List of villages in British Columbia

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A village is a classification of municipalities used in the Canadian Province of British Columbia. British Columbia's Lieutenant Governor in Council may incorporate a community as a village by letters patent, under the recommendation of the Minister of Communities, Sport and Cultural Development, if its population is not greater than 2,500 and the outcome of a vote involving affected residents was that greater than 50% voted in favour of the proposed incorporation.[1]

British Columbia has 42 villages[2] that had a cumulative population of 44,962 and an average population of 1,070 in the 2011 Census.[3] British Columbia's largest and smallest villages are Cumberland and Zeballos with populations of 3,398 and 125 respectively.[3]

Of British Columbia's current 42 villages, the first to incorporate as a village was Kaslo on August 14, 1893, while the most recent community to incorporate as a village was Queen Charlotte on December 5, 2005.[2]

List[edit]

Village Corporate
name[2]
Incorporation
date[2]
Population
(2011)[3]
Population
(2006)[3]
Change
(%)[3]
Area
(km²)[3]
Population
density[3]
Regional
district
[2]
Alert Bay Alert Bay, The Corporation of the Village of January 14, 1946 445 456 −2.4 1.73 257.3 Regional District of Mount Waddington
Anmore Anmore, Village of December 7, 1987 2,092 1,785 17.2 28.24 74.1 Greater Vancouver Regional District
Ashcroft Ashcroft, The Corporation of the Village of June 27, 1952 1,628 1,664 −2.2 50.9 32 Thompson-Nicola Regional District
Belcarra Belcarra, Village of August 22, 1979 644 676 −4.7 5.5 117.1 Greater Vancouver Regional District
Burns Lake Burns Lake, The Corporation of the Village of December 6, 1923 2,029 2,107 −3.7 6.59 307.7 Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako
Cache Creek Cache Creek, Village of November 28, 1967 1,040 1,037 0.3 10.25 101.5 Thompson-Nicola Regional District
Canal Flats Canal Flats, Village of June 29, 2004 715 700 2.1 10.86 65.8 Regional District of East Kootenay
Chase Chase, Village of April 22, 1969 2,495 2,409 3.6 3.77 662.5 Thompson-Nicola Regional District
Clinton Clinton, Village of July 16, 1963 636 598 6.4 7.89 80.6 Thompson-Nicola Regional District
Cumberland Cumberland, The Corporation of the Village of January 1, 1898 3,398 2,762 23 29 117.2 Comox Valley Regional District
Fraser Lake Fraser Lake, Village of September 27, 1966 1,167 1,113 4.9 4.07 286.9 Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako
Fruitvale Fruitvale, The Corporation of the Village of November 4, 1952 2,016 1,952 3.3 2.71 745.3 Regional District of Kootenay Boundary
Gold River Gold River, Village of August 26, 1965 1,267 1,362 −7 10.78 117.5 Strathcona Regional District
Granisle[a] Granisle, Village of June 29, 1971 303 364 −16.8 41.86 7.2 Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako
Harrison Hot Springs Harrison Hot Springs, Village of May 27, 1949 1,468 1,573 −6.7 5.57 263.5 Fraser Valley Regional District
Hazelton Hazelton, The Corporation of the Village of February 15, 1956 270 293 −7.8 2.8 96.5 Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine
Kaslo Kaslo, Village of August 14, 1893 1,026 1,072 −4.3 2.48 413.6 Regional District of Central Kootenay
Keremeos Keremeos, The Corporation of the Village of October 30, 1956 1,330 1,289 3.2 2.09 635.4 Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
Lions Bay Lions Bay, Village of December 17, 1970 1,318 1,328 −0.8 2.53 520.2 Greater Vancouver Regional District
Lumby Lumby, The Corporation of the Village of December 20, 1955 1,731 1,634 5.9 5.74 301.6 Regional District of North Okanagan
Lytton Lytton, The Corporation of the Village of May 3, 1945 228 235 −3 6.54 34.8 Thompson-Nicola Regional District
Masset Masset, Village of May 11, 1961 884 940 −6 20.61 42.9 Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District
McBride McBride, The Corporation of the Village of April 7, 1932 586 660 −11.2 4.64 126.4 Regional District of Fraser-Fort George
Midway Midway, Village of May 25, 1967 674 621 8.5 12.24 55 Regional District of Kootenay Boundary
Montrose Montrose, The Corporation of the Village of June 22, 1956 1,030 1,012 1.8 1.46 704.6 Regional District of Kootenay Boundary
Nakusp Nakusp, Village of November 24, 1964 1,569 1,524 3 8.05 194.8 Regional District of Central Kootenay
New Denver New Denver, The Corporation of the Village of January 12, 1929 504 512 −1.6 0.87 579.6 Regional District of Central Kootenay
Pemberton Pemberton, Village of July 20, 1956 2,369 2,192 8.1 10.89 217.5 Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
Port Alice Port Alice, Village of June 16, 1965 805 821 −1.9 7.04 114.4 Regional District of Mount Waddington
Port Clements Port Clements, Village of December 31, 1975 378 440 −14.1 13.04 29 Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District
Pouce Coupe Pouce Coupe, The Corporation of the Village of January 6, 1932 738 739 −0.1 2.06 358.5 Peace River Regional District
Queen Charlotte Queen Charlotte, Village of December 5, 2005 944 948 −0.4 35.62 26.5 Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District
Radium Hot Springs Radium Hot Springs, Village of December 10, 1990 777 735 5.7 6.34 122.5 Regional District of East Kootenay
Salmo Salmo, The Corporation of the Village of October 30, 1946 1,139 1,007 13.1 2.44 466.2 Regional District of Central Kootenay
Sayward Sayward, Village of June 27, 1968 317 341 −7 4.51 70.3 Strathcona Regional District
Silverton Silverton, The Corporation of the Village of May 6, 1930 195 185 5.4 0.35 550.5 Regional District of Central Kootenay
Slocan Slocan, Village of June 1, 1901 296 314 −5.7 0.78 381.7 Regional District of Central Kootenay
Tahsis Tahsis, Village of June 17, 1970 316 366 −13.7 5.26 60 Strathcona Regional District
Telkwa Telkwa, The Corporation of the Village of July 18, 1952 1,350 1,295 4.2 7.04 191.9 Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako
Valemount Valemount, Village of December 13, 1962 1,020 1,018 0.2 5.17 197.4 Regional District of Fraser-Fort George
Warfield Warfield, The Corporation of the Village of December 8, 1952 1,700 1,729 −1.7 1.89 900.7 Regional District of Kootenay Boundary
Zeballos Zeballos, The Corporation of the Village of June 27, 1952 125 189 −33.9 1.56 80.3 Strathcona Regional District
Total villages 44,962 43,997 2.2 393.76 114.2  

