Kamloops Travel Tips

Kamloops is a extraordinary city located in the heart of the Interior of British Columbia. The city is easy to get to with several airlines servicing the city, major highways meeting in Kamloops and rail travel options.

On this page you will find:

  • Area codes for BC
  • Border Crossing Information
  • Holidays
  • Currency Information
  • Driving Laws
  • Information on Health and Safety
  • Highway Reports
  • Liquor Laws
  • Taxes and Gratuities
  • Traveling with Pets


Area Codes for Kamloops, British Columbia

British Columbia Area Codes

For Vancouver, the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Howe Sounds, Sunshine Coast and Whistler, area codes are (604) / & (778)

For all other places in British Columbia, including Kamloops, the area code is (250)


Border Crossing

Crossing the Canada/USA Border Updates


The WHTI Final Rule requires travelers "to present a passport or other approved secure document denoting citizenship and identity for all land and sea travel into the United States."

In addition to the passport, acceptable documents include a valid NEXUS Air Card or Merchant Mariner Document (MMD). Also, an Enhanced Drivers License is accepted (however, currently only Washington State and the Province of British Columbia are issuing them).

All goods must be declared. Wearing apparel and personal goods for use by visitors are permitted free of duty. Persons aged 19 years and older may bring into Canada up to 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes, or 220 grams of manufactured tobacco. Persons aged 19 years and older may also bring into Canada 1.14 litres of spirits or 1.5 litres of wine or 8.5 litres of beer or ale. Revolvers, pistols, and other firearms are prohibited entry into Canada. All weapons must be declared.

Important Dates

Air Travel:

A passport-only requirement is applicable to all travelers - including returning US citizens - entering the US by air from the Western Hemisphere. (went into effect on January 23, 2007) This new requirement includes Canadians and others who have previously been exempt from having to carry a passport. 

Sea & Land Travel:

The new requirement for a passport or other secure travel document is enforced for Western Hemisphere travel into the US by sea (cruise) or land as of June 1, 2009.

Obtaining A Passport:

For Canadian Citizens: Visit the Passport Canada website or call 1-800-567-6868 (from inside Canada) or 819-997-8338 (from outside Canada).

For US Citizens: Visit the State Department’s travel website or call the US National Passport Information Center at 1-877-4USA-PPT or 1-888-874-7793.

Please remember to allow yourself sufficient time for application processing and mailing time of the actual document.


Holidays in Kamloops, British Columbia

Canadian Holidays in Kamloops, BC

When travelling it is important to know the holidays observed wherever you are going. You may find that businesses are closed or have limited hours on these days. There also may be special events taking place.

Click HERE for BC's Holidays.


Currency Exchange

Where is Currency Exchange Available in Kamloops

Currency exchange is offered at major Canadian banks, credit unions and automated teller machines, which are conveniently located throughout Kamloops. US currency is widely accepted, but not necessarily at the daily exchange rate.

Most major credit cards, such as VISA, MasterCard, and American Express are widely accepted, as is Interac payment, at most commercial establishments. Banking machines are easily accessible for banking or to withdraw cash.


Driving Laws in Kamloops, British Columbia

Kamloops' Driving Laws

International drivers licenses are accepted. Wearing seatbelts at all times is mandatory, and failure to do so may result in a fine. Road signs are posted in metric (kilometres/hr). Maximum speeds of up to 110 km/hr or 66 mi/hr are posted. Drinking alcohol while driving is strictly prohibited and subject to severe penalties under the Criminal Code.

For valuable information on travelling by vehicle in Kamloops and the province of BC, please contact DriveSmartBC.


Health and Safety in Kamloops, British Columbia

The city of Kamloops is very well-equipped with high quality medical centres, including a major hospital in the downtown core as well as many walk-in medical clinics and pharmacies.

Emergency Contact in Kamloops

Direct all emergency calls to 911.
Non-emergency numbers are listed in the front of all local telephone books.

Non- Emergency Contacts in Kamloops

Ambulance: 250-374-4411

Fire: 250-372-5131

Police: 250-828-3000

Hospitals and Walk-In Clinics

The Overlander Extended Care Hospital
953 Southill Street
Brocklehurst, BC

Royal Inland Hospital - Information
311 Columbia Street,
Kamloops, BC  V2C 2T1

Kamloops Urgent Care Clinic
4-910 Columbia Street
Kamloops, BC  V2C 2V9

Summit Medical Clinic
5-1380 Summit Drive
Kamloops, BC  V2C 1T8

NorKam Health Care Centre
700 Tranquille Road
Kamloops, BC   V2B 3H9

Kleo’s Pharmacy Remedy’s Rx - MedviewMD
90B 1967 East Trans Canada Hwy
Kamloops BC
V2C 6S4

Sun Peaks Health Care
3100 Creekside Way
Sun Peaks, BC

To minimize cost, please ensure you have either your BC health card or, if traveling internationally, it is recommended that health insurance is obtained for the full duration of any stay, plus a couple of extra days in case of unexpected delays.


Highway Reports for Kamloops, British Columbia

Kamloops Highway Reports

Or call 1-900-565-4997 $0.75/minute usage charge


Liquor Laws in Kamloops, British Columbia

Liquor Laws in Kamloops

The minimum age is 19 for consumption of any alcohol in British Columbia.

Government Liquor outlets are located throughout the province and are cloased on Sundays and statutary holidays. Cold Beer & Wine stores can be found in most communities and are open every day. Drinking while driving motorized vehicles, including boats, is illegal and subject to severe penalties under the Criminal Code.

Restaurant patrons in BC now bring their own bottle of wine into participating restaurants.  Click here to fine out more about bring your own wine to restaurants in Kamloops.


Taxes and Gratuities in Kamloops, British Columbia

Taxes in British Columbia

Harmonized Sales Tax is 12% on retail purchases, 15% on liquor, and 14% on accommodation.

Gratuities in Kamloops

In Canada, it is common courtesy to provide a 10% to 15% gratuity for meals, valet parking, and certain services such as haircuts. Some places automatically put the gratuity on the bill (usually this will be restaurants, and especially with larger groups) so read the bill carefully before paying.


Travelling with Pets in Kamloops, British Columbia

Dog Friendly Vacation in Kamloops, BC

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Contact The Kamloops Visitor Centre

1290 West Trans Canada Hwy, Kamloops, BC

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Google Map Location
Phone: 250-374-3377
Toll Free: 1-800-662-1994
Email: inquiry@tourismkamloops.com