Pritchard, British Columbia
|• Total||13.05 km2 (5.04 sq mi)|
|Elevation||360 m (1,180 ft)|
|• Density||160/km2 (410/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-8 (PST)|
|Postal code span|
|Waterways||South Thompson River|
Pritchard is a small community located in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. It has a population of roughly 2,000, and its main industries are farming and tourism. Pritchard is located on the Trans-Canada Highway (HWY 1) between Kamloops, British Columbia and Chase, British Columbia, near the Hwy 97 - Hwy 1 Intersection.
Pritchard was named after Walter Percy Pritchard who purchased 160 acres from John G. Fawcett on September 1, 1907, along the South Thompson River east of the present bridge. He later built the Hotel Pritchard on the property and established the community's first post office there. Needing a name, he decided to lend it his own last name.
Education and Community
Pritchard resides inside School District 73 Kamloops/Thompson. There is daily school bus service to Chase, British Columbia where students attend Haldane elementary and Chase Secondary school. The Pritchard Community Hall and rodeo grounds is regularly used to host local gatherings, including the Annual Pritchard Rodeo.
Pritchard Evangelical Free Church meets every Sunday at 10:30am at the Pritchard Community Hall. The Church is a member of the Evangelical Free Church of Canada.
- "Pritchard Rodeo - BC Rodeo Association". BC Rodeo Association. Retrieved 2018-04-23.