Photo courtesy of Vic Hamm
Welcome to B.C's Friendliest City and Canada's Tournament Capital.
Kamloops comes from the Secwepemc word T'Kumlups referring to the flowing together of the north and south Thompson River. Kamloops was incorporated as a city in 1893 and is ideally situated in the heart of British Columbia against the dramatic backdrop of rolling hills. Boasting a population of over 86,000 with a growth rate of about 6.6%. The central core of the City is located along the river valley, elevation347m Suburbs stretch for more than a dozen kilometers along both the north and south rivers as well as up the steeper hillsides along the south side of the City (Sahali/Aberdeen) and lower northeast hillsides (Batchelor heights). Kamloops is the largest community in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and is accessible by air, highway or rail.
The winters are very mild, Kamloops residents see 2,000 hours of sunshine per year. Over 100 lakes are located in the surrounding area, creating the perfect getaway for nature lovers. The area landscape features an array of mountains, grasslands, river valleys and even deserts and outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a multitude of activities year-round. There are some remarkable golf courses, world class mountain biking and skiing, Sun Peaks Canada's 2nd largest ski area is only 45 min away. plus ATV riding, skateboarding, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, kayaking.
The city earned the title of "Tournament Capital" after hosting numerous first class sporting events. From the West Canada Summer Games to the Canadian Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships, Kamloops has become a household name among Canadian athletes. Over 90 different sporting events are held in Kamloops per year including the Womens World's Hockey in April 2016.
Riverside park with music in the park during the summer months and the Sandman Center are in the heart of the city. Lined with mature trees and heritage buildings, Victoria Street in downtown Kamloops is the main shopping street. Thompson Rivers University is located in Kamloops.
RIH (Royal Inland Hospital) is the City's largest employer followed by TRU which serves a student body of 10,000 including a diverse international contingent.
Learn More About Kamloops
Get more information about Kamloops, its history, and what it's like to live there. Learn more about the local government, the services, recreational activities, local businesses, and the schools that service the area.
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Kamloops is surrounded by some of the most amazing natural landscape in British Columbia, and outdoor enthusiasts have lots to keep them busy and active outside in every season, including hiking, swimming, mountain biking, and skiing.
Festivals & Events
Not only is Kamloops Canada's Tournament Capital, but there are a lot of great cultural events here every year too!