The regional service centre of the vast (85,808 km2) Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, Fort Nelson is situated at Historic Mile 300 of the Alaska Highway. In a total area comprising of 10% of the province, the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality is home to over 6000 residents, with 4700 residing in Fort Nelson. Fort Nelson has a unique seasonal population with industry attracting approximately an additional 2000 people through the winter, and tourism attracting about 320,000 visitors throughout the warmer months (April to September)
As a point of service to the visitor, Fort Nelson offers a wide range of amenities including: quality accommodation options (hotel/motel, bed & breakfast, camping and RV sites) full assortment of stores and businesses to satisfy your shopping and service needs, recreation facilities (full facility golf course, indoor aquatic centre, bowling alley, racquetball and tennis courts, arena and curling rink), and cultural and event facilities (museum, performing arts / movie theatre, library).
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Walk, bike, or ski through this example of the Fort Nelson Lowlands Ecosystem. Variable trail lengths allows visitors to choose their desired level of activity. Being located minutes from downtown, this patch of Northern Boreal Forest, is a perfect place for a quick evening stroll or an afternoon hike. Varying routes offer a selection of lengths and interpretive signs are placed throughout. View a map of the trails [4.2MB].
Moderately easy ski trails traveling through a prime example of a lowland black spruce ecosystem. Multiple loops allow you to determine your own trail length and a chain of 3 lakes, with a small shelter on the second one, makes this a memorable trip. 12.5 kms full round trip, 8.5 kms second lake round trip, 6 kms to the shelter.
Nestled in the boreal forest this lake has a campground, day use area, and boat launch and is a good place for bird watching and seeing amazing beaver complexes on each end of the lake. Access lake and campground by following 18 kms of road found directly on Alaska Highway. Long gravel boat launch for non-motorized boats only. Fees $17 per night including HST. Day use is free. Map of Andy Bailey Regional Campground [862 KB]
A small lake found just south of the Spectra Energy Gas Processing Plant, with a gravel launch and parking lot. Motorized watercraft permitted.
A very large launch area located just south of Fort Nelson when the Muskwa River is low enough (mid July onwards). Used to access the Prophet River, Tuchodi River and upper Muskwa going up-river, and the Fort Nelson River, Snake River and the Liard River going down-river. For a leisurely paddle, the Muskwa is a very slow class one river that can be accessed from the Muskwa Bridge in Fort Nelson and taken down to the P3 bridge below the Fort Nelson Airport.
A smaller lake found just west of Fort Nelson accessed by a short gravel road off the Alaska Highway. A nice afternoon paddle with good bird watching opportunities.
Great area to view shorebirds, waterfowl, and songbirds. Best at back of lake near seismic line leading to more lakes in an ecological reserve.
The Alaska Highway between Prophet River and Fort Nelson is host to a number of former gravel pits now stocked semi-annually for community use as fishing ponds. 11 pits ranging in size scattered east and west of the highway, are identifiable by blue fish-shaped markers with a pit number.
Click HERE for more information including highway locations and stocking years.
This small regional park can be accessed by following 18 kms of road found directly on Alaska Highway. Lake is for non-motorized boats only and has both jackfish/northern pike fishing.
Groomed runs leave from parking lot, cross the lake onto old seismic lines and go in several directions. Routes are also commonly used by dogsledders. Excellent spot to watch northern lights in the winter months.
Information and Memberships are available at: Northern Metallic (Saw Shop), J.D’s Small Engine, Redline Recreation and Northern Lights Automotive
Groomed trails can be found at the Recreation Forest, the Poplar Hills Golf & Country Club, and the Tismeh Lakes trails.
Multiple length trails wind through the northern boreal forest. Track set for classic skiing. View a map of the trails [4.2MB].
2 length trails; groomed for skate skiing.
Groomed but remote trails leading to multiple lakes and a shelter; short, steep sections.
9 hole golf course offering challenging play in a picturesque setting. The well maintained 9-hole course boasts varying terrain, spectacular views, and full services such as driving range, concession, lounge, pro-shop, and all rentals including power carts.