Northern BC's vast wilderness comprises more than half the province – approximately 500,000km sq/193,051mi sq. It is larger than California or Japan and twice the size of the United Kingdom.

Northern BC is a land of unlimited adventure that extends 1,000km/621mi from east to west, following the legendary Yellowhead Highway. It is filled with jagged mountain peaks, roaring rivers, serene lakes, green valleys, rugged coastlines and ancient island archipelagos.

The mountain ranges, which dominate the northern landscape, were shaped by volcanic fire. The rugged, heavily-forested valleys between them were carved by the glaciers, which at one time covered most of the province.

Tourism BC: Northern British Columbia

Tourism British Columbia, in the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training for the Province of British Columbia, is recognized as a leader in tourism marketing and development, responsible for marketing the Super, Natural British Columbia ® brand to the world.

Tourism British Columbia's mandate has been to promote development and growth in the tourism industry, to increase revenues and employment throughout British Columbia, and to increase the economic benefits for all British Columbians.
Tourism British Columbia works closely with BC's tourism industry to promote and develop tourism throughout the province and to ensure the continued long-term growth and prosperity of BC's more than $13 billion industry.

Tourism British Columbia markets BC as a preferred travel destination to consumers and the travel industry through a variety of joint marketing and promotional campaigns in key markets around the world.

Visit the Tourism BC: Northern British Columbia website to see all that Northern BC has to offer. 

Golden Raven

The Golden Raven branding initiative was created to promote cultural tourism offerings within the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George. The priority for Golden Raven is to create greater exposure for the participating attractions and promote travel in the region overall.

What makes the Golden Raven distinct is that it recognizes the shared historical and cultural roots of north central British Columbia while celebrating each attraction's unique cultural offerings. Each visitor will leave our region with a clear sense of our pioneer past and cultural present.

Big River Country

Big River Country represents British Columbia fishing resorts & hunting resorts south of Vanderhoof. These wilderness destinations offer cabin /cottage rentals for your family fishing vacation in the North Central region and some of the best moose and bear hunting in British Columbia.

For exceptional lake and river fly fishing or memorable Northern British Columbia wildlife viewing and bird watching click Wilderness Destinations and spend some time in Big River Country.

Fort St. James

Founded by Simon Fraser in 1806 on the shores of beautiful Stuart Lake, Fort St James is the gateway to a chain of rivers and lakes that traverse 400 kilometres of central British Columbia. The total population of Fort St. James, including the municipality itself, rural areas and First Nation reserves, is 4,757 people that benefits from an established forest industry and a growing tourism industry.

Year round outdoor and indoor recreational opportunities include hiking and biking trails, ballparks, golf, fishing, hunting, water-skiing, canoeing, swimming, sailing and boating, alpine and nordic skiing, skating, hockey, curling, snowmobiling, dog sledding and camping. Cultural opportunities include a Public Library, the Music on the Mountain Festival, an amateur theatre company and a movie theatre.

Few towns are more proud or more aware of their history. The Fort St. James National Historic Site, the ancient burial site of Carrier Chief Kwah, Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church, and the monument to legendary bush pilot Russ Baker are of great interest to residents and visitors alike.

Fort St. James National Historic Site of Canada
is a former fur trade post located in the village of Fort St. James at the southern tip of Stuart Lake. Fort St. James was founded by the North West Company to conduct trade with the Carrier First Nation and after 1821, was operated by the Hudson’s Bay Company. The historic fort contains archaeological resources from the period 1806-1952 as well as original buildings dating back to 1884.

Discover your history. Come play. Fort St James welcomes you!

Fraser Lake

The numerous attractions, sites and sounds in and around Fraser Lake will excite you!

Enjoy a stroll around town, buy a piece of art, take an adventure tour, enjoy nature at the many parks, enjoy a picnic, swim, and camp at Beaumont Provincial Park… the list is almost endless. The area has 170 lakes within a 50-mile radius of the Village, and is the temporary home to over 1,000 Trumpeter Swans, making Fraser Lake the Swan Capital of the world. Fraser Lake has something for everyone.keep you amused and enthralled during your visit.

Be sure to bring your camera while you are walking, biking, boating or driving and remember to let others know that you discovered a hidden gem in the Stuart Nechako Region!


Mackenzie is the Gateway to northern Rocky Mountain adventure. Mackenzie’s tranquil location in the Rocky Mountain Trench provides access to an abundance of year round outdoor recreation opportunities to experience. Enjoy hiking, biking, golfing, fishing,
swimming, boating, water skiing and camping in and around Mackenzie. Keep your camera handy for some wildlife viewing or capture that spectacular summer sunset.

Remarkable snow conditions transform Mackenzie into the ultimate winter playground. Ice fishing, downhill skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing and 32 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails are all available within the town limits. Heaven-like snowmobile conditions make Mackenzie an attractive destination for riders of all levels and tastes—porch to powder in minutes; or wind through kilometers of majestic forests.


