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8 Reasons to Relocate to Kamloops

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From the affordable cost of living to world-class natural amenities, Kamloops continues to attract remote workers and new start-ups. Here are 8 reasons why now is the time to relocate and put down roots in Kamloops.

Affordability
Kamloops is a remarkable and affordable place to live. According to MLS, the benchmark price for a single family home in January 2021 was $504,683. This is comparable to:

  • Kelowna: $887, 869
  • Greater Vancouver: $1,056, 600
  • Victoria: $1,220, 626

Say goodbye to cookie-cutter suburban townhomes that are 90 minutes from your office and say hello to a turn-of-the-century heritage home that’s walking distance to your favourite hiking trail or brewery.

Central Location
Kamloops is centrally located in the B.C. Interior at the intersection of four highways, two railways, and one airport. The surrounding highway corridors have been well designed to bypass downtown, which means you, the Kamloops newbie is able to spend less time in traffic and more time on business.

Climate
Kamloops’ climate is semi-arid with mild winters and dry summers. The city is located in a rain shadow, which means the surrounding hills and mountains ‘protect’ the area from substantial rainfall. If you want to wear sunglasses and runners in March, Kamloops has the climate for you.

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Educational Opportunities
There’s room to stretch your educational endeavours in Kamloops. Whether you’re looking for Montessori pre-schools, International Baccalaureate (IB) accredited high schools, or competitive post-secondary programs, there are options in Kamloops for you and your family.

Health Services
The level of healthcare services in Kamloops is renowned in the B.C Interior. Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) is the region’s acute health care facility with 259 beds. RIH offers high-level medical care such as 24-hour emergency and trauma services and a wide range of medical and surgical services. Thompson Rivers University continues to elevate its health care programs to keep up with industry demand with its School of Nursing and Respiratory Therapy Diploma program.

Tournament Capital of Canada
Kamloops is the Tournament Capital of Canada and is renowned for its world class sports facilities including the Tournament Capital Centre and Kamloops Bike Ranch. Whether you’re a beer league baseball player or an Olympic athlete, there are facilities to keep you in shape all within 10 minutes of downtown.

Photo Credit: Mary Putnam

Access to Natural Amenities and Arts
Natural amenities and a growing arts scene is a major factor for relocating to Kamloops from crowded urban centres. Drive 15 minutes in any direction outside of Kamloops for access to mountain biking, fishing, and countless other outdoor activities. Or, bike 15 minutes downtown and enjoy the Kamloops Art Gallery,Western Canada Theatre, and Kamloops Symphony Orchestra.

Photo Credit: Michelle McAleese

Business Community
The business community in Kamloops is diverse, friendly, and is working towards making Kamloops a competitive city across industries. There are a range of resources to boost your business network including the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, Kamloops Innovation, and Venture Kamloops.

There has never been a better time to relocate to Kamloops for better business opportunities, stronger financial security and a healthy lifestyle. For more information on relocating to Kamloops, connect with us.

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