Chetwynd, BC

The Town of Chetwynd is located at the junction of Highway 97 and 29, 310 km north of Prince George, British Columbia or 102 km west of Dawson Creek. It has a population of 2,503 (2016 stats) a decrease of -5% from the 2,635 of 2011. There are 1,053 dwellings and has a trading area of about 7000 people. Situated in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.


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Chetwynd is economically strong in oil, gas, coal, mining, ranching, toursim and forestry. The largest employers in the area are Tembec Pulp Mill, Canadian Forest Industries, West Fraser Mills, and Duke Energy (Pine River Gas Plant).


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HISTORY OF CHETWYND, BC

Chetywnd was first known as Little Prairie when the first settlers arrived in the early 1900's. Indians who travelled from Moberly Lake to hunt in the Sukunka Valley called it "Little Prairie". It was later changed to "Chetwynd" named after one of the early settlers, Ralph Chetwynd, around the same time the Pacific Great East Railway first came to the community. Ralph Chetwynd was a Provincial Highways Minister. In 1952, the first Highway was built between Prince George and Dawson Creek. Chetwynd was incorporated as a Village in 1962. In 1983 the municipality was reincorporated as a District Municipality.





Over 60 Wooden Sculptures made with chainsaws are displayed throughout Chetwynd, BC. This was done to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Alaska Highway in 1992. The "Welcome to Chetwynd" display along with the Beaver Sculpture is located in the centre of town next to the IGA store. As well you will see "The Little Giant of the Mighty Peace" located along the highway. The 1200 pound 9 foot statue has been here since 1967 and depicts the spirit of the residents of Chetwynd who have the initiative to stride proudly into the future.

Special Events: There are a number of events each year that brings the community together. The Chainsaw Carving Championships on one of the largest events held on the second weekend of June. Each year the July 1st Canada Day Celebrations take place. For more information on the hiking trails and the best snowmobiling areas, drop by the Visitor Centre for the most recent maps of the trails. The Visitor Centre is open year round.

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Located on the north side of Chetwynd BC is the Canfor Mill. Canfor closed its Chetwynd Mill in 2007 effective December 20 affecting 150 employees. In the Spring of 2010 it started up again with 100 workers back on the job.


There is plenty of fishing in the region. Trout, Pickerel, Grayling, Northern Pike and Dolly Varden. Hiking and biking is popular. During the winter months there is speed skating at the Rotary Park, snowmobiling in the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains plus ice fishing and hunting. Cross country skiing or down hill skiing is available at Powder King.

Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce. 5200 North Access Road. (250) 788-3345. WEBSITE
For more information on Chetwynd visit the Town of Chetwynd WEBSITE




Residential area along the Highway along the south entrance to the community of Chetwynd BC.

GOLF: Moberly Lake & District Golf Club. Located north of Chetwynd just past Moberly Lake. 9 holes, club and cart rentals. Natural Springs Golf Resort. Located 15km south of Chetwynd along Highway 29. 9 holes, par 36, driving range, club and cart rentals, pro-shop, RV camping. (250) 788-3944.

SKI HILL: Powder King Ski Village, located 110km southwest of Chetwynd on highway 97 in the Pine Pass


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