Choosing A Hotel in Kamloops
Quick Summary of Most Popular Areas
Downtown Kamloops: restaurants, quaint shops and the majority of accommodations are found downtown.
Kamloops Airport (YKA): west of the downtown core, not many hotels surrounding it.
Where to stay in Kamloops
Kamloops is home to roughly 100,000 residents and is located in south-central British Columbia. There are hotels scattered along the Trans Canada Highway as well as a cluster of hotels in downtown Kamloops. You will want to choose a hotel based on the nature of your visit and where you'd like to be in proximity to either the highway or the attractions. The price range for hotels across Kamloops are pretty much the same regardless of what location you pick. Pricing will depend on if you are looking for something upscale and luxurious or something more economical if travelling on a budget.
What to do in Kamloops
Home to the Tournament Capital Centre, sports enthusiasts and fitness nuts will want to visit this facility. It boasts an Olympic sized swimming pool, indoor track, FIFA-certified artificial turf field and a world-class gymnastics centre. Kamloops is also home to a variety of art galleries and the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra for those looking for a classy night out. Winter is a great time to visit as there are a variety of snowmobiling, dog sledding, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing options. If you are visiting in the summer there are numerous hiking and walking trails within the BC Wildlife Park, which is home to an indoor Discovery Centre if the weather is not agreeable. In addition, the Kamloops Heritage Railway is another great family-friendly attraction featuring the 2141 Steam Locomotive and Heritage Train.
Kamloops is surrounded by a handful of national parks and protected lands making it a great place to visit for the outdoorsy-type. It is also only a 2.5 hour drive from beautiful Kelowna. Vancouver is roughly 350km south-west of Kamloops.