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Agassiz

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Agassiz, British Columbia is a year-round playground just 90 minutes east of Vancouver. The area’s many lakes and rivers provide swimming, fishing, boating, and sandy beaches, that attract locals and visitors alike. Golfing is a popular pastime in this area as is hiking, mountain biking and snow-skiing at nearby Hemlock Valley. For the adventurous, the area has two world-class hang gliding jump-off points.

This small community is located in the District of Kent in the Upper Fraser Valley of British Columbia’s southwest coastal region. Surrounded by mountains, lakes and the mighty Fraser River, it is known locally as a fertile farming country with an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables in season. The community has a proud history and heritage. Cultural events, historical sites and museums such as the Kilby Store at Harrison Mills or the Agassiz Museum offer glimpses of the past.

Weaver Creek Spawning Channel

Weaver Creek Spawning Channel, Photo Trish C

Location

The community of Agassiz, resides at the intersection of Hwy 9 and Hwy 7, approximately 120 km (75 mi) east of downtown Vancouver via the Trans Canada Hwy (Hwy 1) and Hwy 9. Alternatively, you can take Hwy 7 east. Travelling from the east, Agassiz is 33 km (20 mi) west of Hope on Hwy 7. From Sumas, Washington, USA, the community is 56 km (35 mi) north via Hwy 1.

Pioneer Park in Agassiz BC

A Step Back in Time

Europeans first came through the area on their way to the Fraser Canyon during the gold rush of 1858. One of the first families to settle in the region was the Agassiz family after which the town was named.

In 1889, what is now the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, was established as one of the first five experimental farms in Canada. The facility was created to assist newcomers in learning about farming in this fertile area which grew to become the area’s primary economic activity. Farming and other agricultural uses are the predominant make-up of the rich heritage, history and community spirit of this District.

During the early part of the 1900s road construction began providing an economic generator from 1901 to 1940. In 1926, the completion of the bridge over the Harrison River provided the first road connection to areas west of Kent and helped to establish Agassiz as a market-oriented agricultural town.

In 1948 a devastating flood on the Fraser River brought an end to hop production in the District. Corn then became the new major crop in the area and Agassiz soon became known as the “Corn Capital of British Columbia.”

A basket of sweet corn.

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Agassiz-Harrison Museum and Visitor Information Centre

Agassiz & Nearby Accommodations

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Camperland RV Resort at Rosedale

Camperland RV Resort at Rosedale

Rosedale

Nestled at the base of Mt. Cheam and situated off the Trans Canada Highway, Camperland RV Resort is the perfect base for travellers or families wanting to escape their busy lives for a relaxing and fun vacation. Adjacent to Bridal Veil Provincial Park and Bridal Falls Waterpark, the whole family wil ... Read more
Bridal Falls Motel

Bridal Falls Motel

Rosedale

A short walk to Bridal Veil Falls, water park, Golf Course and Driving Range. Walking distance to stores and restaurants. Monthly rates available in off season. ... Read more
Harrison Springs Camping & RV Park

Harrison Springs Camping & RV Park

Harrison Hot Springs

Beautiful, peaceful, gated campground. Just passed the welcome sign on left, 300 metres. Full serviced 30-50 amp. Cable TV, private treed sites accommodating any size unit. Some camp sites are in wilderness, light forest setting. Clean family oriented. Modern facilities with exceptionally clean wash ... Read more
Cottonwood Meadows RV Country Club

Cottonwood Meadows RV Country Club

Chilliwack

Situated at a great location, two minutes from downtown Chilliwack, surrounded by beautiful trees, birds and fish in a creek. Located next to Chilliwack Heritage Park and Cheam Golf Course. Open all year round. ... Read more
The Cabins At Cultus Lake Park

The Cabins At Cultus Lake Park

Cultus Lake

Nestled amongst the towering trees with incredible mountain views, The Cabins at Cultus Lake Park is a piece of paradise that awaits you. Surrounded by sandy beaches, waterslides, golf courses, mini-golf and more, we are the perfect destination for a fun family vacation. In the heart of the communit ... Read more
Sunnyside Campground

Sunnyside Campground

Cultus Lake

Lakefront family camping with full hookup, tenting, group, and seasonal sites. Facilities include washrooms with free hot showers, onsite store and laundry; sani-station; four playgrounds; onsite security; boat launch; buoy rental; sandy beaches; swimming; and fishing. Located near golf course, wate ... Read more
Holiday Motel & RV Resort

Holiday Motel & RV Resort

Hope

Nestled at the foot of Mount Hope with several Sasquatch caves to explore, Holiday Motel & RV Resort is a great place to bring the family for a fun filled vacation. Our friendly and helpful staff awaits to provide you exceptional service to create an unforgettable experience. We have different types ... Read more
Coquihalla Campground

Coquihalla Campground

Hope

The Coquihalla Campground has approximately 117 camping sites and is located along the Coquihalla River. Approximately 32 are full service hook-ups with cable. The park has access to a variety of fishing opportunities in the area from fly fishing to river boat fishing tours. In addition, it is in a ... Read more
Othello Tunnels Campground & RV Park

Othello Tunnels Campground & RV Park

Hope

The Best Camping in the bottom of the Coquihalla Canyon along the Trans Canada Trail in a very scenic mountainous area with wild flowers, beautiful trees, open spacious sites from full hookups to tents, electric sites with picnic tables, firepits in all sites. Nov-Mar 10% discount on daily rates. ... Read more
Sunshine Valley RV Resort & Cabins

Sunshine Valley RV Resort & Cabins

Hope

Located near Hope, BC, Sunshine Valley RV Resort & Cabins is a fantastic year-round vacation destination. Nearby Manning Provincial Park offers exceptional skiing and snowboarding in the winter and breathtaking hiking trails in the summer. ATV trails directly accessible from the resort turn into sno ... Read more
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