Getting to Kamloops

The 2016 CSSS conference will take place in Kamloops, or Tournament Capital of Canada. Kamloops has a local airport and is home to two major national railway tracks: CN and CP, making it easily accessible from anywhere in the country.

By Air

Kamloops Airport
3035 Airport Rd, Kamloops

The Kamloops Airport (YKA) is a 15-minute drive from the City of Kamloops and the Thompson Rivers University. The airlines at the Kamloops Airport are Montreal-based Air Canada, Central Mountain Air (CMA), and WestJet.

Visit the Kamloops Airport website for more information:

By Rail

VIA Rail Canada
Yellowhead Highway 5, Kamloops North

Kamloops is home to VIA Rail, which operates trains across Canada.

For more information about getting to Kamloops from anywhere in the country, please visit:

By Road

Kamloops has three major highways running through the city, and whether you are traveling from Vancouver, Calgary, or another destination, getting to Kamloops by road is a great option for scenery lovers.

Tourism Kamloops has a list of things to see and do while traveling to Kamloops from various destinations.

For more information planning your road trip from Vancouver or Calgary, visit Drive BC for distances, estimated travel times and preferred routes.

Driving to Kamloops
From Vancouver to Kamloops:

There are several options on how to get from Vancouver to Kamloops.

One option is to take Trans-Canada Hwy 1 to Hope, BC and then to continue on it going north, following the Fraser River to Cash Creek, BC where you will head east towards Kamloops, BC. The drive is 428 km and it should take approximately 5 hours to complete. The drive takes you through lower Fraser River valley, the Coastal Mountain Range, the Fraser Canyon and follows the Fraser and Thompson rivers.

The other driving option is to take Trans-Canada Hwy 1 to Hope, BC and then to continue north to Kamloops on BC Hwy 5 (also known as Couquihalla Hwy). This drive is 354 km and it should take about 3 h and 45 min to complete. The Coquihalla approximately traces through the Cascade Mountains, the route of the former Kettle Valley Railway, which existed between 1912 and 1958.

For more information about tourist attractions between Vancouver and Kamloops, please visit Tourism Kamloops at:

From Calgary to Kamloops:

The drive between Calgary, AB to Kamloops, BC is approximately 618 km and should take 7.5 hours. The drive goes through the Canadian Rockies all the way to the Kootenays and follows take Trans-Canada Hwy 1 through Banff, AB and various National Parks. There are many interesting stops and more details can be found on the Tourism Kamloops website

By Bus:

An efficient and cost-effective way of getting to Kamloops is by bus. Kamloops is the tenth busiest Greyhound bus station in Canada, and the bus line offers a variety of schedules and destinations into and out of Kamloops.

For more information, visit: