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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns >  Yellowhead Hwy > Fort St. James

Fort St. James
Fort St. James is located 53 km (33 miles) north from the weigh station on Hwy 27.

Weigh Station
The weigh station is located 7 km (4.4 miles) west of Vanderhoof on the Yellowhead Hwy 16 towards Fraser Lake. Look for the Fort St. James National Historic sign at the weigh scales. Turn north when you see this sign.

Stuart Lake
Fort St. James is situated on the southeast end of beautiful Stuart Lake. Once you arrive at Stuart Lake, you can either turn towards Paarens Beach or Sowchea Bay Provincial Parks or go into Fort St. James. Driving into Fort St. James, you will notice the local ski hill - Murray Ridge.

National Historic Site
Going into Fort St. James, keep your eyes open for the directional sign to the National Historic Site. Fort St. James was once a Hudson's Bay Company trading post.

Simon Fraser
Founded by explorer, Simon Fraser, in 1806, Fort St. James was the capital of New Caledonia, now present-day British Columbia. The Fort, now restored, offers you the "real life" feel of what life was like in frontier times of the early 1800's.

Fort St. James has all the conveniences you'll be looking for including gas stations, a hardware store, and an Overwaitea store. The Pitka Bay Marina will help you with your boating requirements.

For recreation, Fort St. James offers great fishing, hockey arena, curling rink, snowmobiling, trails for mountain biking, hiking and Murray Ridge Ski Hill.

Murray Ridge
Murray Ridge offers skiing and snowboarding daily, except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, for only $ 28.00 for a full adult day pass. If you're staying awhile, consider buying an adult season's pass for under $400. This has to be one of the greatest recreational values around British Columbia.

Mount Pope Provincial Park
For some great hiking make sure you visit the trails located on Mount Pope Provincial Park. The panoramic views of Stuart Lake are incredible.

The Omenica
If you're on an extended trip and want to do more exploring, consider going to the Omenica north of Fort St. James. The Omenica is a large region in British Columbia that remains virtually untouched. For people who love canoeing, the Nation Lakes canoe trip is one of BC's best.

RV Camping
If you're planning to stay in Fort St. James, there are some choices. For RV camping, try going to the provincial parks at either Parrens Beach Provincial Park or Sowchea Bay Provincial Park, both situated on Stuart Lake. The Parrens Beach facility has larger and more private campsites with different options for the family. There is also a private campground called Stuart River Campground that is located 5 km (3miles) south of town on the banks of the Stuart River.


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Fort St. James
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Stuart Lake
Stuart Lake


Historic Fort St. James
Historic Fort St. James


Fort St. James
Fort St. James


Hwy 27
Hwy 27


Stuart River
Stuart River


Paarens Beach
Paarens Beach


Little Jimmy Ice Cream
Little Jimmy Fry's

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