ~20 km from Batchelor Heights on gravel roads.
Hiking Time: Plan for a 1-2 hours hike with the family.
Distance Travelled: The loop around Isobel Lake is approximately 5 km.
Stroller Friendly: Passable for strollers with larger tires
Difficulty: It’s fairly flat and easy enough for event the youngest family members. Since it’s a loop, you can turn around at any time to return to the parking lot or continue ahead if past the midway point of the trail. We started our hike in the counter clockwise direction so that we could stop at the covered shelter called the “Forest Inn” for a picnic.
How do you get there?
From the intersection of Fortune Drive and Tranquille Road, take 8th Street north through two sets of traffic lights. At the overpass, move into the left-hand lane and turn straight ahead up the hill between the subdivisions of Batchelor Heights. At the first intersection past the houses, keep to your left and follow Lac du Bois road.
After you have travelled 16 km from the bottom of Batchelor Heights, turn right onto the McQueen Lake Forest Service Road. Continue until you have passed McQueen Lake and stay left at the junction, until you reach the parking lot on your right for Isobel Lake.
Trail map and washrooms are located at the parking lot.
What are some features to look for on the trail?
The Isobel Lake Interpretative Trail winds through wetlands and forest. Signs identifying the different plants and trees are located along the trail. Point them out to your child as you walk.
Always make sure to bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen and bugs spray when hiking. It’s also a good idea to carry a little mini-first aid kit to take care of any scrapes on the little ones.
For other family-friendly hikes in Kamloops, please check out: http://kamloopsparents.com/directory/attractions/outdoor-play/hiking-trails/
Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec but spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick after graduating from University. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 7 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!