Vanderhoof, British Columbia

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Vanderhoof
District of Vanderhoof[1]
Vanderhoof is located in British Columbia
Vanderhoof
Vanderhoof
Location of Vanderhoof in British Columbia
Coordinates: 54°00′52″N 124°00′32″W / 54.01444°N 124.00889°W / 54.01444; -124.00889
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
RegionInterior Plateau
Regional districtRegional District of Bulkley-Nechako
Incorporated1926
Government
 • MayorGerry Thiessen
Area
 • Total54.83 km2 (21.17 sq mi)
Elevation
640 m (2,100 ft)
Population
(2016)
 • Total4,439
 • Density81.0/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
Area code(s)250 / 778 / 236
Highways Hwy 16 (TCH) Trans-Canada Highway
Hwy 27
WaterwaysNechako River
ClimateDfb
WebsiteVanderhoof District Municipality

Vanderhoof is a district municipality that lies near the geographical centre[3] of British Columbia, Canada. It has a population of roughly 4,500 residents within town limits. Due to nearby rural communities without services Vanderhoof actually supports nearly 10,000 people. Vanderhoof's economic drivers are the forest industry, agriculture, and related industries. Tourism is growing, but has yet to challenge any of the established industries. Mining is growing in importance, with a number of mines being developed in the area. Vanderhoof has many elementary schools and one major secondary school—Nechako Valley Secondary School (NVSS), teaching grades 7–12—which are all part of School District 91 Nechako Lakes. The College of New Caledonia has a regional campus in Vanderhoof.

Via Rail's Jasper–Prince Rupert train calls at the Vanderhoof railway station.

Schools[edit]

Elementary:
Evelyn Dickson
W.L. McLeod
Sinkutview
Mapes

Secondary:
Nechako Valley Secondary School (NVSS) Northside Christian School

Valhalla High

Virtual School:
EBUS Academy www.ebus.ca

Geography[edit]

Vanderhoof is named after Herbert Vanderhoof.[4]

Nearby communities include:

Fort Fraser – 38 km (24 mi) west

Fraser Lake – 59 km (37 mi) west

Fort St. James – 61 km (38 mi) north

Prince George – 96 km (60 mi) east

Burns Lake – 128 km (80 mi) west

Terrace – 475 km (295 mi) west

Prince Rupert – 619 km (385 mi) west

Wildlife[edit]

Vanderhoof is known for its bird sanctuary along the Nechako River. Many Canada Geese, swans, and other migratory birds pass through Vanderhoof during their annual migration. The Nechako is home to a number of fish species, including salmon and sturgeon. Many hunters come to Vanderhoof in search of bear, moose, deer, cougar, and elk.

Culture and recreation[edit]

Cultural & recreational facilities include:

  • Nechako Valley Exhibition Grounds- home of the Fall Fair (August), 2 riding arenas, and agricultural show facilities
  • Vanderhoof Heritage Museum
  • Grand Reo – a restored 175-seat movie theatre
  • Omineca Express – the local newspaper, published Wednesdays
  • CIAM FM - "The Light 98.5 FM" – community radio station that also is a re-broadcaster for the CIAM radio broadcast network
  • CIVH AM (Valley Country Radio Station) 1340 AM Vanderhoof
  • CIRX FM (repeater of 94X FM Prince George)
  • Vanderhoof Public Library
  • Omineca Golf Course – par 72, 18-holes
  • Ferland Children's Waterpark
  • Vanderhoof Arena – indoor skating rink in the winter, community centre for hosting various events in the summer
  • Vanderhoof Curling Club
  • Riverside Park & Campground – birdwatching tower, playground, and walking trails
  • Norlind Bowling Alley – 5-pin and 10-pin leagues
  • Rip n' The North Bike Park – mountain bike trails
  • Moore's Motocross Track – dirt bike track
  • Community trail system
  • Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre – identifying, maintaining and potentially restoring critical sturgeon habitat in the Nechako River
  • Nechako Valley Sporting Association: Archery, Hand Gun, Fish & Game, Cross-Country Ski, Trap shoot, Wilderness Watch

Telegraph Trail[edit]

A telegraph line, set up in the 1890s to allow communication with the Klondike Gold Rush gold fields, was abandoned in the 1930s and later converted into a series of walking trails. A 10 km trail stretched from Hogsback Lake near Vanderhoof to the Blackwater Road.

