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City of Kamloops
Downtown Kamloops

Coat of arms

Nickname(s): Tournament Capital of Canada
Motto: Salus et Opus (Health and Wealth)
Location of Kamloops within the Thompson-Nicola Regional District in British Columbia, Canada
Coordinates: 50°40′34″N 120°20′27″W / 50.67611°N 120.34083°W / 50.67611; -120.34083
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Regions Thompson Country
District Thompson-Nicola District
Founded 1811 (fur trading post)
Incorporated 1893
 - Type Elected city council
 - Mayor Peter Milobar
 - Governing
Kamloops City Council
 - MP Cathy McLeod
 - MLAs Terry Lake
Kevin Krueger
Area [1][2]
 - Land 297.3 km2 (114.8 sq mi)
 - Metro 5,686.19 km2 (2,195.5 sq mi)
Elevation [3][4] 345 m (1,132 ft)
Population (2006)[1][2]
 - City 86,376
 Density 270.4/km2 (700.3/sq mi)
 Metro 92,882
 - Metro Density 16.3/km2 (42.2/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Postal code span V2B to V2E
Area code(s) +1-250
NTS Map 092I09[5]
Website www.kamloops.ca

Kamloops is a city in south central British Columbia, Canada, at the confluence of the two branches of the Thompson River and near Kamloops Lake. It is the largest community in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and the location of the regional district's offices. The surrounding region is more commonly referred to as the Thompson Country. It is ranked 37th on the list of the 100 largest metropolitan areas in Canada and represents the 4th largest census agglomeration nationwide, with 92,882 residents in 2006.



Kamloops and the Thompson River, 1886

The Kamloops area was exclusively inhabited by the Secwepemc (Shuswap) nation (part of the Interior Salish language group) prior to the arrival of European settlers. The first European explorers arrived in 1811, in the person of David Stuart, sent out from Fort Astoria, then still a Pacific Fur Company post, and who spent a winter there with the Secwepemc people, with Alexander Ross establishing a post there in May 1812 - "Fort Cumcloups".

Later in the year, with the rival North West Company establishing another post - Fort Shuswap - nearby in the same year. The two operations were merged in 1813 when the North West Company officials in the region bought out the operations of the North West Company. After the North West Company's forced merger with the Hudson's Bay Company in 1821, the post became known commonly as Thompson's River Post, or Fort Thompson, which over time became known as Fort Kamloops.[6] The post's journals, kept by its Chief Traders, document a series of inter-Indian wars and personalities for the period and also give much insight to the goings-on of the fur companies and their personnel throughout the entire Pacific slope.

Soon after the forts were founded, the main local village of the Secwepemc, then headed by a chief named Kwa'lila, was moved close to the trading post in order to control access to its trade, as well as for prestige and protection. With Kwalila's death, the local chieftaincy was passed to his nephew and foster-son Chief Nicola, who led an alliance of Okanagan and Nlaka'pamux people in the plateau country to the south around Stump, Nicola and Douglas Lakes.

Relations between Nicola and the fur traders were often tense but in the end Nicola was recognised as a great help to the influx of whites during the gold rush, though admonishing those who had been in parties waging violence and looting on the Okanagan Trail, which led from American territory to the Fraser goldfields.[7][8] Throughout, Kamloops was an important way station on the route of the Hudson's Bay Brigade Trail, which originally connected Fort Astoria with Fort Alexandria and the other forts in New Caledonia to the north (today's Omineca Country, roughly), and which continued in heavy use through the onset of the Cariboo Gold Rush as the main route to the new goldfields around what was to become Barkerville.

The gold rush of the 1860s and the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1880s brought further growth, resulting in the City of Kamloops being incorporated in 1893 with a population of about 500. The logging industry of the 1970s brought many Indo-Canadians into the Kamloops area, mostly from the Punjab region of India.


Kamloops, British Columbia.

"Kamloops" is the anglicised version of the Shuswap word "Tk'emlups", meaning 'meeting of the waters'. Shuswap is still actively spoken in the area by members of the Kamloops Indian Band. Another possible origin of the name comes from the French "Camp des loups" meaning 'Camp of Wolves', likely spoken by fur traders.[6]

One story perhaps connected with this version of the name concerns an attack by a pack of wolves, much built up in story to one huge white wolf, or a pack of wolves and other animals, traveling overland from the Nicola Country being repelled by a single shot by John Tod, then Chief Trader, with his musket - at a distance of some 200 yd (180 m). The shot caused the admiration of native witnesses and is said to have given the Chief Trader a great degree of respect locally, preventing the fort from attack.[9]


KPMG building in Kamloops.

