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Winter Weather in Kamloops

Wind Chill and Cold Weather Safety

A few days during the year in Kamloops when the temperature is cold, the wind can make it feel even colder. This is called the wind chill factor. Be extra careful on those days as the cold and wind can give you frostbite if your skin is exposed for too long. If you get frostbite, go to the hospital.

Snow Storm and Road Cleaning

When the snow falls in Kamloops be extra careful on the roads. The City clears roads and select sidewalks in priority order by dividing the roads into (1) Arterial Roads that are cleared within 4 hours of the completion of a snow event (2)  Collectors and Residential Bus Routes within 16 hours of the end of a storm and (3) Residential Streets within 36 Hours. Priority is given to hills over level streets. You can check the Kamloops Snow Cleaning Priorities Map to know when your street will be plowed after the snowstorm

Clothing for weather in Kamloops

Tourism Kamloops offers the following clothing tips to enjoy the four seasons in Kamloops.

In spring, long pants, a waterproof jacket, sweater, hat/umbrella and close-toed shoes are appropriate.

For summer one needs shorts, t-shirts, sandals, a hat, and a light sweater or jacket. Make sure you have a bathing gear as there is a lot of places near Kamloops where you can swim in pristine, clear waters. Please use sunscreen and sunglasses as Kamloops has many hot sunny days.

More clothing is needed to enjoy a fall in Kamloops. Early fall is still warm, but some days can be chilly so please have pants/long shorts, t-shirts, sweaters, jackets and different types of shoes. The tempereature can range from 25 degrees (Celsius) at the beginning of the fall season, to 0 to 5 degrees (Celsius) closer to November.  The freezing temperatures are also a possibility so keep layering your clothing when necessary.

The layered clothing is a must to enjoy winter in Kamloops. Warm jackets/vests, gloves/scarfs and close-toed shoes and boots are appropriate. Depending on one’s activities, sunglasses and snow-gear (i.e. snow pants and thermal underclothes) are also necessary.

Kamloops Weather by Season

Kamloops has four distinct seasons. Tourism Kamloops states that Kamloops is British Columbia’s second-sunniest City with over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually.

Spring (March to May) is moderately cold with a mix of sunshine, wind and rain.

Summer (June to mid-September) can reach 30+ degrees (Celsius) with the odd rainstorm and relatively low humidity.

Fall (Mid-September to November) offers beautiful warm sunny days, but colder nights and a more chill wind.

Winter (December to February) in Kamloops can be snowy and cold, yet many days are sunny. Somedays the wind is strong. The weather in the valley part of Kamloops is quite mild with low temperatures  -5 to -15 degrees (Celsius) and minimal snowfall. At the same time, the mountainous parts of Kamloops receive heavy snowfall and the temperature can drop to -30 degrees Celsius.

If you are a tourist newcomer to the Kamloops Champion Traveler website suggests the best time to visit Kamloops, BC, Canada are from May 21st to October 7th based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). The website also provides a brief overview of the monthly weather forecast, temperature, perceived temperature, rain and snow, humidity and wind and overall travel experience by the time of year. One can also learn about the average cost of the trip to Kamloops from Champion Traveler

Kamloops Temperature and Climate

The temperature in Kamloops is measured on the Celsius scale.  The average temperatures in Kamloops are not as cold as in many other parts of Canada. One can check the current temperature in Kamloops on the Government of Canada Website or CBC Weather Center. The temperature is measured at Kamloops Airport, so it might be slightly different if you live in the mountainous parts of Kamloops.

Weather Atlas provides monthly weather forecasts and climate information for Kamloops, Canada. Please check their website to learn the average temperature, humidity, rainfall, snowfall, daylight and UV index in Kamloops for each month.

