Northern Community Profiles
Learn about some of the beautiful northern communities in which BC Public Service employees work.
100 Mile House
100 Mile House is large enough to offer every service you may need, but small enough to offer a friendly, welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. Horseback riding, fishing and snowmobiling are a way of life here.
A small town that provides services to surrounding communities in a region of rolling hills, lakes and farmlands—some that reach far into the backcountry—Alexis Creek has a little bit of everything
Barkerville, a historic gold rush townsite, is a thriving community and popular year-round tourist destination. With the cozy mining town of Wells just a short distance away, this is historic B.C. at its finest.
Lac La Hache
Spread out alongside beautiful Lac La Hache, this community features all types of water sports, year-round fishing and powder skiing at Mount Timothy. Positioned on the Gold Rush Trail between 100 Mile House and Williams Lake, Lac La Hache is both historic and modern.
With a population of 5,500, Mackenzie is a town proud of its forestry heritage. There are plenty of indoor recreation opportunities at the local recreation centre, and Morfee Lake offers outdoor watersports and a sandy beach just minutes from downtown.
A community with about 2,500 people, McBride features low-cost real estate, versatile outdoor recreation and residents who work hard and play even harder. McBride is only 30 kilometres from the Robson Valley Music Festival, a grassroots, multi-genre summer festival that draws close to 1,000 people and features international artists.
Known as B.C.'s northern capital, Prince George is a bustling city with a population of over 70,000. A thriving arts and culture scene, big-city community services and amenities and the main University of Northern B.C. campus are just a few of the attractions of Prince George.
Quesnel lays claim to being one of B.C.'s sunniest locations. Housing is considered to be affordable and the town works hard to maintain its sense of history and sustain its environment. The South Central Campus of the University of Northern B.C. is situated here. Quesnel has a town population of 9,900 and a surrounding service area population of over 23,000.
With a population nearing 2,000, the Village of Valemount is an international heli-skiing and snowmobiling destination. The College of New Caledonia runs its Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism Program here, with the Rocky Mountains right at their doorstep.
Home to approximately 14,000 people, Williams Lake is the Stampede Capital of B.C. with its world famous Williams Lake Stampede. A diversified economic base and a unique blend of sophistication and western frontier character help make this the fastest growing community in the Cariboo region.
Small, isolated and beautiful, Atlin is set on the shores of Atlin Lake, headwater of the Yukon River. Mining and tourism are the backbone of the local economy in Atlin, which has strong ties to the Gold Rush.
Burns Lake has a diverse population of 3,614 residents and serves a surrounding area of approximately 10,000 residents of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako. The village is located at the heart of the Lakes District in the centre of the province, an area boasting 4,828km/3,000mi of lake shoreline.
A small community located just a few hours south of the Yukon border, Dease Lake is a local service centre for people living and traveling in this part of the province. A great place for outdoor recreation lovers, Dease Lake is well situated near some of British Columbia's best wilderness parks.
Fort St. James
Year-round, four-season activities and historic sites all complement Fort St. James' established forestry industry. A culturally diverse town with a regional population of 4,700, Fort St. James is on the shores of Stuart Lake and is home to many festivals and events throughout the year.
Houston is a key service and supply centre between Prince Rupert and Prince George, and is also on the CN Rail line. Its population of 3,700 lives "where the Welcome is Warm and the Wilderness Beckons." Superior steelhead fishing has made Houston a popular destination for anglers.
Waterfalls, a concert hall, a great recreation centre, a spectacular downhill ski resort and an active regional airport make this town of 6,000 a vibrant place to live. With quick access to the backcountry and a smattering of urban pursuits, Smithers has something for everyone.
Vanderhoof is one of few B.C. communities located far from any mountains, allowing the population of 4,000 to enjoy a wide expanse of sky. Vanderhoof's main industries are ranching, agriculture, forestry and tourism. Golf, dogsledding and horseback riding are just a few of the activities that take place on this plateau located at the geographical centre of B.C.
Located in B.C.'s Peace River Country, Chetwynd has a population of approximately 3,100 people. A fantastic recreation complex that includes a wave pool and six ice rinks, plus a wealth of four-season outdoor activities, make Chetwynd a great place for living.
Dawson Creek is a thriving community of 12,500 with a diverse economy relying on agriculture, oil and gas, forestry and tourism. Best known as the Alaska Highway Mile '0' site, Dawson Creek has many opportunities for outdoor recreation, including skiing, fishing, hiking and much more.
Fort St. John
The City of Fort St. John is the centre of the oil and gas industry in B.C. A vibrant community of 19,000 people, including many families with young children, Fort St. John has all the amenities that you would expect, including an airport and University of Northern BC campus. It has unique geography in B.C. with gently rolling plains that are excellent for year-round outdoor recreation.
Fort Nelson is a welcoming community that takes northern hospitality seriously. The economy is based on lumber and natural gas resources with an increasing emphasis on transportation and tourism. With a population of almost 5,000, the Fort Nelson area is well known for river sports and wildlife viewing, with great cross country skiing in winter.
North Coast Region
Home of the 'Ksan Historical Village and Museum, the Kispiox Music Festival and other established and well-loved local events, Hazelton is teeming with pioneer history and a rich cultural heritage. Community facilities include an ice rink and skate-bike park. Rafting, canoeing and other outdoor recreation are easily found in this area.
Kitimat offers a balanced quality of life in this close-knit and multicultural community. Housing is affordable and the town has many amenities you might expect in a larger centre. Catch a show at the Mount Elizabeth Theatre, fish the Douglas Channel, hike Mount Elizabeth or relax at the newly renovated Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre.
With a population of approximately 13,000, Prince Rupert's excellent sport fishing, exceptional wildlife viewing and extensive outdoor activity options make this seaside community an ideal choice for adventurous lifestyles and more laid-back ones alike. Economic activity includes a deep sea port, cruise ship terminal and an airport in this multicultural city.
Stewart is a unique border town—situated at the tip of the Alaska Panhandle—supported by the forestry and mining industries. Tourism and the role of Canada's most northerly ice-free port are also advantages to the Stewart economy. Ocean and freshwater fishing, snowmobiling, the rodeo and hiking are just some of the activities that Stuart has to offer.
Terrace has a moderate climate, affordable housing and diversified healthcare and education options, including a University of Northern B.C. campus. With a population of 18,500 in the greater area, it is the economic hub for Northwestern B.C. Terrace is surrounded by natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities.
Tlell is a small ranching community on Haida Gwaii (previously known as the Queen Charlotte Islands). It is situated on beautiful long stretches of beach that are perfect for long walks and beachcombing. Tlell is also known as the heart of the Islands' arts community.
Village of Queen Charlotte
The Village of Queen Charlotte is located between the sea and the mountains of Haida Gwaii (previously known as the Queen Charlotte Islands). This is a remarkable setting for outdoor life experiences within a unique community of loggers, artists, fishermen and more.