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When you visit Kamloops on your Canadian adventure holiday you'll find a town located in the south-central interior of Canada’s westernmost province of British Columbia. Located on the banks of the Thompson River, it was originally settled by the Cree first nation in the early fifteenth century, though it was later settled by Europeans and established as a fur-trading post in the early 1800s.

Kamloops is rich with culture, and home to many galleries and artisans. Kamloops has its own symphony orchestra as well as being well known for its public art, which includes several murals and native pole carvings. It is a hub of rail transport as well as having a small regional airport, and is located on the Trans-Canada highway system. A relatively small city at less than two hundred thousand in population, Kamloops is a destination for all seasons.

With its relatively mild winters, there is always plenty to do on the mountain, and during the summer, outdoor activities abound. Wildlife viewing, brewery and winery tours, museums, railway history, farmers markets and water sports on the lake are all very popular, and there are plenty of unique attractions that are guaranteed to be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Peel back the layers and you will find much ado in Kamloops that lies just below the surface.
To help with booking your trip just contact our travel specialists team who will arrange your holiday flight, hotels, tours and anything else required to fulfil your Kamloops holiday adventure deal to the max.

Travel Guide

Things to do in Kamloops

Though there is a busy ski area in Kamloops, most of the action revolves around summer activities. Hiking, golfing, mountain biking, horseback riding and even skydiving are all popular, and are easy to enjoy in the pristine countryside that surrounds. Boating, fishing and other water activities are available, and the more adventurous can even opt for some serious whitewater rafting only a short drive away.

The last weekend in July/first weekend of August sees the Kamloopa Pow Wow, celebrating the heritage of the native Sepwepemc people in song, dance and storytelling. Get wild at the Wildlife Park, a one hundred six acre zoo and wildlife preserve that houses big cats, falcons, owls and other birds of prey, as well as several species of bear. Ride a miniature train around the park, and enjoy a Bird of Prey flight demonstration at the Highland Valley Copper Amphitheatre or a laser light show during their winter Wildlights festival.

Take a self-guided 
brew tour and discover Kamloops’ best watering holes, or join in one of the regions festive events, such as the Hot Night in the City show and shine, where vintage and antique car enthusiasts take over the main street for two days of automotive festivities.

Top Tips when visiting Kamloops

Kamloops is a city out of time in many ways, with its early Canadian and first nation’s historical roots dating back to the 1500’s. Don’t expect bright lights and big city glitz and glamour, but do enjoy the vibrant local scene that is dedicated to arts, culture, and the pursuit of a natural, organic experience. Here are some of our top tips to assist you in planning your trip to Kamloops:

  1. Railway history is rich here. Two major rail lines pass through Kamloops, including the historic luxury VIA Rail passenger train, The Canadian. There are several events that center on the railway: put on by Heritage Railway Kamloops, some of the most interesting events include the Spirit of Christmas Train, the Spirit of Kamloops railtour, and the spooky Ghost Train.
  2. Winter destinations include the nearby Sun Peaks Resort or Harper Mountain. While just outside of Kamloops, both offer excellent skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing.
  3. Lovers of nightlife and the arts will never be at a loss for something to do in Kamloops: live music venues and theatres feature local, regional and international entertainment, and for gaming and big time fun, try the Lake City Casino, and for lovers of live theatre, Project X is a summer outdoor theatre festival, presented in Saint Charles Park in the heart of downtown Kamloops.