There's what I planned, then there's the real story.
Tourism Kamloops’ new brand invites guests to explore our welcoming city and encourages them to experience an authentic story-filled adventure . Our brand is true to the essence of Kamloops – we want our visitors to get the same feeling about our city as our locals do. Kamloops has so much to offer all year to those who take the time to discover it, and this new brand invites people to do just that. Kamloops does not need a lot of planning. Spontaneity is the norm. Doing what feels right – right now. And seeing where it all takes you. That’s unscripted.
The History of Kamloops, British Columbia
Kamloops - A Meeting Place
The word Kamloops comes from the Secwepemc word Tk’emlúps, meaning "where the rivers meet" and in this case referring to the flowing together of the North and South Thompson rivers. In the early days, 30 bands of Secwepemc (or Shuswap people) lived along the rivers and lakes of BC’s south-central interior, moving constantly, thus being known as a semi-nomadic nation. A bounty of elk, deer, salmon, wild plant roots and berries dominated the Thompson Valley, as well as excellent farmland and water sources for growing crops. This made for a suitable place to settle and eventually set up trading posts to trade furs and contraptions with the white man. The earliest human remains date back to over 8,250 years ago, yet it is not known exactly how long the people have occupied the valley. Before the Shuswap, vast ice sheets covered the valley. From train robberies to stagecoach transport, to cattle ranching, Kamloops is home to the true wild west drama of the Kamloops region. Europeans arrived in Kamloops around 1811. From their technical advances came further trading, industry, the railroad, and ship transport. The Gold Rush brought wealth and a large influx of people searching for a better life. In 1893, Kamloops was incorporated with less than 1,000 people; yet today it is a population of nearly 85,000 and growing. Kamloops is still a central hub with its south central geographic location in the province connecting to Calgary, Vancouver, and the northern Cariboo-Chilcotin regions. The people of Kamloops are what truly make the heart of Kamloops beat. Kamloopsians care about keeping the city beautiful and keeping our heritage alive: encouraging the western heritage of genuine leather, giving a wholesome friendly smile, and incorporating a cosmopolitan flair with exquisite, high-end urban amenities.
What Should I Pack for a Visit to Kamloops
Spring (March to May) is moderately cool with a mix of sunshine, wind and rain. Long pants, a waterproof jacket, sweater, hat/umbrella and close-toed shoes are appropriate.
Summer (June to mid-September) can reach temperatures 30+ degrees (Celsius) with the odd rainstorm and relatively low humidity. Shorts, t-shirts, sandals, a hat, and a light sweater or jacket is appropriate. A bathing suit is a must as there are many places to relax by the water. Remember the sunscreen and sunglasses!
Fall (mid-September to mid-November) has beautiful warm sunny days, but colder nights and a cooler wind. Pants/long shorts, t-shirts, sweaters, jackets and both close-toed and open-toed shoes are fine as early fall is still quite warm, about 25 degrees (Celsius), cooling to an average of 0 to 5 degrees (Celsius) by the end of fall. It is not uncommon to have below freezing temperatures so dressing in layers is recommended.
Winter (December to February) is snowy and cold, yet days are mainly sunny and sometimes windy. The valley is quite mild with lows of -5 to -15 degrees (Celsius) and snowfall of about 6 inches, while the mountains receive heavy snowfall (4 to 8 feet) with temperatures dipping to -15 to -30 degrees Celsius. Layered clothing, warm jackets/vest, gloves/scarf and close-toed shoes and/or boots are appropriate. Depending on your activities, sunglasses and snow-gear (i.e. snow pants and thermal underclothes) are also appropriate.
Weather and Climate in Kamloops, British Columbia
Kamloops is British Columbia’s second-sunniest city with over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually, making it an ideal getaway destination in any of the four seasons.
Kamloops has a vast, rugged landscape which offers visitors the chance to let loose and just play, taking part in many energizing recreational opportunities. The city is located in the dramatic setting of mountains, river valleys, deserts and grasslands. Nowhere else in BC can you search for fossils, enjoy 100+ lakes, experience the grasslands and explore sage-covered hills under wide open skies, all in a single day.