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Fort St. James


Fort St. James (pop. 4,500), is located on the southeast shore of Stuart Lake, one of BC's largest lakes. The town has been restored as a National Historic Site. The town is also a scenic gateway to a 300 km network of lakes and rivers. Fort St. James is well serviced, has affordable housing and is close to big city amenities. There are two elementary schools, one secondary school and a beautiful new College of New Caledonia Campus in the community. Major industries are forestry, mining and tourism.

Fort St. James activities:

Cottonwood Marina- Fort St. James, BC
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  • Visiting the Fort St. James National Historic Site, a restored Hudson's Bay trading post
  • Snowboarding and skiing at Murray Ridge
  • Golfing
  • Hiking and camping
  • Swimming and house-boating at the many lakes and beaches
  • Fishing and hunting
  • Snowmobiling
  • Viewing wildlife, including grizzly bear, wolf, deer, lynx, fox, beaver, marten, otter, and wolverine.

The town also has a community arts council, an amateur theater group and a movie theater.


Stuart Lake Hospital is a 12-bed facility with 6 dedicated in-patient beds and 6 dedicated residential care beds. The Hospital serves the community of Fort St James as well as the First Nation’s Communities of Takla, Yekooche, Nak’azdli, and Tl’azt’en (Binche and Tachie). 

Stuart Lake Hospital in Fort St. James, BC

The Services at Stuart Lake Hospital include:

  • 24/7 Emergency Department with 3 bays
  • 1 outpatient bay
  • Emergency maternity
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Laboratory
  • Palliative Care
  • Pharmacy 

Other community services include:

  • Primary Care Nursing, Home Support and Home Care Nursing
  • Mental Health and Substance Use
  • Dietician 
  • Occupational therapy 
  • Outreach clinics to surrounding communities
  • BC Ambulance

Hospital Staff:

  • Full and part time physicians
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Nursing staff
  • Care aides
  • Visiting specialists
Local Resources
Catholic Church in Fort St. James, BC
Catholic Church - BC Govt Photo licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 at PictureBC.ca