Fort St. John, BC
Located in the heart of British Columbia’s Peace River region, Fort. St. John is the region’s transportation hub and the largest city along the Alaskan highway south of Whitehorse. The Alaska Highway begins at Dawson Creek, British Columbia “Mile O, and continues on through the Yukon and into Alaska for 1500 miles. It was started in World War II, as a route to transport equipment from Canada and the United States and took took eight months to complete. Fort St. John was established in 1794 as the first trading post and the oldest non-native settlement in British Columbia. In 1821, when the Northwest Company amalgamated with the Hudson’s Bay Company and the Fort (known as Fort d’Epinette) it was renamed Fort St. John.
Fort St. John earns its reputation as “the energetic city” by offering active travellers countless ways to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Northern BC. Start your day fishing or windsurfing on Charlie Lake, spend the afternoon hiking the trails at Fish Creek Community Forest, and relax in the evening with dinner at one of the city’s first-class restaurants. In the wintertime, enjoy cross-country skiing and snowmobiling along the trails of Beatton Provincial Park or stick around in January for the High on Ice Festival.