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Vanderhoof is a district municipality near the geographical centre of British Columbia, Canada. Covering 2.92 square kilometers., it has a population of about 4,500 within town limits, and offers services to nearly 10,000 people in nearby rural communities. Its main industries are forestry, agriculture, and related businesses. Tourism is also growing, and mining operations are being developed in the area. It has many elementary schools, and one major secondary school, Nechako Valley Secondary School (NVSS), comprising School District 91 Nechako Lakes. The College of New Caledonia has a regional campus there.

Vanderhoof
District of Vanderhoof
Vanderhoof
Location of Vanderhoof in British Columbia
Coordinates:54°00′52″N124°00′32″W /54.01444°N 124.00889°W /54.01444; -124.00889
CountryCanada
ProvinceBritish Columbia
RegionInterior Plateau
Regional districtRegional District of Bulkley-Nechako
Incorporated1926
Government
• MayorGerry Thiessen
• Chief Administrative OfficerGerald Pinchback
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

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

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The municipality is named after Herbert Vanderhoof of Chicago, one of its founders. He was an employee of the Grand Trunk Pacific Development Company, a subsidiary of Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. The municipality's population rapidly expanded until World War II, when many of the town's men left to fight overseas. After the war, an increase in lumber prices and the construction of the Kenney Dam lead to increases in population again. Today Vanderhoof is a service centre in the eastern Bulkley-Nechako for surrounding communities, and the second-largest municipality in the regional district.

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Vanderhoof had a population of 4,346 living in 1,786 of its 1,885 total private dwellings, a change of-2% from its 2016 population of 4,434. With a land area of 53.93 km2 (20.82 sq mi), it had a population density of80.6/km2 (208.7/sq mi) in 2021.>

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 migrations. The Nechako is home to a number of fish species, including salmon and the endangered Nechako white sturgeon. Many hunters come to Vanderhoof in search of bear, moose, deer, cougar and elk.

Elementary:
Evelyn Dickson
W.L. McLeod
Sinkutview
Mapes

Secondary:
Nechako Valley Secondary School (NVSS
Northside Christian School
Valhalla High

Virtual School: EBUS Academy

  • Nechako Valley Exhibition Grounds- home of the Fall Fair (August), 2 riding arenas, and agricultural show facilities
  • Vanderhoof Heritage Museum
  • Vanderhoof Airport – 5,018-foot paved runway and two grass runways (5,200 feet and 3,200 feet)
  • Vanderhoof Aquatic Centre – 6-lane 25m lap pool, climbing wall, 30-person hot tub, sauna, and 1500 sq. foot leisure pool
  • Vanderhoof Skateboard Park
  • Grand Reo Theatre – a restored 175-seat movie theatre
  • Omineca Golf Course – par 72, 18 holes
  • Disc Golf Course
  • Vanderhoof Arena – indoor skating rink in the winter, home to Figure Skating Club, Speed Skating Club, Minor Hockey Club, other adult hockey recreation leagues, and a community centre hosting various events in the summer
  • Vanderhoof Curling Club
  • Riverside Park & Campground – birdwatching tower, playground, beach volleyball, picnic shelter, walking trails
  • Ferland Park - playground, waterpark
  • Bradley Park, Leiding Park, Vanderview Park –playgrounds
  • Community Garden – greenhouse, raised beds, in-ground plots, public washroom
  • 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 range, fishing and hunting, cross-country skiing, trap shooting, Wilderness Watch
  • Omineca Express – local weekly newspaper published Thursdays
  • CIAM FM, "The Light 98.5 FM" – community radio station, also a rebroadcaster for CIAM radio network
  • CBC Radio 1, 91.5 FM
  • Real Country, 910 AM
  • Vanderhoof Public Library
  • Community Bus – free community transportation service (12-passenger capacity with 2 wheelchair positions)

Telegraph Trail

A telegraph line, set up in the 1890s for 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 connects Hogsback Lake (near Vanderhoof) to Blackwater Road.

