Major Kamloops-area industries include primary resource processing (pulp mill, copper mine, ranching) as well as tertiary services (provincial lottery headquarters). Kamloops is also a transportation hub for the region, with three major highways, and a semi-international airport.
While situated in an arid, almost desert-like valley, Kamloops winters are generally mild with an occasional cold snap. Snow is common from December to March. On the other hand, summers in Kamloops can be quite hot. Temperatures of above 40'C have been recorded.
(according to Statistics Canada2001 census) Population: 77,281. Growth Rate (1996-2001): 1.2% Total Private Dwellings: 32,076 Area: 297.57 km2 Density: 259.7 people per km2
Kamloops was incorporated as a city in 1893, and North Kamloops became a village in 1946 and a town in 1961.
Kamloops is a hub for transportation with both major railways passing through the City and several major highways passing through the City including Trans Canada Highway #1 and Yellowhead #5 Highway.
Kamloops is also home to many regional and district provincial government offices, agencies and crown corporations.With a population in excess of 75,000 serves as a major service centre for the 160,000 people in its trading area.
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