Vanderhoof has a population of 4,500 (2021). Nestled in the fertile Nechako Valley, on the banks of the Nechako river, rural Vanderhoof is the geographical centre of the province of British Columbia. Check out Vanderhoof where there is always something new to experience.
St. Johns Hospital is a 21 acute-care bed facility. The hospital serves the communities of Vanderhoof and the Saik’uz First Nation, as well as acting as a referral centre for the surrounding communities of Burns Lake, Fort St. James and Fraser Lake. They are a full service hospital with 24/7 emergency and OR capabilities. St. Johns Hospital is a teaching facility for the University of Northern BC. Attached to the hospital is Stuart Nechako Manor that has 45 long-term care beds.
Stuart Nechako Manor has 45 publicly subsidized beds,12 beds specifically for dementia residents and 2 short stay beds used for respite and palliative needs. Stuart Nechako Manor has a combination of single and double occupancy rooms. Stuart Nechako Manor provides recreational therapy services 5 days a week. Pastoral and spiritual services are provided by the Vanderhoof Ministerial Group with regular on site spiritual care. There is a volunteer program in place to accompany residents on social outings, appointments, assist with feeding and provide hospice support. Hairdressing and barber services are available on site for a fee determined by the service provider. Stuart Nechako Manor also provides an on-site integrated community adult day program, operating 3 days a week.
Some unique features include:
Vanderhoof offers indoor and outdoor recreation facilities and parks. Visit the White Sturgeon Conservation Centre designed to stock the sturgeon population in the Nechako river or the Migratory Bird Sanctuary where you can see thousands of Canada geese, trumpeter swans and many other breeds.
Omenica Golf Course, enjoy this 18 hole golf course and then relax in the log clubhouse.
There are many options within or 10 minutes outside of Vanderhoof. If you are out for a casual walk or you’re looking for a workout, you won’t be disappointed.
Arts and culture
The Integris Community Centre offers programs and classes in the ArtsWing. They also host many art shows throughout the year. Vanderhoof has a passionate theatre following. Actors of all ages can find community courses to partake in or groups to be a part of, while avid theatre-goers can enjoy a multitude of performance opportunities from piano, speech arts, vocal, string mediums and more.