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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Alaska Highway > Fort St. John

Fort St. John
The City of Fort St. John is located 75 km (47 miles) north of Dawson Creek and 382 km (239 miles) south of Fort Nelson on the Alaska Highway, Hwy 97.

Fur Trading Post
Fort St. John was originally established in 1794 as a fur trading post for the Northwest Company called Rocky Mountain House, making it the oldest established European community in B.C.

Hudson's Bay Company
In time the trading post changed numerous locations, names and, eventually, ownership to the Hudson's Bay Company who decided on the name Fort St. John in 1821.

'Energetic City'
Fort St, John is sometimes referred to as the 'Energetic City.' The reason for all of this optimism is that Fort St. John has traditionally relied on the oil and natural gas industries since 1951 and lately business has been booming. Jobs are plentiful, the population young, good real estate sales and the energy of the people does not seem to slow down.

Shopping Centres
Fort St. John, besides having high employment, has a downtown that is starting to show signs of prosperity with ongoing building projects and improvements noted everywhere. You can find new restaurants, shopping centres and coffee shops in redeveloped parts of the city. If you're looking for a Starbucks coffee, try visiting the Safeway where there is an outlet.

North Peace Museum
One thing you'll want to do in Fort St. John is to visit the North Peace Museum. The Museum is located just off the Alaska Highway on 100th Street going north. Look for the large oil derrick and parking lot towards the right.

Heritage Kiosk Walking Tour
For other local heritage sights, Fort St. John has set up in the streets a kiosk walking tour that takes you around to the various points of history and interest. As you walk the tour the kiosks have old photographs depicting past events and happenings regarding Fort St. John, especially with the building and construction of the Alaska Highway.

Fort St. John AirShow
One event you'll want to attend is the Fort St. John AirShow. Usually a participant at the air show is the air show team called the Canadian Snowbirds, a world-class show and a number of individual performances. Other things planned for the Fort St. John AirShow include a number of specialty acts including the AV8FX Team.

Outdoor Recreation
The outdoor recreational opportunities around Fort St. John are endless. From playing golf, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and hunting in the summer and fall to unbelievable snowmobiling, snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter.

Fish Creek Community Forest
To get out for walks and explore nature all you have to do is visit the Fish Creek Community Forest where you'll find lots of woodland trails available. The entrance to the park is found off East Bypass Road. To get here travel 2 km (1.2 miles) from Fort St. John on 100th Street to get to East Bypass Road.

Charlie Lake
Another great recreational area found close by is at Charlie Lake, situated just north of Fort St. John by 10 km (6 miles). Here you can find wildlife viewing, hiking, boat launching, swimming, canoeing, kayaking and fishing.

Charlie Lake Provincial Park
Charlie Lake also features Charlie Lake Provincial Park which has a few trails and some large private campsites if would like to explore and stay the night.

North Peace Leisure Pool
Situated in Centennial Park next to the North Peace Museum, the North Peace Leisure Pool is an indoor recreational facility that contains some of the best water facilities in the Peace Region. Complete with hot tub, competition pool and therapeutic pools, it is just one of the facilities found at Centennial Park.

Centennial Park
Other recreational facilities at Centennial Park include: the North Peace Arena home to the Fort St. John Huskies a Junior B team in the Northwest Junior Hockey League (heard live on Moose FM); the Fort St. John Curling Club which has an eight-sheet curling rink; and, for kids, the Fort St. John Skateboard Park.

High on Ice Winter Carnival
This annual event in January has both professional and amateur ice carving competitions taking place as the main attraction. The High on Ice Winter Carnival also features curling bonspiels, an ice fishing derby, sleigh rides, snow golf, toboggan races, and many more winter events that you and your kids will enjoy.

Peace River
For people who love jet-boating, there are some excellent opportunities found on the Peace River just south of here at Taylor. Once at Taylor cross over the Peace River on the Taylor Bridge to find a boat launch at Taylor Landing Provincial Park. From here the jet-boating is great, especially down to Peace River Corridor Park and Kiskatinaw River.

BC Hydro
If you happen to be travelling to Fort St. John, try to include visiting and viewing the power installations of BC Hydro at Hudson's Hope. You have to travel north through Charlie Lake then turn on Hwy 29 up the Peace River to Hudson's Hope and then travel 22 km (13 miles) to W.A.C. Bennett Dam to view one of the world's largest earthen dams.

Site C - Power Project
While travelling the Peace River Valley on Hwy 29 from Charlie Lake turnoff to Hudson's Hope, you can view the planned reservoir for an on-again/off-again project called Site C. Site C is still in the planning stage and waiting government approval.

New Dam 6 km (4 miles) from Fort St. John
The controversial plans are to build a new dam about 6 km (4 miles) south-east of Fort St. John on the Peace River. The new dam would be just upstream from the mouth of the Moberly River and flooding the Peace River Valley up to just downstream from Hudson's Hope.

Information on Fort St. John

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Map of Fort St. John
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'Energetic City'
'Energetic City'

 

BonaVista Petroleum Ltd.
BonaVista Petroleum Ltd.

 

North Peace Museum
North Peace Museum

 

Heritage Kiosk Walking Tour
Heritage Kiosk Walking Tour

 

Photo of 100th Avenue
100th Avenue

 

Oil Services
Oil Services

 

100th Street
100th Street

 

Peace Leisure Pool
Peace Leisure Pool

 
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