Fort Fraser is a small village located 135 km (84 miles) west of
Prince George and 25 km (15.5 miles)
east of Fraser Lake on Hwy 16 'The
Trunk Pacific Rail Line
Historically Fort Fraser has had small sawmills and has been part
of the Grand Trunk Pacific Rail Line from Prince George to Prince
In April 7, 1914, the last spike was driven 1.6 km (1 mile) east
of Fort Fraser completing Canada's second trans-continental railroad.
The Grand Trunk later merged with Canadian National Railway in 1923.
People and Large Ranches
not much industry exists in Fort Fraser with the mill closed down
and the railway building long gone. The residences are made up of
retired people, ranches, and people who work in the bush or the
molybdenum mine at nearby Endako.
Petro Canada Station
There is a 24-hour Petro Canada Station in Fort Fraser along with
an elementary school, motel and church. Shopping and services are
very limited with most people going to Vanderhoof for medical, restaurants,
and shopping facilities.
If you feel like something to eat there is pub fare at the Last
Spike Pub located near the CN Railway tracks. If you have kids under
19 you will have wait until either Vanderhoof
or Fraser Lake for greater restaurant selection.
Snowmobiling is very popular during the winter months along with
trapping, ice-fishing and cross-country skiing. In the fall you
can go walking, hiking, fishing and hunting throughout the many
trails that are in the backcountry especially by Fraser Lake.
and very helpful
People in this part of British Columbia are friendly, very helpful
and tend to look after one another, especially out on some of the
forestry backroads that are all over the country. You can read about
luck ourBC.com experienced during one travel adventure through
Along Hwy 16 you'll cross one of British Columbia's most controversial
rivers the Nechako just before Beaumont. The
Nechako River was dammed further on upstream from Fort Fraser in
the 1950's to help supply the water for the generators at Kemano
for Alcan aluminum works in Kitimat.
There is some great water sport recreation farther west by 5 km
(3 miles) on the east side of Fraser Lake at the beautiful Beaumont
Provincial Park. You'll really enjoy the lake if you have small
kids as the lake bottom tends to stay shallow in the swimming area.
River Provincial Park
Other areas to explore around Fort Fraser include the Stuart River
Corridor, which was the original route of explorer Simon Fraser
and long used by the Carrier First Nations.
Just remember if you are enjoying the countryside around Fort Fraser,
please remember this is Bear Country. Try to avoid the rivers during
heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel comfortable with bears
around and take the usual precautions. There is also the possibilities
of encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe.