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Come and explore the Stuart-Nechako Region EXPLORE Our scenic landscapes EXPERIENCE Our fresh air and clear lakes ENJOY Our friendly, laid-back lifestyle One main highway passes through the Nechako Valley, Highway 16. Going west from Vanderhoof there is Fort Fraser and Fraser Lake. Highway 16 connects with Highway 27 going north to Fort St. James just outside of Vanderhoof. Summer is the busiest season with camping, boating, hiking and other water activities at their best. The fall, however, offers some of the best hiking, biking and golfing opportunities, along with the fall fair. Winter brings with it skiing at the Murray Ridge Ski Hill in Fort St. James, cross country skiing at various trails in the area, not to mention ice fishing on the many lakes. We invite you to discover, experience and explore the Stuart-Nechako region. If you’re looking for tips on local activities and attractions, there are many information centres located throughout the region which are visited by thousands of tourists every year. In Fort St. James, the centre is located in the Chamber of Commerce building at 115 Douglas Ave. 250-996-7023. In Vanderhoof there is an information centre in the Chamber of Commerce located at 2353 Burrard Ave. 250-567-2124 or toll free 1-800-752-4094. In Fort Fraser, the information centre is located in the rail car on Highway 16 during the summer months. In Fraser Lake the information centre is open from May to September and can be found in the log building at 30 Carrier Cres. 250-699-8844. Welcome to our backyard!

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Vanderhoof & Area The Carrier Indians pioneered the land in this area long before the first white man arrived. Following the driving of the last spike of the Grand Trunk Railway in 1914 the race was on to buy cheap land and the settlement of Vanderhoof was begun. The settlement grew and in 1926 the Village of Vanderhoof was born. In the 1950’s the Kenny Dam was built and more people came to the area. The

1960’s brought a large influx of American immigrants and the town has begun to grow steadily ever since. Vanderhoof is reliant on the lumber industry as well as agriculture which is one of the largest forage producing areas in British Columbia as well as the recent mining construction going on. Vanderhoof is very proud of the fact that it is the Geographical Centre of BC.

Events for Vanderhoof Annual Wild Goose Chase Fun Run This event is the beginning of May every year and has been running for 34 years. This is a fun run for either a 3.5 km, 8 km run or 5 km walk through the streets of Vanderhoof. Prizes, gifts and awards are given for various categories. Hooterville Hoot Held annually in early June, the Hooterville Hoot car show attracts collectors from around the province and country. This year the Hoot is scheduled for June 3, 2012. Spend the afternoon scouring through the automobiles at Riverside Park between 11 and 3pm. The Hooterville Hoot is hosted by the Nechako Valley Classics and Customs and if you need more information on the car club or the Hooterville Hoot call Dave at 250-567-0821. Meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of every month, for location and times call Dave.

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Recreation/Leisure Fair Drop in for the Recreation & Leisure Fair in September at the Vanderhoof Arena. The fair is designed to raise awareness and showcase the various service, volunteer, leisure and recreational groups in the Stuart-Nechako area.

Enjoy our great outdoors John RUSTAD, MLA Nechako Lakes Garden and Tea Tour Buy a ticket for the annual garden tour and tea fundraiser hosted by the Friends of the Vanderhoof Public Library held the last Sunday in July. This year’s event is July 29, 2012. The ticket grants admission to four beautiful gardens, with tea available at one of the locations. Contact the Vanderhoof Public Library at 250-567-4060 or email vhpl@telus.net for more information.

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Events for Vanderhoof Nechako Valley Exhibition Held the third weekend in August, the 46th Annual Nechako Valley Exhibition has something for everyone. This year the event is August 17-19, 2012. The exhibition combines all facets of the local agricultural community from animals to home baked goods. Spend the weekend wandering around the endless booths filled with creative crafts and treats or watching one of the numerous demonstrations put on frequently. The Exhibit Building theme for 2012 is ‘Farm Transportation through the ages.’ Pumpkin Walk For 11 years the Vanderhoof Chamber of Commerce has coordinated the Great Pumpkin Walk, bringing to life Riverside Campground for Halloween night. Thousands of local residents attend this social evening, enjoying a free cup of hot chocolate, the carved pumpkins lining the road, the campfires where volunteers hand out candy, and the grand finale: an awe inspiring fireworks display. In past years this fun family event has helped to reduce vandalism and mischief on Halloween night. It is held every year on October 31, no matter what day of the week that is. The Pumpkin Walk starts at 5pm and the fireworks display at 8pm. The Great Pumpkin Walk is a significant event in Vanderhoof, funded entirely by the community.

