Located at the junction of Trans-Canada Highway 1 and Highways 97, 5 (Coquihalla) and 5A. Population: 90,000.
Visitor Information: Kamloops Visitor Centre at 1290 W. Trans-Canada Highway (Exit 368, from Highway 1) and is open 7 days a week from January to December; phone 250-374-3377.
Established by fur traders as Fort Kamloops in 1811, Kamloops is located at the confluence of the North and South Thompson rivers. Kamloops boomed with the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. Today it is a bustling city with excellent shopping and tourist facilities at the crossroads of 2 major tourist routes: Trans-Canada Highway 1 and Highway 5.