Industries in the Kamloops area include primary resource processing such as Domtar Kamloops' Pulp Mill, Tolko-Heffley Creek Plywood and Veneer, LaFarge Cement, Highland Valley Copper Mine (in Logan Lake), and others. Thompson Rivers University is the city's largest employer and serves a student body of 10,000 including a diverse international contingent. Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning (TRU-OL) is the biggest distance education provider in British Columbia and one of the biggest in Canada.

There are tertiary industrial sector entities such as


Kamloops is home to the Kamloops Art Gallery and the BC Wildlife Park.


Kamloops is also a transportation hub for the region due to its connections to Highways 5 and 97C, the Trans-Canada and Yellowhead Highways.

Kamloops North railway station is served three times per week (in each direction) by VIA Rails The Canadian.

Kamloops is home to Kamloops Airport (Fulton Field), a small international Airport currently being expanded, with construction underway into 2010. YKA has averaged a 15% increase in air travelers every month since 2004. Airlines currently flying to Kamloops are Air Canada, WestJet, Central Mountain Air, and Pacific Coastal Airlines.

Local bus service is provided by Kamloops Transit.

Geography and location

Kamloops is situated in the Thompson Valley and the Montane Cordillera Ecozone. The central core of the city is located in the valley near the confluence of the North and South branches of the Thompson River. Suburbs stretch for more than a dozen kilometres along both North and South branches, as well as to the steep hillsides along the south portion of the city and lower North East hill sides.

Kamloops Indian Band areas begin just to the northeast of the downtown core but are not located within the city limits. As a result of this placement, it is necessary to leave Kamloops' city limits and pass through the band lands before re-entering the city limits to access the communities of Rayleigh and Heffley Creek. Kamloops is surrounded by the smaller communities of Cherry Creek, Pritchard, Savona, Scotch Creek, Adams Lake, Chase, Paul Lake, Pinantan and various others.

The Thompson River.


Canadian National trains pull through north Kamloops then cross this rail bridge over the North Thompson River to the Kamloops Indian Band, and the large CN rail yards.

The climate of Kamloops is a semi-arid steppe climate (Köppen climate classification BSk) due to its rain shadow location. While situated in a semi-arid valley, Kamloops has winters that are generally mild and very short with an occasional cold snap where temperatures can drop to around −30 °C (−22 °F) when Arctic air floods over the Rocky Mountains into the interior valleys.

However, until the winter of 2008/2009, Kamloops had not seen −30 °C (−22 °F) since the mid 1990s[citation needed]. Snow can occur from November to April, but most of it falls over a few weeks in December and January.[10] The winter mean temperature is −4.2 °C (24 °F) in January.[10] The average number of cold days below −10 °C (14 °F) per year is 8 as recorded by Environment Canada.[10]

Although Kamloops is located above 50° North latitude, summers are hot with prevailing dry, and sunny weather. The average July high temperature is 29 °C (84 °F) and would be higher if not for occasional incursions of cool northerly air masses. Summer temperatures come close to or even exceed 40 °C (104 °F) with regular frequency in mid-summer. Daytime Humidity is generally very low (>20%) which allows for substantial nightime cooling. Rare summer thunderstorms tend to create dry-lightning conditions, sometimes igniting forest fires in the area.

Spring arrives very early, sometimes in February, due to mild air spilling over the coastal mountains from the Pacific Ocean. On February 19, 2001 Kamloops recorded 17.0 °C (63 °F).[10] Fall is generally a pleasant and a mostly dry season. On November 3, 1975 Kamloops recorded a day time high of 22.8 °C (73 °F).[10]

Locator map for Kamloops, BC

The city does have Spring and Summer water restrictions [2]: Water Restrictions are in effect only from May 1 to August 31. All commercial and residential customers who receive their water supply from the City of Kamloops are required to comply with the following regulations:

  • Even numbered property addresses are allowed to sprinkle or irrigate only on even numbered days.
  • Odd numbered property addresses are allowed to sprinkle or irrigate only on odd numbered days.
  • Where a complex uses internal addresses or other identifying numbers, the internal numbers will be used to establish the appropriate watering day.

Kamloops lies in the rain shadow leeward of the Coast Mountains and is biogeographically connected to similar semi-desert and desert areas in the Okanagan region, the Osoyoos area, and a large part of central/eastern portions of Washington and Oregon state as well as intermontane areas of Nevada and Idaho in the US.