Small animal barn at the Nechako Valley Exhibition Parade of Lights Run rampant on the streets and take advantage of the great sales. Held in Vanderhoof on the first Friday in December, Midnight Madness is kicked off by the Parade of Lights. Bring the whole family downtown to enjoy the festive atmosphere. In Fort St. James and Fraser Lake the event occurs in late November. Most downtown retailers remain open until midnight the same evening of the Parade of Lights.

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Fort St. James & Area Founded by Simon Fraser in 1806 on the shores of beautiful Stuart Lake. Fort St. James is a very historic town and is very proud of its history. The Fort St. James National Historic Site, the ancient burial site of Carrier Chief Kwah, Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church, and the monument to legendary bush pilot Russ Baker are of great interest to

residents and visitors alike. Year round outdoor and indoor recreational opportunities include hiking and biking trails, ballparks, golf, fishing, hunting, water-skiing, canoeing, swimming, sailing and boating, alpine and nordic skiing, skating, hockey, curling, snowmobiling, dog sledding and camping.

Events for Fort St. James Farmers Market For 15 years, local food and craft producers have been working hard to bring healthy, local food options and locally made products to the community. Local products help reduce environmentally costly and expensive fossil fuel dependence and provide highnutrition food with less reliance on preservatives and processing - not to mention they are also delicious. 15th Annual Stuart Lake Fishing Derby For those fishing enthusiasts out there, look for the 14th Annual Stuart Lake Fishing Derby at Fort St. James on Wednesday, June 30 - Sunday, July 4, 2012 (July long weekend). This “Famous Rainbow Fishing Derby” offers thousands of dollars to be won for 1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes with additional prizes being added. The catch and prize money involves the heaviest Rainbow Trout caught throughout this 3 day event so come on out and enjoy the food, fun and fireworks. Canada Day Celebrations Canada’s Birthday is held to the fullest in Fort St. James, with live entertainment, activities for all ages and an exceptional fireworks show. The festivities all start off at 8am with a pancake breakfast and a parade at 11am, but that’s not all there are many activities for all ages to take part in throughout the day. With a variety of vendors and an ethnic dinner held by the community the food should be great so come on out and enjoy and be sure not to miss the Fireworks at 11pm held at Cottonwood Park on the beautiful shores of Stuart Lake.

It will be the market’s 15th year of offering local produce, meat, eggs, crafts, furniture, baking, jams, jellies, tasty treats, bedding plants, and more for sale each week in their downtown location across from the Lakeshore Pharmacy and Canada Post Office. The market is open every Friday from the Friday before Mother’s Day to mid-October. For more info call Charlotte Croquet at 250-996-7869.

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Fraser Lake & Fort Fraser The attractive lakeside community of Fraser Lake lies alongside the Yellowhead Highway, west of Vanderhoof. The pioneer roots of the area’s history date back to the fur trade, with the establishment in 1806 of a fur-trading post by Simon Fraser, at Fort Fraser near the east end of Fraser Lake. The town was established in 1914, during the construction of the Grand Trunk Railway, and was incorporated as a village in 1966. Launch your sport boat on Fraser Lake, a water ski and hydro-sliding paradise. If you prefer relaxation, soak up the rays on one of the lake’s three sandy beaches.

Fort Fraser is the site of the last spike of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. Mining, agriculture, tourism, and logging are the mainstays of the local economy. East of Fraser Lake is Fort Fraser, one of the oldest settlements in British Columbia and named after the explorer Simon Fraser. His mandate from the North West Company was to cross the Rockies and establish trading relations with the people in the interior of what is now British Columbia, but which Fraser called New Caledonia. Here he established Fort McLeod in 1805, Fort St. James and Fort Fraser in 1806, and Fort George in 1807.

