Fauquier, British Columbia

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Fauquier
Community
Etymology: Named for F.G. Fauquier
Fauquier is located in British Columbia
Fauquier
Fauquier
Location in British Columbia
Coordinates: 49°52′15″N 118°04′15″W / 49.87083°N 118.07083°W / 49.87083; -118.07083Coordinates: 49°52′15″N 118°04′15″W / 49.87083°N 118.07083°W / 49.87083; -118.07083[1]
CountryCanada
ProvinceBritish Columbia
Regional DistrictCentral Kootenay
Elevation480 m (1,570 ft)
Population
 (2016)
 • Total118
 • Density24.3/km2 (63/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific Time Zone)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (Pacific Time Zone)
Area code(s)250, 778, 236, & 672

Fauquier (/fˈkɪər/)[3] is an unincorporated place on the east shore of Lower Arrow Lake in the West Kootenay region of southeastern British Columbia.[1] The eastern terminal for the Needles Ferry, the landing on Highway 6 is 57 kilometres (35 mi) south of Nakusp.[4]

Name origin[edit]

The community that arose in the 1910s was named for Frederick George Fauquier, who had served at times as a mining recorder, police officer, notary public, justice of the peace, government agent, stipendiary magistrate, and gold commissioner in the Kootenay region. Sentenced to two years for misappropriating public funds, he had settled at his ranch by 1905, which became known as Fauquier's Landing, or Fauquier.[5]

Former settlement[edit]

Fauquier developed one of the largest orchards on the lake, which led to the establishment of other orchards in the neighbourhood.[5] The Canadian Pacific Railway steamers on the ArrowheadRobson route served the landing.[6] In the early 1930s, the post office and school served the 100 residents.[7]

New settlement[edit]

The original Fauquier townsite was submerged when the reservoir for the Keenleyside Dam flooded the area in 1968. The ferry terminals on both sides of the lake were rebuilt at the time. Relocated to higher ground, the settlement was initially called New Fauquier, but the New was soon dropped.[5] The Tukaluk Campground accommodates visitors. The general store/gas bar/liquor outlet, and 9-hole Fauquier & District Golf Course, serve both visitors and residents.[4]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Fauquier, British Columbia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13.0
(55.4)
15.0
(59.0)
20.0
(68.0)
31.1
(88.0)
36.1
(97.0)
35.5
(95.9)
38.9
(102.0)
38.3
(100.9)
35.0
(95.0)
25.0
(77.0)
19.4
(66.9)
12.2
(54.0)
38.9
(102.0)
Average high °C (°F) −0.5
(31.1)
2.3
(36.1)
7.5
(45.5)
13.7
(56.7)
18.7
(65.7)
22.3
(72.1)
25.7
(78.3)
25.2
(77.4)
19.1
(66.4)
11.3
(52.3)
4.5
(40.1)
0.3
(32.5)
12.5
(54.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) −2.9
(26.8)
−0.8
(30.6)
2.9
(37.2)
7.6
(45.7)
12.1
(53.8)
15.7
(60.3)
18.4
(65.1)
18.0
(64.4)
13.0
(55.4)
7.0
(44.6)
1.8
(35.2)
−2.0
(28.4)
7.6
(45.7)
Average low °C (°F) −5.4
(22.3)
−4.0
(24.8)
−1.6
(29.1)
1.4
(34.5)
5.5
(41.9)
9.0
(48.2)
10.9
(51.6)
10.7
(51.3)
6.8
(44.2)
2.7
(36.9)
−0.8
(30.6)
−4.2
(24.4)
2.6
(36.7)
Record low °C (°F) −31.7
(−25.1)
−27.8
(−18.0)
−21.1
(−6.0)
−11.1
(12.0)
−4.4
(24.1)
−1.1
(30.0)
1.7
(35.1)
0.6
(33.1)
−6.7
(19.9)
−12.5
(9.5)
−20.0
(−4.0)
−29.4
(−20.9)
−31.7
(−25.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 70.4
(2.77)
47.2
(1.86)
50.9
(2.00)
55.8
(2.20)
65.8
(2.59)
74.5
(2.93)
63.7
(2.51)
53.7
(2.11)
51.3
(2.02)
56.0
(2.20)
74.3
(2.93)
77.7
(3.06)
741.3
(29.19)
Source: 1971-2000 Environment Canada[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Fauquier (community)". BC Geographical Names.
  2. ^ "Google Earth". Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  3. ^ The Canadian Press (2017), The Canadian Press Stylebook, Toronto (18th ed.), The Canadian Press
  4. ^ a b "Fauquier". www.ourbc.com.
  5. ^ a b c "Nelson Star, 20 Apr 2014". www.nelsonstar.com.
  6. ^ "1918 BC Directory". www.bccd.vpl.ca.
  7. ^ "The lake route of British Columbia for tourists: featuring the Arrow Lakes District". www.open.library.ubc.ca. Arrow Lakes District Board of Trade. 1931. p. 27.
  8. ^ "Canadian Climate Normals 1971-2000". Environment Canada. Retrieved November 11, 2012.