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Fort St. James National Historic Site


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Address: 280 Kwah Rd W, Fort St. James, BC V0J, Canada How do we get there? Number: 250-996-7191
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Fort St James National Historic Site is a restored Hudson's Bay Company post on the southern shores of Stuart Lake in the interior of British Columbia. It is commemorated as a centre of trade and commerce in the 19th century fur trade. Originally established by Simon Fraser for the North West Company in 1806, this place displays the largest group of original wooden buildings representing the fur trade in Canada. The story revolves around the relationships and interactions between the fur traders and Native Peoples of the region, namely the Carrier First Nations.

You can tour the largest collection of wooden buildings in Canada, resorted to the fur trade era and spend the night in the historic Murray house warmed by a cozy wood stove! Take the Escape the Fort challenges and see if you can make it out alive! Search the entire fort grounds with clues and hit the bullseye and play a game of graces. 

There's also the world-class chicke races which are held daily on a special track in a lakefront field. See which chicken wins and if you are succesful, you'll get pinned with a winner's button too! Don't forget to pick up a snack from the Home Stretch Diner with lots of food on offer to leave you full! 

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Follow Highway 16 West and just past Vanderhoof turn right on Highway 27 to Fort St James (a 45 minute drive) then turn left on Kwah Road and enter the parking lot. Fort St. James National Historic Site is situated 164 kilometres northwest of Prince George, B.C.

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