Locations in British Columbia
Ft St John | British Columbia
Fort St. John is The Energetic City, located in the heart of majestic Peace River country. With it’s population at 19,000 it is the largest regional service center in northeastern BC. It services 60,000 people in the area and offers residents and visitors year round amenities. It has a resource base of oil, natural gas, forestry and agriculture, which make it a young and vibrant place to call home.
In March 1942 the construction of the Alaska Highway began and in a few short years Fort St. John’s population swelled to 2,000. With the completion of the Alaska Highway, only 8 months later in October 1942, the American troops left and the population dropped to 700.
On July 1, 1975 incorporation as a city took place and Fort St. John hasn’t looked back.
The city is rich in natural resources; mainly oil and gas, timber, hydroelectricity and agriculture. More grain, seed and honey is produced here than anywhere else in BC.
Here adventurers, recreational enthusiasts and wildlife share thousands of acres of pristine wilderness playground. The area around Fort St. John is considered to be one of the recreation jewels in British Columbia.
Historically, Fort St. John traces its roots back to the end of the 18th century when Sir Alexander Mackenzie opened a series of forts along the Peace River to service the fur traders.
Fort St. John has undergone five location changes to adapt to its changing needs as a growing community.
At the end of World War I many veterans moved westward to the fertile agricultural lands on both sides of the Peace River, and formed the population base for the then tiny hamlet of Fort St. John.
In 1952 gas and oil was discovered and by 1957 the refinery at Taylor and a Pipeline to the south had been built.