Events for Fraser Lake & Fort Fraser Mouse Mountain Days Festival The Mouse Mountain Days Festival is an annual family event that takes place during the first week of July. It involves music, games for kids such as wheel barrel races, fireworks, barbecue picnic lunches, and local baking. This event is fun for all ages, so bring the whole family. Join in on the Canada Day celebrations with Fraser Lake’s annual float parade, fireworks, slo-pitch tournament, curling and much more. Contact the information centre for details. Rose Prince Pilgrimage Held annually the second weekend of July at Lejac near Fort Fraser, the site of the Lejac Residential School. This event celebrates the life of a Carrier native woman who many feel should be recognized as a saint. Leisure, Rec & Small Business Fair September 8, 2012 in the Fraser Lake Arena. Register your kids in winter sports and other activities, all at one time in one place. Great way to advertise your small or home business. For more information call the Fraser Lake Village Office 250-699-6257.

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Local Trails Waterlily Lake Jump on a bike and explore the 30 km of well kept trails at Waterlily Lake, located on Sturgeon Point Road north of Vanderhoof off Highway 16. Many different areas around the region offer well-kept trails suitable for mountain bike riding. Greer Creek Falls This easy 3.4 km return trail leads you to a 7 metre waterfall, with a pool at the base ideal for a cool dip on a hot day. Also at the falls is a picnic table and fire pit. Just be sure to pack out your garbage. To get there, head out on the Kenney Dam Road, and turn left on the Kluskus Forest Road. The trailhead is at km 37.5 on the Kluskus Forest Road. Telegraph Trail Visit the old telegraph route, built in the 1890s, now converted into a series of walking trails. The telegraph line was built during the Klondike Gold Rush to allow for communication between the gold fields and surrounding towns. The line has not been used since the 30’s, but sections of the original trail are there to be explored south of Vanderhoof at Hogsback Lake. The lake is a great place for swimming in the summer and the trail is perfect for hiking or mountain biking. The 10-km Telegraph Trail stretches to Blackwater Road.

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Local Trails Chinlac Massacre Site Nestled at the crossing of the Nechako and Stuart Rivers, is the site of the 1745 Chinlac village. In 1745, the southern Denes came and nearly annihilated the entire Chinlac population because of their dislike for the Chinlac Chief, Khadintel. This scene has been under archaeological study for the past couple of years. Large land depressions mark the spot where houses once stood and there are hundreds of food caches to be found. Accessible by boat or by trail, this site will awaken the historian in everyone. Please consult with the Saik’uz 250- 567-9293 or Nak’azdli First Nation 250-996-7171 or the Chamber of Commerce 250-567-2124 before attempting a visit to the location. Cheslatta Falls Located 60 kilometres south of Highway 16 on the Holy Cross Forest Service Road, a trail is preserved from the traditional route used by Carrier Indians who built several small villages in the area. Circular pit depressions from semi-underground winter lodges can be seen from the return loop trail. The spectacular route starts at the Cheslatta River recreation site and overlooks the Cheslatta River system, a spillway for water that is diverted through tunnels in the coast mountains to generate power for the Alcan smelter in Kitimat, B.C. The approximate distance is 1.2 km one way. Caution: There are steep drop-offs into turbulent water. This hike is not suitable for young children and pets. Please respect the provincially protected archaeological sites and do not disturb or remove anything. Cheslatta Trail The trail is an aboriginal route that linked villages on the Cheslatta Lake with villages on Fraser Lake. This 75 km trail passes by 14 lakes and is accessible at several points along the Holy Cross Forest Service Road. Ormond Creek Trail This one way 10-km trail will take you along the east side of Ormond Creek from Fraser Lake to Ormond and Oona Lakes. The trail goes along the Ormond Creek canyon, 40 - 50 feet deep and 150 yards long. The trail head is just beyond Peterson’s Point Campsite. Please ensure children are well supervised. You can do a shorter version and follow Ormond Creek, then turn back. This offers beautiful views of the Creek and Canyon. Get more info at the Visitor Center.

One of the many hiking trails in the area.

Village of Fraser Lake Every year thousands of Trumpeter Swans enjoy our beautiful waterfront. Be sure to make Fraser Lake a stop on your northern migration. Conveniently located midway along BC’s Highway 16.

