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Fort St. James National Historic Site

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A very good example of the fur trade business

It’s a bit of a detour from Highway 16, but well worth the drive. A Northwest Company trading post... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2018
Stuart P
Historic gem of Northern BC

Having lived in Northern BC for most of my life you never explore your backyard, so with that in... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2018
Kitimat, Canada
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This completely restored Hudson’s Bay Company post, located on the shores of Stuart Lake, was an economic powerhouse of trade and commerce in the 19th Century. It is the largest group of original wooden buildings depicting the fur trade in Canada...more
280 Kwah Road West, Fort St. James, British Columbia VOJ 1P0, Canada
+1 250-996-7191
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Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

Beautiful scenery. Great way to learn about life back then. Informative staff in period dress. Lots of displays. Worth seeing. Youth free this summer.

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Reviewed 19 July 2018

It’s a bit of a detour from Highway 16, but well worth the drive. A Northwest Company trading post opened in 1806 on the shores of Stuart Lake. The historic park consists in several 19th century log buildings of the original trading post, fixed up...More

Thank Stuart P
Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

Having lived in Northern BC for most of my life you never explore your backyard, so with that in mind take a trip to see this wonderful piece of history that so many don’t even know is here. Wonderful well informed tour guides take you...More

Thank omejcshar
Reviewed 5 July 2018

We stopped in for lunch and the chicken races and had a blast! The food was excellent, and very affordable. Everything was homemade and delicious. The chicken races were a hoot for the kids, they had baby goats, rabbits, horses, ducks, it was great fun....More

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Reviewed 22 June 2018

This place is off the main road but a trip to Fort St James is a must when you are on a BC road trip. This place is very well put together, and the staff which you meet in various buildings are friendly and have...More

Thank Cucina58
Reviewed 14 June 2018

What would you expect from a series of restored old buildings? Well of course there is the history but then there are the explainers in each of the buildings who are able to give you a fully informed outline of what occurred in that building...More

Thank Robert D
Reviewed 8 June 2018

Visited this historic site yesterday and it was so amazing. The site is a restored Hudson's Bay Company post located on the southern scenic shore of beautiful Stuart Lake. What a setting!! It is commemorated as a center of trade and commerce in the 19th...More

Thank Tiztaz
Reviewed 27 February 2018 via mobile

Great location to learn the history of the fort, the surrounding area is absolutely breathtaking. Please go into the town and check out the trails, marina, and eat the St James restaurant.

Thank shell_e20
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Pull through parking is at the front entrance. Fort St. James displays the earliest integration of the local First Nations Peoples with the European explorers. An interpretive movie is shown in a theater. Why the Europeans came for commerce and exploration, and how the First...More

Thank wendygL6226FC
Reviewed 13 September 2017

This is a small fort but the interpreters are very knowledgeable and entertaining. A fascinating glimpse into the first traders/colonists in Canada. We got to see and touch various types of fur to appreciate the differences between them. Very interesting to speak with these interpreters...More

Thank F P
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