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Kamloops, Canada is located where the South and North Thompson Rivers meet, hence the name "Kahm-o-loops", the Shuswap Indian word for "meeting of the waters". The surrounding countryside is a combination of dry forests, grasslands and desert like hills. While forestry has now surpassed ranching as the primary industry, ranching is still an important component in the makeup of the area. Kamloops is a regional trade centre servicing a population of 130,000 with the city's GDP projected to increase by over 3% each year
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

Kamloops, located in western Canada, is a city of wonders; particularly of the natural variety. As the third largest city in the interior of British Columbia, this four-season paradise has something for everyone. The city is easy to reach, has the warmest weather in Canada, and boasts world-class sporting facilities and incredible recreational experiences. It is also a very affordable city which treats its visitors graciously.

There are many reasons to visit Kamloops. The city has the warmest summers in the area with an average temperature of 72F during June, July and August. There are a number of beautiful parks throughout the city. At any time of year, there is some type of tournament taking place, giving Kamloops the nickname “The Tournament Capital of Canada”.

With a mild, dry four-season climate, visitors can enjoy summer and winter activities. Kamloops experiences over 2,000 hours of sunshine a year and only 10.62 inches of rain. In the winter, the area is transformed into a postcard-like effect with an average snowfall of 33.86 inches in Kamloops to 17 feet at nearby Sunpeaks, one of Canada’s largest ski areas.

Conveniently and centrally located in the heart of British Columbia's Interior, visitors can arrive via train, plane or automobile from all parts of the province. With such convenience, it’s easy to take advantage of the many things to see and do, both in the city as well as throughout the entire area. Travelers to Kamloops will find a clean, lively city with an abundance of year round indoor and outdoor recreation activities and sports. The city offers a variety of museums, art galleries and live productions. Sports enthusiasts will find hiking, bicycling, fishing and golf in the summer and tobogganing, snow skiing, ice fishing and ice skating in the winter. Scenic views are another attraction to travelers. Visitors are lured to the city for a view of the surrounding mountains and lakes. Some of the major activities and sports in Kamloops include golf, hiking, and boating in the summer and skiing and snowboarding in the winter.

A visit to the British Columbia Wildlife Park is well worth the time spent. Visitors can wander with the family through a unique wildlife facility. The park features over 70 local and endangered species, programs for children, and even a water park. For a unique adventure with spectacular scenery, take a trip on the Kamloops Heritage Highway by rail. Guests can ride the rails with the sights and sounds of the magnificently restored steam engine 2141, “The Spirit of Kamloops”. Watch out for Billy Miner and his gang who are known to stop the train and re-enact the "Great Train Robbery." A truly unique attraction is the Sunmore Ginseng Factory. Here visitors can take a tour of the 18,000 sq. foot facility and learn about the healing powers of ginseng. This is the only professional ginseng manufacturing facility in North America. For the out of doors enthusiast, there are a variety of activities both in the city and nearby. Hyak Wilderness Adventures offers guests a fun and safe whitewater rafting experience. Depending on how much excitement a visitor desires, one can take a motorized raft trip or enjoy a paddle trip and really get involved with the river.

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, no visit is complete without viewing the Adams River Salmon Run. Every year, nature's great story of birth, death and renewal takes place in the shallow waters of the Adams River, east of Kamloops. This annual reaffirmation of life is one of nature’s most remarkable shows, witnessed by travellers from all over the world. Every year in late September to mid-October, hundreds of thousands of salmon make their way up the mighty Fraser and Thompson Rivers to spawn. It’s a massive migration and a yearly ritual established well before humans settled the area. The Adams River is also the final home for Chinook, Coho and pink salmon. Of course there is nothing like a day of skiing and there is plenty available. One of the most noted ski resorts is the Sunpeaks Ski Area. The resort is internationally recognized and known for its abundant sunshine, dry and plentiful snow, friendly locals, superb grooming, and an award-winning trail and village design. There are over 3,600 skiing acres on three mountains and the highest peak soars nearly 3,000 feet above the village. Sunpeaks can entertain all from the most aggressive to the most cautious of skiers and snowboarders with its wide variations in terrain.

Whatever the interest and whatever the time of year for a visit, visitors to Kamloops will leave rewarded with wonderful memories and wonderful pictures, so be sure to bring the camera.
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