Grand Forks, British Columbia

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Grand Forks
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Grand Forks
British Columbia, Canada

Grand Forks Courthouse

The Sunshine Valley: Grand Forks, British Columbia, is located in what is commonly known as the Boundary Country, a region found between the Okanagan Valley and the Kootenays. An attractive valley town with tree-lined streets, named for its location near the convergence of Kettle and Granby Rivers. The town of Grand Forks, British Columbia, is overlooked by Observation Mountain to the north and Rattlesnake Mountain (apparently aptly named) to the east. Grand Forks is the fastest growing town in BC's Kootenays.

View a panorama of the valley: photo1 and photo2

Grand Forks' history is closely tied to the mining and railroad boom of the 1890's and early 1900's. The original settlers came for the rich farmland and stayed on as the industrial era took over, including three railroads, mines, smelters and power plants.

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Population: 4,036 (2006 Census)
Boundary Area Population: 12,194 (2006 Census)

Main Industries: mining, flour mill, farming, logging

Elevation: 516 metres (1,693 ft.)

Access: The hub of the Boundary Country, Grand Forks, is strategically located on the Canada/US border, 522 km/324 mi east of Vancouver and 726 km/451 mi west of Calgary, Alberta. Access is via the Crowsnest Highway #3, Grand Forks Airport and two border crossings, one located approximately 20 km/12.4 mi east and one approximately 8 km/5 mi west of Grand Forks.

Grand Forks is serviced by commercial bus line or can be reached by Highway 3, west of Castlegar and east of Osoyoos. A municipal airport is located within city limits. However, there are no commercial flights.

Recreation Facilities & Activities: swimming pool, skating rink, picnic sites, hiking, cross country & downhill skiing, hunting, waterskiing

Grand Forks City Hall

Local Attractions: Mountain View Doukhobor Museum, Grand Forks Milling Cooperative, Boundary Museum, North Fork Scenic Drive, Grand Forks Art Gallery, Doukhobor Homesteads

August - International Baseball Tournament

September - Grand Forks Fall Fair

Accommodations: There are a variety of motel/hotels in the town of Grand Forks. A municipal campground is located within the city limits with private campgrounds and RV parks in the surrounding area.

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Grands Forks Visitors Info Centre
7362 - 5th Street, Grand Forks, BC V0H 1H0
Telephone: (250) 442-2833 • Fax: (250) 442-5688

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1905 Warren Avenue, Kimberley, B.C. V1A 2Y5
Telephone: (250) 427-4838, Fax: (250) 427-3344
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