Fort St. John

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Population: 18,000

Fort St. John is located at Milepost 48 of the Alaska Highway, 47 miles north of Dawson Creek and 236 miles south of Fort Nelson, BC.

Visitor Information:
City of Fort St. John Visitor Centre, 9523–100 Street, Fort St. John, BC V1J 4N4; phone 1-877-785-6037; (email).

The original Fort St. John was established as Rocky Mountain Fort in 1794, making Fort St. John the oldest white settlement in mainland British Columbia. In 1942, Fort St. John became field headquarters for U.S. Army troops and civilian engineers working on construction of the Alaska Highway in the eastern sector. An immense natural oil and gas field discovered in 1955 made Fort St. John the oil capital of British Columbia.

Today, Fort St. John’s booming economy is based primarily on oil and gas, agriculture, forestry, tourism, hydro-electric power generation, and consumer and public services.

Fort St. John has all visitor services. Lodging at Blue Belle Motel, Super 8 and numerous other motels/hotels; dining at restaurants and fast-food outlets; full-service gas stations and car repair locations like Integra Tire (phone 250-785-2411). Shopping at Totem Mall, MacKenzie Inn Mall, Co-Op Mall, Northgate Mall, the Sobey’s complex and Price Smart complex. Fort St. John also has supermarkets, laundromats , banks, car washes, a bowling alley and a 5-plex movie theatre.

Camping north of town at Rotary R.V. Park on Charlie Lake and at Charlie Lake and Beatton provincial parks.

Fort St. John Map

Attractions:
  • Fort St. John–North Peace Museum has more than 6,000 artifacts from the region.
  • Centennial Park has a water spray park, skateboard park, curling rink, tennis courts, volleyball court and picnic area.
  • A granite monument in Centennial Park commemorates Sir Alexander Mackenzie’s stop here on his journey west to the Pacific Ocean in 1793.
  • Heritage Kiosk Walking Tour features photos of Alaska Highway construction and of Fort St. John in the 1940s and 1950s.
  • North Peace Cultural Centre houses Fort St. John Public Library, a 413-seat theatre; an art gallery and cafe.
  • Play golf at the Links Golf Course in town or Lakepoint Golf Course at Charlie Lake.

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