Agassiz Kent BC a Place to Visit and Live
Early 1800’s brought new settlers’ to Agassiz in a quest for gold and the ideal grounds for farming. Europeans first came through the Agassiz heading to the Fraser Canyon during the gold rush. The Fraser River allowed access to paddle wheeler’s opening up trade along the Harrison River between the Hudson’s Bay Company and the local natives and quickly became a central hub for trade.
With the arrival of the first CP “Canadian Pacific Railway” train in 1895, the Upper Fraser Valley saw its newest farming community Kent which enjoyed economic trade and prosperity.
Kent and Agassiz’s primary industry has been agriculture and forestry. Then road construction and infrastructure became a major economic generator from 1901 to 1940 with the completion of the bridge over the Harrison River in 1926 connecting to areas west of Kent. This opened up opportunities for trade as urban areas in the District helped to establish Agassiz as a market-oriented agricultural town. Later Agassiz became known for its delicious corn and soon Agassiz became known as the “Corn Capital of British Columbia.” Nearby is the world famous Harrison Hot Springs Resort where visitors come to relax and soak in the hot water springs known for natural healing.
The Correctional Service of Canada remains as one of the largest local industry and a major employer in the District of Kent. Agassiz offers the basic necessities for everyday living and is close to Chilliwack for shopping needs and larger purchases. Agassiz Kent offers a wide variety of small town shopping amenities and is fast growing as people look for a more peaceful way of life. This beautiful community of Agassiz and the District of Kent has much to offer from the great outdoors to rich farming with a community feel. The demographics are changing as the area grows with it appealing lifestyle.
With Highway 1 easily accessible to the Fraser Valley and onto Vancouver and greater area and to the east you can travel the Coquihalla to Kamloops, Kelowna and beyond. Come for a visit you may never want to leave.