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Where to find some of the most significant trees in Kamloops

FILE PHOTO - More than half of the significant trees of downtown Kamloops are found in Riverside Park.
May 05, 2020 - 6:00 PM

If you’re bored of being cooped up in the same four walls, try getting out in downtown Kamloops and take part in a retro “significant trees of Kamloops” walk.

Jeff Putnam, the City’s parks and civic facilities manager, shared a photo of the map of significant trees in Kamloops.

Putnam says the trees were once recognized by the City and were promoted with walking tours by the Kamloops Museum.

“There was a time, I’m going to say ten years or later, the mid-2000s and prior to that, we used to rate significant trees based on their rarity and heritage value but we don’t do that anymore, because when we adopted our urban forest management plan, our overarching statement is that all trees are significant,” Putnam says. “Having said that, I think people really should be aware of these magnificent trees we do have.”

Trees like the Norway Spruce, Red Cedar, Silver Maple, Catalpa and Horse Chestnut all dot the downtown area. There are 13 locations to check out, with six of them located in Riverside Park.

Although the trees might no longer be listed as significant, you can plan a walking trip to check them out while also taking in the heritage buildings, back alley art and other River City goodness during your downtown stroll. Click here to see what kind of guided walks are available.

Go seek out the towering flora and share your photos of these trees.

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