Agassiz, British Columbia

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A view of the mountains from Agassiz, BC.

Agassiz (/ˈæɡəsi/ AG-ə-see)[1] is a small community located in the Eastern Fraser Valley region of British Columbia, Canada, about 97 kilometres east of Vancouver and 24 kilometres north-east of the city of Chilliwack.[2] The only town within the jurisdiction of the District Municipality of Kent, it contains the majority of Kent's population.

Climate[edit]

Agassiz has an oceanic climate (Cfb) with warm summers with cool nights and cool, rainy winters. Mid-summer to early fall is generally the driest time of the year, with only 1 out of every 3 days on average having precipitation.

Climate data for Agassiz, British Columbia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 17.2
(63.0)
21.7
(71.1)
25.8
(78.4)
32.2
(90.0)
36.0
(96.8)
36.7
(98.1)
38.3
(100.9)
39.4
(102.9)
35.6
(96.1)
28.3
(82.9)
21.1
(70.0)
17.2
(63.0)
39.4
(102.9)
Average high °C (°F) 6.2
(43.2)
8.5
(47.3)
11.6
(52.9)
15.0
(59.0)
18.5
(65.3)
21.1
(70.0)
24.0
(75.2)
24.6
(76.3)
21.3
(70.3)
15.0
(59.0)
8.9
(48.0)
5.8
(42.4)
15.0
(59.0)
Daily mean °C (°F) 3.4
(38.1)
5.1
(41.2)
7.5
(45.5)
10.4
(50.7)
13.6
(56.5)
16.2
(61.2)
18.5
(65.3)
18.7
(65.7)
15.9
(60.6)
11.0
(51.8)
6.1
(43.0)
3.2
(37.8)
10.8
(51.4)
Average low °C (°F) 0.5
(32.9)
1.6
(34.9)
3.4
(38.1)
5.6
(42.1)
8.8
(47.8)
11.3
(52.3)
12.8
(55.0)
12.8
(55.0)
10.3
(50.5)
6.9
(44.4)
3.2
(37.8)
0.5
(32.9)
6.5
(43.7)
Record low °C (°F) −25.0
(−13.0)
−24.4
(−11.9)
−14.4
(6.1)
−3.9
(25.0)
−1.1
(30.0)
1.7
(35.1)
3.3
(37.9)
1.7
(35.1)
−1.1
(30.0)
−8.5
(16.7)
−19.0
(−2.2)
−21.1
(−6.0)
−25.0
(−13.0)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 240.8
(9.48)
142.1
(5.59)
154.7
(6.09)
125.9
(4.96)
103.0
(4.06)
92.2
(3.63)
66.6
(2.62)
58.2
(2.29)
87.6
(3.45)
191.7
(7.55)
285.0
(11.22)
206.1
(8.11)
1,754.1
(69.06)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 220.8
(8.69)
131.1
(5.16)
148.8
(5.86)
125.5
(4.94)
103.0
(4.06)
92.2
(3.63)
66.6
(2.62)
58.2
(2.29)
87.6
(3.45)
191.6
(7.54)
275.8
(10.86)
187.7
(7.39)
1,688.9
(66.49)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 20.3
(8.0)
12.5
(4.9)
5.8
(2.3)
0.4
(0.2)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.2
(0.1)
9.2
(3.6)
19.0
(7.5)
67.4
(26.6)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 19.2 17.3 19.9 17.8 17.1 15.0 10.4 10.1 11.7 17.1 21.3 20.0 196.9
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 16.8 15.8 19.6 17.8 17.1 15.0 10.4 10.1 11.7 17.1 20.7 18.1 190.1
Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 4.6 2.8 1.0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0.07 1.3 3.9 13.87
Mean monthly sunshine hours 57.8 85.7 127.7 163.9 194.2 195.6 255.8 242.2 196.8 122.2 60.2 53.6 1,755.6
Source: Environment Canada[3]

History[edit]

The land on the Fraser that is now called Agassiz was once the location of villages of the First Nation Steaten people that had been wiped out by the disease starting in 1782.[4] Later another village of former First Nation slaves settled there called Freedom Village (Halkomelem: Chi'ckim).[4]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) Kent Institution is in Agassiz.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Canadian Press (2017), The Canadian Press Stylebook (18th ed.), Toronto: The Canadian Press)
  2. ^ "Agassiz (Community)". BC Geographical Names.
  3. ^ "Canadian Climate Normals 1981-2010 at station AGASSIZ CDA". Environment Canada. 2013-07-01. Retrieved 2014-01-02.
  4. ^ a b Carlson 2010, p. 142.
  • Carlson, Keith Thor (2010). The Power of Place, the Problem of Time: Aboriginal Identity and Historical Consciousness in the Cauldron of Colonialism. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 9781442699960. - Total pages: 368

Coordinates: 49°14′00″N 121°46′00″W / 49.23333°N 121.76667°W / 49.23333; -121.76667