FORT ST JOHN
BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Welcome to Fort St John BC known as "The Energetic City". It is also the only Prairie in the Province of British Columbia. From 2013 to 2014 the population has increased by 4.7%.
Fort St John BC RESTAURANTS
Corner RV Park, 8428 Alaska Road, Fort St John, BC. Located just off Highway 97. 34 sites, laundry, showers, washrooms. 250-785-4218.
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.
Lakepoint Golf website
Fort St. John Links Golf Course. Located in Fort St. John.
Fort St. John Visitor Centre is open year round. (250) 785-3033. Moved to 9324-96 Street, in the Pomeroy Sport Centre.
City of Fort St John website
North Peace Recreation Centre. The arena is used for skating and hockey. Home of the Fort St. John Huskies. Located on 98 Avenue. (250) 787-8182. Also located next to the Arena is the Curling Club with 8 sheets of ice, Kids Arena, a Splash Park and a Skateboard Park. The Leisure Pool has a 6 lane pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room and water slide.
Fort St John Chamber of Commerce - website
FORT ST JOHN, BC
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 21,653 (2014 stats) serving a trading area of over 60,000.
|MORE Fort St John PHOTOS: Click on the mini-pictures above to enlarge photo.
100 street north, metal bear sculpture, newspaper, FSJ Leisure Pool, 100 street east, the Lido, the Old Hotel
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.
Home of the Fort St John Flyers (Senior Hockey Team) NPHL, that challenges other teams in the Peace Country. The 2015-2016 NPHL consists of 7 teams. North Peace Hockey League.
EAST DIVISION: Falher Pirates, Grimshaw Huskies, Manning Comets and High Prairie Regals.
WEST DIVISION: Spirit River Rangers, Fort St John Flyers, and Dawson Creek Canucks. (Grande Prairie, Lakeland Eagles-McLennan, Hythe Mustangs, and Valleyview Jets are not playing this year) NPHL Hockey Schedule-Stats--Scores
| Introducing The FORT ST JOHN FLYERS - 2013-2014
Team Players, Coaches introduce themselves on camera.
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Fort St John Flyers Win the Cup. Special Events: In January Fort St John celebrates the High on Ice Winter Carnival. April has the Peace River North Festival of Performing Arts. Each May the Peace River Zone Theatre Festival takes place. July 1st the Celebration continues with the Canada Day Celebrations. Also in July many enjoy the Doig River Stampede and Dane-Zaa Days. August is the North Peace Fall Fair as well on the August long weekend is the Great Canadian Welding Competition.
The North Peace Hockey League finals wrapped up March 24, 2009 as the Fort St John Flyers defeated the Grande Prairie Athletics four games to two. In 2010 the Grande Prairie Athletics won the NPHL Championships. In March 2015, the FSJ Flyers defeated the Whitehorse Huskies in the BC "AA" Provincial Play Downs.
Local Hockey websites: Fort St John Minor Hockey, Fort St John Huskies
Fort St John Flyers
Fort St John Enerplex (a multi-use facility) opened in the fall of 2009. (view picture)
There are many things to do in and around Fort St. John, from mountain biking, fishing, hiking, canoing, bowling and a whole lot more.
NOW POSTED Events of the Peace Country
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 self guided 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
since 2006. (250) 663-8747.
Aurora Cinema Theatre. 9600-93 Ave, 5-plex cinema
Lido Theatre. 10156-100 Ave. Specialty classics, arts and music events.
Alwin Holland Elementary. 10615-96 Street. (250) 785-6125. school website
Bert Ambrose Elementary. 9616-115 Avenue. (250) 785-2321. school website
Bert Bowes Jr. Secondary. 9816-106 Street. (250) 785-6717.
CM Finch Elementary School. 10904-106 Street. (250) 785-8580. school website
Dr. Kearney Junior Secondary. 10723-92 Street. (250) 785-8378. school website
Duncan Cran Elementary School. 8130-89 Avenue. (250) 787-0417.
Fort St John Central Elementary School. 10215-99 Avenue. (250) 785-4511.
North Peace Secondary School. 9304-86 Street. (250) 785-4429. school website
Robert Ogilvie Elementary. 9907-86 Street. (250) 785-3704.
Christian Life School. 8923-112 Avenue. (250) 785-1432. school website
Dorse Prosser Adventist Elementary. 7920-96 Avenue
UPDATE May 2015: A new Walk In Clinic has opened in Fort St John. Located at the Pure North Building 10701-101st Avenue, Fort St John. (open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday)