Jaffray, British Columbia

Jaffray, British Columbia

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subdivision_name2 = East Kootenay
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leader_title2 = MP
leader_name2 = Jim Abbott
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leader_name3 = Bill Bennett
established_title = Settled
established_date = 1900
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population_total = 852
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postal_code = V0B 1T0
area_code = 250
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Jaffray, British Columbia (coord|49|22|15.95|N|115|18|2.19|W) is a village in southeast British Columbia. As of the 2006 the population is 852 (needs citation), spread over an rural area of roughly 44 square kilometres.

Jaffray is home to the Jaffray Rebels, a junior basketball team which has taken the provincial championship a number of times.


Jaffray was formerly a siding, depot and steam train water stop. In the early 1900's Robert Jaffray and several of his brothers worked at the local sawmills, eventually leaving and homesteading in Lacombe, Alberta, and even though some local people believed that Jaffray may have been named after the brothers, according to folklore, Jaffray had already been named by the time they came to the area. [Citation |last=Sand Creek Historical Book Committee |page=10-11 |year=1995 |title=Forests, Farms and Families |publisher=Friesens |isbn=1-55056-338-6] Frank Desrosier may have been the first resident to purchase land in the Jaffray town-site, purchasing District Lot 3055. In September 1900, Robert Elmsby received a crown grant on D.L. 3543, obtaining two hundred acres for two hundred dollars, which consists of what is now most of Jaffray proper.

Since the first residents settled in, Jaffray has had four hotels, including the Jaffray Hotel, the Henderson's Hotel, Desrosier's Hotel and the Pearson Hotel. Historical general stores included Anthony Modigh's General Store, Economy Corner Store, and the present Jaffray General Store. [Citation |last=Sand Creek Historical Book Committee |page=11 |year=1995 |title=Forests, Farms and Families |publisher=Friesens |isbn=1-55056-338-6]

Fire Protection

In September 1995, the Regional District of East Kootenay, with the direction of former Fire Chief John Betenia and community approval of RDEK bylaw opened the Jaffray Volunteer Fire Department with 31 volunteer firefighter trainees. The department has expanded considerably since inception and now includes a rescue team with First Responder Level III status. [http://jaffray.bc.ca]


Jaffray is located near the beautiful Steeples and Lizard Mountains, not far from Lake Koocanusa, found on Highway 3 and 93, northwest of the Elko's Highway 93 junction, just north of the Canadian/United States border at Rooseville, BC. This portion of the Rocky Mountain Trench is relatively flat, with open woodland and grasslands. The area is very popular for its great recreational opportunities.



This East Kootenay village is home to the Jaffray Elementary Junior Secondary School, which has over 200 students from Jaffray and surrounding communities [http://jess.sd5.bc.ca] . This public school is run by School District 5 Southeast Kootenay.

Radio Stations

* 101.3 FM - CBC Radio One, with a repeater located on Betenia Road.

External links

* [http://jaffray.bc.ca Official Jaffray Volunteer Fire Department Website]
* [http://ekjobs.ca Job Board Resource for Jaffray Area]


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