Jaffray, British Columbia
|Jaffray, British Columbia|
|Regional District||East Kootenay|
|• MP||David Wilks|
|• MLA||Bill Bennett|
|• Total||44 km2 (17 sq mi)|
|Elevation||823 m (2,700 ft)|
|• Density||18.64/km2 (48.3/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Mountain Standard (MST) (UTC-7)|
|• Summer (DST)||Mountain Daylight (MDT) (UTC-6)|
|Postal Code||V0B 1T0|
Jaffray was formerly a siding, depot and steam train water stop. In the early 1900s Robert Jaffray and several of his brothers worked at the local sawmills, eventually leaving and homesteading in Lacombe, Alberta, and even though some local people believed that Jaffray may have been named after the brothers, according to folklore, Jaffray had already been named by the time they came to the area. Frank Desrosier may have been the first resident to purchase land in the Jaffray town-site, purchasing District Lot 3055. In September 1900, Robert Elmsby received a crown grant on D.L. 3543, obtaining 200 acres (0.81 km2) for two hundred dollars, which consists of what is now most of Jaffray proper.
Since the first residents settled in, Jaffray has had four hotels, including the Jaffray Hotel, the Henderson's Hotel, Desrosier's Hotel and the Pearson Hotel. Historical general stores included Anthony Modigh's General Store, Economy Corner Store, and the present Jaffray General Store.
In September 1995, the Regional District of East Kootenay, with the direction of founding Fire Chief John Betenia, and community approval of an RDEK bylaw, opened the Jaffray Volunteer Fire Department with 31 volunteer firefighter trainees.
The department has expanded considerably since inception and now includes a rescue team with First Responder Level III status. 
The following notable people come from or were born near Jaffray:
- Dean Brody, country recording artist
- John de Jong, western acrylic artist
- LR Mark Hall, wildlife artist
Jaffray is located near the picturesque Steeples, which include Fisher Peak, and the Lizard Mountain ranges, not far from Lake Koocanusa. The village is found on Highway 3 and 93, west of the Elko, British Columbia's Highway 93 junction; just north of the Canadian/United States border at Rooseville, BC. This portion of the Rocky Mountain Trench is relatively flat, with open woodland and grasslands. The area is very popular for its great recreational opportunities.
|Cranbrook Climatological Data|
|Record high °C (°F)||10||14||19||28||33||35||36||36||34||29||18||12|
|Average high °C (°F)||-2||-2||8||14||18||22||26||26||20||12||2||-3||2.5|
|Mean °C (°F)||-6||-3||2||7||12||15||18||18||13||6||-1||-7||8.5|
|Average low °C (°F)||-10||-8||-3||1||5||8||10||10||5||0||-5||-10||-0.2|
|Record low °C (°F)||-33||-32||-24||-10||-4||-1||3||-1||-6||-15||-30||-35|
|Precipitation and Sunshine Hours|
|Total mm (in)||33||24||20||27||44||53||36||29||29||22||40||46||403|
|Rainfall mm (in)||4||5||12||23||43||53||36||29||29||20||15||6||275|
|Snowfall cm (in)||30||19||8||4||1||0||0||0||0||2||24||40||128|
|Data recorded at Canadian Rockies International Airport by Environment Canada. Data spans 1971 to 2000.|
This East Kootenay village is home to the Jaffray Elementary Junior Secondary School, which has over 200 students from Jaffray and surrounding communities . This public school is run by School District 5 Southeast Kootenay.
(broadcast from Jaffray)
(available in Jaffray (broadcast from Cranbrook))
- 107.5 FM - CFSM-FM, Summit FM 107
- 104.7 FM - CHBZ-FM, B104 Country radio
- 102.9 FM - CHDR-FM, the Drive FM
- Singer/Songwriter Dean Brody Website
- Acrylic Artist John de Jong Website
- South Country Fire Services Facebook Page