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Venture Kamloops has created an online tool for you to use when planning your new life in the Tournament Capital p9 The Goldilocks Zone

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And start marking off the must-do experiences once you become the newest resident of the B.C. Interior’s most vibrant city

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Peter Soberlak goes for gold mettle. Stay focused. Stay in shape. Stay on your game, on top of your grades, ahead of the competition – and do it practice after practice, game after game, season after season. Being a varsity athlete is hard. That’s why TRU brought Peter Soberlak on board. As the WolfPack’s athletic performance advisor, Peter is bent on turning gifted players into ferocious competitors. Now, building on its best-ever season in 2017, galvanized by award-winning coaches and its new performance advisor, TRU WolfPack is hungry to prove its mettle to fans and foes alike. Yes, the hunt for gold is on.

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RETHINK MODERN LIFE Be a part of an emerging urban neighbourhood in Kamloops A Balanced Natural Lifestyle Imagine a neighbourhood where access to work, parks, social spaces, retail and recreation is right at your doorstep. Set in the heart of Kamloops on the campus of Thompson Rivers University, The Reach is an emerging urban neighbourhood that offers inspiring, world-class views of the Thompson valleys below and promotes a unique opportunity to regain some life balance.

Within Reach: • Urban Campus Lifestyle • Social Spaces • Pedestrian & Bike Paths

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The Reach is an inclusive and multi-generational community, founded on a ‘people first’ philosophy with each phase thoughtfully designed to foster and enhance social interaction and connection. Located adjacent to one of Canada’s most scenic and innovative universities, The Reach is a place where you can write and share your life story. Designed by renowned architect, Ray Letkeman, it features interconnected spaces woven through the development – creating an inviting setting where you can discover a truly modern and authentic lifestyle.

The Reach is a transit and bike friendly community that will align with the future of housing and an eco-friendly mobile shared economy, all while ensuring that the funds generated by this development are returned to the university to support students and research initiatives for a promising future. This community is singularly focused on the way you want to live your life, with time to enjoy your natural surroundings — and just breathe.

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n the move from the Lower Mainland? There are reasons to choose where the Thompson twins meet as your next home — whether you crave wideopen spaces, looking to spend less of your life behind the wheel or simply want a place you can afford. If you’re a fan of having your own space, Kamloops makes sense. The population density for the city census area is 302 people per square kilometre. Compare that to the very dense Vancouver city census area at 5,492 people per square kilometre or even the Vancouver metropolitan area at 855 people per square kilometre. If it’s a place to settle you are seeking, real estate in Kamloops if far more affordable than in Lower Mainland communities. In 2018, the average price of homes sold so far is $377,518 — a figure that is 7.2 per cent higher than it was over the same period in 2017. In April, Kamloops saw 311 units sold, which the Kamloops and District Real Estate Association said is among the best April sales figures ever, even though it was down 14 units from 2017. While prices are on the rise, Kamloops is still a relative bargain. In the Greater Vancouver area, the benchmark home price is $1.6 million for a detached property and $701,000 for an apartment property. Even farther outside the Greater Vancouver area, cities like Abbotsford are seeing high home prices, with a detached home fetching a benchmark price of $825,000. It’s not just homes that are cheaper in Kamloops — gas is often far less expensive. When it comes to filling up at the pump, most — but not all — differences can be explained by taxes. Vancouver-area residents pay a 17 cent-per-litre dedicated