Community events

  • Wild Goose Chase: held the first Sunday in May, this community 8 km, 5 km, and 3.5 km Fun Run brings out hundreds of participants and volunteers.
  • Vanderhoof Chamber of Commerce Biennial Trade Show, scheduled in May on the "odd numbered" years.
  • BC Rodeo - held in April
  • Stoney Creek Elders Fishing Derby - May
  • Hooterville Hoot: an annual classic car show, held in early June.
  • Concert In The Park: July - Local talent performs for an afternoon and evening filled with great entertainment.
  • Canada Day Celebration: - July 1
  • Vanderhoof Farmers' Market: fresh locally grown produce, organic meat products, preserves, crafted goods and much more. Markets run Thursdays from June to September.
  • Vanderhoof International Air show: Taking place biennially 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.
  • The Great Pumpkin Walk: Held annually, October 31 - 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. Followed by a fireworks display that lights up the entire Nechako River Valley.
  • Parade of Lights and Midnight Madness: Held the first Saturday in December, this kicks off the Christmas time retail season with the light parade and crazy sales at many retail stores.

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
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Coordinates: 54°00′51.6″N124°00′32.2″W /54.014333°N 124.008944°W /54.014333; -124.008944

Vanderhoof British Columbia Article Talk Language Watch Edit Vanderhoof is a district municipality near the geographical centre 3 of British Columbia Canada Covering 2 92 square kilometers 4 it has a population of about 4 500 within town limits and offers services to nearly 10 000 people in nearby rural communities Its main industries are forestry agriculture and related businesses Tourism is also growing and mining operations are being developed in the area It has many elementary schools and one major secondary school Nechako Valley Secondary School NVSS comprising School District 91 Nechako Lakes The College of New Caledonia has a regional campus there VanderhoofDistrict municipalityDistrict of Vanderhoof 1 VanderhoofLocation of Vanderhoof in British ColumbiaCoordinates 54 00 52 N 124 00 32 W 54 01444 N 124 00889 W 54 01444 124 00889CountryCanadaProvinceBritish ColumbiaRegionInterior PlateauRegional districtRegional District of Bulkley NechakoIncorporated1926Government 2 MayorGerry Thiessen Chief Administrative OfficerGerald PinchbackArea Total54 83 km2 21 17 sq mi Elevation640 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 236HighwaysHwy 16 TCH Trans Canada Highway Hwy 27WaterwaysNechako RiverClimateDfbWebsiteVanderhoof District Municipality Via Rail s Jasper Prince Rupert train serves the Vanderhoof railway station Contents 1 History 2 Demographics 3 Wildlife 4 Schools 5 Culture and recreation 5 1 Telegraph Trail 5 2 Community events 6 Climate 7 See also 8 References 9 External linksHistory EditThe municipality is named after Herbert Vanderhoof of Chicago one of its founders He was an employee of the Grand Trunk Pacific Development Company a subsidiary of Grand Trunk Pacific Railway 5 6 7 The municipality s population rapidly expanded until World War II when many of the town s men left to fight overseas After the war an increase in lumber prices and the construction of the Kenney Dam lead to increases in population again Today Vanderhoof is a service centre in the eastern Bulkley Nechako for surrounding communities and the second largest municipality in the regional district 8 Demographics EditIn the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada Vanderhoof had a population of 4 346 living in 1 786 of its 1 885 total private dwellings a change of 2 from its 2016 population of 4 434 With a land area of 53 93 km2 20 82 sq mi it had a population density of 80 6 km2 208 7 sq mi in 2021 9 gt Wildlife EditVanderhoof is known for its bird sanctuary along the Nechako River Many Canada geese swans and other migratory birds pass through Vanderhoof during their annual migrations The Nechako is home to a number of fish species including salmon and the endangered Nechako white sturgeon Many hunters come to Vanderhoof in search of bear moose deer cougar and elk Schools EditElementary Evelyn Dickson W L McLeod Sinkutview Mapes Secondary Nechako Valley Secondary School NVSS Northside Christian School Valhalla High Virtual School EBUS AcademyCulture and recreation EditNechako Valley Exhibition Grounds home of the Fall Fair August 2 riding arenas and agricultural show facilities Vanderhoof Heritage Museum Vanderhoof Airport 5 018 foot paved runway and two