Fort Saint John is a quaint village situated where the mighty Peace River meanders beneath the Rocky Mountains. Days are spent hiking along wooded trails, fishing on freshwater lakes or skiing from one slope to the next.
Things to do in Fort St. John
Visit Fort St. John North Peace Museum to discover the town’s history, from the First Nations to the European settlements and fur trade. Step inside a traditional tipi from the Dunneza and Sikanni tribes, try on a beaver belt, browse the Blacksmith’s Shop and compare your feet to dinosaur footprints.
Charlie Lake Provincial Park is a must-see for nature enthusiasts, boasting trails through aspen, birch and alder forests and along the western shore of Charlie Lake. Anglers can catch northern pike and walleye in the lake, while the surrounding plateau is home to wild moose, white-tailed deer, beavers and squirrels.
In winter, go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing through the rolling landscape of Beatton Provincial Park. Sprawling along the eastern shore of Charlie Lake, the park has over 20 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails ranging from beginner to advanced terrain. You can also make use of the toboggan hill located at the main gate.
If you’re interested in local artwork, don’t miss a visit to Peace Gallery North. Browse a unique collection of paintings, ceramics, and sculptures, then see beautiful landscape photographs showcasing the diverse flora and fauna of Peace Region.
Getting around Fort St. John
Fort Saint John is 10 minutes’ drive from North Peace Regional Airport. Resting off Highway 97, it’s a five-hour drive from Prince George and a seven-hour drive or bus ride from Edmonton. The town is easily explored on foot and by bus.