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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns >  Yellowhead Hwy > Vanderhoof

Vanderhoof is located 100 km (60 miles) west of Prince George and 35 km (22 miles) east of Fort Fraser on the Yellowhead Hwy 16.

The Geographical Centre of BC
If you look at a map of British Columbia you will notice that Vanderhoof is at the geographical centre of BC. Traditional lands of the Carrier Nation the region is situated along the relatively flat Nechako Plateau.

Early Years
During the early years, Vanderhoof (Dutch for "of the farm") began as a small community with the surrounding area made up of large cattle ranches and logging operations.

Backcountry Adventures
Today because of the settlement of the large amount of ranches and forestry operations, the area has opened up for exploring.

Outdoor Activities
You can have access to many outdoor activities that include angling, wildlife viewing and photography, cross-country skiing and backcountry adventures. The roads are full of many lakes and rivers that are all within an hour's drive of Vanderhoof.

The Vanderhoof Heritage Museum
Located on the west side of Vanderhoof on Hwy 16 at 1st Street is the Vanderhoof Heritage Museum. The museum is made up of ten small buildings representing the early 1900's in Vanderhoof history. If you happen to have a motorhome or trailer, there is lots of available RV parking at the museum. The museum is open annually midway through May through until October 1.

Local Trails
If you happen to be in Vanderhoof, make sure you pick up the Hiking Guide available through the Chamber of Commerce. A couple of easy trails available near Vanderhoof include Riverside Park Trail featuring a nature walk, Evelyn Dickson Trail (great for biking) and the Hospital Trail.

Omineca Trail
For a longer trail, the historic Omineca Trail will take you along the ancient Carrier First Nation trail route to Stuart River and beyond.

The Nechako Valley Winterfest is an annual festival celebrating the spirit of being a member of the Vanderhoof community and living with one another. Every year Winterfest gives the opportunity for young and old to participate in a number of different winter sports, cultural events and art presentations. From the children's carnival, curling bonspiels to the Vanderhoof Women's Hockey Tournament, Winterfest will surely entertain you with its spirit of celebration of being alive and living in Vanderhoof and the beautiful Nechako Valley

Wilderness Ranches
If you enjoy horseback riding, snowmobiling, hiking and fishing, you'll be sure to enjoy the numerous wilderness guest ranches located throughout the Vanderhoof area. Most offer you cabin rentals, guiding and hunting services along with ATV rentals or some other means of getting through the bush trails. Generally most are situated next to a wilderness lake offering you excellent boating and fishing opportunities.

National Historic Site
Just west of Vanderhoof by 7 km (4.4 miles) is the turnoff for Hwy 27 to Fort St. James. Founded by the explorer, Simon Fraser, in 1806, Fort St. James was the capital of New Caledonia, now present-day British Columbia. At Fort St. James you can visit the National Historic site of the original Hudson's Bay Company trading post. The Fort, now restored, offers you the 'real life' feeling of what life was like in frontier times of the early 1800's.

Backcountry Adventure
If you have a reliable vehicle, one backcountry adventure you might want to try is the historical Blackwater Rd. Located just east of Vanderhoof, the Blackwater takes a southerly direction past Sinkut Lake to some beautiful lake country full of great fishing holes, notably Eulatazella and Naltesby Lakes. The road eventually goes past Punchaw Lake to the Blackwater River.

Travel to Quesnel
If you want to travel via the backroad, continue south-east to Bouchie Lake following the Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail to Nazko, Quesnel and Hwy 97. Just remember to watch for wild animals and have a good backcountry road map of the area.

Information on Vanderhoof


RV Park



Map of Vanderhoof, BC, Canada
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Burrard Avenue
Burrard Avenue. - Vanderhoof


Vanderhoof Heritage Museum
Vanderhoof Heritage Museum


Nechako River Walk
Nechako River Walk


Vanderhoof Heritage Museum
Vanderhoof Heritage Museum


Nechako River
Nechako River


Christmas Time
Christmas Time


Hwy 16 going through Vanderhoof, BC
Hwy 16


The Grand Reo Theatre
The Grand Reo Theatre


The Reid Bar & Grill
The Reid Bar & Grill


Riverside RV Park & Campground
Riverside RV Park & Campground

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