Fort McLeod National Historic Site of Canada is located on the west bank of Pack River at the north end of McLeod Lake, about fifty kilometres from Mackenzie. Fort McLeod was founded in 1805; it was the site of the first fur-trading post built by the North West Company west of the Rocky Mountains and was the only liaison between the two sides of the Rocky Mountains for two decades. After the amalgamation of the North West and Hudson’s Bay companies in 1821, the fort remained an active trading post into the 20th century.

Mackenzie’s vibrant community and vast array of recreation opportunities are complemented by local facilities and amenities including friendly accommodations, restaurants, retail stores and equipment sales/rentals.


Stunning peaks, diverse wildlife and friendly people will make your stay at McBride memorable and keep you coming back.

For the outdoor enthusiast the McBride area is a treasure not to be missed, fine hiking, ranging from scenic walks to alpine treks, world-class snowmobiling areas, cross-country ski trails, heli-skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing and dog sledding are only the beginning.

Watch the salmon return to spawn in the famous Fraser River or play on the sandy beaches. Plenty of creeks and streams provide great fishing or take a white-water rafting adventure on one of the many area rivers. Kayaking and canoeing are popular and local guides provide fun filled eco tours.

For the birdwatcher there are over 200 bird species to spot in the area as well as many different species of wildlife.

McBride is home to a vibrant arts community and it shows! Murals, painted fire hydrants, an artwalk and an art and craft gallery featuring only local arts and crafts will delight the art enthusiast as well as music festivals, plays and heritage fairs to entertain you.
McBride’s website features links to accommodations, activities, weather and road conditions, restaurants, fun facts and more.

For more information or for help in booking your vacation please call McBride Visitor Centre or visit their website.

Tourism Prince George


The traditional home of the Lheidli T'enneh and Carrier Sekani First Nations people, Prince George is widely known as the capital of northern British Columbia.

The city is a regional centre for shopping, the arts and sports. Visitors will find a variety of great restaurants from fast food to fine dining, and overnight guests can choose between charming B&B’s, rugged campgrounds and classy hotels. Shoppers can delight in the city's big box stores, shopping malls and unique downtown boutiques while culture buffs will take pleasure in the art galleries and museums. If you’re a sports fan, you’ll find yourself right at home in Prince George with BCHL and WHL hockey, drag racing, senior baseball and lacrosse, varsity basketball and soccer to watch.

Outdoor enthusiasts will find everything they desire in the northern wilderness, including world class fresh water fishing and hunting. Forests and waterfalls line the highways, greenery rich parks can be found within city limits, and countless lakes and rivers exist within a short drive. In the winter season, the selection is just as diverse with world class Nordic, downhill and heli skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling being a few of the many pastimes visitors and locals are able to enjoy. You can be sure that excitement is never far away, so bring your skis or camping gear to get the full nature experience that Prince George has to offer!



Three majestic mountain ranges serve as inspiration and setting for hundreds of outdoor adventures in the charming Village of Valemount, BC. 

You may feel the adrenaline rush as you explore acres of snowmobile terrain.  Or, create your own tracks heli skiing through inches of fresh powder.  Let imagination take flight as hundreds of birds lift off as one from Cranberry Marsh.  Catch your breath after a hike through unspoiled backcountry.


Or you might choose to discover a fishing paradise at Kinbasket Lake.  Re-discover the smell of fresh, clean mountain air.  Pull grandchildren close and share the wonder of copper-colored Chinook salmon spawning.  Choose to raft or paddle our scenic rivers – travelers of all ages can go with the flow.

Get inspired.  Get out of your comfort zone.  Get to Valemount for your Rocky Mountain vacation and let the mountains move you.


Nestled in the fertile Nechako Valley on the banks of the Nechako River, Vanderhoof is the Geographical Centre of the Province of British Columbia.

Vanderhoof is home to many top quality fishing and hunting resorts. The area is surrounded by mountains, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. For the fishermen, the area features trout, kokanee, Dolly Varden, burbot and whitefish. Hunters will want to be on the lookout for moose, black bears and deer.

Vanderhoof is rich with history that can be found at the Vanderhoof Community Museum and the Veteran’s Memorial Park at the Saik’uz First Nation Reserve. The Veteran’s Memorial Park is a nice spot for a picnic, and the site overlooks beautiful Stoney Creek.

In and around Vanderhoof you will find a variety of trails suitable for hiking or mountain biking. There are trails for the wildlife enthusiast, serious hiker, casual day hiker, and even the history buff. The Rip’n the North Bike Park is an awesome addition to northern BC biking that doubles as a snowboard park in the winter. There is a downhill trail, 2 km cross-country trail, boardwalks and jumps; all located just minutes from the Visitor Centre.

The Migratory Bird Sanctuary, located on the Nechako River at Riverside Park, is a major migratory stopping ground for thousands of Canada Geese along with many other species of birds including Trumpeter Swans, Northern Pintails, Caspian Terns, and White Pelicans. The Migratory Bird Sanctuary is a definite stop for avid bird watchers and wildlife photographers.