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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Thompson Okanagan > Kamloops

Kamloops is located in the interior of British Columbia at the confluence of the North and South Thompson Rivers. It is the traditional home to the Secwepemc Nation and later discovered by explorer, David Thompson, Kamloops is a city with a population of around 82,000 (2005).

Dry Climate
Kamloops is well-noted for having a dry climate and with over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually - one of British Columbia's sunniest destinations.

British Columbia's Heartland
Kamloops is at the centre of British Columbia's interior. Being intersected by the Trans-Canada Hwy 1, the Yellowhead Hwy 5 and the Coquihalla Hwy 5, you could drive to most major centres in British Columbia in a day.

Within 2 Hours
If you look at the large map, take notice of what's close by: Merritt 87 km (54 miles), Salmon Arm 108 km (67 miles), Vernon 117 km (73 miles), Kelowna 163 km (101 miles) - all within no more than two hours. Even Vancouver 355 km (221 miles) and Calgary 620 km (385 miles) are not that far.

Adventure Destination
From Kamloops the amount of exploring and discovery you can experience is endless. This is one of BC's best adventure destinations.

Recreation that doesn't end!
Where does one start? From Sun Peaks to the Shuswap Lake or down the Thompson River, it seems never ending. Excellent skiing and boarding, superb boating and just great fishing with over 1,000 lakes in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, hunting towards Nicola lake, mountain biking on what some consider the mountain biking capital of Canada, hiking on the River Trails, boating on Kamloops Lake, snowmobiling in the high country, everything is within a few hours' drive. Never mind that you're close Vancouver and Whistler - it's all available but without the high cost.

Secwepemc Nation
Throughout Kamloops there is a noticeable presence of the Secwepemc Nation. This proud first nation has been very instrumental in developing one of Kamloops major attractions. The Secwepemc Museum and Native Heritage Park in Kamloops is a must for you to see. Not only is there the museum to visit but also there are twelve acres of park complete with trails on the banks of the South Thompson River.

Ethnobotanical Gardens
A real highlight is the Ethnobotanical Gardens where plants are grown for food, medicines, tools and implements that the Secwepemc Nations used for thousands of years.

British Columbia Wildlife Park
Another must-see attraction that British Columbia has to offer you is also in Kamloops. The British Columbia Wildlife Park was developed to help preserve the distinct wildlife of the interior grassland region. Centrally located along the Trans Canada Hwy 1, only 15 minutes east of the Kamloops city centre, the park is a real learning experience for the whole family.

People Friendly
Kamloops not only has a warm climate but also a warm heart. With 84 (2005) parks in the city, Kamloops is very people friendly in offering green space to the population.

Major Trail Network
Not only does it contain BC's greatest park concentration of any community, Kamloops has also developed major trail networks throughout the city and out as far as Tranquille called Rivers Trail.

City of Kamloops
The City of Kamloops is very progressive with major expansions happening annually. Combined with the dry climate, you can get around Kamloops in all directions by walking and cycling very easily.

Golfing around Kamloops
Kamloops has a number of superb courses for people to play golf. Some involve long, tough challenging fairways and others very fast, deceptive greens. One thing they all have in common is panoramic views of this incredible landscape along the North and South Thompson Rivers. Tobino located near Savona was named Best New Golf Course in Canada by both Golf Digest and ScoreGOLF Magazine.

Information on Kamloops




Map of Kamloops
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Sand Mesas
Dry Climate


North and South Thompson Rivers
North and South Thompson Rivers


Canadian Pacific Railway
Canadian Pacific Railway


Kamloops Arena
Kamloops Arena


Downtown Kamloops
Downtown Kamloops


Riverfront Parks
Riverfront Parks


Rivers Trail
Rivers Trail

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