fort nelson historical museum

At historic mile 300 on the Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson is the gateway to the beautiful Northern Rockies. With the world famous Alaska Highway as the main street and thousands of square miles of mountain wilderness as its backyard, Fort Nelson is the regional business and service centre of the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality.

Northern Rockies Visitor Centre

Want the latest and greatest information on what is happening in Fort Nelson? Then your first stop in Fort Nelson should be the Visitor Center. Located at the west side of the NR Recreation Centre, the Visitor Centre is open year-round. Inquire here to find out not only what Fort Nelson and the Alaska Highway has to offer but all of super natural British Columbia. Free internet, public washrooms, various maps and brochures, and Northern Rockies merchandise are available for your convenience.

The Visitor Centre is located along the Alaska Highway at 5500 Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson, BC V0C 1R0.  Contact 250-774-6400 for more information. 

Here are some great things you can do while visiting Fort Nelson:

Visit the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum

This spectacular museum is a walking adventure and a must see in Fort Nelson. For a minimal fee, you can tour the extensive indoor and outdoor displays, experience the wildlife of the Alaska Highway (including an albino moose), and browse through the exciting history of the area. Artifacts from the building of the Alaska Highway, mementos of the US Army Corps of Engineers, and displays describing the fascinating history of the fur trade invite you to experience the past and understand the present. Unique souvenirs and books are available for purchase.

Golf at Poplar Hills Golf & Country Club

Poplar Hills Golf Course sits high above the Muskwa Valley, featuring varying terrain and a challenging game against a backdrop of dazzling panoramic views of the Northern Rockies.

Located just north of Fort Nelson off the Old Alaska Highway, the well maintained nine hole course offers a driving range, grass greens, pro shop, club and power cart rentals, concession and lounge. Where else in Canada can you tee off at sunset and finish the round by dark? To book tee-times, call 250-774-3862. RV Friendly.

Explore other Fort Nelson Recreation Opportunities

Take the opportunity to stretch your legs and enjoy the many physical activities in Fort Nelson. The community offers the traveling public use of a modern skateboarding park, tennis courts, the Rotary Spray Park, beach volleyball, hiking or cross-country ski trails at the Demonstration Forest and skating or snowshoeing at nearby Parker Lake. Make sure to check out the new swimming pool, indoor walking track and other amenities.  Enjoy a walk on Phase 1 of the Community Trail, a paved ribbon through the trees, perfect accessibility for all fitness levels.

Retail, Services and Entertainment

Whether it is groceries, fuel, a new pair of shoes, or a movie you are seeking, Fort Nelson is home to all your retail, service and entertainment needs. There are two busy grocery stores located in central Fort Nelson. Be sure to stock up – it’s a long way until the next one! There are also a variety of gas stations, small retail and entertainment opportunities in the central business district of Fort Nelson. Shops of all sizes line the Alaska Highway and allow you to find anything your heart desires!

If you are looking for nightly entertainment check out the Phoenix Theatre a 247-seat theatre playing new releases, live performing arts, and concerts. Call 250-774-SHOW or visit the theatre website for show and performance times.

For more active entertainment check out our various recreational spaces including sports venues and fields, playgrounds and green spaces. You can check out the weekly night market at the Visitor Information Centre for a variety of local artisans and businesses.  In spring or late summer keep your eyes open for the outdoor movie events. Finally, a variety of Fort Nelson restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars also display various local talents and a good time is guaranteed to be had by all!