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Kamloops
Travel Guide

Kamloops showing mountains and snow

Enjoy all four seasons in this friendly Canadian sports center which has more than 2,000 hours of sunshine annually and fun outdoor activities every day of the year.

Kamloops is a friendly city in the heart of British Columbia where the North and South Thompson Rivers meet. Visit to watch sports tournaments or participate in outdoor activities. Enjoy golf, mountain biking, skiing, fishing and boating, all within 45 minutes of downtown Kamloops.

Walk, jog or rollerblade around McArthur Island Park along the Thompson River. Stop to watch soccer or baseball on the many fields or tackle the skate park’s halfpipe and obstacles. If you’ve never tried lawn bowling or curling, stop here to see how these games are played. Cheer for U.S. and Canadian semi-professional teams during July’s Kamloops International Baseball Tournament at the park’s Norbrock Stadium. The island even has a 9-hole executive golf course with club rental.

Kamloops is known as Canada’s Tournament Capital. The city’s Tournament Capital Centre and other facilities host more than 100 varied sports events annually, including hockey, track and field, aquatics, cross-country skiing, volleyball, mountain biking, orienteering, kayaking, rugby, badminton, speed skating, rodeo, dance, dragon boat racing and even the Dirty Feet Running Race series.

Learn about the history of this part of British Columbia. In the early 1800s the area was part of the United States known as Fort Astoria, named after the American fur trader and millionaire John Jacob Astor. Canadians from Winnipeg reached this spot in 1863 and renamed it Kamloops, based on the First Nations word meaning “where the rivers meet.” Join the celebration of First Nations heritage via storytelling, song and dance during summer’s Kamloopa Pow Wow.

Kamloops has more than 200 restaurants, many conveniently located in the lively downtown area near the river. Admire historic buildings and quiet streets and stop in small boutiques along the brick sidewalks. Travel outside the city to enjoy the diverse landscapes of mountains, grasslands, lakes and valleys and spot local wildlife.

Four major highways come together in Kamloops. Drive from major centers such as Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Seattle.

Where to stay in Kamloops

Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre
Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre
3.5 out of 5
1250 Rogers Way, Kamloops, BC
The price is ¥11,311 per night from May 15 to May 15
This family-friendly Kamloops hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Aberdeen Mall and Tournament Capital Centre. Thompson Rivers ...
4.3/5Excellent! (992 reviews)
"Clean quiet and convenient.. I always stay here when in Kamloops and usually eat at Romeos for either dinner or breakfast.. unfortunately Covid has forced restaurants to deny indoor dining."

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre
Pacific Inn & Suites
Pacific Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
1820 Rogers Place, Exit 368 off Hwy # 1, Kamloops, BC
The price is ¥6,510 per night from May 25 to May 25
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Aberdeen Mall, Tournament Capital Centre, and Thompson Rivers University.
4/5Very Good! (990 reviews)
"My dog and I stayed here for the evening and I found the staff and the room very acceptable. It is not a 5 star hotel but for a clean, modern room with nice appointments for the money, it is a great value. I very much like the pet friendly nature of the place."

Reviewed on May 2, 2021

Pacific Inn & Suites
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Kamloops
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Kamloops
3.5 out of 5
339 St. Paul Street, Kamloops, BC
The price is ¥7,916 per night from May 22 to May 22
Located in Kamloops City Centre, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Kamloops Museum and Archives and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Thompson Rivers University. Royal Inland ...
4.2/5Very Good! (849 reviews)
"Great location"

Reviewed on May 2, 2021

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Kamloops
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Blacktail Retreat - Log Cabin w/ Hot Tub - Sun Peaks/Heffley Lake
Blacktail Retreat - Log Cabin w/ Hot Tub - Sun Peaks/Heffley Lake
Sun Peaks, BC
Located in a rural location, this family-friendly cabin is within 6 mi (10 km) of Heffley Lake, Sun Peaks Resort, and Sun Peaks Golf Course. Paul Lake Provincial ...
5/5Exceptional! (65 reviews)
Such an amazing property + beautiful cabin!
"Such a special spot, looking forward to returning next year for sure :) They didn’t miss a detail, the cabin has everything you need is here. The hot tub and fire pit are such a perfect addition to a great cabin experience. Love this place, hosts were great!! Thanks :)"

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2021

Blacktail Retreat - Log Cabin w/ Hot Tub - Sun Peaks/Heffley Lake
Residence & Conference Centre - Kamloops
Residence & Conference Centre - Kamloops
2 out of 5
1025 University Drive, Kamloops, BC
Situated in Kamloops, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tournament Capital Centre and Thompson Rivers University. Sunmore Ginseng Factory and Aberdeen ...
3.6/5Good! (560 reviews)
"There seems a shortage of staff so I had to line up for a while to check in. I got 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms for 4 adults which was amazing so we could all have some privacy. It was quiet and the view was great day and night if you are on higher floor."

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2019

Residence & Conference Centre - Kamloops
Ski-in/ski-out Studio in Sun Peaks Village
Ski-in/ski-out Studio in Sun Peaks Village
Sun Peaks, BC
Located in the heart of Sun Peaks, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sun Peaks Golf Course and Sun Peaks Resort. Heffley Lake is 9.7 mi (15.7 ...
Ski-in/ski-out Studio in Sun Peaks Village
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Kamloops

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4/5 - Good

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Feb 12, 2020

Im working long hours in area so no time to see kamloops just yet

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 19, 2019

I didn't really spend any time in Kamloops, just passed through.

5/5 - Excellent

TheGluru

Aug 19, 2019

I've always enjoyed Kamloops. Beautiful area.

5/5 - Excellent

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Aug 10, 2019

The town is a hidden gem and would def go back during the fall or spring...

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 31, 2019

We had nothing but pleasant experiences during our 10 day Canada road trip. People and sites were wonderful.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jul 16, 2019

Way just a waypoint on a return trip to WA state. Did not get much chance to explore.

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