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Kamloops, British Columbia

A- Overview:
Kamloops, located in western Canada, is a city of wonders; particularly of the natural variety. As the third largest city in the interior of British Columbia, this four-season paradise has something for everyone. The city is easy to reach, has the warmest weather in Canada, and boasts world-class sporting facilities and incredible recreational experiences. It is also a very affordable city which treats its visitors graciously.

There are many reasons to visit Kamloops. The city has the warmest summers in the area with an average temperature of 72F during June, July and August. There are a number of beautiful parks throughout the city. At any time of year, there is some type of tournament taking place, giving Kamloops the nickname “The Tournament Capital of Canada”.

With a mild, dry four-season climate, visitors can enjoy summer and winter activities. Kamloops experiences over 2,000 hours of sunshine a year and only 10.62 inches of rain. In the winter, the area is transformed into a postcard-like effect with an average snowfall of 33.86 inches in Kamloops to 17 feet at nearby Sunpeaks, one of Canada’s largest ski areas.

Conveniently and centrally located in the heart of British Columbia’s Interior, visitors can arrive via train, plane or automobile from all parts of the province. With such convenience, it’s easy to take advantage of the many things to see and do, both in the city as well as throughout the entire area. Travelers to Kamloops will find a clean, lively city with an abundance of year round indoor and outdoor recreation activities and sports. The city offers a variety of museums, art galleries and live productions. Sports enthusiasts will find hiking, bicycling, fishing and golf in the summer and tobogganing, snow skiing, ice fishing and ice skating in the winter. Scenic views are another attraction to travelers. Visitors are lured to the city for a view of the surrounding mountains and lakes. Some of the major activities and sports in Kamloops include golf, hiking, and boating in the summer and skiing and snowboarding in the winter.

A visit to the British Columbia Wildlife Park is well worth the time spent. Visitors can wander with the family through a unique wildlife facility. The park features over 70 local and endangered species, programs for children, and even a water park. For a unique adventure with spectacular scenery, take a trip on the Kamloops Heritage Highway by rail. Guests can ride the rails with the sights and sounds of the magnificently restored steam engine 2141, “The Spirit of Kamloops”. Watch out for Billy Miner and his gang who are known to stop the train and re-enact the “Great Train Robbery.” A truly unique attraction is the Sunmore Ginseng Factory. Here visitors can take a tour of the 18,000 sq. foot facility and learn about the healing powers of ginseng. This is the only professional ginseng manufacturing facility in North America. For the out of doors enthusiast, there are a variety of activities both in the city and nearby. Hyak Wilderness Adventures offers guests a fun and safe whitewater rafting experience. Depending on how much excitement a visitor desires, one can take a motorized raft trip or enjoy a paddle trip and really get involved with the river.

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, no visit is complete without viewing the Adams River Salmon Run. Every year, nature’s great story of birth, death and renewal takes place in the shallow waters of the Adams River, east of Kamloops. This annual reaffirmation of life is one of nature’s most remarkable shows, witnessed by travellers from all over the world. Every year in late September to mid-October, hundreds of thousands of salmon make their way up the mighty Fraser and Thompson Rivers to spawn. It’s a massive migration and a yearly ritual established well before humans settled the area. The Adams River is also the final home for Chinook, Coho and pink salmon. Of course there is nothing like a day of skiing and there is plenty available. One of the most noted ski resorts is the Sunpeaks Ski Area. The resort is internationally recognized and known for its abundant sunshine, dry and plentiful snow, friendly locals, superb grooming, and an award-winning trail and village design. There are over 3,600 skiing acres on three mountains and the highest peak soars nearly 3,000 feet above the village. Sunpeaks can entertain all from the most aggressive to the most cautious of skiers and snowboarders with its wide variations in terrain.

Whatever the interest and whatever the time of year for a visit, visitors to Kamloops will leave rewarded with wonderful memories and wonderful pictures, so be sure to bring the camera.

