Bird Watching in Kamloops, British Columbia
Kamloops has an incredible selection of birds with diverse background scenery to make birdwatching a fantastic experience.
Birds in Kamloops
(sightings vary by season)
The North and South Thompson Rivers also support the largest interior wintering population of Tundra and Trumpeter Swans.
The Kamloops Naturalist Club's website contains a list of their favourite destinations for wildlife viewing here.
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Bird Watching Areas in Kamloops, British Columbia
Note: the Kamloops Visitor Centre has books and additional literature for purchase or viewing which will give birdwatchers greater information on birdwatching in the Kamloops region.
Tranquille Marsh - Located west of the Northshore, past the airport on Tranquille Road. Once you have gone past the kamloops Golf and Country Club, watch for a sign on the left hand side of the road. There is a small parking area and a couple of picnic tables but no trails into the marsh. Bird watching is done from the space by the parking lot.
T'Kumlups Marsh - Located across the Yellowhead Highway from the Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park near downtown Kamloops. The amount of water ranges from very full to almost completely dry during the peak of the summer heat.
Secwepemc Heritage Park - Located just off the Yellowhead Highway across from T'Kumlups Marsh near downtown Kamloops. Visit the museum, heritage park and within the park is a marsh and pond that attracts many species of birds. There are interpretive signs that identify some of the birds. Access is limited to the open hours of the museum.
Beaver Flats - Located on highway 5A just before you reach Nicola Lake. Watch for a pull out on the west side of the highway.
Duck Meadow - Located on Highway 97, take the exit to Vernon off the Trans Canada Highway east of Kamloops and on the right hand side just before you reach Monte Lake, you will see a marshy area. Once you have completed the climb up the hill to Monte lake, it is about a 5 min drive before you will see the marsh. Please respect private property as you enter this area as some of the roads are driveways.
Tunkwa Lake Provincial Park - There are abundant wetlands in this area that can be accessed by taking the Trans Canada west out of Kamloops and just before Savona, turn left onto Highway 97C north. You can also take the old Lac Le Jeune Road (or the Coquihalla Highway) to Logan Lake and just past the townsite, turn right towards Tunkwa Lake.
Lac Du Bois Grasslands Provincial Park - Not far out of town, take the Lac Du Bois Road NNE from the Batchelor Heights area of Kamloops and follow the signs to the Isobel Lake Trail area and to the McQueen Lake Trail area. The entire area is good for bird and wildlife viewing.