Welcome to the city of Fort St. John

Fort St. John, British Columbia was originally established in 1794 as a trading post. It is the oldest interior settlement in BC with a small population of roughly 20,000.  The city is full of energetic and young people who are bursting with new ideas.

The welcoming people of Fort St. John are complimented by the beautiful scenery of the surrounding Northern Lights and Peace River Valley.

Real estate is growing, summers are warm, the outdoor recreation (camping, hiking, fishing) is amazing, and the people are very friendly.

Fort St. John is the #1 rated city in British Columbia to work.

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Real Estate in Fort St. John

With the gas and oil industry keeping the city busy in recent years, the demand for real estate in the area has skyrocketed. Currently, the accommodations in Fort St. John are limited.

The need for real estate in the area has grown to the point where new developments in the area are underway.  High quality design, craftsmanship, and affordable accommodations are being developed for the growing workforce in Fort St. John.

With over ten years of experience in construction and development in North America and over 100 million dollars invested in property development, the company building on real estate in Fort St. John has a well established reputation.

To learn more about the new real estate developments in the area click here.

Tourism & Sightseeing

There are plenty of outdoor activities and sights to be seen in the Fort St. John area  including the mighty Peace River and the green slopes of the Peace River Valley. Popular activities  include fishing, cross-country skiing, boating, snowmobiling, hiking, and camping.

Fort St. John’s Fish Creek Community Forest has a great 5.6km hike. Go fishing and boating in the large network of lakes and waterways. Bird-watch various water birds at Charlie Lake during the spring migration period. Catch walleye fish in Charlie Lake, one of the few natural lakes in BC where fisherman can actually keep the fish they catch. Take a breathtaking drive to Fort St. John Lookout.

Geography and Location

Fort St. John is located in northeastern British Columbia at Mile 47. It is one of the largest towns on both the Alaska Highway (97) and Highway 29 to Hudson’s Hope. The landscape is mostly flat with river-sculpted valleys and is covered with spruce, pine, and aspen.  The wildlife in the area includes bears, moose, deer, and elk. Fort St. John uses Pacific Standard Time (PST) in the summer and Mountain Standard Time (MST) in the winter, and because of its geographical location in northern BC, it experiences long daylight hours in the summer and short daylight hours in the winter.

Economic Development

Fort St. John has already shown stable growth and is planning on further growth which supports resource and new energy projects.  In the summer of 2012, a new state-of-the-art health care hospital was opened and a brand new fire hall opened in 2013.

The city works directly with the North Peace Economic Development Commission to boost economic development projects that will strengthen and diversify the economy of Fort St. John.


Accommodations in Fort St. John are mostly limited to hotels and motels which are located downtown or just off the highway.

Fort St. John also features several campsites, RV parks, lodges, and some bed and breakfast establishments.

In addition to the above accommodations is the new real estate development project that is currently in the planning stages for Fort St. John. New affordable hi-rises and a hotel are going to be created to provide a suitable alternative to long term expensive accommodations in the community.

Career Opportunities

With Fort St. John centered on the oil and gas industry, the opportunity for jobs in the city has grown exponentially. The city has seen steady growth in recent years which has lead to more and more people moving to the area.  Other main resource industries found in the area are the forestry, agriculture, mining, and energy developments.


Since Fort St. John is located in the upper north prairies of the Peace River, it experiences close to a subarctic climate, with very cold winters and warm summers. In the winter, temperatures lower to around -15°C and rise to around 21°C in the summer.

The city of Fort St. John is one of the sunniest places in British Columbia, particularly in the spring and winter. The city holds the record for the most sunshine in the province in May (373.5 hours in 1972), March (247.4 hours in 1965), and November (141.3 hours in 1976).

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