B- City Information:
Population: 80,000

Elevation: 345 metres (1133 feet) above sea level

Location: Located in the center of the Thompson Okanagan tourism region of south central British Columbia, approximately 3-1/2 hours by car from Vancouver, British Columbia and 5-1/2 hours from Seattle, Washington. The city lies in the heart of British Columbia’s southern interior at the confluence of the North Thompson and the South Thompson rivers which join near the city center and flow together downstream as the Thompson River.

Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone (when it’s noon in Kamloops, it’s 2pm in Chicago, 3PM in New York City (EST), and 3pm in Toronto). Kamloops observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October

Weather: Average Temperatures:

Month
High
Low

January
41F
32F

February
44F
34F

March
50F
37F

April
58F
40F

May
64F
46F

June
69F
52F

July
74F
54F

August
73F
54F

September
65F
49F

October
57F
44F

November
48F
39F

December
43F
35F

Local Seasons:

Kamloops has a mild, dry four-season climate which means visitors can enjoy summer and winter activities. Kamloops experiences over 2,000 hours of sunshine a year and only 270 mm (10.62 in) of rain. It also gets a fair amount of snow. The average snowfall is 86 cm (33.86 in) in Kamloops to 559 cm (17 ft) at Canada’s 3rd largest ski area, Sunpeaks.

In a weather survey of cities in Canada conducted by Statistics Canada, Kamloops had excellent ratings: Here’s how Kamloops ranked in the top 100.

1st – hottest summers

2nd – warmest spring

2nd – driest city

2nd – most sunny days in warm months

11th – warmest year round

13th – mildest winter

14th – most sunny days year round

How to Get There:

By Air

Kamloops Regional Airport

3035 Airport Drive

Kamloops, BC, V2B 7X1

250 376-3935

Call for additional information

The regional airport is served by a limited number of airlines

By Car

Take Trans-Canada Highway 1 eastbound from Vancouver. Take the Coquihalla Highway to Kamloops. Approx. 3 ¼ – 3 ½ hours.

By Bus

BC Transit
520 Gorge Road East
Victoria, BC, V8W 2P3
250-385-2551

Offers service to Kamloops, call for schedule and additional information

By Train

VIA Rail

From anywhere in Canada or the United States, call toll-free: 888 842-7245

Rocky Mountain Rail Tours

From anywhere in Canada or the United States, call toll-free: 877-460-3200

How to Get Around:

With so many things to see and do year-round, the best way to get around is by either personal or rental car.

National Holidays:

New Years Day: January 1

Good Friday: Varies

Easter Monday Varies

Victoria Day: Monday preceding May 25

Canada Day: July 1. The Holidays Act provides that July 2 is Canada Day when July 1 is a Sunday.

Labour Day: First Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day: Second Monday of October

Remembrance Day: November 11

Christmas Day: December 25

Boxing Day: December 26

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Kamloops Art Gallery

465 Victoria Street

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada V2C 2A9

250-828-3543

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free

The Kamloops Art Gallery organizes or hosts up to 25 exhibitions each year.

British Columbia Wildlife Park

9077 East Trans Canada Hwy.

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada V0E 2M0

250-573-3242

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Wander with the family through a unique wildlife facility. The park features over 70 local and endangered species, programs for children, and a water park.

Kamloops Heritage Highway

#6 – 510 Lorne Street

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada U2C 1W3

250-374-2141

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Ride the rails with the sights and sounds of the magnificently restored steam engine 2141, “The Spirit of Kamloops”. Experience the charm of vintage coaches or let the wind flow through your hair in the open air cars. Watch out for Billy Miner and his gang who are known to stop the train and re-enact the “Great Train Robbery.”

Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park

202-355 Yellowhead Highway

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada V2H 1H1

250-828-9801

Hours: Vary, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Visit the Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park and experience the rich cultural history of the Shuswap People. Attractive museum exhibits incorporate the oral history and legends of the Secwepemc People along with historical photographs, illustrations and artifacts.

Kamloops Museum & Archives
207 Seymour Street
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada V2C 2E7
250-828-3576

Hours: Open year round, Tues – Sat, 9:30am – 4:30pm. Summer hours: May 24 – Sept 6th, Mon – Fri, 9:30am – 4:30pm.

