Located at the junction of Trans-Canada Highway 1 and Highways 97, 5 (Coquihalla) and 5A. Population: 90,000.

Visitor Information: From Trans-Canada Highway 1 take Exit 368/Hillside Way and drive north then make a right-hand turn on Hillside Court for Kamloops Visitor Center (address: 1290 W. Trans-Canada Highway). Open daily year-round; phone 250-374-3377 or 1-800-662-1994.

Established by fur traders as Fort Kamloops in 1811, Kamloops is located at the confluence of the North and South Thompson rivers. Kamloops boomed with the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. Today it is a bustling city with excellent shopping and tourist facilities at the crossroads of 2 major tourist routes: Trans-Canada Highway 1 and Highway 5.