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 the 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 Enbridge) began construction of a pipeline to carry natural gas to the United States. Fort St. John became British Columbia’s oil and gas capital when TransCanada Pipelines built a Natural Gas pipeline in 1957. Their NOVA gas system started operations in 1961.

As Fort St. John continues to grow, so does the supply of retail and other businesses. This friendly, small town has lots of big city amenities, creating a fantastic atmosphere for many to call home. There are plenty of unique shops throughout the city as well as a number of large national chain stores.

Fort St. John is a wonderful place to visit on your trip north as it offers a rich concentration of cultural and outdoor activities. Fort St. John is known as “The Energetic City” and provides top-notch recreation facilities with hundreds of events taking place every year. Come experience Fort St. John’s vibrant spirit for yourself!

Visitor Info Centre whether it be camping, fishing, golfing, boating or hiking the energetic staff will help you discover all there is to do in and around the City. In the Pomeroy Sports Centre at 9324 – 96 St. Open 9am to 8pm Monday – Friday and 11am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays during the summer.

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Located in the heart of the majestic Peace River and has a population of 21,000. It serves a trading area of over 60,000. 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.

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 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 nine months later in October 1942, the American troops left and the population dropped to 700. In 1952 gas and oil was discovered and by 1957 the refinery at Taylor and a pipeline to the south had been built. 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. Adventurers, recreational enthusiasts and wildlife share thousands of acres of pristine wilderness, making Fort St. John one of the recreation jewels of British Columbia.

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Where is Fort St. John British Columbia

Forst St John is located in the Peace River District of British Columbia, in the far North. It is closer to the Yukon border than the southern BC border with Washington State. It is also very near the Alberta border on the eastern side of BC. The Alaska Highway is the main road access to Forth St. John.

Can you see the Northern Lights in Fort St. John?

Yes, you can certainly see the Northern Lights in Fort St. John when the conditions permit. The Northern Lights are most often visible between October and April, when there is more darkness. The summer months have very long days (up to 20 hours of daylight), so it is unlikely you will see the solar activity of the Aurora Borealis in the summer.

What is Fort St. John Known For?

Fort St John is known for having plenty of natural resources, including natural gas and timber. It has a natural gas pipeline that exports natural gas to the United States. Fort St. John also has become known for outdoor recreation. With it’s vast, wide open area, and limited poplation there is a ton of opportunites for fishing, hiking, ATVing, camping, snowmobiling and more. Most of these activities are enjoyed during the short summer months, but these strong northern residents don’t let the winter months keep them inside.

Map of Fort St. John British Columbia

This map of Fort St. John shows the downtown area. The Alaska Highway is the Main road that passes through the city. There are a number of hotels and restaurants located right new the Alaska Highway with large parking areas for large vehicles. Because Fort St. John is a Oil and Gas exporation hub, there are many large service vehicles in and around town, which may make parking more difficult. There is a large parking lot at the Pomeroy Sports Center, which is also where the Visitor Center is located.

Map of Fort St. John British Columbia
Map of Fort St. John British Columbia

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