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Kamloops is a city in south central province of British Columbia, Canada. It is the largest community in the Thompson-Nicole Regional District and the location of the regional district's offices.
The Kamloops area was exclusively inhabited by the Secwepemc (Shuswap) nation (part of the Interior Slaish language group) prior to the arrival of European settlers. The first European explorers arrived in 1811, and David Stewart set up Fort Kamloops, a fur trading post, on the south side of the river junction for the Pacific Fur Company in 1812. In 1821, the Hudson’s Bay Company merged with the North West Company and took control of the fur trade at Fort Thompson.
The gold rush of the 1860s and the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1880s brought further growth, resulting in the City of Kamloops being incorporated in 1893 with a population of about 500.
"Kamloops" is the anglicized version of the Shuswap word "Tk'emlups", meaning 'meeting of the waters'. Shuswap is still actively spoken in the area by members of the Kamloops Indian Band. Another possible origin of the name comes from the French "Camp des loups" meaning 'Camp of Wolves', likely spoken by fur traders.
Major Kamloops-area industries include primary resource processing such as Domtar Kamloops' Pulp Mill, Tolko-Heffley Creek Plywood and Veneer, LaFarge Cement, Highland Valley Copper Mine (in Logan Lake), and various other industries. There are tertiary services as well, such as the British Columbia Lottery Corporation and Pollard Banknote (which makes the lottery tickets) and NRI distribution, among many others. Kamloops, BC is also a transportation hub for the region due to its connections to Highway 5 , 97C , Trans-Canada and Yellowhead.
Kamloops has winters that are generally mild and very short with an occasional cold snap where temperatures can drop to around -30 °C (-22 °F) when arctic air floods over the Rocky Mountains into the interior. Generally Winter’s average temperature is -6.1 °C (20 °F) in January. However, considering that Kamloops is located at 50° latitude north, summers are quite hot with prevailing dry, and sunny weather. The average July maximum temperature is 28.3 °C (83 °F) and would be higher if not for occasional incursions of cool northerly air masses. Humidity is generally very low and night time temperatures are moderate.
Kamloops, BC has a small visible minority population as it stands approximately at 4,675 (excluding Aboriginal peoples). The South Asian population is reported to be approximately only 1,790 or 1.9% , Chinese 1,000 residents or 1.1% , Japanese only 690 or 0.74%, Black merely 340 or 0.4%, Filipino stands at approximately 305 or 0.3% and Arab simply 35 or 0.03%.
City Hall Address:
7 Victoria Street West
Kamloops, BC, V2C 1A2