Fast Facts About Kamloops, British Columbia


Population Data

Population - 85,678

Growth Rate - 1.0 to 1.9%

Unemployment Rate - January 2015 - 10.2%

(Source: Venture Kamloops 2015)

Climate Facts

Annual Hours of Sunshine - over 2,000 hours annually

Mean Maximum Temperature: 21°C

Mean Minimum Temperature: (-4.2°C)

Growing Season - 166 days

Annual Rainfall - 217.9 mm

Annual Snowfall - 75.5 cm

Elevation - 347 m (1,140 ft) (Thompson River Intake)


Major Employers                                       

Interior Health Authority - 3398                                                                                            

Thompson Rivers University - 1636

School District #73 - 1165

Highland Valley Copper Mine - 1380

City of Kamloops - 750

Northern Trailer (Horizon North) - 632

New Gold - 1273

Domtar - 316                                           

BC Lottery Corporation - 440

CN - 378

Arrow Transport - 270

(Source: Venture Kamloops 2014)


More Facts

Average Income - Weekly average single $857 CAD (January 2013)

Economic Drivers - tourism, agriculture, forestry, mining, manufacturing/retail, high tech

Railways - One of only two places in Canada where the two national railways (CP and CN) intersect in city limits

Hub of four major highways: HWY 5 (Yellowhead & Coquilhalla), HWY 1 (Trans Canada), HWY 97

Time and Standard Days - Pacific Standard Time; Monday through Friday are standard workdays and Saturday and Sunday are the weekend.

City Area: 311 sq km (120 sq m)              

Latitude: 50 41' 40" N

Longitude: 120 27' W

Location: 250 km (155 miles) north of US (Washington) border; 310 km (193 miles) northeast of Vancouver; 4,387 km (2,726 miles) west of Toronto

Housing Values - Median Residential Price = $395,500 (2013)

Average 2 Bedroom Rental - $878 CAD / Month


Fun Facts

There are 82 parks in Kamloops, covering a total of 1,350 hectares.

Kamloops is Canada's Tournament Capital, and hosts over 100 tournaments each year consisting of 27, 878 participants.

The name Kamloops comes from the Secwepemc word T'kemlups meaning "the meeting of the rivers." Kamloops is on the meeting point of the South Thompson and the North Thompson which, together, create the Thompson River. 

Kamloops was incorporated as a city in 1893.  Today Kamloops is 119 years old but still young and growing fast.

Kamloops is unique in that its adjacent hillsides are grass-covered with considerable sagebrush but little tree growth to the 900m level, creating what is known as an inverted tree line.  In most places the trees won't grow above a certain level due to the lack of precipitation, but in Kamloops, they won't grow below a certain level due to the lack of precipitation. 

In the young years of Kamloops, the river was used as a trade route for transporting goods.  There were many boats, including paddle boats, which went up and down the river carrying food, supplies and fur.

Kamloops has 13 remarkable golf courses and is known as "Canada's Tournament Capital"