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Chetwynd
Chetwynd is located 310 km (193 miles) north of Prince George and 102 km (64 miles) west of Dawson Creek at the junction of Hwy 29 and Hwy 97. Situated on the eastern foothills of the northern Rocky Mountains Chetwynd is nestled in a large valley in which the Pine River flows through.

Ralph L. T. Chetwynd
Chetwynd was originally known as Little Prairie but was later changed officially in 1959 in honour of a provincial minister, Ralph L. T. Chetwynd. Ralph L. T. Chetwynd was instrumental in the development of a railway line linking Chetwynd with the Northern Alberta Railway terminus at Dawson Creek.

'Chainsaw Sculpture Capital'
Chetwynd is also known as the 'Chainsaw Sculpture Capital of the World.' Various wooden sculptures are located throughout Chetwynd with easy viewing made possible. Make sure you look at and print out the free map produced by the district for locations of the various sculptures, now totalling over 45 in number.

Industry and Economy
Chetwynd's economy has traditionally revolved around mining, forestry, oil and gas industries, plus the building of W.A.C. Bennett and Peace Canyon Dams at Hudson's Hope 64.5 km (40 miles) away. The largest employers in the Chetwynd area are Canadian Forest Industries and Duke Energy (Pine River Gas Plant), Tembec Pulp Mill and West Fraser Mills.

Little Prairie Heritage Museum
Operating during the summer season, the Little Prairie Heritage Museum is housed in the old 1949 general store and post office building. Here you will enjoy the displays and old artifacts that include: antique farming equipment, hand-made quilts and various trapping means.

Great Outdoors
Chetwynd is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. In all four seasons, combined with forests everywhere, abundant wildlife for nature viewing or hunting, snow-packed mountains, crystal-clear water in the rivers and lakes teeming with fish, Chetwynd makes a great place to visit or call home.

Old Baldy Hill
One walk you'll want to do when visiting Chetwynd is the walk up Old Baldy Hill. From the top of hill, around a 210-metre (689 feet) climb, you will see a beautiful panoramic view of Chetwynd and the surrounding area of Little Prairie Valley with the Northern Rocky Mountains in the background.

Two Routes
There are two routes that go through Chetwynd Community Forest up Old Baldy Hill - Old Baldy Trail about 2 km (1.2 mi) long steep and in good shape and Old Baldy Ridge that is a little rougher about 3 km (1.9 mi) long. Both hikes offer some scenic viewpoints or benches to admire the panorama.

Local Trail Information
For local trail information concerning all the trails in Chetwynd, make sure you visit either the Chetwynd Tourist Info Centre or the District Office. There are free maps available as well as good information regarding various difficulties or possible dangers.

Be 'Bear Aware'
Please remember if you do happen to be about in the bush or along trails that there could be bears in the immediate area. Please take the usual precautions such as carrying a high-quality pepper spray, travel in groups and watch and control your dog along the trails.

Snowmobiling
During the winter time, Chetwynd makes a good destination if you enjoy snowmobiling. There are some great areas up the Hasler Forest Service Road where you can find a number of trails, some into the 2,134 metre (7,000 feet) elevation range. Other areas include Bickford Mountain. Telephone the Chetwynd Snowmobile Club for more information. (250) 788-9505

Recreational Complex
Chetwynd also enjoys excellent indoor recreational opportunities throughout the community. The recreational complex in town offers a wave pool, sauna, large-sized hot tub, ice arena, six-sheet curling rink and a library.

Natural Springs Golf Course
For golfers there is a small course 15 km (9 miles) south of Chetwynd on Hwy 29 called Natural Springs Golf Course. Although only a 9-hole course, you'll find that it is quite challenging offering lots of entertainment and fun and is situated alongside the Sukunka River. Telephone: (250) 788-3944.

Peace River Regional District
Chetwynd is situated at the crossroads for easy travel into other communities of the Peace River Regional District. Other communities within a close distance from Chetwynd include Tumbler Ridge to the south, Dawson Creek to the east and Hudson's Hope to the north.

RV Camping
You can try Westwind RV Park which is conveniently located close to the centre of Chetwynd offering large full-service sites, tenting and wireless internet. Telephone: (250) 788-2190. There is Wildmare Grove RV & Campground, south of town at Wildmare Creek, that has both full-service and partial hookup. Telephone: (250) 788-2747. Also Caron Creek RV Park located 16 km (10 mi) west of Chetwynd on the Hart Highway, offers full-service with a total of 40 sites. Telephone: (250) 788-2522.

Moberly Lake Provincial Park
For non-serviced camping Moberly Lake Provincial Park is only 30 km (19 miles) away north on Hwy 29. Here you can find a large campground facility with 109 vehicle accessible campsites. Moberly Lake features a nice, clean fishing lake complete with a white sandy beach for swimming.

Gwillim Lake Provincial Park
For other provincial parks close by to Chetwynd, one on the way to Tumbler Ridge is Gwillim Lake Provincial Park. Here you can find a number of campsites set along the beautiful scenery of Gwillim Lake that are very peaceful, relaxing and quite unspoiled.

Sukunka Falls Provincial Park
To see some famous waterfalls in the area try Sukunka Falls Provincial Park located approximately 45 km (28 miles) south of Chetwynd towards Tumbler Ridge. Take Hwy 29 south and turn off on the Sukunka Forest Service Road. Travel on this road for 21 km (13 miles), then look for the parking lot for Sukunka Falls.

Information on Chetwynd

Recreation

 

 

Map of Chetwynd
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Welcome to Chetwynd
Welcome to Chetwynd

 

Forestry Jobs
Forestry Jobs

 

Pine River and Peace Foothills
Pine River and Peace Foothills

 

Old Baldy Hill
Old Baldy Hill

 

Chainsaw Carving
Chainsaw Carving

 

Photo of the Chetwynd Countryside
Chetwynd Countryside

 

Hwy 97 through Chetwynd
Hwy 97 Through Chetwynd

 

Chetwynd from Hwy 29
Chetwynd from Hwy 29

 

Westwind RV Park
Westwind RV Park

 
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