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Fruitvale

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Located amid the stunning Selkirk Mountains in the West Kootenays, Fruitvale is known as the “Heart of the Beaver Valley”. This narrow valley encompasses the communities of Fruitvale, Montrose and Trail and is traversed by Beaver Creek, famous for its plentiful brook and rainbow trout. Farming, horses and babbling brooks characterise the Fruitvale area. Visitors to the Beaver Valley can enjoy an abundance of outdoor activities including fishing, golfing, hiking and wildlife viewing as well as stunning skiing opportunities at nearby Red Mountain Resort, cross-country skiing at Champion Lakes and snowmobiling. Championship disc golf is also popular and can be found close by.

 

Location

Fruitvale is 8 hours east of Vancouver in the Kootenay Rockies region and is close to the U.S. Border. From Nelson Fruitvale is 66 km (41 mi) via Hwys 6 and 3B. Castlegar is 45 km (28 mi) from Fruitvale via Hwys 3 and 3B and Cranbrook is 213 km (132 mi) via Hwys 3 and 95.

An undercover area at the Beaver Valley Family Campground in Fruitvale.

A Step Back in Time

The first white man to the Fruitvale area came here in 1812, following the Columbia River from the current US/Canadian boundary to the Arrow Lakes. Fur traders soon utilized the river in their long canoes, trading with the Indians who lived in the area.

It was another 50 years or so however, before a permanent settlement known as Fort Shepherd appeared. This was built by the Hudson’s Bay Company. The lure of gold brought miners and prospectors to the area and the community grew.

In 1893 a railway stop was built named Beaver Siding for the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway (later the Great Northern Railroad). The railway allowed travel in the winter and lumber camps proliferated at the turn of the 20th century. In 1906, Fruitvale Limited purchased a great deal of land on both sides of this stop and changed the name to Fruitvale. The company subdivided the land and put it up for sale, marketing the area as the best fruit growing area in the West Kootenays. In the summer of 1907 the first settlers arrived, many travelling from Ontario. By 1908, 2,000 acres of land had been sold to 200 different families of settlers. Land was cleared, homes built, fruit trees planted.

The village was incorporated in 1952 and today there is a population of some 2,000 people.

Fruitvale also has a history of producing world-class athletes who have played in the National Hockey League (NHL) and competed in world-cup skiing.

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Village of Fruitvale

Fruitvale & Nearby Accommodations

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Beaver Valley Family Park Campground

Beaver Valley Family Park Campground

Fruitvale

Overnight camping and day use area near to Champion Lakes Provincial Park. Hookups, hot showers, volleyball court, covered picnic shelter. ... Read more
City Of Trail RV Park

City Of Trail RV Park

Trail

The City of Trail operates an RV Park in the city for the convenience of travellers to the area. The park offers various sites to choose from, including grassed grounds, partially serviced and gravel sites. For your convenience and comfort, washroom facilities and flush toilets are available for use ... Read more
Castlegar Cabins, RV Park & Campground

Castlegar Cabins, RV Park & Campground

Castlegar

Situated halfway between Vancouver and Calgary, Castlegar Cabins, RV Park & Campground is an ideal destination for guests travelling on Hwy 3 or wanting a family vacation. Nestled on 23 acres of lush forest, our resort provides a peaceful mountain setting to unwind and relax. Our campground offers 4 ... Read more
Rossland Lions Campground

Rossland Lions Campground

Rossland

Rossland Lions Community Campground is Rossland's only campground. Located 3 mins. drive/15min. walk south west of downtown, just off Hwy 3B, situated alongside Centennial Ball Park and Rossland’s Advanced Mountain Bike Dirt Jump park. Easy access to bike trails – Drakes, Tamarack, Centennial Tr ... Read more
Rocking River Campground

Rocking River Campground

Salmo

Welcome to the PRIDE of the Kootenay area - "Rocking River" Campground, where you truly leave it all behind and have a chance to relax and re-connect to nature. 10 acres of total peace and quiet situated 8 kms. south of Salmo, BC and right on the Salmo River. Each campsite is spacious enough to put ... Read more
Cozy Pines Motel

Cozy Pines Motel

Castlegar

Located at the West Entrance to Castlegar, Cozy Pines Motel welcomes you to the largest motel in town that provides you with exceptional service. Our well-appointed rooms and suites include one queen bed, two queen beds, kitchenettes, or full kitchens. Each room features modern bathrooms, air condit ... Read more
Castlegar Golf Club & RV Park

Castlegar Golf Club & RV Park

Castlegar

Special Green Fee rates for RV Guests $57 plus tax not incl. power cart. New spotless washrooms, hot showers, 30 & 50 amp service, laundromat. Overflow sites available. Free WiFi. Golf and hiking. Communal firepit, free firewood. Pets welcome. ... Read more
Kootenay River RV Park

Kootenay River RV Park

Castlegar

A quiet adult only RV park, situated near the convergence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers. Kootenay River RV is nestled in the Columbia Valley and is only a 5 minute drive to the city of Castlegar. This area provides plenty of adventure and excitement for everyone. Some activities include: fishi ... Read more
Parklane Motel & RV Campground

Parklane Motel & RV Campground

Christina Lake

Enjoy a peaceful and fun camping experience at the Park Lane RV Park and Campground! Both RV and camping sites are spacious and they offer semi-shade with their own firepit and picnic table. For our campers’ convenience, all sites have access to dishwashing sinks, power and water. All guests are w ... Read more
Christina Pines Campground

Christina Pines Campground

Christina Lake

Located in the beautiful Kootenay Valley, Christina Pines Campground is a family oriented campground for the family to enjoy their holidays. Take a dive in the warmest lake during the summer in Christina Lake, only a 15 minute walk from the park. Our RV sites are spacious to back in or pull through ... Read more
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