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.
Alpine Wilderness Retreat: Retreat from the bustle of the city to our fly-in resort on Elbow Lake! Our snow fed lakes in the North Thompson are home to world-famous Kamloops Trout, and our resort has everything you’ll need. There’s lots of wildlife too so don’t forget to bring your ca... more
British Columbia Guest Ranchers' Association: Our guest ranch membership offers a variety of ranch holidays. Some are working ranches, others remote lodges in pristine back country areas and some are luxury resorts. You're sure to find something to fit your taste with the help of our assocation. more
Campbell Hills Guest Ranch: A small personal guest ranch in the picturesque ranching country 25 min. from Kamloops. Max. 16 guests. High quality food, western hospitality, romantic lodging, privacy & customized programs! Max 5 riders per 2 wranglers on trail rides. more
Hyak River Rafting: We offer a variety of river trips May through September. From our popular Chilliwack and Thompson River day trips to our world class Chilko, Chilcotin and Fraser six day expedition, Hyak has the perfect river adventure for you. more
Nancy Greene’s Cahilty Lodge: Our ski-in / ski-out hotel, in the heart of Sun Peaks, features 191 rooms ranging from cozy and traditional lodge rooms - to spacious 3-bedroom suites. We offer all the amenities, great dining, and great service you will need for a relaxing and enjoyable stay... more
OK Chalets.com: We feature a variety of BC's finest ski-in/ski-out Villas, Resorts, Condos & private Chalet rentals. Stay at Big White, Silver Star, Sun Peaks, Fernie Alpine Resort and Whistler Blackcomb. We also offer accommodations in Apex, Kimberley, Panorama, and Rosslan... more
Pacific Coastal Airlines: Enjoy scheduled service from Vancouver's South Terminal to Anahim Lake, Bella Bella, Bella Coola, Campbell River, Comox, Cranbrook, Kamloops, Klemtu, Masset, Port Hardy (float & amphibious aircraft to coastal communities), Powell River, Trail, Victoria, & Will... more
Thuya Lakes Lodge: Fishing as good as it gets! Our resort just north of Kamloops has over 30 lakes joined by streams, naturally reproducing with wild Kamloops trout, perfect for flyfishing and float tubing. Enjoy hiking trails into lakes, mountain biking, the wildlife or just t... more
Tod Mountain Ranch: Our ranch guests relax in comfortable cabins, and rides take place in almost 30,000 hectares of mountain trails, forest and alpine … home to bear, deer, moose and coyote. Enjoy home cooked meals, fresh mountain air, and a soak in our hot tub as the sun sets. more
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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