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The population of this area of Thompson Okanagan is approximately 69,000.
Victoria, the provincial capital, is about 210 miles to the southwest of Kamloops, and Heffley Creek is 13 miles to the north.
Leave the grown-up world behind for a while and take the kids into a world of laughter and creativity at Ruckers Fun & Games and The Fun Factor Family Fun Centre - Pirates Mini Golf & Laser Tag.
If you're into native and exotic animals, put the British Columbia Wildlife Park on your list of places to visit. If you don't have much time, stop at the information center and take a map so you can quickly find the key exhibits.
Ready to try your luck? Roll the dice or just enjoy the high-stakes atmosphere at the Lake City Casino Kamloops.
For some outdoor time, escape to one of the beloved green spaces. Kick off your shoes and enjoy the cool grass underfoot at Riverside Park, Pioneer Park and Walhachin Oxbows Provincial Park.
Skim some stones across the glassy water, listen to the birdsong and have a bite to eat at Paul Lake Provincial Park.
Switch your phone to silent and have a break from the noises of the modern world at Monck Provincial Park and McArthur Island Park. Nature-loving tourists will also have a wonderful time at Tunkwa Provincial Park and Greenstone Mountain Provincial Park.
The Kamloops Museum and Archives is a great place where inquisitive minds can go to learn and get inspired. Wander the halls, see the highlights and be sure to ask about any special happenings.
Take the youngsters to study many scientific artifacts, models and displays at the Big Little Science Centre, the most recognized science-focused museum in the area.
You just never know what art you're going to find within the four walls of the Kamloops Art Gallery.
Travel back to a previous era and take in the illuminating exhibits at the Nicola Valley Museum and Archives and the Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park.
One of the most important historic attractions here is the Kamloops Heritage Railway. This atmospheric place offers visitors the opportunity to learn a bit more about the region's past.
All educational institutions have their own character and history, and the Thompson Rivers University is no exception. An influential part of the local community, it makes an interesting destination for anyone who plans on furthering their education.
To stock up on supplies and pick up a few gifts, spend a few hours at Aberdeen Mall and Thompson Park Shopping Mall.
You'll find some wonderful performance venues here. Among the finest is the Sagebrush Theatre. If you're feeling peckish after the show, grab a table at one of the nearby restaurants and enjoy some tasty regional dishes.
With the Tobiano Golf Course and the Rivershore Golf Links close by, you've got no reason to neglect your favorite sport while you're here. You can also rub shoulders with the locals and aim for par at the Merritt Golf and Country Club or the Sun Rivers Golf Course.
Take in the impressive views from the mountaintop, carve back down to the bottom and hop on the lift to do it all over again. After spending a day at Sun Peaks Resort, you'll understand what keeps everyone coming back each year. Harper Mountain and Sun Peaks Ski Mountain also get an ample covering of snow. If you can squeeze it in, we encourage you to try out all three.
Those who want to see something a little different may also enjoy Sunmore Ginseng Factory.