It has been thought that dinosaurs, raptors in particular, are responsible for much of the climate variation in Kamloops. Because of the large number that once congregated around the river, carbon has built up on the river bed, being slowly released over time. Many scientists acknowledge the possibility of many fossils still remaining at the bottom of the rivers, and many nearby lakes, but environmential protection acts prohibit searching for them.

These areas of relatively similar climate have many distinctive native plants and animals in common, such as Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa), big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata), prickly pear cactus (Opuntia fragilis in this case), rattlesnakes (Crotalus viridis), Black widow spiders and Lewis's Woodpecker.

Hottest Summer Most Days above 30°C Driest Warmest Spring Fewest Fog Days Most Sunny Days in Warm Months Most Growing Degree Days Most Days Without Precipitation
Rank Among 100 Largest Canadian Cities 1st 1st 2nd
(next to Whitehorse)
(next to Chilliwack)
(next to Penticton)
(next to Portage la Prairie)
(next to Windsor and St. Catharines-Niagara)
(next to Medicine Hat and Lethbridge)
Value 26.94 °C (80.5 °F) 29.28 278.98 mm (10.98 in) 9.65 °C (49.4 °F) 7.28 148.93 2308.61 258.12
Data[11] is for Kamloops Airport (YKA), in the city of Kamloops, 5 NM (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) west northwest of the town.[4]


A golf course in Kamloops.

Kamloops hosted the 1993 Canada Summer Games. It co-hosted (with Vancouver and Kelowna) the 2006 IIHF World U20 Championship from December 26, 2005, to January 5, 2006. It hosted the 2006 BC Summer Games. In the summer of 2008, Kamloops, and its modern facility the Tournament Capital Centre, played host to the U15 boys and girls Basketball National Championship. The city is known as, and holds a Canadian trademark as, Canada's Tournament Capital[12].

Sun Peaks Resort is a nearby ski and snowboard hill. Olympic medallist skier Nancy Greene is director of skiing at Sun Peaks and the chancellor of Thompson Rivers University. The Overlander Ski Club runs the Stake Lake cross country ski area with 50 km (31 mi) of trails. Kamloops is home to world-famous mountain bikers such as Wade Simmons and Matt Hunter[13]. In 2007, the Kamloops Bike Ranch opened in Juniper Ridge along Highland Drive. The Kamloops Rotary Skatepark located at McArthur Island is one of the largest skateboard parks in Canada.[14] Kamloops will host the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games.

Kamloops is home to the Western Hockey League's Kamloops Blazers, who play at the Interior Savings Centre, the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League's Kamloops Junior B Rattlers, as well as the Kamloops Storm. Also calling Kamloops home is the Canadian Junior Football League's Kamloops Broncos, and Pacific Coast Soccer League's Kamloops Excel, both of whom play at Hillside Stadium.

Soccer for the city includes: Kamloops Youth Soccer Association, Kamloops Blaze rep team and the Kamloops Excel (see above).

Thompson Rivers University of Kamloops hosts the Thompson Rivers WolfPack, and has sports teams that include men's and women's volleyball, basketball, soccer, and badminton. Also the WolfPack have rugby, badminton, golf, and baseball teams.

Alumni of the Kamloops Blazers include Mark Recchi, Jarome Iginla, Darryl Sydor, Nolan Baumgartner, Shane Doan, Scott Niedermayer, Rudy Poeschek and Darcy Tucker. Two-time champion coach Ken Hitchcock would later win the Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars.

There is a proposal to bring a Golden Baseball League expansion team to Kamloops for the 2010 season. If successful, it would be the city's first professional baseball team and the league's fourth Canadian team.[15][16][17]

Kamloops is hosting the World Masters Indoor Championships 2010 on March 1-6, 2010[18]


Demographics of the City of Kamloops according to Statistics Canada 2006 census.[1]

  • Total private dwellings: 34,163
  • Land area: 297.30 km2 (114.79 sq mi)
  • Density: 270.4 /km2 (700 /sq mi)

Visible minorities

Total visible minority population: 5,030[1]

  • South Asian: 1,540 (1.92%)
  • Chinese: 1,065 (1.33%)
  • Japanese: 775 (0.96%)
  • Filipino: 605 (0.75%)
  • Southeast Asian: 235 (0.29%)
  • Black: 117 (0.13%)
  • Latin America: 195 (0.24%)
  • Multiple visible minorities: 140 (0.17%)
  • Korean: 100 (0.12%)
  • Non-classified visible minorities: 89 (0.11%)
  • Arab: 70 (0.09%)
  • West Asian: 50 (0.06%)

