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Chetwynd

The small community of Chetwynd is located in the Alaska Highway Region of Northern British Columbia and is a popular area for outdoor enthusiasts. The many lakes and rivers provide fishing for trout, pickerel, Dolly Varden and Northern Pike. Hiking trails and nearby parks including Hole in the Wall Provincial Park, Moberly Lake and Gwillim Lake attract visitors and in the winter snowmobiling offers deep powder and lots of virgin territory to explore.

Chetwynd is also well-known for its 120-plus intricate chainsaw carvings and the annual  International Chainsaw Carving Championship that is held every June, attracting carvers from all over the world.

Location

Chetwynd is situated on Hwy 97, 101 km (63 mi) west of Dawson Creek, 135 km (84 mi) south-west of Fort St. John. Hudson’s Hope lies 67 km (41 mi) north on Hwy 29.

A Step Back in Time

The community was originally known as “Little Prairie” but with the advent of the Pacific Great Eastern (PGE) Railroad in 1957, the name of the community was changed to Chetwynd in honor of the Minister in charge of railroads, Ralph Chetwynd.

In 1958 hundreds of people from the area came out to celebrate the arrival of the first train with many having waited 30 years for a rail outlet to the west coast.

With rail service established, a lumber industry developed bringing prosperity to the region, and the Westcoast Transmission pipeline was built. With strong signs that the Peace River hydro-electric project would proceed, businesses and investors moved to the area.

Today over 3,000 people live in the Chetwynd area.

Contact Information

Chetwynd Tourism

Chetwynd & Nearby Accommodations

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Bluebell Inn
Coal River Lodge & RV Park

Coal River Lodge & RV Park

Coal River

Coal River Services is a multi-service seasonal tourist oasis with motel, diner, gift shop, gas station and RV park with full hook-ups and laundromat. More amenities coming soon. ... More Details
Mile 0 RV Park

Mile 0 RV Park

Dawson Creek

Mile "0" features a variety of sites complete with all your RV and camping needs. Stay under a canopy of beautiful trees adjacent to the Walter Wright Pioneer Village, Rotary Lake and the Dawson Creek Golf Club. ... More Details
Northern Lights RV Park

Northern Lights RV Park

Dawson Creek

Northern Lights RV Park has 92 sites that are fully serviced with power/water/sewer (30/50 amp), WiFi and TV. New bathrooms, laundry and meeting facility for larger groups and caravans. ... More Details
Northern Rockies Lodge

Northern Rockies Lodge

Muncho Lake

Stay with us and save a day on your journey along the Alaska Highway (Alcan Highway)! Halfway between Whitehorse and Fort St. John, Muncho lake is a excellent spot to spend the night. The beautiful Northern Rockies Lodge is located by Muncho Lake in the northern tip of the Rocky Mountains. The Lodge ... More Details
Peace Island Park

Peace Island Park

Taylor

Nestled on the banks of the mighty and majestic Peace River, Peace Island Park has over 100 campsites for tents, groups and RVs, including drive-thru with electrical hookup. Campers will find there are various sites to choose from, including serviced, non-serviced and group sites. Bring the whole fa ... More Details
Poplars Motel & RV Park

Poplars Motel & RV Park

Toad River

Poplars Motel and RV Park is located about 4 miles northwest of Toad River, along the Alaska Highway. Well maintained campground with stunning mountain views, offering large level pull-thru sites for extra long rigs. Most sites back-off the highway, very little road noise. Friendly atmosphere to mak ... More Details
Ross H. MacLean Rotary RV Park

Ross H. MacLean Rotary RV Park

Charlie Lake

Nice convenient RV park just out of Fort St. John. Easy to spot from the Hwy. Nice gravel parking areas, clean. ... More Details
Tetsa River Lodge

Tetsa River Lodge

Tetsa River

Our wilderness RV campground features 30 sites including pull-thru sites, 15 amp power service, onsite water, shower/washroom building and a dump station. All included in daily site fee. ... More Details
Toad River Lodge & RV Park

Toad River Lodge & RV Park

Toad River

This RV campground is the perfect destination for big rigs, slide in truck campers and everything in between. Full hook-ups and fire rings at each site. Firewood available. WiFi available throughout the park.  Cable TV hook-ups at each site. Pull-thru spaces available and back-in spaces along Refle ... More Details
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