Admission by donation

Three floors of permanent and changing exhibits which cover the exciting and varied history of this Wild West town and the landscape which shaped the People. See exhibits about the local Secwepemc nation, the early fur traders, the gold rush and the gold seekers, cattle ranching, paddle wheelers and railway construction, the coming of permanent settlers, and the making of a frontier town.

Sunmore Ginseng Factory
925 McGill Place

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada V2C 6N9
250-374-3017

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Take a tour of this 18,000 sq. foot facility and learn about the healing powers of ginseng. This is the only professional ginseng manufacturing facility in North America.

Kamloops Farmer’s Market

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada V2C 6H3

250-573-3981

Hours: Open from May 20 to Oct 28; May 20 to Oct 28: Saturday 8:00am – noon, May 24 to Oct 25: Wed. 8:00am – 2:00pm

Admission Free

Shop for locally grown produce, fresh baking and local cheeses from May to October, every Wednesday and Saturday mornings in downtown Kamloops.

Kenna Cartwright Park

Located in southwest Kamloops. Take the Trans Canada Highway to Exit #366 north along Copperhead Drive and then west along Hillside Drive to the main entrance

Hours: Open year round dawn to dusk

Admission Free

The park offers an extensive network of gentle nature trails for hiking or cycling with panoramic views of the city, the Thompson Valley, Kamloops Lake and the convergence of the North and South Thompson Rivers.

Kamloops Rock Works

29 – 450 Lansdowne Street

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada V2C 1Y3

250-554-2930

Hours: Open April – October, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Tours leave from any local hotels or motels and consist of a 2 hour walking tour with an experienced tour guide who will explain the various geological processes that formed the beautiful Kamloops region. All walkers will leave the tour with a sample of a unique local rock or fossil.

Airdance Hang Gliding School

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada V2B 6J6
250-579-9182

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged
When it comes to hang gliding in Kamloops, there are more sites than pilots! Air Dance Hang Gliding School offers tandem flying and will take visitors to the best locations.

Stake Lake Cross-Country Ski Trails

Overlander Ski Club

Kamloops, BC, V2C 6H3, Canada

250-372-5514

Hours: Winter season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

This popular ski area is located 25 minutes south of Kamloops on Lac Le Jeune Road. Stake Lake has 45 km (28 mi) of well-groomed classic and skating tracks, some with shelters and outhouses. There are trails for all abilities and a heated day lodge. Open daily and lessons are available.

Nearby:

Lake City Casino

907 – 1708 Dolphin Avenue
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada V1Y 9S4
250-861-5457

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free

A taste of New Orleans can now be found in the heart of sunny Kamloops BC. The Kamloops casino reflects the excitement and energy of Mardi Gras with brightly coloured masks, beads, confetti and streamers.

Hyak Wilderness Adventures
203 – 3823 Henning Drive

Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada V5C 6N5

800-663-7238

Hours: Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

Whitewater rafting is a safe, well-managed sport. Even before getting onto the water guests learn paddling skills, water safety and have a dry land practice. Then, with experienced guides leading the way, the guests and their crewmates head down the river aboard stable, inflated rafts designed to provide the kind of adventure they will never forget. In Kamloops Country, visitors can take a water rafting trip suited to their interests—extreme, casual or novice. Take a motorized raft trip or enjoy a paddle trip and really get involved with the river. There are three rivers to raft in Kamloops Country, the Thompson, Adams, and Clearwater. A variety of companies—some with 20 years or more experience—spend six months a year guiding rafters of all skill levels.

Adams River Salmon Run

Directions: From Kamloops, head east on Hwy 1 to the Scotch Creek turnoff at Squilax. Roderick Haig Brown Park is located 5 km from Squilax (66 km from Kamloops)

250-679-8315
Every year in late September to mid-October, hundreds of thousands of salmon make their way up the mighty Fraser and Thompson Rivers to spawn. It’s a massive migration and a yearly ritual established well before humans settled the area. The Adams River is also the final home for Chinook, Coho and pink salmon. The 2,440-acre Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park and its fine interpretive area explain the salmon’s whole remarkable cycle.