Religious groups

Data is from the 2001 census.[19]

  • Christian Orthodox: 360 (0.47%)
  • Other religions: 340 (0.44%)
  • Hindu: 170 (0.22%)
  • Muslim: 150 (0.20%)
  • Jewish: 90 (0.12%)
  • Eastern religions: 35 (0.05%)




Public schools in the Kamloops area are part of School District 73 Kamloops/Thompson. Private schools include Kamloops Christian School, Our Lady Of Perpetual Help School (Catholic), and St. Ann's Academy (Catholic).


Thompson Rivers University[20] primarily an undergraduate degree-granting university with satellite campuses in

Thompson Rivers University has begun to offer MBA, M.Ed, and M.Sc. programs as well as undergraduate degrees in the mid-2000s. Thompson Rivers University also has an open-distance learning division. Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning (TRU-OL) is the biggest distance and online education provider in British Columbia and one of the biggest in Canada.


Officially recognised neighbourhoods within the city of Kamloops[21].

Unofficially recognized areas are listed beneath the neighborhoods to which they belong:

  • Lac Le Jeune
  • Lower Sahali
    • Peterson Creek
  • MacArthur Island
  • Mission Flats
  • Mount Dufferin
  • Noble Creek
  • North Shore
  • Pineview
  • Rayleigh
  • Rose Hill

Notable people

Below is a list of people who are from Kamloops, or who lived there for an extended period.

Historical figures



Arts, culture & media

  • Steven Galloway, novelist, was raised in Kamloops.
  • Boris Karloff, actor, joined the Jeanne Russell theatre company in Kamloops in September 1911.
  • Mark Madryga, Meteorologist for Environment Canada and news weather forecaster for Global BC.[40]
  • John Pozer, award-winning filmmaker.
  • Michael Shanks, actor, born in Vancouver, but grew up in Kamloops.[41]
  • Andrea Smith, is a singer-songwriter.
  • Chris Masuak, is a Punk rock singer-songwriter from Australia - but lived in Brocklehurst (North Kamloops) in the 60's



Elections in to the municipality in Kamloops are held with the rest of the province every three years.

Provincially, Kamloops is considered to be bellwether, having voted for the governing party in every provincial election since the introduction of parties to British Columbian elections. By contrast, Kamloops has regularly voted against the party in power federally until the 2006 Federal election. Kamloops is represented in two provincial ridings - Kamloops and Kamloops-North Thompson and one federal riding - Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo.

  • Mayor – Peter Milobar
  • Members of the Legislative Assembly:

Federal Members of Parliament:

Planetary Nomenclature

Kamloops crater on Mars

The city's name was adopted for a crater on the surface of Mars. Crater Kamloops was officially adopted by the International Astronomical Union, and Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (IAU/WGPSN) in 1991. The location of the crater on the Martian surface is 53.8º south latitude and 32.6º west longitude, with a diameter of 65 km (40 mi).[43][44]

