Welcome to Kamloops, our precious hidden gem nestled in the middle of B.C.'s Southern Interior. We Kamloopsians are all too familiar with the many wonders of the city we call home, and when asked to pick the one place that we love most, many of us simply wouldn't be able to choose!
At Team Cavaliere - River City Realty, we are one of the many who would be unable to tell you just one part of Kamloops that we love best. That's why we want to give a tour of our city that doesn't only zero in on one, two, or three particular neighbourhoods; instead, we are going to show you every beautiful part of this town! Our tour is going to take you through the major geographic areas that make up Kamloops: the North Shore, the South Shore, and all the rest (which we are going to call the Outskirts).
Come along with us as we introduce you to each of these areas, their people, their culture, and the opportunities they could hold for you!
Stop #1: The North Shore
The best way to understand the layout of Kamloops is to understand the meaning of the name. The word Kamloops is translated from the Secwepemc (Shuswap) word Tk'emlups, meaning "where the rivers meet". These aforementioned rivers are the North Thompson and Thompson rivers, which intersect at the heart of the city and serve as the natural borders of each of the main geographical regions that we will be touring. Today we are exploring the North Shore, located to the west of the North Thompson River and to the north of the Thompson River, and comprising four primary neighbourhoods: North Kamloops, Brocklehurst, Batchelor Heights, and Westsyde.
Westsyde is the neighbourhood that extends the furthest away from Kamloops' downtown core on the western shore of the North Thompson River. This part of town is a fully-functioning, bustling community that boasts grocery stores, medical/dental offices, schools, restaurants, and all the amenities that you might need access to in your day to day life. From single-family dwellings to townhouses to acreages (and everything in between!) this community embraces diversity in age, budget, and lifestyle. Whether you are sending your kids off to their first day at one of Westsyde's elementary or secondary schools, cruising out to The Dunes for a round of golf with your friends, or enjoying a scenic run along The Rivers Trail, this neighbourhood provides you with both the services you need and the activities you and your family love! There is no way that this beautiful riverfront oasis could ever disappoint.
If this sounds just like the kind of place you've always hoped to call home, now is the time to browse through the 81 listings currently available in this neighbourhood. With an average sale price of just over $309,000 Westsyde offers incredible and accessible real estate opportunities for everyone! Contact our team today to learn more!
Located just a 10 minute drive from Kamloops' downtown core, Batchelor Heights is a wonderful combination of the old, the new, and the ever-evolving future. Built upon its namesake, Batchelor Hill, there isn't a single home in this neighbourhood that doesn't have an unparalleled panoramic view of the valleys, mountains, and rivers to the south.
This expanding community doesn't only provide residents with breathtaking views of the nature surrounding it, it also offers them that same natural beauty just footsteps from their back doors, backing onto the Lac Du Bois Grasslands Park: a protected area that boasts an abundance of trails, lakes, rolling hills, and wildlife just waiting to be discovered!
This growing Kamloops neighbourhood currently has 62 listings on the market with the average price sitting at an affordable $290,469 - so, if there's one thing for certain, it's that you cannot go wrong buying a home in Batchelor Heights!
Brocklehurst, otherwise known as "Brock" by Kamloopsians, extends the furthest to the west of Kamloops' city limits. Built along the northwest bank of the Thompson River, this sunny, mainly residential community stretches almost all the way to the picturesque waters of Kamloops Lake. While Brock is mainly comprised of residential properties, it does still provide many commercial access options such as grocery stores, gyms, shops, and community centres. Furthermore, the community is serviced regularly by BC Transit, making going into town for any additional errands easy, efficient, and affordable! Brock is bordered by the Kamloops Airport (YKA) at its western tip and by the Lac du Bois Grasslands Park to the north. The beautiful, newly updated airport has helped Kamloops establish itself as one of the Interior's major travel hubs, making globe-trotting plans (for business AND pleasure!) just that much simpler with multiple flights travelling daily to/from the nearest major centres.
The Lac du Bois protected area offers the same expanse of hiking, cycling, hunting, fishing, and wildlife-spotting potential that backs onto Batchelor Heights - an outdoor lover's dream come true! If a hike or a bike ride feels a little too outdoorsy for your interest or ability, the flat and warm environment of the valley bottom makes Brock a perfect place for those of you who prefer potting soil under your nails instead of grasslands dust: growing flowers, vegetables, and fruit is a surefire project for gardeners in this north shore oasis!
Once again, if reading about this beautiful neighbourhood gave you the same goosebumps it gives us, you know what to do!! Give us a shout here at Team Cavaliere - River City Realty to find out how one of the 52 current listings in Brocklehurst could be your next home sweet home!
Now that we have introduced you to the neighbourhoods on the outer limits of the Kamloops North Shore, it's time to bring it back to the centre: North Kamloops. This neighourhood is the commercial and business hub of the North Shore, and is a prime of example of how mixing shops, restaurants, and businesses with single family homes, apartments, and other residences can transform a community into an incredible success! The City of Kamloops has put incredible effort and energy into making North Kamloops a beautiful and busy business community, all the while ensuring that its residents continue to feel safe, happy, and at home amidst the bustling commercial activity. This part of town is widely considered an up-and-coming area in Kamloops, providing the City with exciting options for future growth. Bordered by both of Kamloops' beautiful rivers, North Kamloops is the perfect place for an evening dog walk, an afternoon coffee date on the patio, a Saturday afternoon baseball game, and so much more! As you enter North Kamloops, the 40-kilometre Rivers Trail branches into two riverfront trail sections that are perfect for scenic running, walking, biking, or just sitting and taking in the views! Depending on your route choice, the trail might lead you all the way to the idyllic acreages of northern Westsyde or through McArthur Island Park, past the Kamloops Aiport, and all the way to Kamloops Lake. If 40km isn't really your style, you can always cut your jaunt short at McArthur Island, a beautifully maintained park where the opportunities for a good time are endless! Whether you're interested in watching a game of soccer, baseball or hockey; or would prefer to stop by the skatepark or walk the scenic path that circumnavigates the island, this park is a must-visit for citizens and visitors alike... and if it's just steps from your back yard, even better!
As mentioned above, the potential of North Kamloops as a community is growing exponentially, especially when it comes to real estate! Listings don't last long in this neck of the woods, so give us a shout as soon as you can if you're interested in snatching up one of the only 25 listings currently up for sale. You sure don't want to pass up this wonderful Kamloops community!
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We hope that you have enjoyed the first part of your tour of our amazing city! Even if your heart has already been stolen by one of these spectacular communities on the Kamloops North Shore, don't leave us just yet! We still have two more Kamloops regions to show you, and countless more amazing details to share about the incredible neighbourhoods of our city! Stay tuned for the next two stops on our tour, and in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us any time to learn how you can find your dream home here in Kamloops, B.C.!
In collaboration with Anna Langford
Team Cavaliere - River City Realty