Granisle, British Columbia
|Village of Granisle|
|Regional district||Regional District of Buckley-Nechako|
|• Governing body||Granisle Village Council|
|• Total||41.86 km2 (16.16 sq mi)|
|Elevation||740 m (2,430 ft)|
|• Density||7.2/km2 (19/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|Website||Village of Granisle|
The village of Granisle was founded in the late 1960s and early 1970s on the shores of Babine Lake as a home for the families of the miners working in the nearby copper mines. Granisle was incorporated as a village in 1971. At the height of its population, Granisle boasted approximately 3,000 people.
After the last mine shut down in 1992, the community transformed into a retirement destination. Tourism in the area also began to grow and is now the area's main industry.
In 1971 workmen excavating in an open-pit copper mine at Babine Lake discovered the partly articulated skeleton of a Columbian Mammoth. The bones were taken from silty pond deposits overlain by very thick boulder-clay deposited by the last glacier that covered the area. Radiocarbon dates indicate that the animal sank in sticky pond deposits about 34,000 years ago. A replica of some of the Mammoth's Bones can be seen at the Granisle Museum.
- Official website of the village of Granisle
- Touristic website of Granisle
- Article about Granisle in the Canadian encyclopedia
- Article about mining in Granisle
- Granisle on BritishColumbia.com