Explore Kamloops: 5 Reasons to Spend a Fun Day at Tobiano BC

The resort development at Tobiano BC sits above Kamloops Lake 15 minutes from Kamloops. Tobiano offers one of the most incredible golfing experiences in Canada, a marina with water sports, Black Iron Club & Grill with exquisite cuisine and year round events and activities. It should definitely be a destination on your list to visit if you find yourself in the area.

The Golf Course – Tobiano BC

I don’t think there is any public golf course that can offer the incredible views, the difficulty and just a truly unforgettable golf experience like Tobiano can. The Thomas McBroom designed Tobiano Golf Course is arguably one of the best public courses in Canada…possibly North America. 

It has received numerous accolades since its opening in 2008 including “Best New Golf Course” and in 2019 was voted 15th top course in Canada by Golf Digest and #7 top Public course in Canada by the PGA of Canada.

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The stunning landscape surrounding the golf course at Tobiano

Thomas McBroom himself remarked “Tobiano has to be the best site I’ve ever seen from a drama and a beauty point of view” and playing a round of golf here is something you need to experience…it’s a bucket list kind of experience. 

A round of golf during prime time costs up to $140 on Friday and Saturday and up to $120 from Monday to Thursday. Golf green fees at Tobiano include golf, shared GPS equipped power cart, practice facility use and a bottle of water per player.  Tobiano Golf course really needs to be experienced in person but they also offer a Virtual Tour should you wish to take a peek at the incredible course. Check out tobianogolf.com for more info.

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Challenging terrain on the golf course at Tobiano

The Marina – Tobiano BC

If golfing isn’t your cup of tea, the marina on Kamloops Lake offers endless opportunities for some summertime fun. Bruker Marina officially opened in 2013 and has 110 boat slips, beach area, public boat launch, convenience store, play area and various motor-sport rentals available. The beach, boat launch and play area are open to the public. 

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Spend the day on Kamloops Lake at Tobiano

Bruker Marina is a great opportunity to go boating and have fun doing some water skiing, surfing and tubing. Kamloops Lake is known to be a quieter lake so you will have no troubles with other boat traffic or wakes at any time of the day.

If you are a morning person, Bruker Marina offers Early Morning specials from 8am to 10am. It is the perfect opportunity to rent a paddle board and have the lake almost entirely to yourself for a paddle to remember. If you are looking to fish, the lake has lots of fish as well..most notable the Kamloops Trout.  Check out Bruker Marina for more info. 

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Overlooking Bruker Marina from Tobiano

The Restaurant – Tobiano BC

Black Iron Restaurant at Tobiano BC offers spectacular views of Tobiano’s award winning golf course, picturesque views of Kamloops Lake and the mountains in the distance. It is the perfect place to gather with friends before your round of golf and relax afterwards. Join friends for a sumptuous dinner and glass of wine while soaking in the spectacular views. 

Black Iron Restaurant works with local BC Farmers to use organically grown produce when seasonally available and take pride in using only the finest ingredients from as close to home as possible. Even if you are not interested in golf or the marina, come to Tobiano just for the Black Iron Club & Grill, you will not be disappointed! Check out their menu’s online at Black Iron Club & Grill

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Black Iron Club & Grill at Tobiano

The Trails – Tobiano BC

Tobiano has access to 17,000 acres of backcountry, fishing lakes, mountain bike, hiking, running, horseback riding, snowshoeing and dirt bike trails. The Tobiano hoodoos are an easy hike out to see and they are beautiful from any direction. There are endless opportunities for activities at Tobiano and you could spend years exploring and still not find all the trails.

There are many kid-friendly bike trails for the little ones to use and you will find they will love the freedom of biking safely in the wide open spaces.

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Exploring the hoodoos on the trails at Tobiano

The Real Estate – Tobiano BC

Inspired by the panoramic views and rugged terrain, spending a few hours exploring the real estate at Tobiano is a fun way to spend an afternoon. It feels like being on vacation to live at Tobiano and there are many sights to see while you explore.

Get inspired by the architecture of the homes or drool over the incredible amenity buildings that house the outdoor pools and hot tubs at the townhouse developments of Summers Landing and Lakestar. Any way you turn, you are guaranteed to see some beautiful sights and you may even be tempted to move there!

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There are some stunning homes in Tobiano

For more activities to do while in Kamloops, read our post on some of our favourite hikes with more spectacular views.

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Casandra Karpiak is a travel writer and owner of Savoteur. A Toronto native with Danish roots currently residing in British Columbia, her travel writing has been seen on The Associated Press wire, MSN, FOX, CBS, NBC, Entrepreneur, 24/7 Wall St, Times Daily, and many more. When she’s not traveling, she can be found at hockey arenas all over BC cheering on her two young sons.