Sister cities

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Kamloops Community Profile - Statistics Canada. 2006 Community Profiles.
  2. ^ a b Kamloops, British Columbia (Census agglomeration)
  3. ^ Elevation at the airport
  4. ^ a b Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 7 May 2009 to 0901Z 2 July 2009
  5. ^ a b Natural Resources Canada Mapping Services
  6. ^ a b "Kamloops". BC Geographical Names Information System. http://www.ilmb.gov.bc.ca/bcgn-bin/bcg10?name=3006. 
  7. ^ Fort Kamloops Journals, various authors (traders), primary source.
  8. ^ History of the Okanagan Chiefs in James A. Teit, The Shuswap People, vol XII of the Papers of the Jesup North Pacific Expedition
  9. ^ Fur and Gold: Stories, Tales and Legends of British Columbia, John Pearson, undated S.K. Press Holdings, undated., White Rock, B.C.
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Canadian Climate Normals 1971-2000". Environment Canada. http://www.climate.weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca/climate_normals/results_e.html?Province=ALL&StationName=kamloops&SearchType=BeginsWith&LocateBy=Province&Proximity=25&ProximityFrom=City&StationNumber=&IDType=MSC&CityName=&ParkName=&LatitudeDegrees=&LatitudeMinutes=&LongitudeDegrees=&LongitudeMinutes=&NormalsClass=A&SelNormals=&StnId=1275&. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  11. ^ Canadian Weather Winners - from Environment Canada's Weather Winners
  12. ^ Kamloops Municipal Home Page
  13. ^ Specialized.com
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ Kamloops' baseball future Golden? (Taking Note with Gregg Drinnan, October 25, 2007)
  16. ^ GBL in Kamloops? (Taking Note with Gregg Drinnan, October 27, 2007)
  17. ^ Golden Baseball League coming to Kamloops (Taking Note with Gregg Drinnan, December 18, 2007)
  18. ^ http://www.kamloops2010masters.com/
  19. ^ Kamloops Community Profile - Statistics Canada. 2001 Community Profiles.
  20. ^ Thompson Rivers University
  21. ^ Maps By Neighbourhood
  22. ^ http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=68b31de6-5990-45a9-a057-32cf2267a2ea&Language=E&Section=FederalExperience
  23. ^ http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=bd7064c6-90b2-4e0a-9a8f-1c4d781bb30e&Language=E&Section=FederalExperience
  24. ^ Leonard Marchand: The first Status Indian elected to Canada's Parliament
  25. ^ Federal Political Biography from the Library of Parliament
  26. ^ "Former Kamloops mayor dies at 93". Times Colonist. 2007-12-31. http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=fa547031-9ba6-4328-b374-12c47cee758d. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  27. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=118
  28. ^ Mitch Berger
  29. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=9966
  30. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=1564
  31. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=8675
  32. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=10294
  33. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=3145
  34. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=62516
  35. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=3410
  36. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=8342
  37. ^ NHL.com, Players Profile Mark Recchi
  38. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=5077
  39. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=5658
  40. ^ Canada.com, Global BC Personalities: Mark Madryga
  41. ^ Internet Movie Database
  42. ^ Holness Law Group
  43. ^ IAU/USGS/WGPSN Planetary Feature Nomenclature Database, USGS Branch of Astrogeology, Flagstaff, Arizona
  44. ^ USGS Quadrangle Map MC-26 Showing crater KAMLOOPS on the Mars surface, just beneath crater GALLE, and on the Eastern edge of ARGYRE Planitia Region of Mars.

External links

Coordinates: 50°40′34″N 120°20′27″W / 50.67611°N 120.34083°W / 50.67611; -120.34083

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel


Kamloops is located in British Columbia, Canada. It is the Tournament Capital of Canada. It has hosted Strauss Canada Cup of Curling, Skate Canada, World Fly Fishing Championships, Tim Horton's Olympic Qualifying Bike Race, and World Junior Hockey Championships. Kamloops is a small city with a population just under 93,000.

Kamloops Lake
Kamloops Lake

Get in

By Air Kamloops has a small airport and has daily flights though Air Canada from various connecting cities.

By Train Via rail runs to Kamloops.

By Car Both Major highways in western Canada pass through Kamloops. The TransCanada highway passes through the Fraser valley from Vancouver in the west, and continues east through the rest of BC via Salmon Arm, Revelstoke, the Rogers Pass, Golden, and onto Alberta via Banff and Calgary.

The YellowHead #5 highway heads north from Kamloops to Jasper and Edmonton.

The Coquihalla #5 was originally built for Expo 86 in Vancouver. It was a toll highway up until September 2008, when it was unexpectedly announced that the toll was being lifted immediately, and the toll booths were taken down. This is a boost to Interior British Columbia and welcomed by many. The Coquihalla provides a much quicker route from Vancouver to Kamloops. (Approx 4 hrs by car) This route take you through Hope and Merritt and is considered less scenic than the TransCanada route. The downside of the high altitude road is that it can become dangerous in the winter as sudden weather changes may make the road icy, snow covered or impassible. Check the road conditions before you set out.

