Armstrong (British Columbia)
Armstrong is a small town in the northern Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada. The city is located about 24 kilometers north of Vernon and 14 km south of Enderby and belongs to the Regional District of North Okanagan.
Originally the land was inhabited by the First Nation. In the area around present-day Armstrong lived and live both the Okanagan and the Secwepemc. Therefore, here and in the surrounding areas also historical evidence of this. However, the history of regionally-based band is not particularly well documented.
The settlement was named after William Charles Heaton- Armstrong, a banker who was very important due to the financing of the Shuswap and Okanagan Railway for regional development. It was he who initiated the relocation of the original settlement at its present location. The new location was chosen because this was a branch of the railway line and the previous settlement was off the track. Already on July 1, 1892 in Armstrong opened a post office.
After the Second World War took place again era, when many Dutch settled here. Is Dutch, in addition to German, still one of the most widely spoken foreign languages here. In addition, however, their language, the Dutch also brought the art of making cheese in the area. The local cheese is famous in Canada a certain notoriety.
The census in 2011 showed a population of 4,815 inhabitants for the city. The city's population has thereby increased from 2006 by 13.5 % compared to the census, which is significantly above the average for the entire province of British Columbia, where the population grew by 7.0 % at the same time. With an average age of 46.2 years, the population is older here than in the rest of the province, with 41.9 years.
Armstrong is one of School District # 83 - North Okanagan - Shuswap Salmon Arm. In the small town there are different schools; including two elementary school, a middle school and a secondary school.
The granting of local autonomy for the city took place on March 31, 1913 (incorporated as the City).
Mayor of the municipality is Chris Pieper. Together with six other citizens, it forms the Council of the Town ( council).
One of the most important industries in Armstrong is the agriculture and forestry.
The average income of employees of Armstrong in 2005 was at C $ 22,528, while at the same time the average for the entire province of British Columbia was only C $ 24 867. The difference in earnings between men ( 30,554 C $ ) and women ( 16.1680 C $) is in Armstrong relatively large, which, among other things also by the difference in pay in the main areas of employment ( men = in manufacturing is, and forestry; women = accommodation and food industry) explained.
In a north-south direction of the Highway 97A passes through the urban area of Armstrong. Also in north-south direction passes a railway line of the Canadian Pacific Railway the community.
The city has no airport to reach, but is just about the airports in the surrounding communities.