Living in Kamloops – Lifestyle Above All Else
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, is the third largest city in B.C. outside of Vancouver. The city offers a relaxed lifestyle with a warm climate and over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually. The unique mix of desert plateaus, lush river valleys, pine forests, lakes and snow-capped mountains provide unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreational pursuits.
A Beautiful and Affordable Place to Live
- Hot dry summers, mild winters, and more than 2,000 hours of sunshine annually
- Plentiful opportunities for outdoor recreation. 200 lakes within a one-hour drive, 82 municipal and numerous provincial parks, 13 golf courses and a world-class ski resort
- Thriving cosmopolitan center rich in arts and culture, shopping and lifestyle amenities
- Excellent health care, schools, affordable housing and safe neighbourhoods
- Community information about living in Kamloops DBIK - Community Facts (Residential) - January 2024
The population and economy of Kamloops, BC has been growing rapidly as individuals and families transition from the Fraser Valley, the Lower Mainland and Calgary in search of a lifestyle with balance and affordability. Venture Kamloops supports the City of Kamloops and its economic values and initiatives and is excited to share stories of others who have made the move to beautiful Kamloops, BC. Our team is here to answer your questions on why Kamloops is a great place to live and pursue a fulfilling career.Find Balance in Kamloops
Strong Educational Opportunities
Elementary and secondary schools include a variety of learning environments including: three private schools, International Baccalaureate Program, French Immersion, Autistic Program, and a virtual school to meet the needs of students.
Thompson Rivers University is the largest post-secondary institution in BC north of Vancouver. They offer over 120 undergraduate and graduate degree options as well as over 50 career diploma and certificate programs.More Info on Education
A Vibrant Healthcare System
Kamloops is the regional health center for the Thompson Nicola Regional district. Medical services in Kamloops are extensive and cover a wide range of resources and supports. Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) is the regional acute care and health facility for the region. RIH is one of two tertiary referral hospitals in the Southern Interior. Kamloops also has several private and specialty clinics servicing the region including one of only two upright MRIs in Canada.
150 Physicians serve the Kamloops area (approx.)
Airport: Kamloops Airport (YKA) is operated by YVR Airport Services Ltd. and is the main airport in the Thompson Nicola Regional District, providing air service throughout North America with connections to virtually every part of the world.
Road: Kamloops is strategically located at the intersection of Western Canada’s four major highways: Coquihalla (Hwy 5), Trans Canada (Hwy 1), Yellowhead (Hwy 16), and Highway 97.
Rail: The city is serviced by CN Rail, CP Rail, VIA Rail and is home to Rocky Mountaineer.More Info on Transportation
Diverse Employment Opportunities
The city of Kamloops and surrounding region enjoy a diverse economic base, not solely relying on any one sector to facilitate the city’s strong and steady growth. From well-established firms, some over 125 years old, and financial services to high tech and health care, the Kamloops lifestyle draws people to do business here, and the proximity, labour force and economic conditions allows for businesses to flourish. The city is also home to many exemplary post-secondary institutions, which provide the vital education and hands on training programs for our existing business base to help them continue to grow and diversify.More Info on Employment Opportunities