Sunpeaks Ski Area

RR #1

Clearwater, British Columbia, Canada V0E 1N0
250-674-0200

Hours: Open year round, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Over 20 years of outdoor hospitality & professional wilderness guiding in Wells Gray Provincial Park & area, British Columbia’s Outdoor Adventure Paradise. The resort is internationally recognized and known for its abundant sunshine, dry and plentiful snow, friendly locals, superb grooming, and an award-winning trail and village design. There are over 3,600 skiing acres on three mountains and the highest peak soars nearly 3,000 feet above the ski-in, ski-out village. Sun Peaks Resort can entertain the most aggressive and cautious of skiers and snowboarders with a wide variety of terrain. Experienced skiers can look for the expert runs on Mt. Morrisey and everyone can enjoy the illuminated tube park next to the village.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
British Columbia Wildlife Park

9077 East Trans Canada Hwy.

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada V0E 2M0

250-573-3242

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Wander with the family through a unique wildlife facility. The park features over 70 local and endangered species, programs for children, and a water park.

Kamloops Heritage Highway

#6 – 510 Lorne Street

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada U2C 1W3

250-374-2141

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Ride the rails with the sights and sounds of the magnificently restored steam engine 2141, “The Spirit of Kamloops”. Experience the charm of vintage coaches or let the wind flow through your hair in the open air cars. Watch out for Billy Miner and his gang who are known to stop the train and re-enact the “Great Train Robbery.”

Kenna Cartwright Park

Located in southwest Kamloops. Take the Trans Canada Highway to Exit #366 north along Copperhead Drive and then west along Hillside Drive to the main entrance

Hours: Open year round dawn to dusk

Admission Free

A Hiker’s Paradise. The park offers an extensive network of gentle nature trails for hiking or cycling with panoramic views of the city, the Thompson Valley, Kamloops Lake and the convergence of the North and South Thompson Rivers.

Kamloops Rock Works

29 – 450 Lansdowne Street

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada V2C 1Y3

250-554-2930

Hours: Open April – October, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Tours leave from any local hotels or motels and consist of a 2 hour walking tour with an experienced tour guide who explains the various geological processes that formed the beautiful Kamloops region. All walkers leave the tour with a sample of a unique local rock or fossil.

Hyak Wilderness Adventures
203 – 3823 Henning Drive

Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada V5C 6N5

800-663-7238

Hours: Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

Whitewater rafting is a safe, well-managed sport. Before getting onto the water guests learn paddling skills, water safety and have a dry land practice. With experienced guides leading the way, the guests and their crewmates head down the river aboard stable, inflated rafts designed to provide an unforgettable adventure. In Kamloops Country visitors can take a water rafting trip suited to their interests—extreme, casual or novice. Take a motorized raft trip or enjoy a paddle trip and really get involved with the river. There are three rivers to raft in Kamloops Country, the Thompson, Adams, and Clearwater. A variety of companies—some with 20 years or more experience—spend six months a year guiding rafters of all skill levels.

Adams River Salmon Run

Directions: From Kamloops, head east on Hwy 1 to the Scotch Creek turnoff at Squilax. Roderick Haig Brown Park is located 5 km from Squilax (66 km from Kamloops)

250-679-8315
Every year in late September to mid-October, hundreds of thousands of salmon make their way up the mighty Fraser and Thompson Rivers to spawn. It’s a massive migration and a yearly ritual established well before humans settled the area. The Adams River is also the final home for Chinook, Coho and pink salmon. The 2,440-acre Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park and its fine interpretive area explain the salmon’s whole remarkable cycle.

Stake Lake Cross-Country Ski Trails

Overlander Ski Club

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada V2C 6H3

250-372-5514

Hours: Winter season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

This popular ski area is located 25 minutes south of Kamloops on Lac Le Jeune Road. Stake Lake has 45 km (28 mi) of well-groomed classic and skating tracks, some with shelters and outhouses. There are trails for all abilities and a heated day lodge. Open daily and lessons are available.

