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. Observation Mountain overlooks the town to the north and the aptly named Rattlesnake Mountain to the east.
The beautiful tree-lined streets and abundance of well-maintained heritage homes are enchanting. Grand Forks has everything one could ask for in four-season recreation -fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, golfing, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, camping, and all types of water sports on the many lakes and rivers.
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 blow 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 immigrated 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.
Population: 4,159 (approximately)
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. For more information visit: