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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Alaska Highway > Taylor 

Taylor is located 56 km (35 miles) north of Dawson Creek and 18 km (10 miles) south of Fort St. John on Hwy 97, the Alaska Highway at mile-post 35. Originally called Taylor Flats, Taylor is situated along a broad plain, 200 feet above the Peace River.

Herbie Taylor
Taylor was named after Herbie Taylor a local legend who first pioneered the area with trapping and prospecting. Herbie Taylor for years operated the local ferry across the Peace River helping travellers heading north into the gold fields of British Columbia and the Yukon.

Alaska Highway
Later with the construction of the Alaska Highway, the ferries were eventually phased out with the building of a suspension bridge across the Peace River built in 1943. The Alaska Highway later opened up the Peace Region bringing in industry and support workers settling in the Taylor area, notably the petro-chemical and forestry industries.

'Industrial Capital of the North'
Coined the 'Industrial Capital of the North,' Taylor has a major natural gas-scrubbing facility as well an oil refinery, timber harvesting plus a wood-processing plant. Taylor's major employers include Duke Energy, North Peace Timber, Taylor Gas Liquids and Canfor Taylor Pulp.

Natural Gas Pipeline
Taylor also serves as the start of a 1,126 km (700 miles) natural gas pipeline south to Vancouver and beyond to parts of the north-western United States.

World's Invitational Gold Panning Championships
Taylor is home to the World's Invitational Gold Panning Championships. This event is held at Peace Island Park every year during the BC day long weekend in August.

Events Planned
Some events planned in which you might wish to participate include the parade, gold-panning demonstrations, claim-staking contests and various prospectors' games plus lots of fun for the kids. For those of you who love to eat, try the BBQ, pancake breakfast and freshly baked bannock made the traditional way.

Lone Wolf Golf Club
If you enjoy golfing, try your luck at Taylor's public golf course at the 18-hole, par 72 Lone Wolf Golf Club. The course has a very nice layout plus if you would like to hit a bucket of balls, Lone Wolf Golf Club has a driving range.

World's Largest Golf Ball
While you're here, make sure you take a look at the World's Largest Golf Ball. Made from an old fuel tank the golf ball is 12.89 metres (42.3 feet) in diameter and weighs around 33,566 kilograms (37 tons).

Things to do
If you happen to be in Taylor other things to do include the Taylor Speedway which operates June through September; the Annual Dog Sled Race in December; plus Curling Bonspiels that are held throughout January and February and the annual Taylor Flats 200 boat challenge and July 4 Poker Rally.

Participaction Trail
Taylor also has a 3.9 km (2.4 miles) walking trail around the Lone Wolf Golf Club called the Participaction Trail. This 3.9-km (2.4 miles) trail blends the features of gentle walking path with the beauty of winding through a natural setting. Then, during the winter, the Participaction Trail is used as a cross-country ski route.

Peace Island Park
For RV camping at Taylor, try Peace Island Park which is situated on the banks of the Peace River. Here you can find up to 100 large, private campsites. Peace Island Park accepts reservations, has a boat launch, walking trails and is open from May to September. The entrance is off Big Bam Road, telephone (250) 789-9295. Peace Island Park is well used by jet boat enthusiasts for an access point onto the Peace River.

Taylor Landing Provincial Park
Another spot where you can access the Peace River is at Taylor Landing Provincial Park located downstream from Peace Island Park on the south side of the Taylor Bridge. At Taylor Landing Provincial Park there is a boat launch, picnic tables, pit toilets and the chance of catching either arctic grayling, bull trout, rainbow trout and whitefish.

Kiskatinaw Provincial Park
When you're travelling to or from Dawson Creek on Hwy 97, the Alaska Highway at around 26 km (16.2 miles), you will come to Road 64, the Old Alaska Highway. If you take this road and travel about 4 km (2.5 miles), you will arrive at the historic Kiskatinaw Curved Bridge and the Kiskatinaw Provincial Park.

Great Fishing
Kiskatinaw Park has 28 campsites available and features boat access on Kiskatinaw River where you'll enjoy fishing for either rainbow trout or pike.

For more accommodation in Taylor, there are the Taylor Inn, telephone (250) 789-3766, the Taylor Lodge, telephone: (250) 789-3024, and RV camping at the Fairway Trailer & RV Park which has full-service hookups and is conveniently situated near the Lone Wolf Golf Club, telephone: (250) 789-3794.

Information on Taylor



Map of Fort St. John and Taylor British Columbia
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The First Highway
The First Highway




Industrial Complex
Industrial Complex


World's Largest Golf Ball
World's Largest Golf Ball


Peace River Bridge
Peace River Bridge


Peace Island RV Park
Peace Island RV Park


Jet Boats at Peace Island Park
Jet Boats at Peace Island Park


Peace Island Park RV Campground
Peace Island Park RV Campground


Kiskatinaw Curved Bridge
Kiskatinaw Curved Bridge


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