at the confluence of the North and South Thompson Rivers
in the Thompson Valley, the sprawling city of Kamloops takes
its name from the First Nations word Kahm-o-loops, meaning
meeting of the waters. Water isn't the only thing that meets
here; the Trans-Canada, the Yellowhead and Highway 97 all
meet in Kamloops, as do the two national rail lines, CP
The Secwepemc nation has inhabited the Kamloops region for
thousands of years, basing their society on hunting and
gathering and a dynamic trading economy. It was the native
fur trade that first attracted white interest to the area,
and dramatically changed the lives of the Shuswap Indians.
The Secwepemc called the location of the present city Cumcloups.
During the fur trade era the name Kamloops denoted the Indian
settlement, but after 1867, the aboriginal name was gradually
adopted for the village as a whole, with Kamloops being
incorporated as a town in 1893.
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