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Some of these trails have a stunning view overlooking Fraser Lake. Red Rock Volcano Mouse Mountain The 25-million-year-old volcano is only accessible by Mouse Mountain, named after its uncanny rewalking trails. It can be found on Red Rock Moun- semblance to the animal, is located in the village tain, located on the northwest corner of Fraser Lake. of Fraser Lake. The mountain has a number of hikFrozen lava flows are still visible near the crater. Inside ing and cross-country skiing trails. The main trail, the volcano, there are trees dating back 150 years. a 45-minute round trip hike, will reward you with For details visit the Fraser Lake Info. Centre or the an incredible view of the lake and entire valley. Stellat’en First Nations Band Office 250-699-8747. Keep your eyes peeled for swans gathering for their trip south every winter. The route is safe and well Fraser Mountain Trail Hike the Fraser Mountain Trail for a spectacular view marked. Drop by the information centre for direcof the lake and surrounding area. The trail head is tions to the trailhead. east of Fraser Lake, near Piper’s Glen. A three to four hour hike takes you to the top where you can perch on a B.C. Forest Service lookout tower to view the sights down below. Nyan-Wheti Trail Nyan-Wheti means “The Trail Across,” in the Carrier language. Before the Europeans, this trail linked native villages from Stuart Lake and Fraser Lake. This 45 km hike is for experienced, well equipped hikers. The Trail begins on Baker Drive off Sowchea Bay Road in Fort St. James and ends on Stella Rd. 1 km west of Nautley Village. Black Point Trail Take a picnic and hike the Black Point Trail to the south shore of Francois Lake. This half hour brisk walk takes you through beautiful forests and along the sandy beach to rocky Black Point. Information and directions to the trail head are available at the Fraser Lake information centre.

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Local Trails Mount Pope - Nak’al Nak’al was named Mt. Pope in 1865, after Major Pope became separated from his survey crew and spent a night alone on the mountain. The Carrier People used it as a lookout where they watched for hostile parties approaching on Stuart Lake. To reach Nak’al, follow Stuart Drive West to Stones Bay Road. Turn left. The trailhead is located four kilometres ahead. This day use park is popular with hikers. A 6.5-kilometre hiking trail leads to the gazebo at the peak, at an elevation of 790 meters or 2400 feet. (It will take from four to six hours to reach the peak and return.) From the peak, you will see beautiful Stuart Lake and the mountains to the north. If you are hiking, please bring your own drinking water, as there is no potable water on the trail to the peak. Hikers, please stay on the marked trails. Tsilcoh Falls Located on Pinchi Road, 30 km from Fort St. James, these natural falls are astounding. The road is accessible by car, and there is a campsite for day and overnight use. There is a trail that goes right down to the falls where a breathtaking view awaits. From mid to late August you can catch a glimpse of kokanee fish. Please be extremely careful if you are unfamiliar with these falls as the water is fast and very deep. Dickinson Hiking Trail If you would like a spectacular view, head to the Dickinson Hiking Trail. Follow Stuart Drive to the hospital and turn left on Pineridge. Drive 400 metres past the end of the pavement to the entrance to the two kilometre long trail. A sign, on your right marks the start. Bring your camera for incredible pictures from the peak of Mount Dickinson. Tulle Lake Trails Check out this series of 15kms of interconnecting trails to Nanna, Marie and Tulle Lakes. Great opportunities forwildlife viewing, and a great spot for hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Stunning view from Mount Pope. Ripples of the Past New to Fort St. James is an interpretive trail through the town of Fort St. James starting at the National Historic Site and ending at the Russ Baker Memorial. The trail is for all ages and walking abilities.

