Thornhill, British Columbia

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Location of Thornhill in British Columbia
Coordinates: 54°30′44″N128°32′18″W / 54.51222°N 128.53833°W / 54.51222; -128.53833 Coordinates: 54°30′44″N128°32′18″W / 54.51222°N 128.53833°W / 54.51222; -128.53833
CountryFlag of Canada.svg  Canada
Province Flag of British Columbia.svg  British Columbia
Area code(s) 250, 778
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Skeena River and part of Thornhill, BC from Terrace Mountain

The community of Thornhill is an unincorporated settlement of approximately 4,500 people on the east side of the Skeena River immediately across from the City of Terrace, British Columbia. [1] It is connected to Terrace by the Old Skeena Bridge and the Dudley Little Bridge also known as 'the new bridge'.
Thornhill has an independent volunteer Firefighting detachment and an educational system consisting of the schools: Thornhill Primary, Thornhill Elementary, and Thornhill Junior Secondary School, sustaining a combined total of approximately 700 students from kindergarten to Grade 10.

Skeena River river in Canada

The Skeena River is the second-longest river entirely within British Columbia, Canada. Since ancient times, the Skeena has been an important transportation artery, particularly for the Tsimshian and the Gitxsan—whose names mean "inside the Skeena River" and "people of the Skeena River," respectively. The river and its basin sustain a wide variety of fish, wildlife, and vegetation; and communities native to the area depend on the health of the river. The Tsimshian migrated to the Lower Skeena River, and the Gitxsan occupy territory of the Upper Skeena.

Terrace, British Columbia City in British Columbia, Canada

Terrace is a city located near the Skeena River in British Columbia, Canada. The community is the regional retail and service hub for the northwestern portion of British Columbia. With a current population of over 12,000 within municipal boundaries, the city services surrounding communities as well bringing the Greater Terrace Area population to over 18,000 residents. The Kitselas and Kitsumkalum people, tribes of the Tsimshian Nation, have lived in the Terrace area for thousands of years. The individual Indigenous communities neighbor the city with Kitselas to the east and Kitsumkalum to the west.

British Columbia Province of Canada

British Columbia is the westernmost province of Canada, located between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains. With an estimated population of 5.016 million as of 2018, it is Canada's third-most populous province.

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Integration with Terrace

Because of its contiguousness with Terrace along the Highway 16 corridor, many visitors and newcomers to the area consider Thornhill a part of Terrace. However, its government is an electoral director's seat on the Kitimat-Stikine Regional District Board and it is not officially represented on Terrace City Council. There have been discussions about developing a more independent system of local government in Thornhill (i.e. Incorporation) or amalgamating with the larger City of Terrace. [2] Terrace and Thornhill currently share the V8G postal code FSA, 250 area code and most phone number prefixes (635, 638, 615, 631 and 641 in order of introduction). High speed cable internet also provides "Home Phone" services with prefix 778, used in various locations throughout British Columbia (see Wikipedia "Area codes 778 and 236). Although mail is properly addressed as being directed to Thornhill, BC specifically, Terrace is frequently used by residents and visitors alike.
Thornhill relies on Terrace for medical and policing services, as well as high school completion.

Highway 16 is the British Columbia, Canada, section of the Yellowhead Highway. The highway closely follows the path of the northern B.C. alignment of the Canadian National Railway. The number "16" was first given to the highway in 1942, and originally, the route that the highway took was more to the north of today's highway, and it was not as long as it is now. Highway 16 originally ran from New Hazelton east to an obscure location known as Aleza Lake. In 1947, Highway 16's western end was moved from New Hazelton to the coastal city of Prince Rupert, and in 1953, the highway was re-aligned to end at Prince George. In 1969, further alignment east into Yellowhead Pass was opened to traffic after being constructed up through 1968 and raised to all-weather standards in 1969. Highway 16's alignment on the Haida Gwaii was commissioned in 1984, with BC Ferries beginning service along Highway 16 to the Haida Gwaii the following year.

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