Welcome to Agassiz, BC.Part of the District of Kent, Agassiz is a small rural town nestled in the upper Fraser Valley, northeast of Chilliwack
and right next to Harrison Hot Springs, BC. Harrison Hot Springs is a connected,
sister community to Agassiz.
Harrison is a large tourist attraction in BC (with many lakes and outdoor activities as well as site seeing), whichenables Agassiz to get more
exposure, especially during thesummer months.
Many of Agassiz’s and Harrison’sservices are combined.
A taste of Agassiz’s community history...Agassiz began as a small settler community after the mid 1800’s Gold Rush brought many new settlers into BC.
The first families to discover and settle in the Agassiz area were the famous Agassiz family and T.B. Hicks.The first commerce took place between the Hudson’s Bay Company and the local Salish natives (Sto:Lo) along
the Fraser River. Soon many more people moved in and the Fraser River remained the community’s lifeline fortrade and commerce.
Interestingly, one of the first five agricultural research centre farms in Canada was established in Agassiz in 1889, and is now the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre. The facility was created to assist new settlers in familiarizing with the
unfamiliar habitat. With the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway train and the establishment of the District of KentIn the late nineteenth century, Agassiz became a new prospering community.
Agassiz became known as the “Corn Capital of British Columbia” after the great Fraser River Flood of 1948 wiped out theregion’s hop crops and corn became the new major crop in Agassiz.
Spirit of the community
Services within the community
Better BeginningsParenting ProgramsThe Family PlaceFamily Support/Youth OutreachYouth Inclusion ProgramsEmergency Food BankEmployment ServicesSubstance Misuse ServicesThrift StoreSenior Peer CounsellorsFriendly Phone ProgramCALL Program (Community Adult Literacy & Learning)English Conversation CircleEnglish as a Second Language Settlement Assistance Program(ESL-SAP)
RCMP- The Royal Canadian-Mounted Police
Ambulance ServiceAgassiz FireDepartment
Search & RescueHealth Services
Veterinary ServicesKent-Harrison Community-
Disaster Assistance ProgramPost Office
Community LibraryMunicipal Hall
Major Employers within the Community
Voices Within the Community-What ! " p#mary function of " community?
Ag#cultural, logging, small business
-What are y'r likes/(slikes of " community?
F#endly, rural, community o#ented
-Our entire family has done a lot of voluntee#ng
wi) Agassiz Har#son Aquanauts Swim Club,
Annual Music Festival, tree planting, nursing #vers, etc.-+ere are a lot of community events via " local fitness
and recreational dept., +e Lions Club, +e Elks Club, etc.
-+ere ! an emphas! on " a-s
in Har#son, which benefits " community!
-I volunteer at " senior’s residence and help at " schools
-Well-establ!hed, .rong community
-Community members .rongly involved /connectedness
-More services needed for y')
-I am 33 years old, born and ra!ed in Agassiz, my fa)er was a cu.o(an, my mo)er a hair salon o/er