2016 Archive: Getting To Kamloops


Getting to Kamloops


Where is Kamloops & How do I Get There?

Kamloops by Car (or Bike)

Kamloops is situated at the junction of Highway #1, Highway #5 and Highway #97. It is 365 km north and east of Vancouver, 623 km west of Calgary and 605 km north north-east of Seattle.

If travelling from Vancouver, take Highway #1 east to Hope, then Highway #5 (Coquihalla route) east/north through Merritt to Kamloops. On approaching Kamloops, take Exit #369 Columbia St. to City Centre. Stay straight on Columbia St. West then turn left onto Summit Drive and follow it to the bottom of the hill. Bear right onto Victoria St. West.

The Start/Finish control is located at the Kamloops Curling Club, 700 Victoria St.

Kamloops is also serviced by plane, train and bus.


Air Canada: 1-888-247-2262 The airlines will take your bike bagged or boxed for an additional fee.


ViaRail: 1-888-VIARAIL The train will take your bike boxed at no additional fee and boxes can be purchased at the station for $5-$8.

Amtrak: 1-800-USA-RAIL runs to Vancouver from Seattle and they will take a limited number of bicycles per journey.


Greyhound Bus: 1-800-661-8747 The bus does not take bikes as luggage, it goes by courier, shipped separately. The bikes must be boxed and there is a minimum $10 fee.


There are more than 50 hotels and motels within 10km of the Start/Finish location. Some of these are listed below.  * Please note this a sample list of accommodations in the area only, NO recommendation is implied for any of the hotels or motels listed.  

Hotels near the Wrap-up Breakfast

Thompson Rivers University

We have negotiated a special rate for participants in the 2016 Rocky Mountain 1200 to stay in the residences at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) located adjacent to the Wrap-up Breakfast location. The TRU residences are situated on the hill overlooking the confluence of the North and South Thompson Rivers approximately 3.9 kilometres from the start of the ride at the Kamloops Curling Club. The accommodations consist of either two bedroom suites (with two private bedrooms with double beds, private kitchenette and three piece bathroom) for 99.95/per night plus taxes for two people or four bedrooms suites (with four private bedrooms with double beds, private kitchenette and 2 three-piece bathrooms) for $159.95/per night plus taxes for four people. Additional people are $10 per person per night. Complete descriptions of the suites can be found on the TRU website http://www.tru.ca/cac/accommodations.html. When you make your booking, TRU can pair you up with another rider of the same sex or another couple to share a suite. Booking can be made at info@trurez.ca or by phoning 1-250-828-8999 or toll free in N. America 1-855-782-9722.


Best Western Plus 660 Columbia St. West 1-877-302-7878 250-374-7878
Knights Inn 625 Columbia St. West 1-888-372-7487 250-374-6944
Panorama Howard Johnson 610 Columbia St. West 1-800-663-3813 250-374-1515
Columbia Motor Inn 575 Columbia St. West 250-372-8200
Ramada Inn 555 Columbia St. West 1-800-663-2832 250-374-0358

Hotels near the start/finish (Kamloops, Downtown Hotels)

Thompson Hotel & Conf. Centre 650 Victoria St. 1-888-374-8999 250-374-1999
Howard Johnson Downtown 530 Columbia St. 1-800-533-9233 250-374-7761
Hospitality Inn 500 Columbia St. 1-800-663-5733 250-374-4164
Sandman Inn 550 Columbia St. 1-800-726-3626 250-374-1218
Travelodge 430 Columbia St. 1-877-372-8202 250-372-8202
Ranchland Motel 2357 TCH #1 East 1-800-663-4902 250-828-8787