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Museums & More Vanderhoof Heritage Museum Located on Highway 16 just as you leave Vanderhoof heading west, you will ! nd the Vanderhoof Heritage Museum offering visitors a glimpse into the 1920s. Tour guides provide slide shows and walking tours. Included in the tour is a 30-minute stroll through a 1920s farmhouse, hotel and jailhouse. A 20-minute nature walk waves through other heritage buildings such as the Yukon telegraph cabin and a one-room school. Self-guided tours are also an option. Open May to September, 7 days a week from 10 am - 6 pm The Hobson History Museum The Hobson History Museum located at 1464 Burrard Street, Vanderhoof, is a treasure trove of photographs, letters, articles and life belongings of one of the most famous families in North America. A story of both the Hobson and Hull families and their descendants from the early 1700’s and on. Follow the life of Richmond P. Hobson a Spanish American War Hero turned Congressman with connections to Presidents, Royalty, Government officials, Military leaders, Explorers and Inventors. Son, Rich Jr. moved to the Chilcotins in B.C. in the 30’s, helped establish one of the world’s largest cattle ranches then turned these adventures into three of Canada’s best selling cowboy non-fiction books. You will experience a lifetime of history through the Hobson family, and their

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Museums & More Fraser Lake Museum Learn the town’s story at the Fraser Lake Museum, located at the Visitor Information Centre. Itself a fine example of log-home construction, the museum displays remnants of the rich history of the Fraser Lake area, and an informative display on Dakelh culture. The Last Spike Visit the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, which was completed at Fort Fraser in 1914 and declared a Heritage Site by the Canadian government in 1998. During the construction of the railway in the early 1900s, the local population blossomed to 3,000. The railway contributed to a sudden climb in the economy and an even quicker decline when the project failed after fur prices dropped following the First World War. Chief Kwah Gravesite Chief Kwah was one of the most influential leaders of the Carrier First Nation. He was pivotal in their relationship with Simon Fraser when Europeans first arrived on July 26, 1806 and was known as the Fur Trade Chief. On his death in 1840, his request to be buried at the mouth of the Stuart River was honoured – he wanted to be able to alert his people that the salmon run was starting. To visit his grave, take the first right after the Nak’azdli River bridge, the first bridge when leaving town. For more information you can contact the Nak’azdli First Nation 250996-7171. Rose Prince Pilgrimage Held annually the second weekend of July at Lejac near Fort Fraser, the site of the Lejac Residential School. This event celebrates the life of a Carrier native woman who many feel should be recognized as a saint.

Fort St. James National Historic Site Fort St. James National Historic Site, a restored Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading post, whisks visitors back to life as it was in the 1890’s. Talk to staff and learn about life in this 200-year old fort. It’s the oldest collection of wooden buildings in the country depicting Canada’s fur trade. As you wander around the site, you’ll learn about the Fort’s history and the traders’ relationships with the Carrier First Nation Russ Baker Memorial Frank ‘Russ’ Baker was one of the greatest bush pilots in Canada’s north. He was also the founder of Pacific Western Airlines, which later became part of Air Canada. If you are an aviation history buff, you will want to visit the Russ Baker Memorial. It’s located on Lakeshore Drive, past Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church - a 15-minute walk from Cottonwood Park.

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KENNEY DAM: Located 96 kilometres south of Vanderhoof. An awe-inspiring mountain of rock, gravel and clay, as high as St. Paul’s Cathedral of Egypt. The Kenney Dam measures 457 metres in width and 99 metres high. The downstream face of the dam is a spectacular sight of falls dropping 100 metres – greater than the height of a 32-storey building. The surface area of the reservoir is 910 square kilometres.

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Stay at one of the 38 campsites. Riverside Park - Vanderhoof Located on the banks of the Nechako River, just north of downtown Vanderhoof, Riverside Park presents the perfect opportunity for ultimate relaxation. Stop to stretch your legs, have a picnic lunch or stay overnight at one of the 38 campsites. Use of showers, sani-dump, and firewood are available when campsite fees are paid. The 1.2 km loop walking path is lamp-lit and the trail is maintained year round for running, walking, and cross-country skiing. Riverside Park is home to the Nechako Migratory Bird Sanctuary where thousands of Canada Geese, trumpeter swans and other migrating birds can be seen each spring and fall. Be sure to climb the bird watching tower for a better view.

