Did You Know?

  • There are only two places in Canada where the two national railways (the CP and the CN) intersect within city limits, and Kamloops is one of them.
  • Kamloops paved the way for many political trail-blazers, including Canada’s first MP and cabinet member of First Nations heritage, the first mayor of Chinese descent in North America and one of the first black aldermen in North America.
  • You can search for fossils, gold, common opal, agates, zeolites, geodes and other semi-precious gemstones in Kamloops — with a good chance of finding at least one of them.
  • A grassy knoll near Kamloops is, according to many monks, the Centre of The Universe. A spiritual place — as opposed to a big attraction — it overlooks a valley and lake.
  • The health industry has been singing the praises of ginseng root for boosting immunity, improving stamina and relieving stress, and Kamloops grows a lot of it. The local Sunmore Ginseng Spa uses it in treatments that combine Western and Eastern healing practices.
  • One of the largest celebrations of Aboriginal culture in Western Canada, the Kamloopa Pow Wow is a spectacular expression of Secwepemc First Nations heritage. Come in August and partake in a vibrant display of storytelling, song and dance, all performed in traditional regalia.

Set at the confluence of the North and South Thompson rivers, against a dramatic backdrop of rolling mountains, Kamloops is ideally situated in the heart of British Columbia.

Here, adventure offerings are abundant throughout the year — thanks to over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually. In and around this vibrant city, remarkable golf, world-class mountain biking and skiing, horseback riding, hiking, heli-Segway adventure tours, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing with Fido draw adventurists out of doors. Beyond the adrenalin rush, a myriad of quaint restaurants and bistros, local galleries, unique shops and vibrant nightlife await in the city’s downtown core. Add to this a prominent Interior First Nations culture, rich ranching history, a thriving local arts scene and flourishing agritourism experiences, and you have the makings of a memorable stay.

Although Kamloops boasts the amenities of an urban centre, the city hasn’t forgotten it roots, with its unhurried lifestyle and warm, welcoming people. Also known as Canada’s Tournament Capital, Kamloops is home to an extensive array of sport-oriented infrastructure for hosting world-class group competitions, events and festivals — making this the perfect destination to let loose and play.

Monica Dickinson
Destination Marketing Manager, Communications
Tourism Kamloops
1290 West Trans Canada Highway
Kamloops BC  V2C 6R3
Phone: 250-372-8000 

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