Kamloops Best Kept Secret
The Thompson Valley was never discovered until
the early 19th century. Since the arrival of the railroad in
1885, tourists and travellers have passed through Kamloops steadily.
The tourist commentaries on Kamloops during the past century has
been at best a brief comment on the Kamloops region. Of the
city of Kamloops, the travellers wrote little or nothing.
It was noted by Wayne Norton that "the main reason why Kamloops was
largely absent from the travel literature, the photographic
collecions, and promotional advertising. Travelling west, the
daily C.P.R. train arrived at Kamloops at 11:00 p.m., and left for
Vancouver at 11:15; travelling east, the train arrived at 24:55
a.m., and departed ten minutes later. Travellers en route
quite literally saw nothing of the Kamloops region. They could
not comment upon a district that was little more than a train stop
in the night." Hence the pioneer Chinese histories in Kamloops
were also missing due to the same fact.
In the incorporation as a city in 1893, Kamloops population was
about 500 of which over one third was of Chinese descent. The
population increased five-fold between 1885 and 1905 and by the
outbreak of World War One, there were about four thousand people.