Bike Park - Vanderhoof Rip’ N The North Bike Club has a bike skills park. There are different types of trails with jumps for all skill levels and ages. The Club has gained considerable grassroots community support. Get a hold of Maryanne or Cathy at the Omineca Sports for more information. First Nations Heritage Vanderhoof Much of Canada’s past and present includes the Aboriginal culture. The Saik’uz First Nation community, located approximately 20 minutes south of Vanderhoof on Kenney Dam Road, is the perfect venue to experience the culture. Visit the Saik’uz Potlatch house or the campground, where beautiful cabins overlook Nulki Lake. Hook-ups, boat rentals and picnic tables are available for your stay in the area. Call the band office at 250-5679293 for more information.

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Recreational Facilities & Parks Bradley Park Vanderhoof Located south of the alleyway between 4th and 5th Street W. The park is well lit, has picnic tables, a play structure, swings and an open playing area. Leiding Park Vanderhoof Located on the east side of Victoria St. near Peach Lane, Leiding Park has an open, grassy play area and swing set. Vanderview Playground - Vanderhoof Located west of the Nechako Christian Fellowship Church on Vanderview Drive, the playground has an open play area and swing set.

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Recreational Facilities & Parks White Swan Park - Fraser Lake Stop in at White Swan Park for a picnic or a dip in the water. Just off Highway 16 in the Village of Fraser Lake, this beachfront park is the perfect place for a midday break. Washroom facilities, playground equipment, picnic area, beach and boat launches are all available.

Camp on the shore of Peterson’s Beach. Peterson’s Beach Provincial Site - Fraser Lake Peterson’s Beach Campsite can be accessed off of Highway 16, located on Stella Road North of Fraser Lake. A total of 44 unserviced campsites, pit toilets and boat launch. Camp site host is on site daily from 3pm to 10am the next morning, every day. Ormond Lake hiking trail can be accessed from Petersen Beach.Thousands of pine seedlings have been recently planted at the site to replace trees killed by the Mountain Pine Beetle.

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Come and have a picnic at Beaumont Park. Beaumont Provincial Park - Fraser Lake Sleep amongst the trees at beautiful Beaumont Provincial Park. Located at the east end of Fraser Lake, this campground has 49 sites, a boat launch, day picnic area, swimming beach and sani-station. It is a great place to experience some of B.C.’s most beautiful summer sunsets. The park is located on the original site of Fort Fraser, founded by explorer Simon Fraser.

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Recreational Facilities & Parks Paarens Beach Provincial Park - Fort St. James Get away from it all at Paarens Beach! The park features an 800-meter sandy beach for swimming (including a roped-off area for the kids), a boat launch, camping and canoeing. There’s a large day use/picnic area on the beach with picnic tables, shelters and a playground. If you want to stay longer, there are 36 campsites with pit toilets and sani-stations. The park opens in May, once the snow and ice are gone, and remains open until September. User fees are charged during these months.

View from Paarens Beach.

Sowchea Bay Provincial Park - Fort St. James The Sowchea Bay Provincial Recreation Area is located 20 km west of Fort St. James on Sowchea Bay Road, five 5 km west of Paarens Beach Provincial Park. This park is the trailhead for the 5-km Antimony Mine Trail, leading to old antimony mine. You can explore the old buildings and mining sites. But be careful, the structures are old and could collapse! The park has 30 lakefront campsites with picnic tables and firepits. It’s open from May to September, with standard fees charged. The gates open at 7 am, and close at 11 pm.

Cottonwood Park - Fort St. James Cottonwood Park is the home of many of the area’s special events, including Canada Day, Stuart Lake Fishing Derby, and the Caledonia Classic Dog Sled Race. The park is home to the Marion Steam Shovel. It was built in the twenties, came to Fort St. James in the thirties and worked in the Placer Mine until the forties. The park is also home to a one third scale model of a W34 Junkers Bush Plane – a plane that played a key role in the Second World War and was key in opening up Canada’s north. It’s located close to downtown and has a number of amenities including a bandstand, children’s playground, covered picnic area, beach volleyball, and a RV sani dump.

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Winter Pastimes

Pausing to look over Nak'azdli and Stuart Lake while out snowshoeing on Mount Dickenson Photo by Ruth Lloyd

Snowshoeing Experience the magic of a winter forest on snowshoes! Snowshoeing has been around for thousands of years. And, obviously, the art of snowshoeing has become more sophisticated over time – now

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Winter Pastimes Cross Country Skiing The trails throughout the area make this winter pasttime a must. Check at the information centre for a map of the lit, groomed trails just west of Vanderhoof at the Nechako Valley Sporting Association grounds on Redmond Pit Rd.

