McGill Ridge is located in the heart of Kamloops’ Southwest Business District at the main gate entrance to Thompson Rivers University.
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McGill Ridge apartments are as close as you can get to Thompson Rivers University, literally across the street and about a 1-minute walk to campus. So, when we say, “apartments near TRU”, we mean our apartments couldn’t be any closer without actually being on the TRU campus! For students and people working in the area, McGill Ridge is a welcome alternative to overcrowded and often unavailable rental apartments and Thompson Rivers University residences. Though we’re near TRU, we’re also very close to Southgate and Sahali.
Our apartment suites are centrally located in the Southwest Business District with quick access to downtown or the Sahali residential area. Not only are our Kamloops apartments near TRU and many neighbourhood amenities, you’ll be minutes from most parts of Kamloops because McGill Road connects to main thoroughfares, including the Trans-Canada Highway. We are pleased to have a city transit stop immediately in front of our property on McGill Road.
We like to say McGill Ridge is “5 minutes to everywhere”, because we’re close to everything you need for ease of living: grocery stores, coffee shops, restaurants, entertainment, malls, specialty stores, banking, medical and dental services, and endless outdoor adventure.
Kamloops is the third largest city in BC outside of the Lower Mainland, and the seventh largest city in BC by population. Known as the “Tournament Capital of Canada”, Kamloops hosts about 100 tournaments per year at the Tournament Capital Centre (near TRU and just a minute down the road from McGill Ridge). The Kamloops lifestyle is laid back and its residents enjoy activities in nature such as hiking, mountain biking, skiing (several world-class resorts are nearby), golf (no less than 13 courses within driving distance), camping, fishing, and lake sports. The word “Kamloops” is derived from the Shuswap word “Tk’əmlúps” which means “meeting the water” – an apt description because Kamloops is located where two branches of the Thompson River meet and within a one-hour drive of approximately 200 lakes.
Kamloops’ existence is tied to the fur trade and gold rush of the early to mid 1800s. The city was incorporated in 1893 not long after the CPR rail line was constructed. Although Kamloops has frontier roots, it’s grown to be a large community and cultural and arts centre with city-like amenities, but without the hustle-bustle of big urban centres.