About South Kamloops / Downtown
"South Kamloops" as it is known incorporates the downtown of the City of Kamloops along with anything below the TCH from Valleyview to the HWY overpass over Peterson Creek Park. Stretching along the North and South Thompson River the two rivers meet here at the base of Downtown Kamloops. Being the most Northern part of Kamloops before the river, resting on the South Shore. "Kamloopsians" first differentiate Kamloops by saying South Kamloops / North Kamloops. North Kamloops, Westsyde, Brocklehurst, Batchelor Heights and Westmount on the North West side of the two rivers where they join and South Kamloops, West Kamloops, Sahali, Aberdeen, Dallas, Dufferin, Pineview, Rosehill and Valleyview on the South Shore.
The South Thompson River current runs in the spring at a fast 5 knots (6.1 MPH, 6.8 KPH) slowing to approx. 3 knots (4.1 MPH, 4.8 KPH)during the rest of the season. River swimming is different than your lake swimming keep an eye on the kids and pets.
Across the river to the North is the First nations Land with Sun Rivers development perched atop. When the freshet (runoff) finishes in May, you will at times see fossil collectors sifting on the banks as arrow heads and such are regularly found from past Native camps and villages.
The name of Kamloops is derived from the First Nations "Tk'emlups" 'the meeting of the rivers'. The Shuswap or Secwepemc (pronounced suh-Wep-muhc) people occupy a vast territory of the interior of British Columbia. This traditional territory stretches from the Columbia River valley along the Rockey Mountains, west to the Fraser River, and south to the Arrow Lakes. Most Secwepemc people live in the river valleys.The Tk'emlupsemc, the people of the confluence, now known as the Tk'emlups Indian Band (TIB), are members of the Interior-Salish Secwepemc (Shuswap) speaking peoples of British Columbia. The word Kamloops is the English translation of the Shuswap word Tk'emlups, meaning 'where the rivers meet,' and for centuries has been the home of the Tk'emlupsemc, 'people of the confluence.
Two major parks are in the downtown area on the river Pioneer Park a mainly young person and dogs off leash park and Riverside Park where we find the Interior Savings Center Ice rink home of the Kamloops Blazers hockey team. Next door a band shell, kids water park concession's and the like where most large public city sponsored gatherings occur. Nightly music from live bands, performers etc. in the summer from the band shell. Swimming in roped off area supervised by lifeguards.
The current runs in the spring at a fast 5 knots (6.1 MPH) slowing to approx. 3 knots (4.1 MPH)during the rest of the season. River swimming is different than your lake swimming keep an eye on the kids and pets. No dogs allowed in this park
At Pioneer Park you will find the flattest and easiest boat launch to use considering the current. Launch and move your truck and trailer from the launch area parking up by the antique railway car. You will get ticked and towed if you park anywhere else.
The "Kamloops Rivers Trail" a 40+ Km perfect dog and hiking trail, paved, runs along the water and continues over to the North shore out to Westsyde and to the airport for an easy Green run, ride or walk.
Tennis courts are also located near Pioneer Park and go to "Under the Dome" in winter. Also along Lorne St we have our down town Dog Park and a horseshoe pit at the Old Kamloops Yacht Club, which is rentable for weddings Etc. Across from the dog park there is a play field , tennis courts and ball diamonds.
You are downtown! Nothing more to say, except everything is available from all the major banks to pizza and chocolate. Every type of restaurant, many bars and a few rooftop pubs make eating downtown a pleasure. Parking is easy, pretty much, remember your license plate, find a meter station punch in and pay no need for a ticket on the dash. Our Kamloops Farmers Market run by the Farmers Market Society is every Saturday in the summer for fresh produce, meat, baked goods and handicrafts located at the corner of 3rd and St Paul St.