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Kamloops

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Kamloops is the third largest city in B.C. with about 80,000 people living within its municipal boundaries and offers all the amenities of a big city. The city of Kamloops spreads along the river valleys and into the surrounding hills. These geographical boundaries provide for very unique neighbourhoods, offering everything from large flat lots to expansive sights from some of the more upper-scale view homes and subdivisions.

LETTERMAN LOVES KAMLOOPS
Late night TV host David Letterman enthused at length on his program about the beauty of the Kamloops area in a recent (Sept 2005) interview with celebrity Jennifer Lopez.

The “tremendous beauty of the surrounding countryside” was stunning, said Letterman after viewing An Unfinished Life – a new film featuring Lopez. The production was filmed in the Kamloops area two years ago. Lopez described the setting as “gorgeous.”

There are 84 parks in the city—the most of any community in British Columbia. The city has an average temperature of 27.2 C during June, July and August. With all that Kamloops has to offer it is definitely a city for all seasons.

Retirement destination?

Kamloops was always thought of as a great place to raise a family. Now, Kamloops is starting to get recognition as a great place to enjoy an active retirement.

Kamloops was named one of the top Canadian cities for seniors to live by 50 Plus Magazine.

“The research team based the decision on a number of factors, like health care, the number of available doctors, climate and cost of living,” said Bonnie Baker Cowan, the editor of 50 Plus.

Other factors include availability of homes and leisure activities.

History of Kamloops

Kamloops was incorporated in 1893, and is situated in the heart of British Columbia's Southern Interior in a scenic valley at the junction of the North and South Thompson Rivers. Kamloops began as a trading settlement, founded by Alexander Ross of the Pacific Fur Company, who called it Cumcloups (from an Indian word meaning "meeting of the waters"). The trading concession was sold in 1821 to the Hudson's Bay Company, which moved its post (Fort Kamloops) in 1862 across the river to what is now North Kamloops.

Growth that began with the gold rush of the late 1850s was sustained with the arrival of the “Overlanders” in 1862 and the railroad in 1885. Kamloops was incorporated as a city in 1893, and North Kamloops became a village in 1946 and a town in 1961. The two communities were amalgamated in 1967 to form the city.

Kamloops continued to prosper with natural resources as a mainstay of the economy and an ever-expanding commercial and business sector.

Tournament Capital

Kamloops is proud to be known today as the “Tournament Capital of Canada”. Kamloops is committed to sports. In 2003, residents voted to spend $37.6m to build new sporting facilities and renovate existing ones to higher standards. The goal is to continue the Kamloops tradition of sports excellence by creating arenas, ball and soccer fields, indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities, BMX and mountain biking courses, disc golf courses, cross country ski facilities, and world class downhill skiing at Sun Peaks.

Kamloops is a hub for transportation with both major railways passing through the City and several major highways passing through the City including Trans Canada Highway #1 and Yellowhead #5 Highway. If you travel across on the Rocky Mountaineer, Kamloops is one of the overnight stops.

Economy

Kamloops has a diversified economy with a base that includes manufacturing, tourism, forestry, mining, agriculture and many service sectors.

The larger employers in the area include Weyerhaeuser Canada, Highland Valley Copper Mine, Royal Inland Hospital, School District No. 73 and the Thompson Rivers University.

Education

The Kamloops area has an impressive 32 elementary schools. These include public, private, French Immersion, a Fine Arts School, the Kamloops Indian Band Secwepmec School of Excellence and Montessori programs.

There are 7 secondary schools and the Thompson Rivers University.

Housing

The Thompson-Nicola Region in comparison to the rest of British Columbia has very low housing costs making it very inviting for people to relocate here. The highest housing costs in the Thomson-Nicola is in Kamloops which is still the cheapest housing costs in comparison to similar in size cities in BC. The average cost for a brand new house in Kamloops is $156,100, compared to Kelowna at $242,400 and Vancouver depending on exact location close to $400,000. [Source 2004 BC Assessment, courtesy of Venture Kamloops]

If you are interested in buying in this area (or anywhere in BC) please use our form to tell so that we can help you find the right area and the right home. Our local experts are available here and for most other areas.

Climate

Kamloops is a beautiful city that enjoys and flourishes in all four seasons. With very hot summers and moderately cold winters, Kamloops is the second driest city in all of Canada and has an average of 2,047 hours of sunshine per year.

The Kamloops region has diverse vegetation ranging from semi-arid desert valley plateaus to lush river valleys. The near desert-like vegetation in the Kamloops region is due to the Coastal Mountains acting as a barrier to the prevailing winds from Southern B.C.

The region surrounding the city is an appealing mix of sage lands, pine forests, rolling hills, lakes, rivers and pastures. The mild, dry, climate means residents and visitors can enjoy both summer and winter activities. Kamloops experiences only 270 mm (10.62 in) of rain annually and the average snowfall is 86 cm (33.86 in).

Kamloops is at an elevation of 345 m (1132 ft) and the average length of growing season is 166 days, which provides plenty of growing time for vegetable and flower gardens. With Kamloops experiencing all four seasons, this allows for unlimited outdoor opportunities and year round recreation.

Attractions

B.C. Wildlife Park

This park is one of the must see destinations in BC. It is located 15 minutes to the east of Kamloops on the road to Banff. See bears, mountain lions, moose, timber wolves, and much more. Kids can enjoy the miniature train, splash zone and get up close with the goats.

Sun Peaks Resort

This resort is rated as one of the top six ski destinations in Canada, and is continuing to expand. It is a year round destination, with hiking, mountain biking and golf in the summer taking over from the traditional winter activities of skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling.

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