popular interior city of Kamloops is in the heart of Thompson Nicola
to the "Tournament Capitol of Canada"
can choose to learn more about the intriguing history of the area or
take advantage of the abundance of recreational facilities and opportunities
for outdoor adventures in the Kamloops area.
Kamloops area is famous for rainbow trout fishing, and a variety of
modern and rustic fishing resorts offer an unforgettable fishing experience.
Guest ranches make great family vacations, introducing the guest to
a taste of the real west on working cattle ranches.
itself is located where the South and North Thompson Rivers meet, hence
the name "Kahm-o-loops", the Shuswap Indian word for "meeting
of the waters". The surrounding countryside is a combination of
dry forests, grasslands and desert like hills. While forestry has now
surpassed ranching as the primary industry, ranching is still an important
component in the makeup of the area.
can be used as a headquarters for exploring nearby wilderness areas
such as Wells Gray Park to the north and the grasslands of the Nicola
Valley in the south or the numerous fishing and recreational lakes surrounding
the entire area.
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Park Photo courtesy of Alan Forseth
Access to the city is extremely convenient as it is at the junction
of three main highways and two railroads.
Vancouver, Highway 1 follows the historic and breathtakingly beautiful
Fraser Canyon, while the newest, shorter route is the Coquihalla Highway
which takes you through awe inspiring mountain passes (about 3 1/2 hours
from Vancouver/ 5 1/2 hours from Seattle).
Calgary in the east, it is about 7 1/2 hours on Highway 1.
the southeast, the scenic route from the Okanagan is another popular
way to reach this destination (from Kelowna two hours).
with a train and bus station, Kamloops also has an airport that can
bring people from all over the province.
377 meters (1,131 ft.)
Moderate with hot summers.
As well as numerous hotels and motels the Kamloops Old Courthouse Hostel
is also available to travellers. Campsites, fishing resorts, lodges
and guest ranches are in abundance to the west, east, south and north;
these include a number of Provincial Park campsites within an hours
drive. Guest ranches are a popular destination for many visitors, as
is the ski resort to the north.
Photo courtesy of Victor Hamm
and Kamloops Tennis Association
Facilities & Activities: golfing; cross country and downhill skiing;
waterside park; Canada Games Pool; curling rinks; SportMart Place (home
of the Memorial Cup Champion Kamloops Blazers); horseback riding; swimming;
tennis; fishing; biking; hiking; boating.
Attractions: numerous golf courses; Secwepemc Native Museum and
Heritage Park; Art Gallery; Kamloops Heritage Railway, Kamloops Wildlife
Park; Kamloops Museum & Archives; Western Canada Theatre Company; Kamloops
Symphony Orchestra; Kamloops Art Gallery; Heritage Walking Tours, Horse
Racing at Sagebrush Downs.
Events: February - Performing Arts Festival March - Cowboy Festival, Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey
Tournament, Performing Arts Festival April - October: Farmers Market (Wed & Sat) June - Annual Garden Tour, High School Rodeo Finals July - Cattle Drive, River Family Festival, Alpine Blossom Festival
(Sun Peaks), Music in the Park August - Alpine Blossom Festival (Sun Peaks), Music
in the Park, Kamloops Pow Wow, Pro Rodeo September - 4H Provincial Winter Fair November - Santa Claus Parade December - Wildlights Display
Visitor Information Center
Phone: (250) 374-3377
Fax: (250) 828-9500
Toll Free: 1-800-662-1994