grass runways 5 200 feet and 3 200 feet Vanderhoof Aquatic Centre 6 lane 25m lap pool climbing wall 30 person hot tub sauna and 1500 sq foot leisure pool Vanderhoof Skateboard Park Grand Reo Theatre a restored 175 seat movie theatre Omineca Golf Course par 72 18 holes Disc Golf Course Vanderhoof Arena indoor skating rink in the winter home to Figure Skating Club Speed Skating Club Minor Hockey Club other adult hockey recreation leagues and a community centre hosting various events in the summer Vanderhoof Curling Club Riverside Park amp Campground birdwatching tower playground beach volleyball picnic shelter walking trails Ferland Park playground waterpark Bradley Park Leiding Park Vanderview Park playgrounds Community Garden greenhouse raised beds in ground plots public washroom 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 range fishing and hunting cross country skiing trap shooting Wilderness Watch Omineca Express local weekly newspaper published Thursdays CIAM FM The Light 98 5 FM community radio station also a rebroadcaster for CIAM radio network CBC Radio 1 91 5 FM Real Country 910 AM Vanderhoof Public Library Community Bus free community transportation service 12 passenger capacity with 2 wheelchair positions Telegraph Trail Edit A telegraph line set up in the 1890s for 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 connects Hogsback Lake near Vanderhoof to Blackwater Road Community events Edit Wild Goose Chase held the first Sunday in May this community 8 km 5 km and 3 5 km Fun Run brings out hundreds of participants and volunteers Vanderhoof Chamber of Commerce Biennial Trade Show scheduled in May on the odd numbered years BC Rodeo held in April Stoney Creek Elders Fishing Derby May Hooterville Hoot an annual classic car show held in early June Concert In The Park July Local talent performs for an afternoon and evening filled with great entertainment Canada Day Celebration July 1 Vanderhoof Farmers Market fresh locally grown produce organic meat products preserves crafted goods and much more Markets run Thursdays from June to September Vanderhoof International Air show Taking place biennially 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 The Great Pumpkin Walk Held annually October 31 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 Followed by a fireworks display that lights up the entire Nechako River Valley Parade of Lights and Midnight Madness Held the first Saturday in December this kicks off the Christmas time retail season with the light parade and crazy sales at many retail stores Climate EditVanderhoof has a humid continental climate Koppen Dfb with mild summers and cold winters Climate data for Vanderhoof 1981 2010 normals extremes 1916 presentMonth Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec YearRecord 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 1Average 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 7Average 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 4Source Environment Canada 10 11 12 13 See also EditSaik uz First NationReferences Edit 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 District of Vanderhoof Mayor and Councillors Vanderhoof Official Travel Website of British Columbia Archived from the original on 27 September 2011 Retrieved 30 October 2006 Census Profile 2016 Census Vanderhoof Population centre British Columbia and British Columbia Province 8 February 2017 Carla Funk 2 November 2019 The small towns that make Canadian literature unique Globe and Mail Retrieved 28 August 2020 The town took its name from Herbert Vanderhoof who envisioned the place as a colony for artists and writers His dream never took quite took shape but the town grew and the name stuck Vanderhoof BC Geographical Names Retrieved 17 January 2019 Grand Trunk Pacific Development Company Limited memorybc ca Retrieved 18 December 2020 Vanderhoof The Canadian Encyclopedia Historica Canada Retrieved 18 December 2020 Population and dwelling counts Canada provinces and territories and census subdivisions municipalities British Columbia Statistics Canada 9 February 2022 Retrieved 20 February 2022 Calculation Information for 1981 to 2010 Canadian Normals Data Environment Canada 25 September 2013 Retrieved 4 March 2017 Vanderhoof Environment Canada 31 October 2011 Retrieved 4 March 2017 Vanderhoof Braeside Rd Environment Canada 31 October 2011 Retrieved 4 March 2017 Vanderhoof BC Environment Canada 31 October 2011 Retrieved 4 March 2017 External links EditOfficial website Vanderhoof travel guide from Wikivoyage Coordinates 54 00 51 6 N 124 00 32 2 W 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