Dufferin Hill (Mount Dufferin)
August 16, 2015
There’s some confusion about the name of this little “peak” by Kamloops. Most of the resources I found was calling it “Mt. Dufferin” but the official name is Dufferin Hill. In my opinion the name of Dufferin Hill makes more sense as this is barely even a “hill” anyway. With only 120 meters of elevation gain on an ATV road there’s really nothing exciting about it. But, it does offer a good panorama view of the city of Kamloops where the North and South Thompson Rivers join. I’ve been to Kamloops many times and I always wanted to have a good view of it, so did some quick Google search and a quick ascent of Dufferin Hill was in the offer.
Earlier in the day I drove from Edmonton across the Rockies and Columbia Mountains and all the way to Kamloops, en route bagged another small peak called Mt. Armour. I exited the Trans-Canada Highway at Exit 366 and the trail-head was pretty much “right there”. The ascent was nothing more than following the most obvious “Tower Trail” up, and in less than 20 minutes I arrived at the top. I indeed had a good view of Kamloops but the view towards other directions was obscured by the huge man-made structure on the summit…
The descent was quick and in short time I was on the final 1/3 of this journey.. Driving from Kamloops to Vancouver along Coquihalla Highway was fast and furious but the traffic was terrible once entering the lower mainland.. Oh well.. I guess that’s something I had to get used to in the next short while… The next morning I flew back to Edmonton and got some birdeye view of the Coast Mountains from the plane with perfect weather. I could make out Tantalus, Garibaldi and a few others that’ll probably be my playground in the near future.