Community events[edit]

  • Wild Goose Chase: held the first Sunday in May, this community 8km, 5km, and 3.5km Fun Run brings out hundreds of participants and volunteers.
  • Vanderhoof Chamber of Commerce Biennial Trade Show, scheduled in May on the "odd numbered" years.
  • Hooterville Hoot: an annual classic car show, held in early June.
  • Vanderhoof International Air show: An event that takes place in August, showcasing many skilled pilots and their aircraft, as well as several static displays.
  • Nechako Valley Exhibition: held the third weekend in August. A true country fair that is fun for the whole family.
  • Recreation/Leisure Fair: held in early September to introduce clubs and recreational opportunities to the community.
  • Annual Great Pumpkin Walk: 31 October. With hand-carved pumpkins and "trick-or-treating" in the park, attended by thousands of residents—a safe and convenient place for families to spend Halloween night. The following fireworks display lights up the entire Nechako River Valley.
  • Parade of Lights and Midnight Madness: Kicks off the Christmas time retail season with the parade and crazy sales. Held the first Friday in December.

Climate[edit]

Vanderhoof has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb) with mild summers and cold winters.

Climate data for Vanderhoof, 1981–2010 normals, extremes 1916–present
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13.0
(55.4)
16.7
(62.1)
20.0
(68.0)
28.9
(84.0)
36.0
(96.8)
33.9
(93.0)
35.0
(95.0)
35.5
(95.9)
33.0
(91.4)
28.0
(82.4)
17.5
(63.5)
12.5
(54.5)
36.0
(96.8)
Average high °C (°F) −4.5
(23.9)
−0.1
(31.8)
5.9
(42.6)
12.4
(54.3)
17.8
(64.0)
21.3
(70.3)
23.5
(74.3)
23.3
(73.9)
17.9
(64.2)
10.3
(50.5)
0.9
(33.6)
−4.1
(24.6)
10.4
(50.7)
Daily mean °C (°F) −9.0
(15.8)
−5.5
(22.1)
−0.2
(31.6)
5.6
(42.1)
10.7
(51.3)
14.4
(57.9)
16.3
(61.3)
15.9
(60.6)
11.0
(51.8)
5.0
(41.0)
−2.8
(27.0)
−8.1
(17.4)
4.4
(39.9)
Average low °C (°F) −13.3
(8.1)
−10.9
(12.4)
−6.3
(20.7)
−1.3
(29.7)
3.5
(38.3)
7.4
(45.3)
9.1
(48.4)
8.3
(46.9)
4.1
(39.4)
−0.3
(31.5)
−6.5
(20.3)
−12.1
(10.2)
−1.5
(29.3)
Record low °C (°F) −51.7
(−61.1)
−51.1
(−60.0)
−42.8
(−45.0)
−29.4
(−20.9)
−9.4
(15.1)
−6.7
(19.9)
−3.3
(26.1)
−5.0
(23.0)
−16.7
(1.9)
−28.0
(−18.4)
−42.2
(−44.0)
−50.6
(−59.1)
−51.7
(−61.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 44.4
(1.75)
26.6
(1.05)
24.4
(0.96)
25.4
(1.00)
34.7
(1.37)
57.0
(2.24)
52.4
(2.06)
43.1
(1.70)
44.3
(1.74)
50.8
(2.00)
45.1
(1.78)
41.3
(1.63)
489.2
(19.26)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 6.6
(0.26)
5.4
(0.21)
7.1
(0.28)
19.4
(0.76)
34.2
(1.35)
56.8
(2.24)
52.3
(2.06)
43.1
(1.70)
44.0
(1.73)
43.3
(1.70)
16.1
(0.63)
3.8
(0.15)
332.0
(13.07)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 37.8
(14.9)
21.3
(8.4)
17.3
(6.8)
6.0
(2.4)
0.5
(0.2)
0.2
(0.1)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.2
(0.1)
7.5
(3.0)
29.0
(11.4)
37.5
(14.8)
157.2
(61.9)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 14.1 9.5 10.0 9.7 12.6 14.1 13.8 12.5 13.0 16.3 14.5 11.8 152.1
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 2.9 2.8 5.0 8.0 12.5 14.1 13.8 12.5 12.9 14.7 6.4 2.0 107.7
Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 12.1 7.2 6.0 2.5 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 2.7 10.1 10.3 51.4
Source: Environment Canada[5][6][7][8]

See also[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. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  2. ^ District of Vanderhoof. Mayor and Councillors
  3. ^ "Vanderhoof". Official Travel Website of British Columbia. Archived from the original on 25 August 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2006.
  4. ^ "Vanderhoof". BC Geographical Names. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Calculation Information for 1981 to 2010 Canadian Normals Data". Environment Canada. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Vanderhoof". Environment Canada. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Vanderhoof Braeside Rd". Environment Canada. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Vanderhoof BC". Environment Canada. Retrieved 4 March 2017.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 54°00′51.6″N 124°00′32.2″W / 54.014333°N 124.008944°W / 54.014333; -124.008944