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Welcome to Fort St John BC known as "The Energetic City". It is also the only Prairie in British Columbia.
Charlie Lake Provincial Park.11 km north of Fort St. John, BC on Highway 97. 58 sites. Fishing, boating, boat launch. Open May to September.
Beatton Provincial Park. 13 km north of Highway 97 on the east side of Charlie Lake. 37 sites. Walleye and northern pike. Water, swimming, sandy beach, boat launch. Open May to September.
Peace Island Park located in Taylor along the Peace River. The municipal park and campground is open May to August.
Lakepoint Golf & Country Club. Along the shores of Charlie Lake. (11 km northwest of Fort St. John). 18 holes, par 72. Driving range, pro shop, golf cart rentals, licensed lounge and restaurant. (250) 785-5566.
Fort St. John Links Golf Course. Located in Fort St. John. 12704-86 Street. 9 hole, concession and lounge. (250) 785-9995.
Fort St. John Visitor Centre is open year round. 9523-100 Street. Near the entrance to the City. (250) 785-3033.
The City of Fort St John BC is located on the northeast part of British Columbia, which is also part of the Peace Country. Located 75 km north of Dawson Creek or 214 km west of Grande Prairie, Alberta. Fort St. John BC has a population of 18,609 (2011 stats) serving a trading area of over 60,000.
Fort St. John was established in 1794 as the first trading post and the oldest non-native settlement in British Columbia. In 1821, when the Northwest Company amalgamated with the Hudson's Bay Company and the Fort (known as Fort d'Epinette) it was renamed Fort St. John. In 1905 the Northwest Mounted Police established their post in Fort St. John. In 1913 there were only about 30 settlers living here and a few years later the telegraph arrived. The first school was built in 1923. In 1951 oil was first discovered which led to the discovery of the Westcoast Energy's 1st natural gas field. It wasn't until 1958 that the Pacific Great Eastern Railway arrived. Fort St. John became a city in 1975.
The Alaska Highway begins at Dawson Creek, British Columbia "Mile O, and continues on through the Yukon and into Alaska for 1500 miles. It was started in World War II, as a route to transport equipment from Canada and the United States. The highway took eight months to complete and opened in 1942. Fort St. John's population exploded in 1942 from 200 to more than 6000.
The economy of Fort St. John is primarily oil and gas. Also forestry and agriculture play a big part for this community including tourism and hydroelectric power generation. There are over 300,000 tourists that travel through the area on the Alaska Highway each year. The Alliance Pipeline from Northeast British Columbia to Chicago, USA, has benefited Fort St. John (3100 km natural gas pipeline). The Canfor/LP Peace Valley OSB Plant has come on stream in the fall of 2005 and is the largest OSB in the world. It is owned by Canfor Corporation and Lousiana-Pacific Corporation and produces 820 million sq.ft. of 3/8" panel annually. It employs approximately 140 people. Fort St John Statistics/Transportation.
Totem Mall includes over 30 stores (including Staples, Marks Work Wearhouse, Coles, Ernies Sports Experts) and a number of restaurants. Home of the Aurora Cinema Centre. Located next to Highway 97. 9600-93 Avenue. (250) 785-3537. Smaller Malls include the Northgate Mall at 10434-100 Street and the Co-op Mall located at 9831-98A Avenue.
Fort St John Minor Hockey, Fort St John Huskies
Fort St John Flyers
Fort St John Flyers Win the Cup.
Fort St John Enerplex (a multi-use facility) opened in the fall of 2009. (view picture)
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The Honey Place is the world's largest Glass Beehive. Open year round Monday to Saturday. Fresh honey is available. Located 7 km south of Fort St. John at Mile 42 of the Alaska Highway. (250) 785-4808.
W.A.C. Bennett Dam that generates electricity is one of the main attractions of the area located twenty minutes from Hudson's Hope. (Hudson's Hope is 86km west of Fort St. John). The dam was built in 1967. The Visitor Reception Centre is also located overlooking Williston Lake. (250) 783-5211.
Peace Canyon Dam life size dinosaur display is located next to the power house. The dam forms Dinosaur Lake. The Peace Canyon Dam is open for selfguided tours from 8am-4pm, Monday-Sunday (May-October). Open 8am-4pm Monday-Friday the rest of the year. The WAC Bennett Dam and the Peace Canyon Dam supply 40% of British Columbia's hydroelectric power. (250) 783-9943.
Fort St John Airport:
The first airport in Fort St. John was built in 1938. It is now located on the east side of the city.
Fort St. John Airport
The Alaska Highway News, daily newspaper publishes Monday thru Friday. Established in 1940, circulation of about 3840. 9616-98 Street. (250) 785-5631.
The Northerner is a weekly newspaper, circulation of about 10,400. (250) 785-2890.
Northeast News, free weekly paper. 9909-100 Ave. (250) 787-7030
ince 2006. (250) 663-8747.
Aurora Cineme Theatre. 9600-93 Ave, 5-plex cinema
Lido Theatre. 10156-100 Ave. Specialty classics, arts and music events.
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