Come explore the rich forests and rolling hills of Grand Forks, BC. Nature lovers revel in the hiking trails and fishing lakes and rivers in the area, while historians appreciate the museums and heritage centres reflecting the city's interesting past.
Learn more about the Doukhobor tradition that shapes Grand Forks' past as you visit the many reminders of their legacy. Forced to leave Southern Russia on religious grounds in the early 1900s, this group of pacifists began setting up communal farms in the Grand Forks area where they milled their own flour, built their own bricks, and grew all of their own vegetables to trade with local residents in a non-monetary bartering system. Although the Doukhobors eventually met with economic collapse and were forced to assimilate with the non-Doukhobor population, the Doukhobor Museum and the Boundary Museum both display exhibits honouring their lifestyle, while the hearty Russian cuisine remains the town specialty. No trip to Grand Forks is complete without a bowl of borscht and a thick slice of homemade bread!
Grand Forks is located on Highway 3, 203 km (127 mi.) southeast of Kelowna, and 522 km (327 mi.) east of Vancouver. While local charters and scheduled flights from Vancouver arrive regularly into the Grand Forks municipal airport, the nearest national airline services Penticton, 186 km (117 mi.) northwest of town. Commercial bus access is also available. Population: 7,958 Elevation: 516 m (1,692 ft.) Average July High: 28ºC (82ºF) Average January Temperature: -2ºC (29ºF) Annual Rainfall: 49 cm (19 in.) Annual Snowfall: 78 cm (30.7 in.)