The town of Agassiz lies on BC Highway 9,
half-way between TransCanada Highway 1 and Harrison Hot Springs,
which we visited in 2009.
Agassiz is a good small town to explore. It has several nice old
buildings, as well as a few murals, which do not quite rival those of
Mission, but are very
Agassiz is surrounded by mountains, the most
prominent of which is called
Cheam Mountain. While these mountains are
not as impressive as the ones in
Hope, it is still an
eye-pleasing natural environment.
Notably, Agassiz is exposed to loud train
whistles and associated mechanical noise every time a train passes
through town. Also, as this is farm country, the smell of manure in the
air is to be expected.
1. You can get to Agassiz from Metro Vancouver via BC
Highway 7, or via TransCanada Highway 1 (Exit 135). Here we are driving
on BC Highway 9 North towards Agassiz, after taking Highway 1's Exit 135.
BC Highway 9 Photo near Agassiz BC Canada
2. En route to Agassiz you would cross Fraser River on this bridge.
BC Highway 9 Bridge Across Fraser River
3. Driving on the bridge.
Bridge on Highway 9 near Agassiz BC Canada
4. After crossing Fraser River, you would enter
Agassiz and can check out the area maps on the side of the road. Agassiz
is located in the District of Kent. A sign advised that this is farm
country, and a faint smell of manure in the air reinforced that point.
Welcome to Kent Information Board in Agassiz BC Canada
5. This is the map of the town itself. Arrows show the
way we took via Highway 9. Cheam and Pioneer Avenues along the railroad
track is where we took most of our photos.
Map of Agassiz BC
6. At first, Agassiz looks like suburban Metro
Photo of Agassiz British Columbia Canada
7. This is the centre of the town. Just to our left is
the municipal hall and a library. And beyond is the Agassiz Secondary
Agassiz BC Town Centre
8. We turned left and parked in front of the municipal
hall. Parking is free, but watch for signs restricting some stalls for
municipal employees only. Agassiz library with Wi-Fi Internet access is
about 100 feet to the left of where we are standing. Its hours of
operation are Tue-Thu 10-8, Fri-Sat 10-5, Sun-Mon closed.
Agassiz Municipal Hall Province of BC Canada
9. Nice flower arrangement in front of the municipal
hall. The sign refers to district hall. Unclear if it's the same as the
municipal hall, or the district hall is there as well.
Town of Agassiz District of Kent Province of British Columbia Country of
10. Agassiz is patrolled by RCMP.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cruiser in Agassiz BC Canada
9. A nearby restaurant has a fine mural on the side
Mural on a Restaurant Wall Agassiz British Columbia Canada
12. And here is a cool old building, located where
Highway (Route) 9
turns right at Cheam Avenue. The building houses Nature's Window
Wildlife Studio and Trading Post.
Nature's Window Wildlife Studio and Trading Post in Agassiz BC Canada
13. We proceeded to the end of Cheam Avenue, turned
around, and looked back.
Cheam Avenue Agassiz BC Canada
14. After that, we walked along Pioneer Avenue, which
runs parallel to Cheam Avenue. On one side of Pioneer Avenue there are
various shops (seen on the right side of the photo below). On the other
side there is Pioneer Park, and beyond that is a railroad track.
Pioneer Avenue Agassiz BC Canada
15. A few hundred feet behind the spot where we took
the photo above is the corner of Pioneer Avenue and Highway 9, and that is
where Agassiz-Harrison Museum is located. It was still closed for the
season (opening on May 21st).
Agassiz-Harrison Museum in Town of Agassiz Province of British Columbia
16. See a piece of a fire hydrant on the bottom left side of
the photo above? Slightly to the left of it is this great-looking power
box. There must be a tulip farm or two in the area, as we have heard of a
tulip festival being held in Agassiz.
Photo of a Painted Power Box in Agassiz BC Canada
Here is our video of a CN train passing through this area of Agassiz:
17. After walking on Pioneer Avenue, we turned onto
Heath Road and found some townhouses. There is also this bus stop there,
and we saw a
community shuttle driving around the town. The phone number on
the bus stop is (604) 795-3838.
Heath Road Agassiz BC Canada
18. And one more photo of residential Agassiz - a
house with an armchair on the porch, and a Toyota parked on the lawn.
Picture of A House in Agassiz BC Canada
19. Finally, it was time to check out other murals.
Here is a man wearing a bear skin.
Agassiz BC Mural
20. And this is a train engine, with an engineer
sticking his head out of the window.
Train Mural Photo - Agassiz British Columbia Canada
21. Our final mural is an eagle. There are two mural-painted walls that
we found in addition to the restaurant mentioned in
photo #9. One wall is pretty worn out, but the other one looks quite
good, and it is located between Cheam Avenue and Pioneer Avenue.
Eagle Mural in Agassiz BC Canada
The town of Agassiz is a fine place to visit for several good sights.