Kamploops Quick Facts
- Founded: 1811
- Population: Approx. 100 000 (Metro)
- Nickname: The Tournament Capital
- Kamloops is Canada’s Tournament Capital, and hosts over 100 tournaments each year consisting of over 27 000 participants.
Known as Canada’s tournament capital, Kamloops prides itself for its diverse internationally acclaimed sports facilities. This includes the world-class Tournament Capital Centre which houses an Olympic-size pool, a splendid aquatic centre, a FIFA-certified artificial turf field, first-rate track and field facilities, a well-equipped gymnastics centre and a modern training centre with meetings and conference rooms. This city is an activity paradise for travellers to Canada.
There are just endless things to do in this city. Popular river based activities are canoeing, kayaking, rafting and fishing. Desert North Adventures can even teach you fly-fishing and take you to some ‘secret spots’. If you love outdoor adventure and need an adrenaline rush, jump into your sports suit and do such things as skydiving, zip lining, ice racing, ice skating, dog sledding, hang gliding, hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding. Nearby Sun Peaks Resort has a great downhill slope for the snow enthusiasts. If you are a nature lover, you will surely like the farm tours, geo tours, garden tours, or the amazing bird watching that the city has to offer. Kamloops has over 80 parks and 100 lakes to explore and is set right where two rivers meet making it a pretty city to behold. There is even a local, natural icon you can see for yourself at The Balancing Rock which is many tons in weight and positioned above the gorgeous Kamloops Lake. Check out our directory of Kamloops at the top of this page for more info that will help with your stay.
The city itself has much art and culture in the way of galleries, public murals and carvings. There is a local museum, theatre and the famous British Columbia Wildlife Park where visitors can get up close with wild animals such as bears and take a tour via train around the open park. As a year round travel destination, Kamloops’s natural beauty and geographical diversity is thoroughly matched by its music and arts festivals such as the Cowboy Festival and Kamloopa Pow Wow. Indeed, Kamloops is hailed as the friendliest city in British Columbia with warm and welcoming people. A tip for those travelling with kids in summertime is to jump on board the Spirit of Kamloops, an old restored train with a bit of a special story to create an unforgettable holiday!
You will also be thrilled with the mouth-watering wineries and breweries that Kamloops has, so don’t miss out and book a tour or a tasting while your here. Sampling the local food is as easy as hailing a food truck, dropping into a café or visiting Carl’s Market Garden and Fruit Stand across the river. Kamloops also has some amazing live theatres, music and nightlife to go with everything else the city has. We recommend taking a guided tour of Kamloops to see more of what it has to offer.
Kamloops is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Canada.