Kamloops is the largest community in this district. It’s name comes from the Secwepemc word Tk’emlups, meaning “where the rivers meet” and refers to the convergence of the North and south Thompson rivers. Visitors can enjoy the extensive arts and culture such as the Kamloops Art Gallery ,Kamloops Courthouse Gallery or the Back Alley Art Gallery. Kamloops also has many heritage sites to visit. Stop into the Kamloops Museum and Archives or take a one hour excursion on the Kamloops Heritage Railway. The Firehall Museum tells the story of how the Kamloops Fire Department got its history.
A must see is the Secwepemc Museum. This is the ultimate place to gain insight into the rich history of the Secwepemc people. Storytelling is a significant aspect of the Secwepemc people’s way of life. Come to get immersed in legends and tales passed down from generation to generation. The Secwepemc Museum displays the oral history and legends of the Secwepemc people, along with historical photographs, illustrations, and artifacts. Along with the Museum, take a stroll through the Secwepemc Heritage Park. The heritage park is a 4-hectare park for museum guests to enjoy. Various trails lead guests through our ethnobotanical gardens which have indigenous plants utilized by the Secwepemc. As well as replicas of winter homes known as a pit house, a summer tulle mat lodge, as well as the archaeological remains of a 2000 year old winter village.
If you like canoeing, take the adventure of the Moccasin Trails. Engage your five senses on an authentic Indigenous canoe tour with Moccasin Trails. Paddle the ancestral paths of the Secwepemc people, as you listen to stories from a local Knowledge Keeper that were passed down through generations. Choose between two canoe tours on the South Thompson River, a hike to “Coyote Rock”, or a Water to Wine canoe experience that includes a wine tasting and picnic at Harper’s Trail Winery.
No matter what you decide to do in Kamloops, you will be guaranteed a fabulous experience!