Trail Name: Aviation Way – River’s Trail
Time: as long as you want
Cell Service: Yes
Trail: Wide, well groomed, packed gravel. Turns to single track sand path. Completely flat.
Highlights: Flexible length, beside the river, sandy beaches.
To get there: From downtown Kamloops, head west down Landsdowne St and across the Overlander Bridge (Blue Bridge). Continue on Fortune Dr. Roughly 2.3km from the bridge, you’ll come to the intersection of 8th street, Fortune Dr and Tranquille Dr., continue straight onto Tranquille Dr. In about 4.7km turn left onto Aviation Way. Get directions from Google here.
There are a few parking areas along aviation way. I continued down to the very end of the road and parked near the radar tower and hiked west. If you prefer, you can park at any of the pull offs along the road. This is a linear trail, although there are some forks that eventually merge back to the main path which could create a scenic loop through varied landscape.
This path is part of the much longer rivers trail. This section seems particularly popular for cyclists and dog walkers. During the early spring, and and fall, the river is low enough to allow endless running and playing on the easily accessible sandbars with your dog. We hiked west along the trail following along the edge of the airfield. We turned around at a sign stating that Cooney Bay would be another 6.8km. (We hiked In the near future maybe we will hike all the way out and back!