motor fuel tax to TransLink, but they also only pay 1.75 cents of provincial motor fuel tax — compared to 7.75 cents for the rest of the province. All told, Vancouver residents pay 33.28 cents per litre in tax on gas, while Kamloops residents pay 22.28 cents per litre — a gap of 11 cents per litre. But the difference in gas prices was from more than just taxes last year. On average, Kamloops residents paid 20.5 cents per litre less than Vancouver residents. Kamloops’ lowest monthly average was $1.06 per litre and its highest average was $1.31, while Vancouver’s lowest average was $1.27 and its highest average was $141. Current gas prices in Kamloops are around $1.37 per litre, a steal compared to Vancouver’s $1.59 per litre and the B.C. average of $1.49. And it’s not just money to be saved outside the Lower Mainland. It’s time, too. The average Kamloops commuter reported a 19-minute trip to work. according to 2016 census data. That’s seven minutes quicker than the average across Canada and 10 minutes faster than in Vancouver. Abbotsford-Mission commuters clocked in at 26 minutes and Victoria drivers came in at 22 minutes. Of course, those are intra-city numbers, but we all know many Fraser Valley residents leave their homes for daily commutes to other municipalities. That 26-minute commute within Abbotsford and Mission can triple in time if you are travelling down Highway 1 to Greater Vancouver where the rush-hour bottleneck at 200 Street seems to be a perpetual crawl. In Kamloops, almost all commutes are within the city, with about 40 per cent of Kamloopsians getting to and from work in less than 15 minutes — and that means more driving (fore!) Kamloops style.

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AVERAGE COMMUTE TIMES 2016 census data, Statistics Canada

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CANADA AVERAGE 26.2 minutes KAMLOOPS

74% of Canada average / 19.4 minutes

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85% of Canadian average / 22.2 minutes

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99.6% of Canadian average / 26.1 minutes

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114% of Canadian average / 29.7 minutes

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“We are thrilled to update our guestrooms to provide the utmost in comfort and style” says Vivek Sharma, General Manager, Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre. “The new guestroom concept is inspired by a warm and luxurious mountain lifestyle with a hint of modern rustic-ness.” A colour palette of deep blues and mustards infused with copper accents is drawn from the enchanted glowing landscape of Sun Peaks in the evening. Tailored details are well placed for the sophisticated travelers. The guestrooms, with brand new furniture, linens, flooring, wallcoverings and artwork will evoke a sense of warmth and coziness within the gorgeous mountain retreat. Designed by CHIL Interior Design, an award-winning global leader in hotel interior design, this project will be complete by the end of 2018 and the furniture being replaced has all been donated to Habitat for Humanity Kamloops to sell at their ReStore. “We are thrilled to make this donation to Habitat for Humanity,” says Vivek Sharma. “The opportunity to impact our community in such a positive way makes this massive renovation project even more rewarding.”

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Venture Kamloops executive director Jim Anderson: "Kamloops can be relied on for one thing — and that’s steady, but unspectacular growth. We never disappoint. Although we may not have real meteoric rises in our economic activity over time, we don’t experience steep downturns, either. We have a very solid base of economic diversity."

enture Kamloops has set out to show how livable the Tournament Capital is with the creation of a new online feature. The economic-development arm of the city has created an online map for its website (venturekamloops.com) that details local housing sales, enabling prospective businesses and job seekers to get an impression of the quality of life in Kamloops. “We don’t have a method to quantify our quality of life,” said Venture Kamloops executive director Jim Anderson. “It’s not enough to say it’s a really nice place, it’s really warm here, because every other city in Canada with an economicdevelopment department is doing the same thing.” Using the map, people can check out the sales history of a particular neighbourhood or an individual house with the click of a button. This tool provides an up-to-date snapshot of how the local real-estate market is performing by listing what homes are selling for and how those prices compare with the last time the home sold. Anderson said it gives someone who is researching Kamloops a clear idea on how much it’s going to cost to buy a house in the city. He said Venture Kamloops has been working on ways to quantify the quality of life in Kamloops for a couple of years. Anderson noted the application lists the dollar figure the homes sold for, as opposed to the list price, to give an accurate snapshot of the housing market. “If you’re looking a house as an investment, you can see which areas of town are increasing the most, or if you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, which