Sunpeaks Ski Area

RR #1

Clearwater, British Columbia, Canada V0E 1N0
250-674-0200

Hours: Open year round, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Over 20 years of outdoor hospitality & professional wilderness guiding in Wells Gray Provincial Park & area, British Columbia’s Outdoor Adventure Paradise. The resort is internationally recognized and known for its abundant sunshine, dry and plentiful snow, friendly locals, superb grooming, and an award-winning trail and village design. There are over 3,600 skiing acres on three mountains and the highest peak soars nearly 3,000 feet above the ski-in, ski-out village. Sun Peaks Resort can entertain the most aggressive and cautious of skiers and snowboarders with a wide variety of terrain. Experienced skiers can look for the expert runs on Mt. Morrisey and everyone can enjoy the illuminated tube park next to the village.

E- Events & Entertainment:
January

Ice Fishing Tournament

Held in late January

Location: Shumway Lake

Ice fishing tournament at Shumway Lake, 10 min. south of Merritt on Hwy 5A. $60,000 in total prizes, 1st prize $10,000 cash for largest fish by length.

March

AA Provincial Basketball Championships

Held in March

Location: Sport Mart Place

300 Lorne Street

Kamloops, BC Canada V2C 1W1

250-928-3451

Call for additional information

Kamloops Cowboy Festival

Held in mid March

Location: Calvary Temple Church

250-374-3511

Call for additional information

April

International Women’s Show

Held in late April – early May

Location: Sport Mart Place

300 Lorne Street

Kamloops, BC Canada V2C 1W1

250-374-6222

Call for additional information

May

May Meet Boogie

Held in May

Location: Kamloops

250-376-1213

Call for additional information

Billed as the biggest, best, and longest running skydiving boogie in Canada, this annual meet shows why Kamloops is a great place for parachuting. The meet focuses on boogies skydiving for freeflyers, belly flyers, solo flyers, and birdpeople. The Kamloops Skydivers Sport Parachute Club is affiliated with the Canadian Sport Parachute Association.

International Women’s Show

Held in late April – early May

Location: Sport Mart Place

300 Lorne Street

Kamloops, BC Canada V2C 1W1

250-374-6222

Call for additional information

July

Merritt Mountain Music Festival

Held in mid July

Location: City of Merritt

604-525-3330

Call for additional information

The Merritt Mountain Music Festival lives up to the honor of Country Capital of Canada as it wraps up six days and nights of hot summer festivities, an outstanding line-up of entertainment and an estimated crowd of over 100,000.

August

Impulse Car Show

Held in mid August

Location: Sport Mart Place

300 Lorne Street

Kamloops, BC Canada V2C 1W1

250-928-3451

Call for additional information

October

HRI Food Show

Held in late October

Location: Sport Mart Place

300 Lorne Street

Kamloops, BC Canada V2C 1W1

250-928-3451

Call for additional information

Autumn Leaves

Held in late October

Location: Sport Mart Place

300 Lorne Street

Kamloops, BC Canada V2C 1W1

250-928-3451

Call for additional information

December

Fulton Cup – Basketball Tournament

Held in mid December

Location: Sport Mart Place

300 Lorne Street

Kamloops, BC Canada V2C 1W1

250-928-3451

Call for additional information

Entertainment:

Akimbo Dance Company

765 Lansdowne St.

Kamloops, BC. V2C 5S2
250- 374-5404

Call for additional information

Akimbo Dance came alive in 1993 as a joint project of Kamloops dancers Kim Harris and Bonnie McLean. Their vision was to create awareness of and appreciation for modern dance in Kamloops. This vision has been realized in the form of annual productions; presenting a lively mixture of traditional and experimental dances, and providing a forum for local dancers to learn and perform.

Western Canada Theatre

1025 Lorne Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 5K9

250-372-3216

Call for performance schedule and additional information

The Sagebrush Theatre is a 710 seat Proscenium Theatre, jointly owned by the City of Kamloops and the Kamloops/Thompson School District.

Sports:

Kamloops Golf

888-232-6603

Call for tee times and additional information

Visit Kamloops and discover a golf paradise offering 4 diverse and challenging courses, with more on the way. The dry climate & long days