  • MacArthur Island Park
  • Riverside Park (Where the rivers meet).
  • The BC Wildlife Park (www.BCzoo.org)
  • Thompson Rivers University (www.tru.ca) is Canada's most comprehensive university. Summer campus tours daily, and Wednesday night 'Friends of the Gardens' tours of the largest botanical collection in the interior of B.C.
  • Aberdeen Mall is a large two-floor upscale mall, 1320 West Trans Canada Highway, has quite a few attractions, mainly clothes stores. Navigation is also somewhat easier than other malls.
  • Two River Junction Musical Revue(www.tworiverjunction.com)
  • Kamloops Blazers - Competitive Western Hockey League team. The Blazers play at the Interior Savings Centre.
Climbing at Roche Lake near Kamloops, BC
Climbing at Roche Lake near Kamloops, BC
  • Swim -- Adjacent to downtown, Kamloops has a lovely beach park (Riverside Park) along the Thompson River. There is a water park for children and an enclosed swimming area on the river. The Thompson is, however, swift and cold and the swimming area is not always patrolled.
  • Climb -- While not as popular among the rock climbing crowd as Squamish or Penticton, there are several areas that offer climbing in and around the Kamloops areas. Many of these areas are documented in the "Central BC Rock" guide book with more current updates available at the local indoor climbing gym [1]. Routes are graded on the Yosemite decimal system and range from 5.6 to 5.13a.
  • Ski -- Sun Peaks is an hour or so drive north of Kamloops along Highway 5.
  • Golf (approximately 11 18-hole courses, with "Tobiano" being the latest opened June 2007)
  • Mountain Bike -- With the hilly and mountainous terrain that varries from wide open to thickly wooded, Kamloops is one of the more popular locations for mountain bike riding in western Canada.
  • Kamloops Heritage Railway(www.kamrail.com)
  • Sunmore Ginseng SPA(www.sunmore.com)
  • Fish
  • Kamloops Brewery Tours.  edit
  • Siwash Lake Ranch (luxury dude ranch), nr. 70 Mile House (2.5 hours north of Kamloops), 250-395-6541, [2]. 8AM to 9PM PST. Canada's top luxury guest ranch and eco-friendly destination, offering the world's best horseback riding and fly-fishing adventures in a wilderness paradise. (51.33313214137042,-120.91621398925781) edit
  • Sanbiki sushi is located on Victoria St in the downtown core. Authentically prepared nigiri, sashimi and maki is elegantly presented. Featuring several popular favourites as well as local and seasonal specialities, this restaurant is reasonably priced and popular with the locals. The itamae is very receptive to dietary restrictions. For the more ethically conscious, only free-range eggs and wild-caught fish (when available) are used.
  • Peter's Pasta is located on Victoria St in the downtown core. All pastas and sauces are handmade on-site. Peter himself is often present and is always happy to answer any questions or even just make pleasant conversation. Very popular with the locals -arrive early as they do not take reservations .
  • Mountain-High Pizza Either located near the Sprott-Shaw college in Downtown, or at 1465 Trans Canada highway, Mountain-High Pizza is a rather average, if not cheap pizza restaurant, serving cold (refrigerated) slices for half price.
  • D'agastinos Delicious authentic Italian food located on Victoria St. in the downtown core.
  • Frick and Frack Lively atmosphere and offers a wide variety of beer from around the world. Located onVictoria Street across from the casino.


The legal drinking age in British Columbia is 19.

  • The Max nightclub is located on River St across from Riverside Park. Cheap beer is sold on Wednesday nights. Featuring both a nightclub and a pool hall (with a live deejay), this club is very popular with local college kids.
  • Cactus Jacks is located on Seymour St in the downtown core. This is a large facility with a distinct country & western theme. Featuring weekly wet T-shirt contests, bikini bullriding and occasional live music acts.
  • Thirsty Dog Sports Club is located on Lansdowne St. in the downtown core approx. 3 blocks from Cactus Jacks and 4 blocks from The Max. It is a sports bar by day and a lively club by night. Monday is industry night, Thursday is college night, and there is no cover and no line for ladies before 11pm Thurs., Fri., and Saturdays.
  • Owner Direct Vacation Rentals has over 100 vacation rentals at Sun Peaks. It doesn't matter how many people you're traveling with, or what you're looking to spend on your holiday, there's such a variety of places to rent from this company that you're certain to find what you want.
  • Thompson Rivers University Residence & Conference Centre ([3]) offers first-class summer accommodations at reasonable prices for groups and individuals, on the beautiful TRU campus. Excellent transit connections to all areas of the city direct from campus.
  • Vancouver is approximately 351 kilometers south west. There are trains, flights from the Kamloops airports, as well as two major highways connecting the two cities.
  • Sun Peaks - an alpine ski resort located 50 kilometers north of Kamloops.
  • Cariboo-Chilcotin, BC's cowboy country and dude ranch region is a one hour drive west of Kamloops
Routes through Kamloops
VancouverCache Creek  W noframe E  Salmon ArmBanff
JasperClearwater  N noframe S  MerrittHope
Prince GeorgeCache Creek  N noframe S  VernonKelowna
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