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
Kamloops is well-noted for having a dry climate and with over 2,000
hours of sunshine annually - one of British Columbia's sunniest
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.
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.
From Kamloops the amount of exploring and discovery you can experience
is endless. This is one of BC's best adventure destinations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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