About the Kent Regional District of BC
Kent is a beautiful, moderately populated district in British Columbia, Canada, situated approximately 72 miles (116 kilometers) east of the city of Vancouver. The district of Kent is made up of a number of different communities, the largest and most well-known of which is the village of Agassiz. Located at the intersection of Highway #7 and Highway #9, Agassiz is a conveniently located regional farming community that is home to a population of more than 6000 people. Other communities in Kent include Mount Woodside, Ruby Creek, Sea Bird Island, Kent Prairie, Kilby and Harrison Mills. Kent is also home to several different Indian Reserves, all of which are independently governed.
First incorporated in 1895, Kent, like all of south British Columbia, features a moderate mild climate during the winter months with dry summers and very few major fluctuations in temperature. The coldest month is typically January, with an average temperature of 35 degrees (2°Celsius) Fahrenheit and the warmest months are typically July and August with average temperatures around 75 (25° Celsius) degrees Fahrenheit.
Kent residents can swim, boat or fish at one of several lakes, creeks or rivers, enjoy a game of golf at one of five district golf courses, hike, mountain bike, or snow-ski at Hemlock Valley, hang glide at a world class jump off point or wander around and explore one of many valley and mountain trails situated in the area.
Kent has an excellent school system and is served by School District 78 Fraser-Cascade. Schools include Kent Elementary School, Agassiz Elementary Secondary School, and the McCaffrey Alternative School. A private K-7 school, Agassiz Christian School, is also located within the district.
In the past, Kent's economy has depended heavily on agriculture. In recent years, however, this has changed. The tourism industry has grown to become big business. As a result of Kent's perfect location near a number of beautiful lakes and rivers, many people visit to enjoy the water. Trans-Canada Waterslides in Bridal Falls and Minter Gardens in Popkum are extremely popular nearby tourist attractions.