6 Things You Didn't Know About Kamloops!

Posted by Vince Cavaliere on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at 1:05pm

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Whether you're a newcomer to Kamloops or an old hat, we're fairly sure that there are a few things on this list that you didn't know about our city. Through its rich history, geographic splendor, and varied culture, Kamloops is a goldmine of interesting tidbits. In addition, no matter how much time you've spent here, there is always more to discover. Maybe you need to delve deeper into the city's history or maybe you need to explore the new and exciting events and features that are always coming to town. A consistently evolving locale, Kamloops has plenty of excitement to dish up no matter what your interests are.

If you're trying to learn more about the vibrant city of Kamloops, look no further. Here are 10 facts you probably didn't know about Kamloops!

It Has More Annual Sunshine Than Vancouver

Woman sitting in sunshine
Do the grey days of Vancouver have you down? Looking for yet another reason to relocate to Kamloops? How about the fact that Kamloops dishes up at least 62 more hours of golden sunshine every year than Van City? Sure, we may not have the ocean, but a sparkling sunlit lake looks a lot better than the sea in the rain. Not to mention that sunshine is a proven improver of moods, which translates into our friendly and upbeat culture!

A City of Confluences

Thompson River
2 National Railways (The CP and CN) intersect in Kamloops, a unique fact published by Tourism Kamloops. But Kamloops is a "meeting point" in many regards. The North and South branches of the Thompson River also converge here, a defining fact of Kamloops' geography.

Kamloops Is British Columbia's First Bee City

Bee visiting beautiful flower
At the forefront of leading edge environmental initiatives, Kamloops was recently designated Canada's first Bee City. What does that mean? It means that there will be a large focus on fostering more natural green spaces in the community where bees can thrive — and that the most bee-friendly flowers will be planted in order to benefit the ecosystem. Tourism Kamloops will be spearheading an edible garden, while the British Columbia Wildlife Park will be creating a pollinator garden. Education on the importance of helping bees will be easily accessible for those interested in this cool and responsible undertaking.

Kamloops Is A Golfer's Delight

Nice golf fairways
The city is home to 13 exquisite golf courses, all of which benefit from the spectacular scenery you can find here: lush fairways, mountain views, and azure lakes. In addition, you can find Footgolf at Sun Rivers! Golf Kamloops designates the city as "BC's hottest golf market", and it's easy to see why. The balmy and clear days, long golf season, athletic reputation, and growing luxury market in Kamloops all have a positive influence on the popularity and quality of the sport in Kamloops.

Rich History — and Residences

Dougout Pit Style House in Forest
The original inhabitants of Kamloops belonged to the Shuswap Tribe. These locals would set up their winter residences in fascinating pit houses, which are buildings that are partially set into the ground and actually quite hardy in the face of extreme weather.

Gold, Gold, Gold

Gold panning
When golf was found in Tranquille Creek, thousands came from far and wide to search for gold in the greater area. In fact, the region's gold rush is rooted in a fascinating story of a Scottish sailor, 2 pickle jars filled of gold, and the Hudson's Bay Company.

Tourism Kamloops is a rich resource, offering in-depth local knowledge from Kamloops foundation to day. Here at Team Cavaliere—River City Realty, we support fostering an engaged community that's well informed about the city we live in. That's why we make sure to include a fun range of fascinating Kamloops focused blog posts for you to enjoy. If you'd like more information about what we do for the community, feel free to connect at 250-374-1925!

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