Rossland, British Columbia

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City of Rossland
City
Rossland's main street
Rossland's main street
Nickname(s): The Golden City[1]
City of Rossland is located in British Columbia
City of Rossland
City of Rossland
Location of Rossland in British Columbia
Coordinates: 49°04′43″N 117°47′57″W / 49.07861°N 117.79917°W / 49.07861; -117.79917Coordinates: 49°04′43″N 117°47′57″W / 49.07861°N 117.79917°W / 49.07861; -117.79917
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Region West Kootenay
Regional district Kootenay Boundary
Incorporated 1897
Government
 • Governing body Rossland City Council
 • Mayor Greg Granstrom
Area
 • City 59.79 km2 (23.09 sq mi)
Elevation 1,023 m (3,356 ft)
Population (2011)
 • City 3,556
 • Density 59.5/km2 (154/sq mi)
 • Urban 3,491[2]
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
Postal code V0G 1Y0
Area code(s) 250
Highways 3B
22
Waterways Columbia River nearby
Website City of Rossland

Rossland is a city in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. Tucked high in the Monashee Mountains, Rossland is at an elevation of 1023 metres (3410 feet). Its population is 3556, though it fluctuates from season to season. The population is at its peak during the winter. Rossland has been known as the 'Mountain Bike Capital of Canada' since 1993 when it was awarded this title, with an extensive trail system radiates from the outskirts of the town. Also nearby is the multi-peak ski hill, Red Mountain Resort.[3]

Toponym[edit]

Welcome for Rossland, British Columbia

The origin of the toponym "Rossland" comes from the name of a miner, "Ross Thompson", who staked a claim in 1890.[4] He originally tried to call the city Thompson, but he was advised that there was already a town with that name.

History[edit]

In 1897, as a result of a gold rush, Rossland for a time was one of Western Canada's largest cities.[1] A number of historic buildings survive from this time.

In 1929 Doukhobor firefighters were sent from Rossland to Gold Creek Basin in Washington State to fight a forest fire. Two of the men discovered a Lost Mine called the Lost Doukhobor Ledge.[5]

The Rossland Court House was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1980.[6]

Notable people[edit]

  • Dallas Drake, retired NHL Hockey player (Detroit Red wings).
  • Kerrin Lee-Gartner, downhill skier, Olympic Gold Medalist.
  • Nancy Greene, downhill skier, Olympic Gold medalist.
  • George Grey, Cross country skier, Olympian.
  • John Turner, 17th Canadian Prime Minister, grew up in Rossland after moving to Canada from England as an infant with his family.
  • Dane Tudor, Professional Freeskier sponsored by Red Mountain, spent time growing up up between Rossland and Palmer, Alaska.

Media[edit]

Rossland is home to CHLI-FM, Rossland Radio Co-op, an internet-based community radio station which has currently applied for, and was granted, a low-power FM license with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) at 101.1 FM.

Rossland is served by two newspapers. One is The Rossland Telegraph, an online only full-service paper, founded in August 2008. In July 2010 the "Rossland News" was opened and is both online and currently distributes 1,200 papers throughout the town.

Television[edit]

Rossland was featured on the historical television series Gold Trails and Ghost Towns, season 1, episode 4.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Rossland
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 7.5
(45.5)
13.3
(55.9)
16
(61)
27.2
(81)
30.5
(86.9)
31
(88)
35
(95)
35
(95)
32.8
(91)
25
(77)
15
(59)
9
(48)
35
(95)
Average high °C (°F) −3
(27)
0
(32)
4.9
(40.8)
10.3
(50.5)
15.4
(59.7)
19.6
(67.3)
23.4
(74.1)
23.4
(74.1)
17.3
(63.1)
10.6
(51.1)
1
(34)
−2.8
(27)
10
(50)
Average low °C (°F) −8.6
(16.5)
−6.7
(19.9)
−3.5
(25.7)
0
(32)
4.1
(39.4)
8
(46)
10.5
(50.9)
10.6
(51.1)
5.6
(42.1)
0.9
(33.6)
−4.2
(24.4)
−7.7
(18.1)
0.8
(33.4)
Record low °C (°F) −25.5
(−13.9)
−25
(−13)
−17.8
(0)
−9.4
(15.1)
−4.5
(23.9)
0
(32)
2
(36)
2.2
(36)
−3.9
(25)
−18
(0)
−25
(−13)
−33.3
(−27.9)
−33.3
(−27.9)
Precipitation mm (inches) 98.5
(3.878)
95
(3.74)
77
(3.03)
60.2
(2.37)
74.9
(2.949)
68
(2.68)
46.6
(1.835)
48.7
(1.917)
50.7
(1.996)
55
(2.17)
119.7
(4.713)
122.9
(4.839)
917.2
(36.11)
Source: Environment Canada[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b History of Rossland on the official website of Rossland
  2. ^ Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and population centres, 2011 and 2006 censuses: British Columbia. Statistics Canada. 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  3. ^ Scott, Gord (16 February 2011). "Pioneering spirit lives at Red Mountain". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Reference on toponym "Rossland" in the official database of the Integrated Land Management Bureau in British Columbia
  5. ^ N.L. Barlee, Gold Creeks and Ghost Towns of Northeastern Washington., Hancock House Publishers., 2004
  6. ^ Rossland Court House. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  7. ^ Environment CanadaCanadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 11 July 2009

External links[edit]

Media related to Rossland, British Columbia at Wikimedia Commons