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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.