Trail Name: Tranquille River
Distance: 4.7 km
Time: 1 – 2 hours
Cell Service: Unknown
Trail: Hard packed gravel, double track.
Highlight: Gold panning, salmon run, beside the river.
To get there: Head towards the Kamloops airport along Tranquille Dr. Continue past the airport and past the golf course. When the road forks, keep to the right and go over the train tracks. Reset your trip odometer to zero here to make finding the turn off out the trail head easy. Exactly 1.2 km from the train crossing, you’ll see a turn off on your right. Follow this a short distance until you come to a small parking area. Or get directions from Google here.
There’s red gate marking the trailhead. It’s usually closed but hikers can get around this gate just on its left. This is a linear track. During the early spring when the water is rising, you can expect to come across large puddles and portions of the trails slightly flooded. Be prepared to cross some soggy sections during these times. About 1.2 km in you’ll come across a fenced area with a covered picnic area. This area is maintained by the Kamloops School District and each year groups of children come here to release salmon fry into the river. If you continue another km down the path, you’ll come to the dam that is used to control the flow of water in the river.
This is a frequently used trail by locals of all ages. It is a common trail for dog walkers too. This is a popular river for gold panners too. If you have a bucket and a shovel, you might want to give it a try! Expect to see lots of birds, varied landscapes and if you’re lucky (or unlucky) some gopher snakes too! These are harmless, non-venomous snakes, yet often get up to 5ft in length. As they do look similar to rattle snakes and can imitate the rattling sound, it’s best to just give any snakes you see lots of space just to be safe!