areas of town are more stable price-wise, so you’re not paying an inflated price in a hot market,” Anderson said. The map was created by Infocore, a Kamloops data and artificial intelligence company founded by two recent Thompson Rivers University grads. “When you get down to it and you’re just talking about real-estate data, it seems kind of blasé, but it really is an important decision that people make when they’re thinking about taking a job,” he said. The idea for the map arose from a labour-market study, which determined quality of life was a major factor in attracting qualified professionals, Anderson said. He said the original idea was to produce a single online tool that would detail all the quality of life factors, but noted that would have been too complex. Venture Kamloops is now looking to develop a suite of tools that will help measure different quality of life factors in Kamloops, which could include comparing items such as the price of groceries and gasoline to other communities. “This is just the first one. What the next one’s going to be, I don’t know at this point because we haven’t nailed down anything, but we’ll keep working on it,” Anderson said. He noted the reason the map alone has taken two years to realize is because quality of life quantifiers are difficult to produce. “But we knew the biggest component of anybody’s expenses is housing, so we decided we’d start there — plus there’s a lot of really good data, so we could make a really quantifiable and measurable tool for people to use.”


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Troy and Tonya Peters have moved to Kamloops from Abbotsford and are loving life in the Tournament Capital.

onya and Troy Peters reaped the rewards when they took a leap of faith last August and moved to Kamloops from the Lower Mainland. “We were both working full time in Abbotsford and we had always had this dream of moving into the Interior, and our lifestyle really suites the Interior life — we’re really into the outdoors,” said Tonya. The mother of two said they became familiar with the Tournament Capital over the years from attending their sons’ sports activities. “We fell in love with it more and more every time we came,” she said. The amount of amenities, loads of recreational activities, lack of traffic and an inexpensive housing market were all major checkmarks that led to the family choosing to move to Kamloops. With a 13-year-old and a 10-year-old at home, Tonya said they felt their children were young enough to justify the move. “Otherwise, they’d be getting too old,” she said, noting her boys and husband have a keen interest in mountain biking and dirt biking. “Kamloops is like a hub for that,” she said. Tonya said Kamloops suited the family’s lifestyle much more than did Abbotsford. “We had a good life there … but you had to drive everywhere, we felt. It wasn’t like this, where everything is 10 minutes, 15 minutes away,” she said, noting Troy can pack up the boys in the truck and go dirt biking at Inks Lake in a matter of minutes, as opposed to Abbotsford, where it would be an hour’s drive to find a place to do that activity. She said the quality of family life has been much better in Kamloops than it was in the Fraser Valley. The pricey Lower Mainland housing market, where homes are selling for millions, was also a big reason for moving to the less expensive Tournament Capital.

“That was definitely one of the draws,” she said. “Families can live here affordably.” Tonya described the housing market in Abbotsford when they left as being “incredible” if you were a seller. “It was becoming unaffordable in the Vancouver area. A lot of people are pushing out towards the valley, so we really capitalized on that market and we were able to come here and basically purchase a home here for half of what it would cost us there,” Tonya said, noting her Abbotsford home sold for more than $1 million. She said other Interior communities just didn’t fit the bill the way Kamloops did. She said Vernon felt too small, while Kelowna was a bit too busy and congested, putting Kamloops right in the Goldilocks zone. “I feel like Kamloops has the good balance — it’s not so big that you get lost here, but it’s not so small that you feel isolated,” Tonya said. “There’s enough shopping, there’s enough restaurants, there’s some nightlife. It’s a good balance for us. We’re not city people.” There were naysayers in Abbotsford when they decided to move, but coming to Kamloops was something they always wanted to do — and the family has no regrets after taking that leap of faith last summer. “Life is slower here. You have time to breathe and you’re not stuck in the Lower Mainland traffic,” she said. The Peters family quickly began to integrate into the community. “People were very, very friendly and with the boys’ sporting activities, we met a lot of nice families, and through their school as well,” she said. The amount of sunshine and closer proximity to a cabin they have in the Kamloops area were also major pluses of the move. While Troy still commutes to Abbotsford for work, the adjacent Coquihalla Highway has made it a quick trip and link to their former hometown.


