Kamloops is the hub of the Southern Interior and only a 3 1/2 hour drive from Vancouver via the Coquihalla Highway. We are located on the Trans Canada Highway at the junction of four major provincial highways, two national railroads, and at the confluence of the North and South Thompson rivers. A regional airport links us to major airports and destinations.
According to a Cost of Living Study done through the American Chamber of Commerce, Kamloops had the lowest cost of living for 2002, consistently placing in the top ten out of over 300 communities in North America. We have first class education facilities with the Thompson Rivers University offering almost 50 undergraduate degree options, and nearly 20 professional career Diploma programs, all with ’ladders’ to a degree at the Kamloops campus . UCC Advanced Technology Centre, established in 1996, has worked with over 125 technology-based businesses, assisting them to develop and implement commercial applications of technology and innovation.
Our diverse, strong economy, is driven by a mix of resource-based enterprises, tourism, high-tech and manufacturing industries. With a population of 130,000 in Kamloops and the surrounding region, we enjoy both big city and small town amenities. Our city hosts a number of cultural and sporting events. We have a thriving symphony and a professional theatre company. We also have an excellent climate, a spectacular landscape, and plenty of recreational opportunities. Enjoy fabulous summers on the river, on one of the many lakes in the area, or on our championship golf courses. And don’t miss the fishing! Spend the winter skiing and snowboarding at world-class Sun Peaks Resort, snowmobiling, or watching the Kamloops Blazers Hockey major junior (WHL) hockey team.