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Fort St. John

Located along the Alaska Highway in British Columbia’s Northern BC region, the infectious, energetic rhythm in Fort St. John, offers up a friendly city that has the second youngest population in British Columbia. Optimism, wealth, and good, clean fun are in the hearts of their residents. Proclaimed as the Music Capital of Northern BC in 2009, Fort St. John is alive with the sound of music all year round.

Outside the city limits, a mosaic of croplands grow under the warm summer skies, creating a patchwork that reaches out to the area’s deep, clean lakes and lush forests. Here adventurers, recreational enthusiasts, and wildlife share thousands of acres of pristine wilderness playground.

While the long hot summer days are filled with water-skiing, hiking, camping and horseback riding, the bright, cold winters create the perfect playing fields for the avid sledders, ice fishermen, cross-country skiers and hunters.

The “Aurora Borealis”, otherwise known as the Northern Lights, is one of nature’s amazing attributes and can best be seen on a clear, winter night right around Fort St. John.

This is the place for adventure, no matter the season. A place where weather extremes are embraced for the challenge they offer and the satisfaction they reward.


Fort St. John is located on a plateau above the Peace River Valley 18 km (11 mi) northwest of Taylor, 73 km (45.5 mi) northwest of Dawson Creek and 387 km (240 mi) southeast of Fort Nelson.

A Step Back in Time

Historically, Fort St. John traces its roots back to the end of the 18th century, when Alexander Mackenzie opened a series of forts along the Peace River to service the fur traders.

At the end of World War I, many veterans moved westward to the fertile agricultural lands on both sides of the Peace River, and formed the population base for the tiny hamlet of Fort St. John. In 1942, the Alaska Highway was completed which sparked a population boom and the discovery of high-grade oil in 1951 that set the city’s course as British Columbia’s Oil & Gas Capital.

Fort St. John is now home to over 20,000 people and is the largest regional centre in northeastern British Columbia serving some 60,000 people in the area.

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Fort St. John & Nearby Accommodations

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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

Peace Island Park


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
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
Triple G Hideaway RV Park & Campground

Triple G Hideaway RV Park & Campground

Fort Nelson

The Triple "G" Hideaway is conveniently located near many local attractions and offers a variety of amenities and services to ensure an enjoyable and comfortable stay. WiFi hot spots. Reservations recommended. ... 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
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
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