Fort Nelson, BC
Established in 1805 as a fur-trading post, Fort Nelson thrives today as an industry giant, boasting BC’s largest wood products factory and North America’s largest natural gas processing plant. Its captivating history as Mile 300 along the Alaska Highway, combined with its unique wilderness location, makes Fort Nelson a perfect stop on the provincial tour. Say hello at the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum and see what the town was like nearly 200 years ago when the North West Fur Company set up fort along the banks of the Nelson River. Discover how the trading post was eventually taken over by the Hudson’s Bay Company, and have a look through the original HBC store before learning all about Fort Nelson’s next big milestone event – the construction of the Alaska Highway.
While you’re in the area, be sure to make the 3-hour trip to Liard River Hotsprings Provincial Park, northwest of town. Stop along the way to hike through the Rocky Mountain terrain of Muncho Lake Provincial Park, where mineral licks attract large herds of caribou and sheep, before soothing your weary muscles in the warm mineral pools in the river. With misty pools surrounded by lush fern and greenery, a relaxing trip to Liard Hotsprings feels more like a tropical escape than a rugged northern adventure!
Fort Nelson is located at Mile 300 on the Alaska Highway (Hwy 97), 820 km (513 mi.) north of Prince George. Commercial bus and airline service is available. Population: 4,401 Elevation: 382m (1,253 ft.) Average July Temperature: 17ºC (62ºF) Average January Temperature: -22ºC (-8ºF) Annual Rainfall: 31 cm (12 in.) Annual Snowfall: 191.cm (75 in.)
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