Community Profile

Fruitvale, a 911 community, is located east of the City of Trail on Highway #3B in the southern interior of British Columbia, within the eastern section of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.

Map to Fruitvale

Size
238 hectares (595 acres)

Elevation
591 metres (1970 feet)

Population

Year Pop. Source
2015 2,064 Province of BC Stats
2013 2,035 Province of BC Stats
2011 2,016 Statistics Canada
2006 1,952 Statistics Canada
2001 2,025 Statistics Canada
1996 2,117 Statistics Canada

Government Statistics

Climate

     
Mean Summer Temperature 19.5 °C 67.4 °F
Mean Winter Temperature -5 °C 23.5 °F
Annual Rainfall 452.9 mm 17.83 in
Annual Snowfall 179.1 cm 70.1 in
Growing Season   136 days

Local Economic Base
Smelting and Refining, Lumber Production, Retail and Service

Industrial Land
Total Serviced Industrial Land - 24 hectare (60 acres)
Vacant Services Industrial Land - little vacancy
Servicing - range of servicing
Cost - $25,000 - 60,000/hectare
$10,000 - 25,000/acre

Community Facilities
Three major parks, one minor park, creek area, arena, curling rink, all-season sport court, golf course, campgrounds, bowling lanes, community hall, and public library.

Banquet Facilities
The Fruitvale Memorial Centre, the most modern facility in the West Kootenays, has a capacity of 300. With its modern kitchen, bar, sound system, handicap elevator and more, it's the perfect place to hold your special event.

If a smaller room is what you need, the Club Room, located on the lower floor of the Fruitvale Memorial Centre, has a comfortable seating capacity of 60 and also has a modern kitchen.

Garbage Disposal
Residential garbage collection is done by the Public Works Department. Business and residential garbage is collected over two days (Tuesday and Wednesday) every week. Residential garbage must be placed in authorized Village of Fruitvale garbage bags in order to be collected. These bags must be purchased at the Village of Fruitvale office, and are only available to Village of Fruitvale residents. Garbage placed in ordinary garbage bags will not be picked up.

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Curbside Recycling
Blue Box curbside recycling collection is done over two days (Thursday and Friday) every other week and is collected by Alpine Disposals. This is an R.D.K.B. function.

Water System
Direct supply from Fruitvale and Kelly Creeks. Storage capacity of Fruitvale Tank is 1,091,040 litres (240,000 gallons), Mill Road Balancing Tank holds 454,600 litres (100,000 gallons), Kelly Creek reservoir holds 2,727,600 litres (600,000 gallons) and the water treatment plant holds 2,727,600 litres (600,000 gallons) for a total storage capacity of 7,000,840 litres (1,540,000 gallons). The western section of Fruitvale is serviced by the Beaver Falls Waterworks District. Water is treated with a series of sand filtration and ultra violet system then minimal chlorine is added to the water.

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Sewer System
Aeration and rapid infiltration basins.

Power Supplies
Electric Power – FortisBC Electricity
Natural Gas - FortisBC Gas

Medical Facilities
Public Health Nurse - 250-364-6219
Beaver Valley Clinic - 250-367-9211

Nearest Hospital
Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital - 250-368-3311 (15 km west of Fruitvale)

Schools
Beaver Valley Nursery School
250-367-7887
Fruitvale Elementary 
250-367-7541
J. Lloyd Crowe 
250-368-5591

Public Library
Beaver Valley Public Library 
250-367-7114 - phone
250-367-7130 - fax

Links
Fire Ban Information
BC Seniors Online
Canada Census
Real Estate Market Website
Neuvoo - Job Search
US Customs and Border Patrol
Health Link BC - a non-emergency health information service
Canada Border Services Agency
Global News
CBC News
Lotto Numbers
Road Report
Trail & District Chamber of Commerce
Community Futures of Greater Trail
Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation

History

Fruitvale was originally named Beaver Siding because it was a railway stop for the great Northern Railroad.  In 1906, Fruitvale Limited purchased a great deal of land on both sides of this stop and changed the name to Fruitvale.

Fruitvale was incorporated as a Village on November 4, 1952.

Today, Fruitvale is mainly a residential area for the employees working in the industries located in and around the area.  However, in the downtown core, there are some great stores that will surprise and delight visitors.  We have full service amenities such as, a grocery store, a pharmacy, a medical clinic, dental clinics, veterinary services, gas stations, auto services, a post office, cafes and places to eat, BC liquor store, and a “real” Country store with feed and gifts.

Transportation

Highways

Southern Trans Provincial Highway #3B
Secondary Highway - #129B (Columbia Gardens Road)

Distance to Fruitvale

  Kilometers Miles
Trail 11 7
Grand Forks 119 75
Vancouver 645 403
Kelowna 553 346
Calgary 627 392
Spokane 230 144

Map to Fruitvale

Bus Service - Frequency and Destinations
Regional Bus Service operates 6 days per week between Fruitvale and Trail with 11 stops in Fruitvale. Connections to Rossland/Genelle.

Bus Schedule for Fruitvale & Area

Rail - Frequency and Destinations
Burlington Northern Railway - Freight services three times a week on the Spokane/Fruitvale/Nelson line.

Air
Nearest Airstrip:
Trail Regional Airport @ Waneta/Columbia Gardens, 10 km (6 miles)
Nearest Airport:
West Kootenay Regional Airport in Castlegar, BC Airport, 41 km (25 miles)

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