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       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.