Fort St James National Historic Site Photo Kim Walker

Fort St. James

Fort St James is a small community in Northern British Columbia built around the National Historic Site of the Hudson’s Bay Company post. This site was one of the largest group of original wooden buildings representing the fur trade with the First Nations in Canada. The site has since been fully restored to commemorate that very partnership. There are numerous historic structures to be explored, as well as exhibits depicting the trade that took place there.

The region is also home to some beautiful natural landscape, that can be hiked through. Along the trails you can see some of the rich wildlife that calls Northern British Columbia home.

Location

Located on Stuart Lake, 62 km (37 mi) north of Vanderhoof along Highway 27. It is some 120 km (75 mi) northeast of the Fraser Lake community.

A Step Back in Time

Fort St James was originally founded in 1806 as a Northwest Trading Company post by the Explorer Simon Fraser. It was only when the Northwest Trading Company merged with the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1821, that the site became a Hudson’s Bay Trading post. It had previously been known as the Stuarts Lake post, due to its close proximity to Stuarts Lake. The site continued to operate as a trading post up until its closure in 1952.

The site was later determined to be a National Historic Site of Canada, was rebuilt, and is maintained to this day. Many of the building there are from structures from the 1880s. The most recent reconstruction brings the number of time the Fort was rebuilt to 4.

Stuarts Lake and the Stuart river are named after Simon Frasers assistant John Stuart.

Contact Information

The District of Fort St. James

Fort St. James & Nearby Accommodations

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Beaver Point Resort
Capri Motor Inn
Pitka Bay Resort

Pitka Bay Resort

Fort St. James

Welcome to Pitka Bay Resort! Your premier lodging, camping & fishing retreat located in picturesque Fort Saint James, British Columbia. Situated on Stuart Lake, Pitka Bay is private, serene & an ideal location for a couples getaway or family holiday. Come soak up the sun with us! ... Read more
Pipers Glen Resort

Pipers Glen Resort

Fort Fraser

Overlooking beautiful Fraser Lake, Pipers Glen Resort is a fantastic destination for families to experience many outdoor activities. We are close to Fraser Mountain hiking trail, where you’ll find breathtaking views. Rent our kayaks or pedal boats for a fun day on the lake. We also have great fish ... Read more
Riverside Park Campground

Riverside Park Campground

Vanderhoof

Located along the banks of the Nechako River. This park offers camping in a park setting. 38 sites, 9 with water and electricity. WiFi available. Call ahead to reserve. Playground, unsupervised swimming; boating, volleyball court, covered picnic area and lit walking/running path. Pet policy. ... Read more
Siesta Inn

Siesta Inn

Vanderhoof

Centrally located in downtown Vanderhoof on Hwy 16, Siesta Inn is a great location for overnight travellers or week-long guests. We offer very clean and quiet accommodations, featuring double and queen beds. Our rooms are newly furnished and equipped with free in-room WiFi, coffee services, microwav ... Read more
Finger Lake Wilderness Resort

Finger Lake Wilderness Resort

Vanderhoof

Getaway, relax & unwind at Finger Lake Wilderness Resort – a quiet, secluded resort in Northern BC. Here you will find self-contained housekeeping lakeside rustic log cabins with BBQs at affordable rates. Enjoy the exclusive access to private Finger Lake. The resort is small and family-oriented wh ... Read more
Birch Bay Resort

Birch Bay Resort

Francois Lake

Birch Bay Resort is located on the northeast end of Francois Lake. This first class year round family resort in Central British Columbia offers great fishing, hiking and boating - with accommodations fit for all occasions. Birch Bay offers full serviced R.V. sites each having water, power, sewer, pi ... Read more
Sintich RV Park

Sintich RV Park

Prince George

Quiet and peaceful adult park. Up to 50 amps service; cable TV on full hook-ups; RV Wash; wireless internet available; free hot showers; laundry room, recreation hall for groups; 6 minutes from town; close to golfing and major shopping areas. Pets on leash. ... Read more
Summit Lake Resort

Summit Lake Resort

Summit Lake

Summit Lake is located 50 kms north of Prince George close to Hwy 97. The lake is located on the continental divide between the Pacific and Arctic watersheds and offers a range of recreation opportunities including fishing, swimming, boating and related water sports. There are more than 40 kilometer ... Read more
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