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NEXT ADVENTURE DOREN QUINTON President, Kamloops and District Real Estate Association

If you were in Kamloops right now, your biggest commuting concern would involve the time it takes for the server to bring the cold drink to your riverfront patio moments after leaving work.

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ocation, location, location — it’s the widely accepted and often over-used selling feature of real estate all over the world. What if I told you there is another selling feature that is even more valuable to you? Time. As president of the Kamloops and District Real Estate Association, I could use this opportunity to tell you all about real-estate trends and statistics, how much more affordable Kamloops is compared to the Lower Mainland, how you could leverage equity in your current home and relocate with a fraction of the mortgage. But, that is not what I am going to focus on here. I want you to envision something with me. Picture this. You wake up in the morning and leave your house 10 minutes before your work day starts. After work, you arrive at the gym for a workout and make it home long before you would have if you were still fighting traffic across the Port Mann Bridge. You settle in for a cool drink and enjoy the view over the river valley while still having a full evening ahead of you.

Weekends are filled with exploration of the area and exploits that satisfy any level of adventurous taste. Skiing (cross country and downhill), snowshoe trails, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, kayaking or slowing it down and finding that perfect local patio. All of this is within a half-hour of your new home. Think of three songs. You can get anywhere in Kamloops from anywhere else in Kamloops within the course of three songs on the radio (as long as two of those songs are Free Bird and Bohemian Rhapsody). Your life deserves adventure — more adventure. Give yourself the time you need to live life to its fullest and appreciate what you have been missing while you sit in traffic and listen to that top 40 song for a fifth time during the drive home. Let Kamloops give you back the time you have been missing in your life. On behalf of the more than 300 realtors in and around Kamloops, we look forward to spending our time with you.

DID YOU KNOW Rain is refreshing now and then, but not so much day after day after day. Kamloops has the distinction of having the hottest summers in all of Canada, with an average daily temperature of 27 C, according Environment

Canada data. Kamloops is also the second‑driest city in Canada, receiving only 279 millimetres of precipitation. Only Whitehorse is drier. The Tournament Capital is also No. 1 in the nation in number of hot days (30 C and

above), second in Canada for most sunny days, second in Canada for warmest spring, third in Canada for most growing-degree days… well, you get the picture. The numbers add up to a move to Kamloops, don’t you think?


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SIP ALONG KAMLOOPS’ BURGEONING WINE TRAIL

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Kamloops is home to a vibrant new wine region in British Columbia. Carving its way along the North and South Thompson rivers, the Thompson Valley is home to four award-winning wineries. Mineral-rich soils and more than 2,000 hours of sunshine, combined with the fluctuation of warm days and cooler evenings, yields a crisp natural acidity in the wines — a style that is quickly becoming a signature trait of the Thompson Valley.   The wineries in Kamloops have a certain laid-back charm to them, each with a unique story to tell. They are inviting and not too crowded. Indulge in a picnic, take in the patio views and revel in the flavours from grapes grown in this unique terroir.

HARPER’S TRAIL WINERY

Overlooking Kamloops’ hoodoos along the South Thompson River in east Kamloops, Harper’s Trail was the city’s first winery. Pack a picnic, pick up a bottle of wine and relax on the patio with valley views. The winery is situated along the historic cattle drive trail of pioneer rancher Thaddeus Harper. Wine Down Wednesdays are a great way to sip into the evening and take in a spectacular sunset during summer months.

PRIVATO VINEYARD & WINERY

Located in Westsyde, Privato Vineyard & Winery is a boutique winery specializing in Burgundian-style award-winning wine. The new garden space is the perfect backdrop for your wedding day or even a wine-inspired photo opportunity. During December, Privato is also home to Woodward Christmas Tree Farms.

MONTE CREEK RANCH WINERY

Monte Creek Ranch Winery is located just east of Kamloops and is the newest winery in the area. It is also a working ranch. In addition to producing a diverse lineup of wines, including reds, whites, sparkling, desert and fruit, Monte Creek also produces local honey, beef and jam from its Haskap berries. Take in the views as you dine alfresco on the Terrace Bistro.

