In the Native Shuswap tongue, 'Kamloops' means "meeting of the waters".
The city offers visitors many historical and native sites worth visiting.
At the Kamloops
Museum and Archives an impressive selection of gold rush and fur trading
artifacts are on display, as well as plentiful information about the area's
tour of the city's historical sites is also available which includes the
Old Provincial Court House, a brick building erected in 1907, that now
serves as a hostel. Another heritage site is located at 118 Victoria Street.
Erected in 1904 it first was used as a bank, then city hall. Also an interesting
stop is the restored St. Josephs Church, dating back to the mid 1800's,
which is found on the Kamloops Indian Reserve as a Catholic Indian Mission.
The unique and authentic Chinese Cemetery is another interesting heritage
site in the Kamloops area
East of Kamloops
on the Trans Canada Hwy is
Chase, where the Shuswap
waterways begin. Access is via either the Squilax-Anglemont Road 10 km
(6 miles) east of Chase over the Squilax Bridge to Adams Lake or the eastern
route along the north shore of Shuswap Lake.
Haig-Brown Provincial Park:
The largest sockeye salmon run on the continent is located here on the
Adams River which connects Adams and Shuswap Lakes. Every four years the
run is larger than average, (count every four years from the fall of 1998).
The park offers excellent fishing, hiking and camping opportunities.
Back on the
Trans Canada Hwy travel east to the Sunnybrae/Canoe Point Road to Sunnybrea
and Herald Provincial Parks,
where you may also enjoy good swimming, fishing and hiking.
visiting this park don't miss Margaret Falls. An enchanted trail leads
off of the main road to the falls.
Named after the south-west arm of Shuswap Lake where large runs of salmon
from the different creeks find their way into the lake. The town of Salmon
Arm was founded in 1888.
R.J. Haney Heritage Park is located 5 minutes from town on Highway 97B
and is operated by the Salmon Arm Museum. A working blacksmith, heritage
house, a museum and walking trails are found within this park.
Arm Bay Nature Enhancement
Area is located off the Marina Park and public wharf downtown. Over
150 species of birds,
both resident and migratory make their homes here.
The following BC Adventure members would like to serve you:
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
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