Posted by: cherylyoung | August 2, 2012

Greenwood the smallest city in Canada, I wonder what it costs to buy a home there?


The Smallest City in Canada, Greenwood is located in the southern interior of British Columbia, west of 

Grand Forks and to the east of the Okanagan Valley.


Rich in historic charm, the story of Greenwood dates

 back to the discovery of rich lodes of copper-gold ore by

prospectors in 1891.


The dreams of Robert Wood came true, when in 1895

he purchased the land that is now the site of the city,

 built a General Store, and named the settlement



With the discovery of rich copper ore came an influx of

people from far and wide, and within two years the

former rugged wilderness region had been transformed

into a booming frontier city, one of the busiest and

richest mining regions in Canada.


Greenwood had become the social and economic hub

of the entire Boundary region


The City of Greenwood was incorporated in 1897, and

by 1899, the population had reached 2,000, with the city

boasting many fine hotels, an opera house, a newspaper,

 and countless other stores, services and businesses

that served the other mining camps in the region, such

as Eholt, Boundary Falls, Phoenix, and Deadwood.


Greenwood‘s new smelter plant was commissioned in

1901, processing copper- gold ore from the nearby

 Motherlode Mine, and mines in Nelson and Rossland.

The smelter’s 121 foot brick smoke stack that looms over

the city is one of the few surviving in the province,

surrounded by mounds of black slag that once glowed

red hot, an ever-present reminder of the early golden

days of mining.


By 1910 the mining boom had peaked, with both

Greenwood and nearby Phoenix enjoying steady



However, copper prices soon plummeted, the market

died, and by 1918, Greenwood was virtually deserted.


This changed with the onset of the Second World War,

 when a thousand displaced Japanese Canadians

arrived by train to be interned in the vacant houses in

the town during 1942.


 They were part of the 22,000 people of Japanese

descent who were forced to leave their coastal homes

during the first nine months of 1942, representing the

largest mass movement of people in the history

of Canada.

Thus Greenwood was saved from the ghost town status

 that befell virtually every other mining community in

 the region.


The new residents of Greenwood transformed the town

into a bustling community, once again, and when the war

 ended in 1945 and many city councils endorsed the

deportation of Japanese Canadians, Greenwood stood

fast in supporting its much appreciated community



Today, Greenwood has evolved into an historic tourism

destination, and remains deeply committed to mining and

forestry, and is expanding its role as a regional continuing

education centre.



Winters in Greenwood are fairly mild, with average

snowfalls and warm, dry summers.
Population: 656
Location: Greenwood is located on Crowsnest Highway

 3 in south central BC, just north of the Canada/United

States border, 50 miles (80 km) east of Osoyoos and

24 miles (36 km) west of Grand Forks.







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