Notes:

  1. ^ Granisle was originally founded as a company town by Granisle Copper Ltd. prior to its incorporation in 1971.[4]

Former villages[edit]

Fort Nelson held village status between April 8, 1971 and October 31, 1987, after which it was classified as a town[5] before ultimately amalgamating with the Northern Rockies Regional District on February 6, 2009 to form the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality.[6][7]

Kinnaird held village status between December 6, 1951 and August 5, 1967, after which it was classified as a town before ultimately amalgamating with the Town of Castlegar on January 1, 1974 to form the City of Castlegar.[8]

Mission City held village status between December 12, 1939 and January 1, 1958, after which it was classified as a town before ultimately amalgamating with the District of Mission on November 1, 1969.[9]

Town status eligibility[edit]

As of the 2011 Census, one of the above villages – Cumberland – meets the requirement of having a population greater than 2,500 to incorporate as a town.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Local Government Act: Part 2 — Incorporation of Municipalities". Government of British Columbia Queen's Printer. November 12, 2012. Retrieved December 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "British Columbia Regional Districts, Municipalities, Corporate Name, Date of Incorporation and Postal Address" (XLS). British Columbia Ministry of Communities, Sport and Cultural Development. Retrieved December 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (British Columbia)". Statistics Canada. May 28, 2012. Retrieved December 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Name Details: Granisle". GeoBC. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Name Details: Fort Nelson". GeoBC. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Fort Nelson". Northern Rockies Regional Municipality. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Statistics Relating to Regional and Municipal Governments in BC 2011". Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. p. 21 of 30. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Name Details: Kinnaird". GeoBC. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Name Details: Mission City". GeoBC. Retrieved December 9, 2012.