Fort Nelson, British Columbia City Profile

Fort Nelson is largest town in British Columbia’s Northeastern corner.  It was established back in 1805 as a trading post.  North West Company used it for fur trading in the late 1700′s and early 1800′s.  Fort Nelson is actually in its fifth location because of mother nature (fires and floods) and feuds that got out of control.  The airport here played a valuable role for allies during World War II.  Fort Nelson was also the original beginning to the Alaska Highway as there was already a previously existing road from Fort Saint John.  Once the Alaska Highway was opened to the public after the Second World War was over a community started to grow.  The airport they have there really grew the population as it’s now used as one of the hubs for oil, gas, and lumber in the region.

Population: 3,902
Elevation: 1,350ft (410m)
News: The Fort Nelson News

Things to do (In Town)

  • Poplar Hills Golf Course
  • Fort Nelson Demonstration Trails
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Amazing Wildlife
  • Heritage Centre

Things to do (In the Area)

  • Liard Hot Springs
  • Northern Rocky Mountain Provincial Park
  • Smith River Falls
  • Wokkpash Recreation Area
  • Muncho Lake
  • Rafting on the Liard River


  • Super 8
  • Ramada Limited
  • Lakeview Inn and Suites
  • Woodlands Inn
  • Fort Nelson Hotel
  • Blue Bell Inn
  • Ramada Limited
  • Shannon Motel
  • Provincial Motel


  • Boston Pizza
  • Subway
  • Triple G Hideaway
  • P & T Restaurant
  • Fort Pizza
  • Backroads Sport & Grill
  • Mama & Papa’s Cafe

Post Author: charlie

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