Kamloops is a city in south central British Columbia, at the confluence of the two branches of the Thompson River and near Kamloops Lake. The surrounding region is more commonly referred to as the Thompson Country. "Kamloops" is the anglicised version of the Shuswap word "Tk'mlúps", which menas “meeting of the waters”. Shuswap is still spoken in the area by members of the Tk'emlúps Indian Band. Kamloops is situated in the Thompson Valley and the Montane Cordillera Ecozone. The central core of the city is located in the valley near the confluence of the north and south branches of the Thompson River. Suburbs stretch for more than a dozen kilometres along both north and south branches, as well as to the steep hillsides along the south portion of the city and lower northeast hill sides. Kamloops is home to many galleries, including the Kamloops Art Gallery, the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, Western Canada Theatre, the British Columbia Wildlife Park, and the Kamloops Heritage Railway.
Kamloops and surrounding areas have been used for various Hollywood films such as The A Team, 2012, The Pledge, Shooter, Firewall, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and various others. The city's name has been given to a crater on the surface of Mars. Crater Kamloops was officially adopted by the International Astronomical Union's Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (IAU/WGPSN) in 1991.
Accommodation in Kamloops’ university residences
TRU (Thompson Rivers University) serves a student body of 10,000, including a diverse international contingent, and opens its residenes to guests during the summer vacation periods. It should be understood that these residences are designed primarily for students and not children or adults expecting a high level of luxury. However, with this in mind, the halls do meet a level of comfort that we expect most visitors to be happy with, and we will welcome any feedback where this is not the case.
Getting to Kamloops
Kamloops is also a transportation hub for the region due to its connections to Highways 5 and 97C, the Trans-Canada and Yellowhead Highways. Kamloops North railway station is served three times per week (in each direction) by Via Rail's The Canadian. Kamloops is home to Kamloops Airport (Fulton Field), a small Regional airport currently being expanded. Airlines currently flying to Kamloops are Air Canada, WestJet and Central Mountain Air. Local bus service is provided by the Kamloops Transit System.