Fraser Valley Agassiz

Agassiz (pronounced Aga-a-cee) is part of Kent, and the town is being revitalized on a turn-of-the-century architectural theme. The two main streets of the village make for a very pleasant stroll and shopping. The Aberdeen has visitor information and provides public washrooms in summer season.

Agassiz - Harrison Info
Captain Lewis Nunn Agassiz, who served in the Royal Welsh Engineers and then was a Cariboo Gold Rush prospector, settled in the area in 1867, and soon added the first store and post office. The fertile land grew hops, corn and as used for dairy farming. When the Canadian Pacific Railway was constructed in 1885, the local station was named "Agassiz." In 1888, the Aberdeen Hotel was built, and was named after Lord and Lady Aberdeen of Scotland, after their stay at the hotel. In 1895, the area of Harrison Mills, to the east of the Harrison River, became a municipality, and was settled by many Englishmen who likened the hops growing area to Kent County, England.

In 1901 the Agassiz-Rosedale Ferry established links across the Fraser River, and the area began to grow. In 1928 the population topped 1300. In 1948, the second largest flood of the century connected Harrison Lake with the Fraser River and flooded most of the town sites. After the flood of 1948, the area shifted from hops (used for beer manufacture) to corn, and Agassiz soon became known as the "Corn Capital of BC." The next year, the Village of Harrison Hot Springs was incorporated at the foot of Harrison Lake.

Agazzis Festivals

Seabird Island Festival

End of May

A weekend of war canoe races featuring the 11-man paddle and other sporting events, including soccer mixed two-pitch, and ball hockey. A traditional salmon BBQ is also part of the event, and a wide variety of arts and crafts vendors will be on hand. Seabird Island Band, Agassiz (604) 796-2177.

Agassiz Fall Fair & Corn Festival

Mid September

Watch for fields of long rows of corn during the summer. Agricultural Canada Pacific Research Station, on Scenic 7. 796-3246

Here are the other Fraser Valley communities:
[ Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge | Mission | Harrison - Aggazis
Langley-Aldergove | Abbotsford-Matsqui | Chilliwack | Hope ]

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