Grand Forks (British Columbia)

Grand Forks is a place at the confluence of the Granby River with the Kettle River in the Boundary Country of British Columbia in Canada. The municipality is situated on the border with the United States of America in the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.

In Grand Forks some Doukhobors, which relocated from about 1909 from Saskatchewan live here.


The first settlement of Euröpäern was founded around 1880. The settlers was driven mainly by farmers. Another trend was then around 1900, as here, a smelter was established which at times up to 400 people employed. However, the bloom was only a short, because after the First World War, copper prices fell and closed the smelter again.

The granting of local autonomy for the community already occurred at the April 14, 1897 (incorporated as the City).


The census in 2011 showed a population of 3,985 inhabitants of the small town. The city's population has thereby decreased compared to the census of 2006 at 1.3%, while the population grew in the entire Province of British Columbia at the same time by 7.0%.


In Grand Forks, there is beside the timber and agriculture, particularly fruit and vegetable cultivation. Furthermore, the paper processing industry is a major employer. The average income of employees was in 2006 at 19 881 C $, while it was in the province of British Columbia 24 867 C $.

Grand Forks is located in the vicinity of a copper mine, which was closed in 1935.


In the east-west direction of the Crowsnest Highway (Highway 3) runs through the city.

About 2 kilometers southeast of the town is the local airfield (IATA: FZS, ICAO: CZGF, Transport Canada Identifier: - ). The airport has only one paved runway, and runway of 1,314 meters in length.