Meander along Victoria Street and keep an eye out for all the heritage sites along the way. Spend an afternoon in the Museum and Archives or visit a historic cemetery. Heck, you’re on vacation, why not experience a train robbery on the 2141 Steam Locomotive?
No matter how you spend your time in Kamloops, be sure to glimpse into its imperfect past and relish in all the stories about surviving and thriving in this rugged region.
As museums gradually re-open and adjust operations to keep everyone safe, it is recommended to visit their websites, social media channels, or contact them directly to ensure they are open and to learn more about their safety protocols.
Kamloops Museum and Archives
207 Seymour Street
Established in 1937, the permanent display evolves constantly to showcase Kamloops culture through the voices of its many communities. With a collection of over 20,000 artifacts and home to one of the oldest and largest Archives in the Interior, there is no shortage of history.
Kamloops Heritage Railway
#3-510 Lorne Street
All aboard! Backshop Tours are now available. Learn about the history of the rolling stock, static stock, and the renowned steam locomotive 2141. Hear stories of the railway history in BC, the Kamloops Heritage Railway, and some of the notorious people attached to them.
1205 Summit Drive
Located in one of Kamloops’ fire stations, this small museum provides information on the fire department's history in our city. Call ahead for tours 250.372.5131.
Chinese Cemetery | 850 Lombard Street
The Kamloops Chinese Cemetery is a reminder of the impact of the railway on Kamloops, and the rise of the Chinese population. When the Canadian Pacific Railway was built through Kamloops in the 1880s, over 17,000 Chinese workers were brought in to build the Yale-Kamloops line. When the railway finished, many Chinese settled temporarily in Kamloops, increasing the Chinese population to over 400 residents by 1890. The cemetery contains marked and unmarked graves of Chinese who lived and worked in Kamloops, as well as monuments associated with traditional Chinese death ritual practices.
Pioneer Cemetery | 780 Lorne Street
Established in 1876, and is the oldest burial ground in the city. The cemetery was used until the 1900s when the larger Pleasant Street Cemetery was established. Many of the people buried at Pioneer Cemetery were disinterred and reburied at Pleasant Street Cemetery by their surviving relatives. The old cemetery fell into disrepair and many of the remaining tombstones were broken or vandalized. In the 1940's the city converted the neglected cemetery into a park and was repaired by relocated the remaining tombstones to a corner of the site, laid flat, set into concrete and surrounded by the remains of a wrought iron fence.