Located in the heart of the majestic Peace River country, Fort St. John supports a trading area of more than 69,000 people in the City and outlying service region. The population is dynamic, young, and energetic. Fort St. John is British Columbia’s oldest non-aboriginal settlement and its pioneer spirit is alive and well today. Fort St. John began in 1794 as a trading post, in 1928 it was established as a community and in 1942 the Alaska Highway was built. During construction of the Alaska Highway Fort St. John’s population swelled to 2,000. With the completion of the highway, only nine months later in October 1942, the American troops left and the population dropped to 700.
By 1951 high grade oil had been discovered and in 1955 West Coast Transmission Company Ltd (now Spectra Energy) began construction of a pipeline to carry natural gas to the United States. TransCanada Pipelines constructed a Canadian Natural Gas transmission pipeline in 1957 and their NOVA gas system started operations in 1961. Fort St. John became British Columbia’s oil and gas capital.
As Fort St. John continues to grow, so does the supply of retail and other businesses. Our friendly, small town feel is matched with big city amenities, creating a fantastic combination for many to call home. You will find unique shops throughout the city along with many national chains. Fort St. John is a great place to visit and play, and offers a uniquely rich concentration of cultural activities and outdoor adventures. Fort St. John offers top-notch recreation facilities and being “The Energetic City”, has hundreds of events taking place every year that entertain people of all ages and interests. Come experience Fort St. John’s vibrant spirit for yourself!