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Sunset over Kamloops

Kamloops

The City of Kamloops is a commercial and cultural centre situated in the Thompson Okanagan‘s Kamloops Country. It is a thriving cosmopolitan community where shopping, entertainment, and artistic expression and sporting challenge are found in full measure. Come in the summer and explore some of the amazing gardens with stunning displays, experience art & culture to the fullest, discover the BC Wildlife Park, take a rail tour, do a spot of fishing, and get out and hike, bike and enjoy the wonderful outdoors. Winter too is special in Kamloops, with lots of powder snow to entice the winter sports enthusiast.

A picnic bench by the lake at Silver Sage Campground in Kamloops.

Location

Located 354 km (220 mi) northeast of Vancouver via Hwys 1 & 5 (Coquihalla Hwy), 87 km (54 mi) north of Merritt on Hwy 5, and 109 km (68 mi) west of Salmon Arm via Hwy 1.

Kamloops Lake

Kamloops Lake

A Step Back in Time

The Kamloops area was exclusively inhabited by the Secwepemc (Shuswap) nation (part of the Interior Salish language group) prior to the arrival of European settlers. The first European explorers arrived in 1811, and David Stewart set up Fort Kamloops, a fur trading post, on the south side of the river junction for the Pacific Fur Company in 1812. The North West Company quickly established Fort Thompson on the northeast side of the junction, and the following year the Pacific Fur Company left the area. In 1821, the Hudson’s Bay Company merged with the North West Company and took control of the fur trade at Fort Thompson. In 1842, a new Fort Kamloops was built on the northwest side of the junction.

The gold rush of the 1860s and the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1880s brought further growth, resulting in the City of Kamloops being incorporated in 1893 with a population of about 500.

“Kamloops” is the anglicized version of the Shuswap word “Tk’emlups”, meaning ‘meeting of the waters’. Shuswap is still actively spoken in the area by members of the Kamloops Indian Band. Another possible origin of the name comes from the French “Camp des loups” meaning ‘Camp of Wolves’, likely spoken by fur traders.

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Tourism Kamloops

Kamloops & Nearby Accommodations

12 Listings

Silver Sage Campground

Silver Sage Campground

Kamloops

Enjoy all the City of Kamloops has to offer from our centrally located RV park and campground. Free WiFi and showers. 5 min. drive from downtown, 10 min. drive to most sport facilities, attractions. Quiet, peaceful setting located on the South Thompson river. ... Read more
South Thompson Motors & RV

South Thompson Motors & RV

Kamloops

Family-owned and operated full service RV centre for over 25 years. We stock a large inventory of RV parts and accessories. We are a proud Forest River dealer, featuring brand names Cedar Creek, Silverback, Cottage, Surveyor, Wildwood, Wildwood X-Lite, R.Pod, Arctic Wolf, and Alpha Wolf. We carry a ... Read more
Sunnyside Heights RV Park

Sunnyside Heights RV Park

Kamloops

Your perfect spot located right in town. A minute to shopping, groceries, restaurants, casinos and RV services. Convenient city living for amenities 365 days a year. ... Read more
Kamloops Riverview RV Park

Kamloops Riverview RV Park

Kamloops

Breathtaking views of Thompson Valley and river. Golf next door at 18-hole executive course. Instant highway access and within a few minutes to Kamloops. Fully-serviced sites available any time of year. ... Read more
Kamloops RV Park & Storage

Kamloops RV Park & Storage

Kamloops

Kamloops RV Park is a friendly, family-oriented park. Located next to the BC Wildlife Park, 15 mins. to downtown Kamloops. City transit at driveway. Championship golf courses close by. ... Read more
Pinantan Lake Resort

Pinantan Lake Resort

Kamloops

Nestled on lush grass on the shores of beautiful Pinantan Lake, our resort is ideal for families, reunions, or group retreats. Situated on a wonderful lake, we have a private beach for families to enjoy their days swimming, kayaking or canoeing in the peaceful waters. We offer well-appointed cabins, ... Read more
Knutsford/Kamloops  RV Campground

Knutsford/Kamloops RV Campground

Knutsford

From #1 (Trans-Canada Hwy) take exit 368. On Highway 5A south. 7 km south of the Aberdeen Mall in Kamloops. Full hookups, grassy sites. Laundry and shower facilities. Close to fishing and golf. Pets welcome, (pet restrictions apply). CP 48 hours notice or more half back refund. Less than 48 hours no ... Read more
Hitch'N Rail Family Resort

Hitch'N Rail Family Resort

Heffley Lake

Situated on stunning Heffley Lake at the gateway to the Northern Thompson and Sun Peaks Resort, Hitch’N Rail Family Resort is a fantastic family destination to spend your summer vacation. Have an unforgettable experience and create lasting memories with the whole family. Choose from our cozy lakes ... Read more
Pinegrove Campground

Pinegrove Campground

McLure

We welcome you to well-shaded large sites under tall Douglas fir trees. Hot showers and WiFi. Great playground, also horseshoes, badminton and bocce. Store and laundry. Firepits, gazebo with BBQ. Big rigs and tenters welcome. Eco-friendly with recycling. Wir sprechen auch Deutsch. ... Read more
Y-5 Motel & Campground

Y-5 Motel & Campground

Barriere

Located in south central British Columbia, Y-5 Motel & Campground proudly provide guests affordable, clean motel rooms and campground sites. One of our top priorities is to be acquainted with our guests and make them feel welcome and comfortable during their stay. We offer 22 units that are availabl ... Read more
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