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Fort St. John: Gateway to Peace River Country, Oilfields, Wheat Fields, Yukon and Alaska

Energy and Agricultural Capital of British Columbia, Fort St. John is the hub of the Northeast serving an area population of 50,000. It's a City with a great sense of community spirit and vitality, a well rounded municipality that boasts a new Cultural Centre that includes a Library, 400 seat Theatre and large Artspace. The Cultural Centre offers a wide variety of shows, from the famous to showcasing local talent, live theatre, music and dancing.

A visit to the local museum will take you back to scattered Indian villages, explorers and fur traders, as Fort St. John is the oldest non -native settlement on the B.C. mainland, along with historical information on the construction of the world famous Alaska Highway. Here you will find a gift shop, a tiny Chapel of the Holy Cross built in 1934, a Trapper's cabin, antique machinery and a 136 foot oil derrick that enhance the lawns of the museum. Next to the Museum Centennial Park is the ideal spot to picnic or just stretch tired, weary limbs.

The City's largest shopping facility and an RV Park are located behind the Museum. Camping is also available at Rotary Park on Charlie Lake, 6 miles north on the Alaska Highway. Fish Creek Community Forest, behind Northern Lights College, contains three interpretive walks full of various types of vegetation, birds and small animals, making this a fun educational side trip. Guided tours of the Fish Creek Community Forest are available. The city is served by two golf courses, Lake Point Golf and Country Club, an 18 hole course, one of the most challenging and scenic courses in British Columbia, and the Fort St. John Links, a newly established 9 hole course near the College.

Interesting Things to See:
North Peace Cultural Centre and Peace Gallery North; Centennial Park, Fort St. John North Peace Historical Museum Look Out Point
Fish Creek Community Forest

FORT ST. JOHN - 13,876. 800 air km (500 miles) north of Vancouver in the northeast corner of the province, an area known as the Peace River area.
Travel Time: By air, Fort St. John is about 1 2-hours flying time. By road trip 1,250 km (775 miles), Vancouver is about 16 hours away. Climate: At 56 degrees north of the equator, Fort St. John has cold
winters and relatively short summers. On the bright side, it has one of BC's sunniest climates and Chinook winds out of the mountains warm things up occasionally in winter. High temperatures in January average about minus 13° Celsius (8° f) while July highs average about 21° Celsius (70° f). Annual precipitation is 492 m (19 in,).
Economy: Fort St. John is situated in the rolling prairies of the Peace River area, well-suited for grain farming. Agriculture is strong here, while forestry and oil and gas production also provide a large number of jobs.

To do: For the visitor, the great outdoors around Fort St. John couldn't be greater. Provincial parks in the area include Beaton and Charlie Lake, both known by anglers as highly productive.
Peace River Alaska Hwy. Tourism: