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Rent a car in Kamloops and explore British Columbia
The small but sprawling city of Kamloops in British Columbia hosts many a sporting event, earning it the title of Tournament Capital of Canada. It is situated at a convergence of waterways, and the nearby natural attractions combine with the urban parks and cultural highlights to make it a fantastic place to visit.
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Enjoy Canada with a Kamloops car hire
After a tour on car hire from Vancouver, you can proceed to Kamloops. It is a gateway to the spectacular Canadian Rockies, and a car hire from the airport will get you amongst the mountains in no time at all. It sits between Vancouver and Calgary on the Trans-Canada Highway, close to some popular ski resorts such as Banff and Whistler. A few hours’ drive will have you across the border in the United States, where Seattle and the state of Washington await.
Driving your rental car in Kamloops
Traffic usually flows quite well in Kamloops, with some congestion during peak hours and in the city centre. It pays to find out whether there are any major events or sporting tournaments happening as that can affect traffic around the event centres.
Driving to and from Kamloops Airport
The distance between Kamloops Airport and the city is around 12 kilometres, and the drive should take about 20 minutes, traffic dependent. Depart on Airport Road and turn right onto Tranquille Road. This will take you through North Kamloops, and becomes Fortune Drive which will continue across Thompson River on the Overlanders Bridge. Once across the river, get on Seymour Street heading east which will bring you into the centre of Kamloops.
Kamloops rental car driving tips
Driving around Kamloops itself is quite straightforward. Stick to the right-hand side of the road in Canada! If you are heading into the mountains, you should take some safety precautions. Ensure your brakes and everything else is in good working order, stick to low gears and slow speeds when heading downhill, and drive defensively. Be aware of the possibility of wildlife on the road.
Canada can get cold! If you are there during the chilly months, take note of our winter driving tips and stay safe. Our car rental breakdown advice may also be of use.
Parking at Kamloops Airport
There are short and long term parking options at Kamloops Airport, and you pay by inputting your license number to a pay station - so be sure to remember or write down the license number of your rental! The hourly fee for short term parking is CAD$2 per hour, and the daily fee for long term parking is CAD$9.50 per day.
A high point view of the small ghost town of Walhachin, near Kamloops, British Columbia
Parking in Kamloops
On-street parking in downtown Kamloops is metered, and has a maximum time limit of 3 hours. Rates are generally set at CAD$1.25 per hour for the first two hours, and CAD$2.50 for the third. There are also several parkades in the central area, with an hourly fee of CAD$1 per hour to a daily maximum of CAD$5. Some downtown businesses will reimburse your parking fee when you purchase from them, so keep the receipt!
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Also known as Fulton Field, Kamloops Airport has daily scheduled flights to quite a few cities in western Canada, as well as seasonal service to Toronto. Food is available at the “Bread Garden” café in the terminal, and there is free WiFi throughout.
Car hire counters for several suppliers are found right in the airport building.
Quick guide to Kamloops
Accommodation options in Kamloops
There are many places to stay in Kamloops - but be aware of the tournament schedule which may make it prudent to book accommodation well in advance. These are a few of the options:
- Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel
- Best Western Plus Kamloops
- Hotel 540
- The Thompson Hotel and Conference Centre
- Knights Inn Kamloops
- Acadian Inn
Kamloops’ top annual events
Time your visit to coincide with one of the great yearly festivals and events that take place in Kamloops.
- Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts (February/March)
- Kamloops Film Festival (March)
- Art in the Park (July)
- Kamloopa Powwow (August)
- Brewloops (September/October)
Geography, culture and people
Kamloops is a lovely Canadian city with a long history as a place for meeting and trade amongst the First Nation peoples. It lies on the banks of the Thompson River and the North Thompson River, with the long Kamloops Lake stretching to the east.
Visitors to Kamloops can expect Canadian friendliness and plenty going on, whether it’s sports tournaments or festivals.
Things to see in Kamloops with your car rental
Having your own set of wheels is ideal in sprawling Kamloops. Your rental car will get you where you need to go to visit the following highlights of the city:
- Riverside Park
- Kamloops Heritage Railway
- Kamloops Museum
- St Andrews on the Square
Ready to explore Kamloops and its many attractions? Find your car hire, read up on our road trip tips and head out.