Nelson, named after Admiral Nelson, was established as a fur
trading post in 1805. The community came into more prominence
after the Alaska Highway was completed and people realized that
the forestry and gas and oil industry was so important. While
no longer a fur trading centre, Fort Nelson is still the service
centre of the northeastern region of the province with an increasing
emphasis on tourism.
town itself has a lot to offer with a library, community forest,
golf course, performing arts theatre and museum as well as sports
facilities such as ball fields, pool, skating and curing rinks.
with thousands of kikometres of rivers, dotted by hundreds of
lakes and crowned by the majestic Rocky Mountains, the area
surrounding Fort Nelson is an outdoor enthusiasts delight. The
area is a world class resource base for cross country skiing,
wildlife viewing, photography, backpacking, wilderness canoeing
and kayaking, river boating and a myriad of other activities.
Fly-in fishing and big game hunting are also popular activities.
Fort Nelson region has some of the most magnificent scenery
and landscapes in British Columbia. Eight provincial parks are
located here including Muncho Lake Provincial Park and Liard
River Provincial Park where visitors can bask in the hot springs
summer or winter, while marvelling at the unique ecosystems
If you would like to have your business listed, please Click Here.
422 metres (1,385)
Fort Nelson is 381 km (236 mi.) north of Fort St. John on
Highway 97 (Alaska Highway) and 454 km (281 mi.) north of Dawson
Creek. The area is also served by air and bus lines.
Facilities: golf course, swimming pool, skating and curling
Attractions: Heritage Museum, North America's Largest
Natural Gas Processing Plant, World's Largest Chopstick Manufacturing
Plant, Community Forest July Canada Day Celebrations August Rodeo September Fall Fair
December Dog Sled Races
There are a number of hotels and motels for the visitor
to choose from as well as campsite just out of town and provincial
parks and campsites within easy driving distance of town.
of Fort Nelson
Northern Rockies Regional District
Bag Service 399
Fort Nelson, BC, V0C 1R0
Telephone: (250) 774-2541, Ext. 240
Fax: (250) 774-6794