About Kamloops

I moved to this beautiful city in 2000 and I LOVE it. I love the warm weather, the huge sandy beaches where I can play with my dog, the close proximity to Provincial Parks where our family goes camping and hiking, the fragrant smell of sage and pine after a rainfall....but you know what really makes this city great? ....it's the people!

Kamloops has all the amenities of a large city but keeps it's small-town feel. People here aren't afraid to greet you on the street or chat with you in the lineup at the bank. Kids feel safe, neighbours help neighbours, and there is a strong sense of community here.


City Area:   311 sq km (120 sq m)
Latitude:   50 41' 40" N
Longitude:   120 27' W
Location:   250 km (155 miles) north of US (Washington) border
310 km (193 miles) northeast of Vancouver
4,387 km, (2,726 miles) west of Toronto
Elevation:   347 m (1140 ft) (Thompson River Intake)
Population:   90,280 (2016 - Adjusted Population Estimate)
84,495 (2009 - Adjusted Population Estimate)
83,466 (2008 - Adjusted Population Estimate)
82,875 (2007 - Adjusted Population Estimate)
81,380 (2006 - Stats Canada)
Major Industries Traditional:   Agriculture
Forestry/wood products
Major Industries Emerging:   Agri-food products/services
High tech manufacturing
Non-metallic mineral products
Major Employers:   Staff
Royal Inland Hospital   3000
School District #73   2000
Thompson Rivers University   1725
Highland Valley Mine - Kamloops Region   1134
City of Kamloops   630
Horizon North   244
BC Lottery Corporation   433
Safeway   400
Save-On Foods   326
Wal-Mart   322
NRI-Distribution   247
Costco   238
Overlander Extended Care   225
Airport:   Kamloops Airport
Regional service
Vancouver International - 310 km (193 miles) southwest
Long-haul service
Port Access:   Vancouver, BC - 310 km (193 miles) southwest