Fruitvale, British Columbia

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Fruitvale
The Corporation of the Village of Fruitvale[1]
Main Street, Fruitvale
Main Street, Fruitvale
Motto: 
The Heart of the Beaver Valley
Location of Fruitvale in British Columbia
Location of Fruitvale in British Columbia
Coordinates: 49°06′56″N 117°32′43″W / 49.11556°N 117.54528°W / 49.11556; -117.54528
CountryCanada
ProvinceBritish Columbia
RegionKootenays
Regional districtKootenay Boundary
Founded1907
Incorporated1952
Government
 • Governing bodyFruitvale Village Council
 • MayorSteve Morissette
Area
 • Village6.01 km2 (2.32[2] sq mi)
 • Urban
2.70 km2 (1.04[4] sq mi)
Elevation681 m (2,234 ft)
Population
 (2016)
 • Village3,491[2]
 • Urban
1,920[4]
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
Highways Hwy 3B
WaterwaysBeaver Creek
WebsiteVillage of Fruitvale
Fruitvale's welcome sign

Fruitvale is a village in the West Kootenay region of southeastern British Columbia. It is 16 km (9.9 mi) east of the city of Trail along Highway 3B.

Early community[edit]

One of eight original stations on the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway opened in 1893, the location was named Beaver Siding. The name Fruitvale appeared in 1907, promoting a new subdivision. Despite the climate being unsuitable for fruit growing, the settlement prospered and was incorporated as a village in 1952.[6]

Geography[edit]

The village of Fruitvale lies in the Beaver Valley, which is made up of Fruitvale, Beaver Falls, and Montrose.

Demographics[edit]

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Fruitvale had a population of 1,958 living in 858 of its 881 total private dwellings, a change of 2% from its 2016 population of 1,920. With a land area of 2.7 km2 (1.0 sq mi), it had a population density of 725.2/km2 (1,878.2/sq mi) in 2021.[7]

Schools[edit]

Fruitvale Elementary School serves students from kindergarten to grade 7. High school students are bussed to J. Lloyd Crowe Secondary School in nearby Trail. Beaver Valley Middle School (formerly Beaver Valley Junior Secondary ) closed in 2002.

Sports[edit]

The KIJHL's Beaver Valley Nitehawks hockey team play in Fruitvale. The village also has facilities for curling, bowling, soccer, golf, and baseball.

Club League Sport Venue Established Championships
Beaver Valley Nitehawks KIJHL Ice Hockey Beaver Valley Arena 1981 7

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "British Columbia Regional Districts, Municipalities, Corporate Name, Date of Incorporation and Postal Address" (XLS). British Columbia Ministry of Communities, Sport and Cultural Development. Archived from the original on July 13, 2014. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Census Profile, 2016 Census: Fruitvale, Retired population centre [Designated place]". Statistics Canada. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  3. ^ Mayor’s Welcome | Village of Fruitvale
  4. ^ a b "Census Profile, 2016 Census: Fruitvale, Village [Census subdivision]". Statistics Canada. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Fruitvale British Columbia - Wolfram|Alpha".
  6. ^ "Nelson Star, 3 Aug 2014". www.nelsonstar.com. 3 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), British Columbia". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 20, 2022.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 49°6′58″N 117°32′29″W / 49.11611°N 117.54139°W / 49.11611; -117.54139