Wikipedia offers the following information about Kamloops climate: Kamloops has mild winters. The only other two non-coastal cities that have warmer winters also located in BC are Penticton and Kelowna. Kamloops is located above 50° north latitude, but summers are hot with dry and sunny weather. The dry weather in summer creates an opportunity for thunderstorms to ignite forest fires around the Kamloops area. The highest temperature was recorded in July 1939 and 1941 was around 42°C (107 °F). The coldest temperature was −38.3 °C (−37 °F) on 6 and 8 January 1950.

Kamloops Geography and Neighbourhoods

Kamloops is located in the Thompson Valley, surrounded by mountains, rivers, forests, deserts, and grasslands. Here one can search for fossils while swimming in more than 100 lakes, visit the grasslands, take a ferry and drive to Alpine Village of Sun Peaks while exploring sage-covered hills under wide-open skies, all in a single day.

The City of Kamloops consists of the following neighbourhoods: City Centre, North Shore, Valleyview, Dallas, Raleigh, Heffley Creek, Sahali, Aberdeen, Knutsford, Brocklehurst, Batchelor Heights, Westsyde. Juniper Ridge, Mount Dufferin, Rose Hill, Campbell Creek, Barnhartvale, Mission Flats, Tranquille on the Lake so do your research on where you plan to live and know your area as the weather can slightly be different if you live in the mountain parts of Kamloops versus flat parts of Kamloops. Check the list of the Kamloops Postal Codes. One can click on the name of the selected neighbourhood to find the recent neighbourhood plan or Google one for your neighbourhood. The Kamloops Plan (KAMPLAN) can help one to know city priorities for each neighbourhood.

Welcome to Kamloops: Three things to Know about Child and Family Social Services in Kamloops

Welcome to Kamloops: Three things to Know about Child and Family Social Services in Kamloops

1: Know where to find the right services for children and families in Kamloops

One can find online KAMLOOPS FAMILY SERVICES Contact Information. This information sheet by EwayKamloops provides one with details related to local services for children and youth. It is organized by the following age groups: Under 6, Children 6 – 12, and Youth. One can also contact Make Children First (MCF) a community coalition of individuals and organizations who believe that it takes a whole community to raise a child. They work to enhance the ability of our community to support the healthy development of children and their families. Interesting Shapedown BC program is available for eligible kids in BC. One can also access online Child &Youth Mental Health Guide for the region.

2: Know how to protect children in Kamloops

A child in BC is a person under the age of 19. Here is the policy on how to report a child in need of protection. “If your child is taken” brochure provides overview of key rights of the parents when a child is removed under the protection concerns. One can also contact Secwepemc Child and Family Services or Metis Commission for Child and Family Services in BC or local Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD) for relevant services. Navigating the Child Protection Process presentation provides an overview of Ministry of Child and Family Development and a legal guidance in navigating the child protection process.

3: Know resources where kids have fun in Kamloops

Explore Kamloops With Kids website provides a lot of activities that are designed for kids in Kamloops. One can also find Active Child Care Facilities for Thompson Cariboo Shuswap region. Kamloops/Thompson Community Mapping Study also provides the list of resources for kids. One can also access BC Wild Life Park Map and Winter Fun Map to take your kids to different local attractions.

If you have additional resources for children and families in Kamloops to share please e-mail okondrashov@tru.ca

Welcome to Kamloops: 4 tips to find employment in Kamloops

Welcome to Kamloops: 4 tips to find employment in Kamloops

Tip 1: Find the right employer for you in Kamloops

An excellent way to start looking for a job is to check the Job Posting Websites for the Kamloops Area. All job sites are well organized in one file. Open Door Group has two offices in Kamloops to support people in finding employment. Check Kamloops Major employers here. You can also visit Kamloops Service Center Canada to strengthen your resume and find jobs in the area http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/tbsc-fsco/sc-dsp.jsp?rc=5986&lang=eng

Tip 2: Use the Job Search Engine that fits your needs.  

