Kamloops is located in British Columbia, Canada. It is billed as the Tournament Capital of Canada. It has hosted Strauss Canada Cup of Curling, Skate Canada, World Fly Fishing Championships, Tim Horton's Olympic Qualifying Bike Race, and World Junior Hockey Championships. Kamloops is a city with a population of just over 100,000 (October 2013) including surrounding areas. Just city limits has 74,000 residents.

Get in

By plane

  Kamloops Airport (IATA: YKA) is served by Air Canada Jazz, Central Mountain Air and WestJet. It connects Kamloops to and from Calgary, Vancouver, Prince George and Edmonton (seasonally).

By train

Via Rail's The Canadian passes through Kamloops en route to Vancouver heading west, and Jasper, Edmonton and eventually Toronto to the east. Service is three times a week May to mid-Oct and twice a week otherwise. The   Kamloops North train station (phone: 1-888-842-7245) is located on CN Junction Rd, 11 km north of downtown Kamloops via Hwy 5.

By car

Both major highways in western Canada pass through Kamloops. The mainline Trans-Canada Highway passes through the Fraser valley from Vancouver in the west, and continues east through Hope, Lytton, Cache Creek and the rest of BC via Salmon Arm, Revelstoke, the Rogers Pass and Golden. From there it carries on through The Rockies into Alberta via Banff and Calgary.

The YellowHead #5 highway heads north from Kamloops to Jasper and Edmonton. This road is a branch; the main Yellowhead Highway (#16) runs east-west from Prince Rupert through Edmonton to Portage la Prairie. Highway #5 is not part of the signed Trans-Canada Highway system.

The Coquihalla #5 was originally built for Expo 86 in Vancouver. It was a toll highway up until September 2008, when it was unexpectedly announced that the toll was being lifted immediately, and the toll booths were taken down. This is a boost to Interior British Columbia and welcomed by many. The Coquihalla provides a much quicker route from Vancouver to Kamloops (4 hrs by car). This route takes you through Hope and Merritt, it is considerably less scenic than the TransCanada route. The downside of the high altitude road is that it can become dangerous in the winter as sudden weather changes may make the road icy, snow covered or impassible. Check the road conditions before you set out.

Get around

Kamloops is serviced by BC Transit and getting around to almost anywhere in town is possible on the adequate, if not stellar, bus routes. The rates are reasonable though and you can purchase a "DayPass" for: Adult $5.00   Senior* $4.00   Student to Gr. 12** $4.00

As with all of BC Transit throughout the province have exact change or ticket fare ready, the drivers do not carry change.

Downloadable route maps and trip planners are available here: http://www.busonline.ca/regions/kam/


Kamloops Lake


Riverside Park




The legal drinking age in British Columbia is 19.

Pubs and Lounges


There are a range of lower end and mid-range chain motels in Kamloops, particularly on Columbia St West (exit 369 if heading east on Hwy 1, Summit Dr exit 370 if heading west).

Go next

Routes through Kamloops

Vancouver Hope  W  E  Clearwater Edmonton
Vancouver Cache Creek  W  E  Salmon Arm Banff
Jasper Clearwater  N  S  Merritt Hope
Prince George Cache Creek  N  S  Vernon Kelowna

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