Being a native of Kamloops has allowed me to watch Kamloops grow into the fifth largest city in BC, one of people and a four season destination. This city has a wide array of job opportunites, various option for leisure activities, Thompson Rivers University, unique educational options and a friendly place to call home.
Kamloops offrs a wide range of career opportunities presented by Interior Health Agency, School District #73, Highland Valley Copper Mine, Thompson Rivers University City of Kamloops, BC Lottery Corporation, New Gold Afton, CN & CP Rail and Domtar.
Kamloops has deeply unique and cultural and geographical diveristy "Kamloops" derived fromt he Schwepemec work, T'Kemlups directly translate to :the meeting of the waters", because of the North and South Thompson, right through the centre of the city through to Kamloops Lake. The Kamloops Indian Bank has deep roots within our community and offers tours of their histroical museum, as well as their grounds with a Keekwillie.They also offer a music and cultural festival yearly, where they celebrate and share their rich cullturally infused festivities.
As far as nature activies, Kamoops is first class. Little and Big Shuswap are east of the city and can be accessed withing an hour or two, drive from the Kamloops downtown core. These lakes have alot to offer and are ideal places for boating, seadooing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, canoeing, kayaking and fishing alike. Among the lakes aforementioned, there are also many other smaller lake in Kamloops and area. We are incredibily lucky here to live in a vast valley, with a new hike or bike trail, around every corner. From the wind-sculpted hoodoos of Mara Canyon, to the breathtaking views atop Kenna Cartwright Park, the majestic waterfalls of Petersen Creek and everything in between, Kamloops proves itself many times over in outdoor activity opportunities. Sun Peaks Mountain Resort is just 45 minutes north of Kamloops, offering a works class range of ski and boarding trails. Harper Mountain is a mere 20 minutes from town and has much to offer, with a number of introductory trails, terrain park and tubing. There are eight golf courses in and around Kamloops, Tobiano Golf Course, Mt. Paul Golf Course, Kamloops Golf and Country Club, Rivershore Esate and Golf Links, Sun Rivers Golf and Resort Community, Sun Peals Golf Course and Driving Range, and Eagle Point Golf Resort. Experiencing even one of our greens, is a great way to see the varied topography and terrain, that we, as a city have to offer.
Kamloops has many education options for elementary and senior high school students, among these are French Immersion, Science and Technology, School of the Arts, Montessori; Trades and Technology have been a welcome edition to our school system. Thompson Rivers Unviersity has top rate eductional opportunites, offering smaller class sizes and an impressive range of faculties. The campus is based in the Sahali area of town and is in waling distance to central areas and is easily accessible to public transit. The TRU campus is ever-growing and is an example of school where you can experience high level education in a gorgeous environment.
Kamloops, which is just one stop along the Okanagan Valley, is know for our fertile soils, making planting and growing easy, shown by the long list of farms, ranches and wineries in the surrounding areas. Our local wines can be bought currently through the liquor stores, wine and beer stores, local Save-On Food store, as well as visiting the wineries.
The downtown core is lively, fresh and inviting, contributing bounteous amounts of cafes, restaurants, markets and shops. A farmer's market is held twice a week April through to the end of October and moves inside for the the winter season. Also various arts and cultural festival throught the summer months. Kamloops is home to and microbreweries and you can drop by Red Beard Cafe and The Noble Pig, to try a new brew.
Kamloops is a hub city with easy access to Vancouver, Kelowna, Revelstoke and Lake Country, quickly becoming a city easly comparable to that of major cities in BC, but with a friendly smaller town feel.