Fast Facts About Kamloops, British Columbia
Population - 85,678
Growth Rate - 1.0 to 1.9%
Unemployment Rate - January 2015 - 10.2%
(Source: Venture Kamloops 2015)
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)
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)
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
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"