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Fort St. James

The district of Fort St James is located on the southeast shore of Stuart Lake with a population of approximately 4,500. The town serves as a gateway to a network of lakes and rivers that spans 300km.

Fort St. James offers a wide variety of opportunities for getting involved in sports and recreation. Most of the local groups are run by volunteers, so it’s a great way to get involved in the community. Our setting on the south shore of beautiful Stuart Lake opens up a world of outdoor recreation.

If you love wilderness camping, hunting or trekking, our forests provide a vast expanse of wilderness for you to discover.

Don’t hide indoors this winter! You’ll miss a million opportunities for fun in our area. Ski downhill or cross country, go tobogganing or tubing to relive the thrill of your youth, take a wild snowmobile ride, indulge in a few hours of ice-fishing, challenge the back-country trails on snowshoes, or take a dog-sled ride through beautiful, unspoiled scenery.

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Stuart Lake is one of the largest natural lake in BC. It is 90km long with 270km of shoreline. The main body of the lake is 6 to 10km wide and is road accessible at many locations. The Northwestern arm of the lake is narrower, has limited road access, and more of a wilderness feel. This portion of the lake is very scenic with numerous bays, points, and islands. Wildlife viewing, boating, hunting, and angling are popular pursuits in the area.

Fort St. James Curling Club is always looking for new members to join the fun and festivities. If you don’t know how to curl, no worries, they are happy to teach you!

The Murray Ridge Ski resort has a ski hill with 518m of vertical drop and a full 30km of alpine runs. There are runs for every skill level from beginner to experienced skier and snowboarder. Boarders can also use the snowboard park designed just for them. Cross-country skiers will enjoy exploring the resort’s 20km of groomed trails that goes through woods and around the mountain for breathtaking natural views. Guests can relax in the day lodge between runs. With its annual 300cm of fresh Northern snow, Murray Ridge Ski Area is a winter Haven!

Mount Pope Provincial Park hikers and rock climbers will enjoy the 6.5km hiking trail with a panoramic view of Stuart Lake and the surrounding mountains. There are approximately 39 climbing routes for the outdoor enthusiast and approximately 27 mountain bike trails for all to enjoy.

MoM Festival is a three-day music and arts festival featuring original and independent music and art from BC and around the world. Check out a variety of food venders, artisans, children’s workshops and listen to great music.

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