Fast Facts About Kamloops, British Columbia

Posted by Steve Harmer on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 at 11:13am.

real estate prices in KamloopsConsidering moving to Kamloops BC?

Or do you live here and want to know more about your town? Checkout some of these Kamloops BC facts.


Population Data

Population - 85,678

Growth Rate - 6.6%

Unemployment Rate - August 2016 - 6.8%Kamloops BC

(Source: Venture Kamloops 2015)

Climate Facts

Annual Hours of Sunshine - over 2,000 hours annually

Mean Maximum Temperature: 26.94°C

Mean Minimum Temperature: (-4.2°C)

Growing Season - 166 days

Annual Rainfall - 279 mm

Annual Snowfall - 75.5 cm

Elevation - 347 m (1,140 ft) (Thompson River Intake)

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Major Employers

Interior Health Authority - 3398 (2014)

Thompson Rivers University - 1149

School District #73 - 1898

Highland Valley Copper Mine - 1380

City of Kamloops - 730

Northern Trailer (Horizon North) - 632 (2014)

New Gold - 1273Kamloops Lake

Domtar - 321                                            

BC Lottery Corporation - 440 (2014)

CN - 378 (2014)

Arrow Transport - 227

(Source: Venture Kamloops 2015/16)


More Facts

Average Income - Weekly average single $916 CAD (March 2016)

Economic Drivers - tourism, agriculture, forestry, mining, manufacturing/retail, high tech

Railways - One of only two places in Canada where the two national railways (CP and CN) intersect in city limits

Hub of four major highways: HWY 5 (Yellowhead & Coquilhalla), HWY 1 (Trans Canada), HWY 97

Time and Standard Days - Pacific Standard Time; Monday through Friday are standard workdays and Saturday and Sunday are the weekend.

City Area: 311 sq km (120 sq m)              

Why choose a RealtorLatitude: 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

Housing Values - Median Residential Price = $419,000 (2016)

Average 2 Bedroom Rental - $928 CAD / Month


Fun Facts

There are 82 parks in Kamloops, covering a total of 1,350 hectares.

Kamloops is Canada's Tournament Capital, and hosts over 100 tournaments each year consisting of 27, 878 participants.

The name Kamloops comes from the Secwepemc word T'kemlups meaning "the meeting of the rivers." Kamloops is on the meeting point of the South Thompson and the North Thompson which, together, create the Thompson River. 

Golf KamloopsKamloops was incorporated as a city in 1893.  Today Kamloops is 123 years old but still young and growing fast.

Kamloops is unique in that its adjacent hillsides are grass-covered with considerable sagebrush but little tree growth to the 900m level, creating what is known as an inverted tree line.  In most places the trees won't grow above a certain level due to the lack of precipitation, but in Kamloops, they won't grow below a certain level due to the lack of precipitation. 

In the young years of Kamloops, the river was used as a trade route for transporting goods.  There were many boats, including paddle boats, which went up and down the river carrying food, supplies and fur.

Kamloops has 13 remarkable golf courses and is known as "Canada's Tournament Capital"

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