Valemount (British Columbia)
Valemount as seen from Highway 5
|Location in British Columbia|
|Province :||British Columbia|
|Regional District :||Fraser Fort George|
|Area :||5.17 km²|
|Residents :||1020 (as of 2011)|
|Population density :||197.3 inhabitants / km²|
|Time zone :||Pacific Time ( UTC − 8 )|
|Postal code :||V0E|
Valemount is one of the main towns in Canada's Mount Robson Valley . It is located approximately 300 km northeast of Kamloops , British Columbia , 120 km west of Jasper , Alberta , and 300 km southeast of Prince George . At the time of the 2001 census there were 1195 people living here, which corresponds to a decrease in the population of more than 8% compared to that of 1996 (1303). This is probably due to the crisis in the wood processing industry, as Valemount lives from this branch of the economy in addition to tourism.
The census in 2011 showed a population of 1,020 inhabitants for the district municipality. The city's population only increased by 0.2% compared to the 2006 census, while the population in British Columbia grew by 7.0%.
The granting of local self-government for the municipality took place on December 13, 1962 ( incorporated as Village Municipality ).
Valemount owes its attractiveness as a tourist destination to its delightful location between Cariboo Mountain Ridge and the Rocky Mountains , its proximity to the upper reaches of the Fraser River and Mount Robson , the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies . Valemount's convenient location near the intersection of Highways 5 and 16 ( Yellowhead Highway Junction) is also an advantage for Valemount. In winter, snowmobile tourists are primarily drawn to Valemount. Alpine skiing is more likely to be practiced in the Blue River 90 km south of Valemount (heli skiing) or in Jasper .