Grand Forks, British Columbia

Grand Forks, British Columbia

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subdivision_name2 = Kootenays
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leader_name1 = Town Neil Krog
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Kettle River
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Grand Forks, population 4,036, is a town in the Boundary Country of the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. It is located at the confluence of the Granby River and Kettle River, a tributary of the Columbia. The city is just north of the US-Canada border, approximately 500 km from Vancouver and 200 km from Spokane and 23 km west of the resort area of Christina Lake by road.

History

Many residents are descendants of the Doukhobors, a group of pacifist Russian immigrants that settled in the area at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Government

The City of Grand Forks is represented by a 7 member council (mayor and 6 councilors). The current council was elected in 2005 and will serve until 2008.

Council

* Mayor Neil Krog
* Councillor Ann Gordon
* Councillor Tom Hinter
* Councillor Chris Moslin
* Councillor Patrick O'Doherty
* Councillor Gene Robert
* Councillor Tom Shkrabuik

chools

Schools in the region are operated by School District 51 Boundary which has its main office in Grand Forks but also serves Midway, Greenwood, Beaverdell, and Rock Creek.

There are two elementary (Dr. D. A. Perley Elementary School,John A. Hutton Elementary School) and one secondary school (Grand Forks Secondary School). The District also operates an alternate learning centre in Grand Forks; Phoenix Learning Centre.

Industry

Major industries in Grand Forks are logging and agriculture. The town is close to the site of the former Phoenix copper mine, which closed in 1935 and left several mining slag piles just outside of town.

Entertainment

Mountain Biking - many available trails in the hills and mountains above Grand Forks

Swimming - there are two pristine rivers in Grand Forks

References

External links

* [http://www.city.grandforks.bc.ca/ City of Grand Forks, British Columbia official website]
* [http://www.grandforksconnect.ca/ Grand Forks Community Website]
* [http://home.regent.edu/ruthven/granfork.html An informal illustrated history]


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