SAGEWOOD WINERY

Sagewood Winery, located on East Shuswap Road in east Kamloops, began researching the area in 2000 and first planted grapes back in 2005. Sagewood was the first vineyard established in the Thompson Valley wine region. Sagewood is a small boutique winery with inspiration on its wines’ names and labels coming from their children and beloved dog Kayla.


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BUCKET LIST CHARLES KOH Tourism Kamloops by

Golfing Tobiano is a must-do bucket list item when visiting (and living in) Kamloops.

If you are thinking of making the move to Kamloops, why not come up for a visit to get a taste of life in the sunny Thompson Valley? You will find a four-season beauty, ideal for outdoor recreation enthusiasts. The mild climate and gorgeous landscapes make this place perfect for golfing, biking, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, paddle boarding and skiing. The downtown corridor is increasingly expanding with great restaurants and boutique shops. For those looking to experience the mountains, make sure to visit Sun Peaks Resort, just 45 minutes from Kamloops, and Harper Mountain, a mere 25-minute drive away. Both offer skiing, snowboarding and mountain-biking — and plenty more.

Our top bucket list items for your next trip to Kamloops: 1 P  articipate in the Brew Loops bike festival.

2 S  tandup paddle boarding with Bodie Shandro from Surfit. 3 P  lay a round of golf at Tobiano Golf Course.

4 O  ffroad Segway Tour at Sun Peaks. Pro tip: don’t freak out.

6 S  kydive over Kamloops with the Skydivers Sport Parachute Club. 7 H  ike at Kenna Cartwright Park. The views are phenomenal. 8 E  xperience the Kamloops Downtown Farmers’ Market. 9 H  ave a juicy steak at Terra Restaurant.

5 M  ountain bike at Kamloops Bike Ranch, 10 Beer and deep-fried pickles Canada’s largest municipal bike park. at the Noble Pig.

11 Enjoy an eggs benedict breakfast at Hello Toast.

16 Wine flight (and try their rosé) at Harper’s Trail Winery.

12 Enjoy an eclectic mix of brews and fantastic food at Red Beard.

17 Crush grapes at Privato Winery.

13 Voyageur Canoe Tour at McGillivray Lake in Sun Peaks.

19 Dinner at Brownstone Restaurant. A great spot for date night. It’s intimate, warm and the food is exceptional.

14 Wine tasting at Monte Creek Ranch Winery. 15 Wine flight at Sagewood Winery.

18 Beer at Red Collar Brewing.

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amloops is home to award-winning golf courses with a warm eightmonth golf season and some of Canada’s most diverse courses. The rugged hills are surrounded by wide-open grasslands, fragrant sagebrush, ponderosa pine forests, sandstone canyons and chiseled hoodoos. Golfing in Kamloops is different. You can swing with no crowds, the dress code is relaxed and the vibe is friendly. Here are some of the golf courses that set Kamloops apart from other destinations: TOBIANO: Situated along Kamloops Lake, Tobiano is home to 7,367 yards of play and offers a view of the clear blue lake on every hole. Tobiano is currently ranked No. 1 in the Top 100 Golf Courses in Canada by Canadian Golf Magazine readers. KAMLOOPS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB: Kamloops is the oldest club and newest 18-hole championship course in Kamloops and home to carpet fairways and contoured greens. For a unique spin on golf, surf the earth on a golfboard — an easy-to-ride electric vehicle that feels like you are surfing from shot-to-shot. RIVERSHORE ESTATE AND GOLF LINKS: Nestled along the banks of the South Thompson River lies Rivershore. Host to numerous national and provincial championships, Rivershore’s backdrop includes Kamloops’ spectacular hoodoos, where California bighorn sheep have been known to roam. TALKING ROCK GOLF COURSE: Located near Chase, Talking Rock meanders through a mature, sandy forest designed to avoid minimal disruption to the natural landscape, providing players a challenging play. To serve as a spiritual reminder of the land they’re on, Indigenous art is placed throughout the course, including a grizzly bear outline in a sand trap. Quaaout Lodge & Spa is known to provide an Indigenous après experience. THE DUNES AT KAMLOOPS: The Dunes boasts 6,973 playable yards where the wild fescue and wheat grass line the meticulously maintained greens. This particular diverse landscape is similar to what the golf links in Ireland boast. BIGHORN GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB: Formerly known as Sun Rivers, Bighorn sits at the base of Mount Paul and is on Tk’emlups te Secwepemc land. As one of the few true desert golf courses in Canada, Bighorn is set among natural sage, rolling hills, bent grass fairways, gently contoured greens and sweeping views of the Thompson Valley. The 6,714-yard course meanders in and around residential neighborhoods and community amenities.

