Ymir, British Columbia

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Village of Ymir
Village
Village of Ymir is located in British Columbia
Village of Ymir
Village of Ymir
Coordinates: 49°17′N 117°13′W / 49.283°N 117.217°W / 49.283; -117.217Coordinates: 49°17′N 117°13′W / 49.283°N 117.217°W / 49.283; -117.217[1]
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Post office founded N/A
Incorporated (Village) N/A
Incorporated (Town) N/A
Government
Area
 • Total 1.09 km2 (0.42 sq mi)
Elevation 730 m (2,395 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 231
 • Density 211.8/km2 (549/sq mi)
Time zone PST

Ymir /ˈwmər/ is a small town in the Regional District of Central Kootenay of British Columbia, Canada.[1] It is located between Nelson and Salmo on Highway 6. Ymir was originally known as Quartz Creek. The townsite was laid out in 1897 by railway magnate D.C. Corbin. Today Ymir consists of a store and two hotels, plus an assortment of residential properties. It is located near Whitewater Ski Hill. The Salmo River runs through the center of the town. Ymir is about 10 km from the town of Salmo, where the annual music festival Shambhala takes place.






Name[edit]

The name Ymir is originally that of the father of all giants in Scandinavian mythology, whom Odin slew to make the world from his bones, blood and skull (mountains, sea and sky). Local pronunciation of the name is WHY-mirr.[2]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for South Slocan (~20km West of Nelson)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 10
(50)
14.5
(58.1)
22.5
(72.5)
30
(86)
35.5
(95.9)
38
(100)
41
(106)
39.5
(103.1)
36.1
(97)
26.1
(79)
17.2
(63)
11.7
(53.1)
41
(106)
Average high °C (°F) −0.2
(31.6)
3.6
(38.5)
9.3
(48.7)
15.5
(59.9)
20.4
(68.7)
24.2
(75.6)
28
(82)
28.5
(83.3)
21.7
(71.1)
13.8
(56.8)
4.8
(40.6)
0.2
(32.4)
14.1
(57.4)
Average low °C (°F) −7.1
(19.2)
−4.9
(23.2)
−2.3
(27.9)
1
(34)
4.9
(40.8)
8.5
(47.3)
10.1
(50.2)
10
(50)
5.8
(42.4)
1.4
(34.5)
−1.9
(28.6)
−5.9
(21.4)
1.6
(34.9)
Record low °C (°F) −31.7
(−25.1)
−30.6
(−23.1)
−22.2
(−8)
−7.8
(18)
−6.1
(21)
0
(32)
2.8
(37)
2.2
(36)
−4.4
(24.1)
−11
(12)
−23.5
(−10.3)
−35
(−31)
−35
(−31)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 94
(3.7)
69.8
(2.748)
62.4
(2.457)
61
(2.4)
68.2
(2.685)
71.1
(2.799)
54.4
(2.142)
49.4
(1.945)
51.4
(2.024)
61.6
(2.425)
104
(4.09)
105.9
(4.169)
853.2
(33.591)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 55.1
(21.69)
21.3
(8.39)
5.9
(2.32)
0.7
(0.28)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
1.8
(0.71)
25.2
(9.92)
63.3
(24.92)
173.2
(68.19)
Source: Environment Canada[3]

Television[edit]

Ymir was featured on the historical television series Gold Trails and Ghost Towns, season 2, episode 13.

Movies & Film[edit]

- The Tall Man, Starring Jessica Biel

Notable people[edit]

  • Arthur Lakes geologist, artist, writer, teacher and minister immigrated with his two sons in Ymir.
  • Mickey MacKay professional ice hockey player died in a car crash near Ymir.
  • Pablo Schreiber actor born in Ymir.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ymir". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2013-04-21. 
  2. ^ "Ymir". Encyclopedia of British Columbia. (2000). Harbour Publishing
  3. ^ Environment CanadaCanadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 29 March 2010

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