Where the North and South Thompson Rivers meet
Runners, you have arrived in Kamloops, B.C.
Kamloops is situated at the confluence of the North and South Thompson Rivers in the Thompson Valley. The city takes its name from the First Nations word T’kumlups, meaning meeting place.
Gold Rush fever in the 1850s and the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1880s contributed to the rapid expansion of the settlement.
Today, Kamloops is the second-largest city in the southern interior of B.C. The primary industry is forestry, followed by tourism, ranching, and mining.
The landscape is characterized by rivers, mountains, lakes, and grasslands. These offer unique opportunities for year-round outdoor adventure, enough to keep even the most avid outdoor enthusiasts busy.
Blue skies, endless sunshine, deep powder snow, one thousand lakes, and spectacular landscapes make the Kamloops region the natural place to visit and experience exceptional adventure opportunities.
Four wineries with tasting rooms have sprung up around Kamloops over the last few years. Harper’s Trail Winery, Monte Creek Ranch Winery, Privato Vineyard, and Sagewood Winery are all part of the Kamloops Wine Trail in B.C.’s newest wine region.
Kamloops is famous for its hospitality. It offers visitors all the amenities of a big city – first-class accommodation and dining, a lively arts scene, modern shops, a full range of businesses and beautiful parks, and recreation facilities.
One of Kamloops´greatest events is Ribfest. Ribfest is an opportunity for BBQ champions from around North America to show off their skills in a rib cook-off, which includes categories such as “Best Sauce” and “People’s Choice.” Music and kid’s entertainment fills Riverside Park during the 3-day-long competition.
The weekly Farmer’s Market, a world-class wildlife park, eight golf courses, endless miles of walking and biking trails, and scenic boat tours are just a few more reasons to adore Kamloops.
Kamloops has hiking and walking trails for all levels. The entire city is built on a wave of hills, making it next to impossible to find a bad view. The tumbling terrain also gives countless opportunities for tobogganing in the winter.
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