Talking Rock Golf Course near Chase boasts stunning views of Shuswap Lake.

DID YOU KNOW

Kamloops is known as Canada’s Tournament Capital for a reason. The city has hosted the World Men’s Curling Championship, the Memorial Cup, the World Junior Hockey Championship, the Women’s World Hockey Championship, the Brier and Scotties Canadian Curling Championships, the World Fly Fishing Championships and so much more. Beyond those global and national events, Kamloops and its world-class athletic facilities have been home to the B.C. Lions’ training camp for the past decade and, in 2017, registered the following statistics in tournament action: • 105 events • 26,838 out of town participants • 9,062 local participants

• 35,400 total participants • 86,857 participant days • $11.7 million in direct spending

City of Kamloops Office of the Mayor

Experience Kamloops On behalf of my colleagues on City Council, I invite you to come make this amazing place we call home... your home. Sincerely, Mayor Ken Christian Councillor Donovan Cavers Councillor Ray Dhaliwal Councillor Dieter Dudy Councillor Tina Lange

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Councillor Kathy Sinclair Councillor Arjun Singh Councillor Pat Wallace Councillor Denis Walsh


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West Highlands, Aberdeen’s Signature Address and one of Kamloops’ largest master planned communites continues to grow in fashion and substance. Located at the top of Aberdeen, the community is growing at a steady controlled pace with well thought out streets optimizing the outstanding views; the inclusion of distinct and varied housing styles and numerous housing options to suit all age groups, lifestyles and incomes is second to none.

West Highlands…A Place Close to Everything! Located within a five-minute walk west of Pacific Way Elementary, young families are predominant in the neighborhood taking advantage of the proximity to the school, park, childcare, shopping, services and their places of employment. Empty nesters favour the views, parks and open spaces, fresh air and the variety of housing options. The City’s West Highlands Park amenities now include a paved year-round lighted walking path offering spectacular views, two large soccer fields and a refurbished clubhouse for community activity uses. Additional landscaping around the clubhouse and pond are underway to create a relaxed picnic style setting. Aberdeen Highlands Development Corp., land developer for the community provides opportunities for clients to purchase lots for custom homes or for builders to provide move-in ready homes. All the West Highlands group of builders are licenced with HPO and carry new home warranties. Some of the more active builders such as D&T Developments Ltd., specialize in multi family homes, currently in the “Brighton Place” community, while Glen-Lor Developments Inc., Sun Sage Developments Ltd. and Vankam Homes Ltd. specialize in both custom and move-in-ready single-family homes. All the builders/developers working in the community have great reputations and are happy to be building a product they are proud of, with many living right in the neighbourhood. West Highlands’ latest development of 52 single-family lots and a 34 unit multi-family site allow many of the lots to back onto open space or parkland and offer views of the park or the valley. Although the developer is sold out on lots, move-in-ready homes or custom home options are abundant with larger single-family homes priced from $669,900 and a variety of options in the multi site with smaller singlefamily homes priced from $359,000. All homes are listed on local MLS so contact your realtor today for details or pay Kamloops a visit and discover the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of. Next phases of land development are in the planning and design stages for Fall 2019!

Multi-family homes starting from $359,000 • Single-family homes starting from $669,900

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