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Village of Granisle[1]
Granisle is located in British Columbia
Location of Granisle in British Columbia
Coordinates: 54°53′13″N 126°12′25″W / 54.88694°N 126.20694°W / 54.88694; -126.20694Coordinates: 54°53′13″N 126°12′25″W / 54.88694°N 126.20694°W / 54.88694; -126.20694
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Region BC Interior
Regional district Regional District of Buckley-Nechako
Incorporated 1971
 • Governing body Granisle Village Council
 • Total 41.86 km2 (16.16 sq mi)
Elevation 740 m (2,430 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 303
 • Density 7.2/km2 (19/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
Waterways Babine Lake
Website Village of Granisle

Granisle is a village on Babine Lake in the Northern Interior of British Columbia, Canada, to the north of Topley between Burns Lake and Houston.


The early inhabitants of the area were Carrier Indians, called "Babine" by the early explorers, referring to the distended ornamented lower lips of the native women.

The village of Granisle was founded in the late 1960s and early 1970s on the shores of Babine Lake as a home for the families of the miners working in the nearby copper mines. Granisle was incorporated as a village in 1971. At the height of its population, Granisle boasted approximately 3,000 people.

After the last mine shut down in 1992, the community transformed into a retirement destination. Tourism in the area also began to grow and is now the area's main industry.

In 1971 workmen excavating in an open-pit copper mine at Babine Lake discovered the partly articulated skeleton of a Columbian Mammoth. The bones were taken from silty pond deposits overlain by very thick boulder-clay deposited by the last glacier that covered the area. Radiocarbon dates indicate that the animal sank in sticky pond deposits about 34,000 years ago. A replica of some of the Mammoth's Bones can be seen at the Granisle Museum.


Granisle had an ice hockey team in the now non-existent Pacific Northwest Hockey League.


  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. 

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