What used to be a secret outdoor playground for locals and enlightened tourists is today a thriving hometown of wineries, luxury guest ranches, fly-fishing retreats (more than 100 lakes stocked with rainbow trout lakes are within an hour’s drive) and the most golf courses per capita in Canada. To say nothing of world-class skiing at Sun Peaks Resort. The vast, surreal topography—bulbous mountains, rolling grasslands, hoodoos and the mighty confluence of the South and North Thompson Rivers—has not only driven the #24-ranked Population Growth, but attracted film productions ranging from The X-Files to Lost in Space. Kamloops also ranks #12 in our Relocation subcategory, meaning those who have arrived recently have stayed. But it’s not just for the free-flowing adrenaline. Thompson Rivers University provides a steady flow of new talent to a city that’s firmly established itself as the transportation hub of BC’s central and southern interior regions, serviced by highways, national railways and the #21-ranked Kamloops Airport. The city also performs well in our Health-care Practitioners subcategory, ranking #7 courtesy of the Royal Inland Hospital.