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Overview of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

The City of Kamloops, British Columbia has long recognized Sport Tourism as an economic generator for the City, as well, Kamploops strives to be the premier host centre for tournaments, cultural events, high performance training camps and national and international competitions and therefore as gotten the ranking of ‘The Tournament Capital of Canada'.

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  • Population: 86,491
  • Population Density: 5.2 /km²
  • Area: 297.57 km²
  • Latitude: 50°40?33.8?N
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Time Zone: Pacific
  • Language: English
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History of Kamloops, British Columbia

The Kamloops area was exclusively inhabited by the Secwepemc nation prior to the arrival of European settlers. The first European explorers arrived in 1811, and a fur trading post was established by David Stuart in 1812 for the Pacific Fur Company. The gold rush of the 1860`s and the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1880s brought further growth, resulting in the City of Kamloops being incorporated in 1893 with a population of about 500. Kamloops means `where the rivers meet` and is a version of the Shuswap word ‘Tk`emlups'.

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Kamloops's Demographics

As far as religion goes, the residents of Kamloops (according to the 2001 census) are approximately 35% Protestant, 19.2% Roman Catholic, 6$ Christian and 3.2% Islam, with the remaining 36.6% belonging to various other religions or no religion at all.

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Kamloops's Climate

Kamloops has generally mild and short winters, snow can occur between November and March but mostly just falls in December and January. Summers are quite hot with dry and sunny weather. The average July maximum temperature is 28.3°C. Spring arrives early, sometimes in February, due to mild air spilling over the coastal mountains from the Pacific Ocean.

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Education in Kamloops, British Columbia

Kamloops is home to many elementary schools (over 30) and several secondary schools, which are part of the School District 73 Kamloops/Thompson. Kamloops is also home to Thompson Rivers University, an undergraduate degree-granting university. Simon Fraser University has a satellite campus in Kamloops, providing high quality post-secondary education from a unique First Nations perspective.

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Transportation around Kamloops, British Columbia

‘Kamloops Transit is a leader in the BC Transit Municipal Systems Program and provides both regular transit and HandyDART custom transit services.

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Tourism and Attractions of Kamloops

‘Sport Tourism' is an economic generator for Kamloops. Outdoor activities and attractions are abundant in and around the city, with mountain biking trails, hiking trails, fishing, golf, snorkelling & diving, whitewater rafting, downhill and cross country skiing, to name a few. There is never a lack of things to do in Kamloops all year round. Along with all of these great activities Kamploops also has excellent accommodations, unique restaurants and shopping areas.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Kamloops
  • Knutsford
  • Lac Le Jeune
  • Tranquille
  • Cooper Creek
  • Savona
  • Logan Lake
  • Heffley Creek
  • Pinantan Lake
  • Ashcroft
  • Walhachin
  • Cache Creek
  • McLure
  • Skeetchestin
  • Spences Bridge
  • Lower Nicola
  • Merritt
  • Nicola
  • Quilchena
  • Douglas Lake
  • Westworld
  • Monte Creek
  • Pritchard
  • Brocklehurst
  • McCracken
  • Dallas
  • Rivershore
  • Bamhart Vale
  • Holmwood
  • Slumber Valley
  • Beresford
  • Stump Lake
  • Clapperton
  • Agate
  • Dot
  • Canford
  • Coyle
  • Coutlee
  • Martel
  • Spatsum
  • Walhachin
  • Miller
  • Jaleslie
  • Frederick
  • Rayleigh
  • Vinsulla
  • Whitecroft
  • Sun Peaks

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Geography of Kamloops, British Columbia

Kamloops is situated in the Thompson Valley. The central core of the city is located in the valley near the North and South branches of the Thompson River. Suburbs stretch for more than a dozen kilometres along both North and South branches, as well as to the hillsides along the south portion of the city.

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Kamloops's Government

The Kamloops is governed by City Council, which is led by the Mayor, Terry Lake.

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Kamloops's Economy and Industry

Kamloops industries include primary resource processing (forestry, pulp mill, copper mine, ranching) as well as tertiary services (provincial lottery headquarters). Kamloops is also a transportation hub for the region, with three major highways, and a semi-international airport.

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Kamloops's Culture and Significant Events

Experience Canada's only Icewine Festival held annually in Kamloops. Enjoy a Christmastime experience with the BC Hydro Wildlights at the BC Wildlife Park in Kamploops. The event lasts for 30 days beginning in December and will dazzle your senses with 350,000 lights including 350 wildlife light sculptures and animated light scenes. Other festivals include Kamloops Cowboy Festival in March, Kamloopa Pow Wow held in August and Music in the Park every evening in July and August in Riverside Park.

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Sports in Kamloops, British Columbia

With $37 million invested in new and renovated recreational facilities to launch Kamloops is well on the way to becoming the premiere host centre for tournaments, and national/international competitions. Kamloops has a healthy list of over 50 sport user groups, ranging from minor hockey and baseball to figure skating clubs.

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Media of Kamloops

Kamloops main daily newspaper is the Kamloops Daily News. The city is also home to Kamloops This Week which is published three times weekely ans is a free newspaper focusing solely on city news, entertainment and sports. Kamloops is also home to several AM and FM radio stations ranging from classic hits to country music.

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