Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Kamloops and Area

The name "Kamloops" means "meeting of the waters" — because it is where the North and the South Thompson Rivers come together. Now, it can be where you come together with us for your future success.

A city of about 85,000, Kamloops is conveniently located at the junction of three major highways and an airport, and is just hours away from major hubs in BC, Alberta and the United States (and maybe even the place you call home). A few more things you may find interesting about Kamloops:

  • Warm and dry: Kamloops has the third lowest annual rainfall in all of Canada and over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually
  • Affordable living: on average, Kamloops has a much lower cost of living than larger cities
  • Great skiing, great lakes, great hikes: Sun Peaks and Harper Mountain ski resorts are both less than an hour’s drive from campus and offer world-class skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. And in spring, hike along trails in the nearby hills and visit Shuswap Lake — a summer paradise for water-skiing, boating, camping and more.
  • A diverse community: the Kamloops region is enriched by the culture and traditions of more than 15 First Nations including the Secwepemc, on whose territory TRU is established. Ethnic communities from virtually every continent have also settled in Kamloops, and enrich the city with their traditions and cuisine.