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District of Kent

The District of Kent is located in the Upper Fraser Valley on the north side of the Fraser River and along the Fraser River Flood plain.  The community offers not only rich agricultural land and  a temperate climate for year-round outdoor activities, it is set in a magical part of British Columbia where rolling farmland and winding country roads compete with rivers, lakes and mountains for your attention.  At its heart is the community of Agassiz, the residential, commercial, and industrial centre of the District, located at the intersection of Highway 9 and Highway 7.

Fast Facts

  • The District of Kent is located at the easternmost point of British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, the economic engine of Canada’s westernmost province that includes the Greater Vancouver Area.
  • Despite being located in the most populous part of British Columbia, the District of Kent is a relaxed and uncongested alternative to the big city crowds that are less than an hour’s drive to the west.
  • The current population of the District is estimated at 5,500 people; however it serves as the commercial centre for approximately 10,000 people.
  • The District’s combination of amenities and low cost of living makes it an attractive home for families, retirees, young couples, professionals and entrepreneurs.

Getting Down to Business

Traditionally known for its agricultural industry and associated employment base, the local economy includes construction, manufacturing, retail trade, hospitality, education, and resource sectors.  The retail and hospitality businesses are supplemented by a growing tourist trade. 

The Kent-Agassiz area actively promotes its competitive advantages to attract firms in the construction sector, the tourism industry, the manufacturing sector and agriculture, including agri-food processing and manufacturing.  The cost of starting a business in the District is less than any other municipality in the Lower Mainland yet provides easy access to a potential market of over 2 million people.

Recreation and Outdoors

The District of Kent is a year-round playground.  Residents or visitors can swim, boat or fish at one of the area's several lakes, rivers and creeks.  They can tee-off at one of the five area golf courses or mountain bike, hike or snow-ski at Hemlock Valley.  They can also hang glide at one of two world class jump off points or explore dozens of valley and mountain trails within the region.  Steep canyon-like walls along the Harrison River, the heights and crags of Mt. Woodside and Green Mountain and spectacular views of the Cheam Mountain range along the south side of the Fraser River offer spectacular vistas as far as the eye can see.

Arts, Culture and Social Scene

Cultural events, historical sites and museums such as the Kilby Historic Site or the Agassiz-Harrison Museum in downtown Agassiz offer glimpses of the past and provide the basis for the rich heritage and community spirit that abound within our borders.  The region’s growing food tourism reputation is supported by popular circle farm tours that showcase local, fresh and organic produce and products.

Getting to the District of Kent

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District of Kent Links and Resources

District of Kent Community Website:  http://www.district.kent.bc.ca/