Population: 4,049

Vanderhoof is located 60 miles west of Prince George on Yellowhead Highway 16. 

Visitor Information: Vanderhoof Visitor Centre, 478 First Street West, 800-752-4094.

Vanderhoof is the geographical centre of British Columbia. The town was named for Chicago publisher Herbert Vanderhoof, who was associated with the Grand Trunk Railway. Today, Vanderhoof is the supply and distribution centre for a large agricultural, lumbering and mining area. Vanderhoof has lodging, camping, dining, gas stations and shopping facilities.


  • Vanderhoof  Heritage Village Museum has relocated pioneer structures furnished with period artifacts.
  • Bird watching on the Nechako River, a stopping place for thousands of migrating waterfowl.
  • Fort St. James National Historic Site, north of Vanderhoof, has a restored fur warehouse, fish cache, men’s house and trade store. Fort St. James was headquarters for the Hudson’s Bay Co.’s New Caledonia fur trade district.