BC Jobs Kamloops https://www.bcjobs.ca/kamloops-jobs

CareerJet https://www.careerjet.ca/jobs-in-kamloops-3185.html

CFJC today jobs http://cfjctoday.com/jobs

Craiglist Jobs Kamloops https://kamloops.craigslist.ca/search/jjj

Eluta Jobs Kamloops https://www.eluta.ca/jobs-in-Kamloops-BC

Indeed Jobs Kamloops https://ca.indeed.com/jobs?l=kamloops

Job Bank Kamloops https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/jobsearch/jobsearch?d=50&sort=D&page=2&mid=22341&lang=fr

Glassdoor Jobs Kamloops https://www.glassdoor.ca/Job/kamloops-jobs-SRCH_IL.0,8_IC2277850.htm

Kijiji Jobs Kamloops https://www.kijiji.ca/b-jobs/kamloops/c45l1700227

LnkedIn jobs Kamloops https://ca.linkedin.com/jobs/jobs-in-kamloops-bc

Monster Jobs Kamloops https://www.monster.ca/jobs/l-kamloops,-bc.aspx

Jobpostings Kamloops https://www.jobpostings.ca/student-jobs/british-columbia/kamloops

Jooble Kamloops https://ca.jooble.org/jobs/Kamloops%2c-BC

Simply Hired Kamloops https://www.simplyhired.ca/search?l=kamloops%2C+bc&job=Kby7TcO_tA_qnuond4ELxmJ-dExJQ2z_RD4EHP2oU0dtBTqln3i3Bg

Workopolis Kamloops https://www.workopolis.com/jobsearch/jobs-in-kamloops-british-columbia

Wow Jobs Kamloops https://www.wowjobs.ca/BrowseResults.aspx?q=&s=r&l=Kamloops%2C+BC&job=v8TQc8zWwZah6E4dGXpDGpXCAO5Db4kLzoNyX2HZkVy5L1X5fjj5lw

Tip 3: Check Directly with Employment Opportunities Websites of Kamloops employers

Aberdeen Mall https://www.aberdeenmall.ca/jobs

Aboriginal Skill Employment Services http://shuswapnation.org/departments/asets/

BC Hydro https://app.bchydro.com/careers/current_opp.html

BC Lottery Corporation https://careers.bclc.com/

BC Transit Kamloops https://bctransit.com/kamloops/careers

Cascades Casino Kamloops http://www.cascadescasinokamloops.com/careers/

City of Kamloops https://www.kamloops.ca/city-hall/career-opportunities

CN Rail https://www.cn.ca/en/careers

Dog Walking Jobs Kamloops https://www.care.com/en-ca/jobs/pet-care/dog-sitting/dog-walking-jobs/kamloops

Domtar http://www.domtar.com/en/careers/jobs.asp 

Excel Personel https://excel.bc.ca/

Government BC Jobs https://search.employment.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/a/searchjobs_quick.cgi

Interior Health Authority https://jobs.interiorhealth.ca/

Nanny Jobs Kamloops https://canadiannanny.ca/nanny-jobs/kamloops,british-columbia

New Gold http://www.newgold.com/careers/Current-Opportunities/default.aspx

School Distict 73 http://www3.sd73.bc.ca/careers

Stanteck Jobs https://stantec.jobs/kamloops/british-columbia/can/jobs/

Sun Peaks Resort https://www.sunpeaksresort.com/employment/job-opportunities

Teck Jobs https://jobs.teck.com/search/

Thompson Nicola Regional District https://tnrd.ca/content/employment

Thompson Rivers University https://www.tru.ca/hr/careers.html

TKemloops https://tkemlups.ca/current-openings/

Xilium Recruiters http://xiliumrecruiters.com/

Tip 4: Try Facebook to find your next job in Kamloops

One can also try Facebook job search technique:  Kamloops and Area Work Search Group (Job Seekers, and Job Postings) or Kamloops Cash Jobs and Kamloops Job Posting

If you have additional employment resources to share please e-mail okondrashov@tru.ca