Jaffray, British Columbia

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Jaffray, British Columbia
Village
JaffrayAugust2008.jpg
Coordinates: 49°22′15.95″N 115°18′02.19″W / 49.3710972°N 115.3006083°W / 49.3710972; -115.3006083Coordinates: 49°22′15.95″N 115°18′02.19″W / 49.3710972°N 115.3006083°W / 49.3710972; -115.3006083
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Regional District East Kootenay
Settled 1900
Government
 • MP David Wilks
 • MLA Bill Bennett
Area
 • Total 44 km2 (17 sq mi)
Elevation 823 m (2,700 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Total 810
 • Density 18.41/km2 (47.7/sq mi)
  (estimation)
Time zone Mountain Standard (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) Mountain Daylight (MDT) (UTC-6)
Postal Code V0B 1T0
Area code(s) 250
Telephone Exchange 250-429
NTS Map 082G06

Jaffray, British Columbia (49°22′15.95″N 115°18′2.19″W / 49.3710972°N 115.3006083°W / 49.3710972; -115.3006083) is an unincorporated village in southeast British Columbia. As of the RDEK 2010 census, the population was 810 [1], spread over a rural area of roughly 44 square kilometres.

History[edit]

Jaffray was formerly a siding, depot and steam train water stop. In the early 1900s Robert Jaffray and several of his brothers worked at the local sawmills, eventually leaving and homesteading in Lacombe, Alberta, and even though some local people believed that Jaffray may have been named after the brothers, according to folklore, Jaffray had already been named by the time they came to the area.[1] Frank Desrosier may have been the first resident to purchase land in the Jaffray town-site, purchasing District Lot 3055. In September 1900, Robert Elmsby received a crown grant on D.L. 3543, obtaining 200 acres (0.81 km2) for two hundred dollars, which consists of what is now most of Jaffray proper.

Since the first residents settled in, Jaffray has had four hotels, including the Jaffray Hotel, the Henderson's Hotel, Desrosier's Hotel and the Pearson Hotel. Historical general stores included Anthony Modigh's General Store, Economy Corner Store, and the present Jaffray General Store.[2]

Fire Protection[edit]

In September 1995, the Regional District of East Kootenay, with the direction of founding Fire Chief John Betenia and community approval of RDEK bylaw opened the Jaffray Volunteer Fire Department with 31 volunteer firefighter trainees. The department has expanded considerably since inception and now includes a rescue team with First Responder Level III status. [2]

Notable residents[edit]

The following notable people come from or were born near Jaffray:

Geography[edit]

Jaffray is located near the beautiful Steeples and Lizard Mountains, not far from Lake Koocanusa, found on Highway 3 and 93, northwest of the Elko's Highway 93 junction, just north of the Canadian/United States border at Rooseville, BC. This portion of the Rocky Mountain Trench is relatively flat, with open woodland and grasslands. The area is very popular for its great recreational opportunities.

Climate[edit]


Cranbrook Climatological Data
Temperature
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
Record high °C (°F) 10 14 19 28 33 35 36 36 34 29 18 12
Average high °C (°F) -2 -2 8 14 18 22 26 26 20 12 2 -3 2.5
Mean °C (°F) -6 -3 2 7 12 15 18 18 13 6 -1 -7 8.5
Average low °C (°F) -10 -8 -3 1 5 8 10 10 5 0 -5 -10 -0.2
Record low °C (°F) -33 -32 -24 -10 -4 -1 3 -1 -6 -15 -30 -35
Precipitation and Sunshine Hours
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
Total mm (in) 33 24 20 27 44 53 36 29 29 22 40 46 403
Rainfall mm (in) 4 5 12 23 43 53 36 29 29 20 15 6 275
Snowfall cm (in) 30 19 8 4 1 0 0 0 0 2 24 40 128
Data recorded at Canadian Rockies International Airport by Environment Canada. Data spans 1971 to 2000.

Education[edit]

This East Kootenay village is home to the Jaffray Elementary Junior Secondary School, which has over 200 students from Jaffray and surrounding communities [3]. This public school is run by School District 5 Southeast Kootenay.

Radio stations[edit]

(broadcast from Jaffray)

(available in Jaffray (broadcast from Cranbrook))

  • 104.7 FM - CHBZ-FM, B104 Country radio
  • 102.9 FM - CHDR-FM, the Drive FM, "the Kootenay's Best Rock" [4]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sand Creek Historical Book Committee (1995), Forests, Farms and Families, Friesens, pp. 10–11, ISBN 1-55056-338-6 
  2. ^ Sand Creek Historical Book Committee (1995), Forests, Farms and Families, Friesens, p. 11, ISBN 1-55056-338-6