Snowmobiling/ATV Many trails in the area make excellent routes for snowmobiles and ATVs. Some trails are maintained by local clubs and feature routes for both the beginner and more experienced rider. Skating Rinks Spend the day ice-skating or perfecting your slap shot at the one of the many indoor or outdoor rinks to be found in Fort St. James, Fraser Lake and Vanderhoof. If you prefer to be a spectator, drop by the rink to watch local hockey teams compete. In the summer months the Vanderhoof arena plays host to many events.

Dog Sledding Winter visitors looking for a unique way to experience Northern British Columbia can forge a path through the backcountry by dogsled. Expert guides show the way to a once-in-a lifetime experience that makes for great stories to envious friends and family back home. Whichever area of the region the dogs take you, you are sure to see beautiful, and neverbefore seen wilderness and terrain. A trip of a lifetime awaits all future dog-sledding enthusiasts.

Sliding the second rail during the Rail Jam as part of the Slush Cup events at Murray Ridge. Photo by Ruth Lloyd

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Murray Ridge Ski Hill Canadian ski legend Nancy Greene Raine designed this challenging ski hill. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a reputation for great powder, sunny skies, and the longest T-bar in North America. Test your skiing and snowboarding skills on the 22 runs or explore 20 kilometres of cross-country trails. Every February, the hill hosts the Great Bathtub Race where the emphasis is more on fun than winning! Murray Ridge is located 6 miles (10 km) north of Fort St. James, northwest of Prince George. The mountain has elevation of 6500 ft.

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Summer Activities Francois Lake One of the largest lakes in B.C., Francois Lake is approximately 125 km long. Snag some char, rainbow trout, kokanee and white fish. There are a number of lodges and outfitters who can ensure you make the most out of exploring this lake. Kenney Dam Set a day aside to explore the Kenney Dam. The Kenney Dam (or Kemano 1) is a rock-filled hydroelectric dam on the Nechako River, 96km south of Vanderhoof, British Columbia, built in the early 50s. At 1,500 feet long and 317 feet high, it is still a spectacular sight. It took 4,016,900 cubic yards of material to build the dam. It is also a great spot for camping and fishing. To reach the dam, go south on the Holy Cross Forest Service road, which starts at Lejac (6 km east of Fraser Lake). Follow the road for 68 km and you will reach the dam.

Self-guided Forestry Tours Explore the back country with a self-guided tour of the region’s lush forests. Grab a brochure from the information centre to navigate your way through the bush and scout out rest areas. These roads vary in condition so make sure you are well prepared. Selfguided tours are available for the Kluskus and Holy Cross Forest Service roads. Endako Mine - Fraser Lake Tour the giant Molybdenum Mine and catch a fascinating glimpse into a real mining operation. This attraction is located just 20 km southwest of Fraser Lake. Tours can be scheduled by appointment only. Swan Capital - Fraser Lake The area boasts of 170 lakes within a 50 mile radius and is the temporary home to over 1000 Trumpeter Swans, making it the Swan Capital of the world. Trumpeters are the largest waterfowl in North America and they are not bothered by the cold. They have up to 35,000 feathers and their downy later is 2 inches thick. The wingspan of an adult Trumpeter can reach almost 2.5 meters. Pictographs - Fraser Lake More than a century ago, First Nations people used vermilion paint to create 21 pictographs on the north shore of Stuart Lake. These paintings illustrate images that were important to the Carrier people – fish, birds, guardian spirits, and images from dreams. They are located on the north shore of Stuart Lake, close to Honeymoon Island, and between Fort St. James and Binche Bay and are only accessible by water.

Kenney Dam, the dam is 457 metres long, 97 metres high, and 12 metres wide at its crest.

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Tchentlo Lake Hot Springs - Fort St. James The springs are approximately 125 km northwest of Fort St. James. These are not commercialized hot springs and consist of three pools with temperatures of 80-85 degrees Fahrenheit. The springs are only accessible by boat. Caution: Take care where you walk as the ground is very fragile.

