Posted by: cherylyoung | July 23, 2012

Would you travel to BC for a good bowl of Borscht and some warm hometown hospitality?

    An attractive Sunshine Valley town on the Crow’s Nest

    Highway, Grand Forks is named for its location near the

    convergence of the Kettle and Granby Rivers.

    The town is overlooked by Observation Mountain to the

    north and the aptly named Rattlesnake Mountain to

    the east.

    Kootenai Indians made their home in the Grand Forks

    Valley and Christina Lake area long before the

    settlement of European fur traders in 1865, as

    evidenced by pictographs and artifacts discovered.

    The settlement was incorporated as the city of Grand

    Forks in 1897, during which era rapid growth was

    experienced when rich strikes of copper were

    discovered at Phoenix and Deadwood.

    The Granby Smelter, which opened in the year 1900, was

    the largest non-ferrous copper smelter in the

    British Empire.

    Grand Forks was born during an age of optimism, when

    all great things were considered possible!

    Grand Forks was an important railway centre with

    5 railways, including two continental lines.

    Discovery of gold and silver in the North Fork Valley

    contributed to the wealth of the area, and the Union

    Mine came into being.

    Mining prosperity reigned for twenty years, augmented

    by the developing agriculture and fruit-growing industry.

    However, the decline of the copper market in 1919

    forced the closure of the Phoenix Mines and the

    dismantling of the smelter, dealing a crippling below to

    the entire district.

    There was little growth in the area until new industries

    such as seed growing, logging and sawmill operations

    all combined to return prosperity to the community.

    Grand Forks is the home of descendants of many of

    British Columbia’s Doukhobors, a pacifist group of

    political refugee emigrants from Russia that emigrated

    to Canada in 1899 and settled in the Grand Forks

    Valley in 1909.

    The pride and rich culture of the Doukhobors is prevalent

    in the valley, and Russian is still taught in schools.

    Today, Grand Forks is one of the fastest growing towns

    in the Kootenays.

    Population: 4,159

    Location: Grand Forks is located on Highway 3 in

    south central BC, 32 miles (52 km) east of Greenwood

    and 12 miles (19 km) west of Christina Lake.

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