Kamloops is a city in the province of British Columbia in western Canada. Kamloops was founded in 1812 as a trading post of the Hudson's Bay Company. The granting of local autonomy for the city occurred on July 1, 1893 (incorporated as the City).

Kamloops is situated at the confluence of the North Thompson River and South Thompson Rivers to the Thompson River, not far from the Kamloops Lake. As favorable trading post was the Kamloops Secwepemc Indians for over 2000 years the settlement area.

In the surroundings of Kamloops, there are numerous lakes, including Lake Kamloops, Paul Lake, Adams Lake or Lac Le Jeune. The city is in Canada known as " Tournament Capital of Canada " numerous football, baseball or hockey tournaments take place every year in Kamloops.


The census in 2011 showed a population of 85 678 inhabitants of the small town. The city's population has thereby increased since the census of 2006 at 6.6%, while the population in the province of British Columbia at the same time grew by 7.0%.


In Kamloops, the biggest employment sectors of the trade as well as the health and social work.

The average income of employees from Kamloops in 2005 was an above-average C $ 26,075, while at the same time the average for the entire province of British Columbia was only C $ 24 867. The difference in earnings between men ( 35 054 C $; province average = 31 598 C $ ) and women ( 17 888 C $; province average = 19 997 C $) falls in Kamloops far greater than in the income comparison for the entire province. Male employees earn an above-average both in comparison to the provincial average of all employees and in comparison of all male employees, while the income of female employees is below average in both comparisons.


Kamloops is also considered one of the transportation hubs in British Columbia. Two railway lines of the Canadian Pacific and Canadian National, the lead jointly by the Fraser Valley from Vancouver up, branch out here. The Canadian National follows the North Thompson River on Jasper to Edmonton and the Canadian Pacific follows the South Thompson River through the Kicking Horse Pass to Calgary.

In addition intersect with Highway 5, the Coquihalla Highway, and Highway 1, the Trans-Canada Highway two important roads in western Canada, the lead through the high mountains to Vancouver.

About 9 miles northwest of the village there is the Kamloops Airport (IATA: YKA, ICAO: Cyka ). The airfield has two different paved runway and runways. It connects the city with the major Canadian cities. Further the municipality, near the airfield Kamloops, via a water aerodrome ( Transport Canada Identifier: CAH7 ) on the Thompson River.

Sons and daughters of the city

  • Mitch Berger (American Football )
  • Don Hay (ice hockey player and coach )
  • Phil Nimmons (jazz musician, composer )
  • Mark Recchi ( Hockey Players)
  • Michael Shanks (actor)
  • Matt Hunter ( big mountain freeriders )
  • David Ricardo Williams (1923-1999), Canadian lawyer, historian and writer
  • Robert William Service (1874-1958)


Here in 2003, the U.S. drama was filmed An Unfinished Life ( An Unfinished Life) with Jennifer Lopez and Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman.