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.
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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4,036 (2006 Census) Boundary
Area Population: 12,194 (2006 Census)
Industries: mining, flour mill, farming, logging
516 metres (1,693 ft.)
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.
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.
Facilities & Activities: swimming pool, skating rink,
picnic sites, hiking, cross country & downhill skiing, hunting,
Attractions: Mountain View Doukhobor Museum, Grand Forks
Milling Cooperative, Boundary Museum, North Fork Scenic Drive,
Grand Forks Art Gallery, Doukhobor Homesteads
- International Baseball Tournament
- Grand Forks Fall Fair
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.
Grands Forks Visitors Info Centre
7362 - 5th Street, Grand Forks, BC V0H 1H0
Telephone: (250) 442-2833 • Fax: (250) 442-5688