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Vanderhoof

Vanderhoof is a district municipality near the geographical centre of British Columbia. The area is surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape, with numerous natural habitats, and the many bird species can be viewed at the Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Outdoor activities in the area include hiking, fishing, and even hunting. Additionally, the regions rich culture and history can be experience in the Vanderhoof Heritage Museum.

Location

Vanderhoof Municipality has an area of 5,763 hectares and is located at the junction of Highways 16 and 27. 54 km (33 mi) to the north on Highway 27 is the District of Fort St James, and 51 km (32 mi) to the west is the Village of Fraser Lake.

The Canadian National Railway runs through the centre of the District, parallel to Highway 16. Vanderhoof is the second largest and most easternly member of the Buckley-Nechako Regional District. This district encompasses a total land area of approximately 78,000 square kilometres.

A Step Back in Time

The Carrier Indians pioneered the land in this area long before the first white man arrived. An ancient Indian village known as Chinlac lies just a few miles east of Vanderhoof on the junction of the Nechako and Stuart Rivers. Simon Fraser’s diary relates that he was the first white man to trade with the people of the Chinlac.

After the fur traders, came the packers, miners, telegraph operators, surveyors, and finally, settlers looking for the free land of the frontier.
In 1906, the Village was only a survey line in the wilderness to mark the location of the marked railway. When the last spike was driven on April 7th, 1914, it started a race for the land. The Grand Trunk Pacific Development Company offered cheap land. Herbert Vanderhoof, one of the companies employees, laid out the townsite. The town grew, and in 1926, the Village of Vanderhoof was born.

With the arrival of World War II, many young men left, and Vanderhoof came to a standstill. But with the rise in lumber prices, and the arrival of new people in the late 1940s, it started to grow again. The next boost to the population and the economy came with the construction of Kenney Dam in the early 1950s. At the peak of its construction, it employed 1,500 men. Then in the 1960s a large influx of American immigrants arrived and since that time Vanderhoof has enjoyed steady growth.

Contact Information

Vanderhoof District Chamber of Commerce

Vanderhoof & Nearby Accommodations

31 Listings

Beaver Point Resort
Capri Motor Inn
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
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
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
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
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
Hartway RV Park

Hartway RV Park

Prince George

RV Park and tenting sites in beautiful gardens and treed sites. Wonderful large fire pit and wood available. extremely clean bathrooms, friendly service, open year round to serve you. ... Read more
Blue Cedars RV Park & Campground

Blue Cedars RV Park & Campground

Prince George

Entering into Blue Cedars Campground, guests are first welcomed to an open canopied forest of large birch trees before entering into a lush forest of Douglas-fir trees. Surrounded by the beautiful wilderness, our campground offers a tranquil setting for guests to relax and unwind. We offer 100 sites ... Read more
Northland RV Park

Northland RV Park

Prince George

Northland RV Park is a full-service campground in Prince George. ... Read more
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