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Summer Activities Mountain Biking Jump on a bike and explore the 30 km of well kept trails at Waterlily Lake, located on Sturgeon Point Road north of Vanderhoof off Highway 16. Many different areas around the region offer well-kept trails suitable for mountain bike riding. Bowling - Vanderhoof Great entertainment for the whole family! Check out the bowling alley in Vanderhoof and enjoy some five and ten pin bowling excitement. A smoke-free environment for all to enjoy. Norlind Bowling, E. Columbia St: 250-567-9333. Fishing If it’s rainbow trout or kokanee you’re after, the Stuart-Nechako region is sure to meet your needs. Stay for the day or a couple of weeks, as there are many lakes and rivers with forest recreation sites to make your visit easy and enjoyable. Remember to ensure your licence is valid before launching.

Golfing The Omineca Golf Course in Vanderhoof is a par 72, 18-hole course. Enjoy a final round at the 19th Hole Restaurant located in the clubhouse. Stuart Lake Golf Course, located near Fort St. James, features nine holes with a spectacular view of Stuart Lake as well as a clubhouse for relaxation. Also Molyhills Golf Club in Fraser Lake which is an 18-hole course. All courses are open seasonally from April to September.

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Canoeing the Nechako River. Canoeing Canoe enthusiasts can enjoy the Stellako, Nechako and Stuart Rivers which are suitable for paddlers of any level of experience or any one of the hundreds of other lakes the Stuart/Nechako has to offer. Check out the information centre for details on water routes and remember to take weather conditions into account before setting out. Tennis Why not spend an afternoon exercising and enjoying the weather at the same time? Visit one of the tennis courts the communities have to offer and practise your court skills. Ready, Aim, Fire - Vanderhoof Enjoy a day at the Vanderhoof shooting range. Improve your marksmanship in this well facilitated range of targets. Get directions from the information centre in town.

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Fort St. James Farmers Market The increasingly popular market is enjoying its 12th successful season. With beautiful Stuart Lake as the backdrop, you will find farm products in season. Open Friday before Mother’s Day to Mid-September noon - 4:00 pm. For more information call Charlotte Croquet at 250-996-7869. Vanderhoof Farmer’s Market Come and check out the home baked, grown and made goodies at the Vanderhoof Farmers’ Market. Listen and laugh with the children on the playground while you explore the labours of our vendors. Beautifully located at the bird sanctuary right next to the Nechako River, a playground and a picnic shelter. Open from June 7, 2012 to September 13 - Thursdays 11:00am to 3:00pm @ Riverside Park. Contact Joni Walker: 250-570-3122 for information or email: vanderhooffarmersmarket@gmail.com

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Summer Activities Bird Watching Bird watchers can view hundreds of species at the sanctuary along the Nechako River in Vanderhoof, where you will find a bird watching tower. Bring the binoculars, it’s the perfect perch for bird lovers to view migrating swans, geese, hawks and owls that frequent the Nechako River in late fall and early spring. Wildlife Watching Enjoy the colourful scenery dotted with various woodland inhabitants. The Stuart/Nechako region is abundant with wildlife such as deer, moose, grizzly and black bear. But be careful, these are wild animals and should not be fed or approached. Berry Picking Saskatoons, huckleberries, and wild raspberries are just a few of the little delicacies in our great wilderness. Go exploring yourself during mid-summer, a ripe time for luscious berries.

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Fishing at the mouth of the Stellako River. Salmon Run Experience a survival of the fittest challenge - fish style. In an impressive attempt to reach their spawning grounds, sockeye salmon struggle to reach their destination point despite the threat of bears looking for an easy catch. This natural wonder can be watched at Stellako River from the Glennanan Bridge every August.

Stellako River Indulge in the beauty of the Stellako River, which connects Francois Lake to Fraser Lake. The Stellako is world famous for its â&#x20AC;&#x153;fly-fishing and challenging, expert class canoeing river. Expert class begins at the mouth of Francois Lake, 9 km to the waterfalls. Below the waterfalls, to Fraser Lake, is beginner class with lovely calm waters.

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