St. James is located 53 km (33 miles) north from the weigh station
on Hwy 27.
The weigh station is located 7 km (4.4 miles) west of Vanderhoof
on the Yellowhead Hwy 16 towards Fraser
Lake. Look for the Fort St. James National Historic sign at
the weigh scales. Turn north when you see this sign.
Fort St. James is situated on the southeast end of beautiful
Stuart Lake. Once you arrive at Stuart Lake, you can either turn
towards Paarens Beach or Sowchea Bay Provincial Parks or go into
Fort St. James. Driving into Fort St. James, you will notice the
local ski hill - Murray Ridge.
into Fort St. James, keep your eyes open for the directional sign
to the National Historic Site. Fort St. James was once a Hudson's
Bay Company trading post.
Founded by explorer, Simon Fraser, in 1806, Fort St. James was the
capital of New Caledonia, now present-day British Columbia. The
Fort, now restored, offers you the "real life" feel of
what life was like in frontier times of the early 1800's.
Fort St. James has all the conveniences you'll be looking for
including gas stations, a hardware store, and an Overwaitea store.
The Pitka Bay Marina will help you with your boating requirements.
For recreation, Fort St. James offers great fishing, hockey arena,
curling rink, snowmobiling, trails for mountain biking, hiking and
Murray Ridge Ski Hill.
Ridge offers skiing and snowboarding daily, except Tuesdays and
Wednesdays, for only $ 28.00 for a full adult day pass. If you're
staying awhile, consider buying an adult season's pass for under
$400. This has to be one of the greatest recreational values around
Pope Provincial Park
For some great hiking make sure you visit the trails located on
Mount Pope Provincial Park. The panoramic views of Stuart Lake are
If you're on an extended trip and want to do more exploring, consider
going to the Omenica north of Fort St. James. The Omenica is a large
region in British Columbia that remains virtually untouched. For
people who love canoeing, the Nation Lakes canoe trip is one of
If you're planning to stay in Fort St. James, there are some
choices. For RV camping, try going to the provincial parks at either
Beach Provincial Park or Sowchea Bay Provincial Park, both situated
on Stuart Lake. The Parrens Beach facility has larger and more private
campsites with different options for the family. There is also a
private campground called Stuart River Campground that is located
5 km (3miles) south of town on the banks of the Stuart River.
St. James Links