Located in the Thompson Okanagan economic region, Kamloops is home to a growing population of 115,000 residents. Kamloops is located where the North and South Thompson Rivers meet in B.C.'s Southern Interior, also has wineries, breweries, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, boating, beaches, horseback riding and rock climbing. Kamloops geography, sets us apart. Residents enjoy an impressive quality of life and public infrastructure second to none. With outstanding weather, less traffic congestion and lifestyle amenities at your doorstep. Hike wide-open spaces. Golf on award winning course and bike on uncrowded trail as well as paddling on 100 lakes. Young professionals, families and mature workers are taking advantage of the balance they can enjoy between career and recreation activities. Kamloops is the business and travel hub of British Columbia's Southern Interior. The area offers the best of what BC has to offer - an outstanding quality of life set in a spectacular landscape.

Climate Facts

Kamloops is the warmest city in Canada

#1 in Canada for hottest summers
#1 for most hot days above 30 C
#2 for warmest spring
#2 for warmest spring
#2 most sunny days in warm months

Hours of Sunshine: 2040 hrs
Median high temp: 21.0 C
Median Min. temp: -4.2 C
Annual rainfall: 217.9mm
Source: Kamloops Community Profile 2004
& Environment Canada 2005

Cultural Centre

The City of Kamloops is the commercial and cultural centre of the region. A thriving cosmopolitan city where shopping, entertainment, artistic expression, and sporting challenge are found in full measure. According to a Cost of Living Study done through the American Chamber of Commerce, Kamloops ranks as one of the lowest cost cities to live in, consistently placing in the top ten out of over 300 communities throughout North America.

Offering a comfortable quality of life set in a spectacular landscape, Kamloops lies in close proximity to the international market of Vancouver. The region provides the best access to the Interior and northern British Columbia for goods and services being imported, manufactured or distributed from the Lower Mainland. It also serves as a junction for all four major provincial highways, two national railroads, and a international airport.

The region is known for its rich history and varied geography, with abundant wildlife and spectacular landscapes throughout. The Secwepemc, or Shuswap, first inhabited the region thousands of years ago following summer game trails throughout the area. Historically the region continued to depend on the land, with furs, minerals, timber, and ranching being the mainstays of the economy. Today tourism, value-added wood manufacturing, and hi-tech are the emerging industries.

Skills Training

Access to post-secondary education is available through Thompson Rivers University (TRU) with campuses in both Kamloops and Merritt. An average of 1500 student graduate each year with either a university degree, diploma, or from on one of the trades and technology programs offered at TRU, ensuring a highly skilled and educated workforce for Kamloops.

It's your Move

Pursue business and lifestyle interests in one of the most energetic cities in the Interior of BC. Take advantage of the low cost business climate where Kamloops is recognized as the TRANSPORATION hub of British Columbia.

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*Source: http://www.venturekamloops.com/qualityoflife/index.htm December 2, 2007