Fort St. John
Fort St. John is located at Historic Milepost 47 of the Alaska Highway, 47 miles north of Dawson Creek and 236 miles south of Fort Nelson, BC.
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 and numerous other motels/hotels; dining at restaurants and fast-food outlets; full-service gas stations; and car/RV repair locations like Northern Spring, Brake & Steering Ltd., phone 250-787-0727. There are several shopping malls, supermarkets, laundromats, banks, car washes, a bowling alley and a 5-plex movie theatre.
- Fort St. John–North Peace Museum, at 9323 100 St., has more than 6,000 artifacts, gifts and books from the region. Open year-round, Mon.–Sat., 9 am to 5 pm.
- Pomeroy Sport Centre at 9324 96 Street, houses the visitor centre and also has ice rinks, indoor speed skating, and indoor jogging track.
- Peace Valley viewpoint at the end of 100 Street (off the Alaska Highway) offers a panoramic view of the Peace River valley.
- 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, Lakepoint Golf Course at Charlie Lake or Lone Wolf Golf Club in Taylor.