Adventure and Recreation

Fort St. James invites you to come play with us.
With so many outdoor activities and adventures available in our area, there is bound to be something exciting for everyone.


Stuart Lake Golf Course

The beautiful Stuart Lake golf Course is located on Stones Bay Road (just North-West of downtown). It is a nine hole course with a magnificent view of the lake. Play a round of golf as you enjoy the spectacular views. Bring your camera!



Murray Ridge Ski Area

Our ski hill boasts the longest T-bar in North America! Prime downhill skiing and snowboarding; there are 23 trails on the mountain and 20 km of cross country trails, too. The hill offers professionally groomed runs, Canadian Ski Patrol system, group and private lessons, complete rental shop, and a licensed lounge, cafeteria, and patio.



Mount Pope Hiking Trail

Mount Pope is a day-use park, and a 6.5 km hiking trail. The hike boasts a panoramic view of Stuart Lake and the mountains to the north. 39 climbing routes have been documented. The park offers many natural features, including rare plants and animal species. Limestone rock formations and caves may also be enjoyed. The area is a valuable winter range for mule deer, in particular, and home to a variety of other wildlife as well. Animal species found in the area include white-tailed deer, black bear, moose, lynx, cougar, and a wide range of birds including jays, the blue grouse, and Clark’s nutcracker.



Dickinson Hiking Trail

Located very near downtown Fort St. James you will find the Dickinson Hiking Trail (travel East towards the hospital, turn left onto Pine Ridge Way Road to access the trail). After the pavement ends, you will find parking available, and it is only a short walk to the start of the trail. The trip is 2 km and takes about 30 minutes to an hour. A hike up Mount Dickinson rewards you with a panoramic view of Fort St. James, Stuart Lake and surrounding area. Bring your camera!



Nation Lakes

The Nation Lakes Chain is a provincially-recognized canoe route, offering canoeists a 110 kilometre challenge through four unique (and visually stunning) lakes. Your trip begins with Tsayta Lake, followed by Indata Lake where caribou are often seen, then to Tchentlo Lake where you can find five recreation sites, and finally ending with Chuchi Lake, where you have your choice of seventeen campsites and use of the boat launch. The entire Nation Lakes Chain takes 5 to 10 days to traverse, and although there is no “white water” on the route, you will encounter frequent log jams and sweepers between the lakes. Be sure to take your camera – you wouldn’t want to miss any photo opportunities.



Rock Hounding

You could find: Location:
Gold Place RainbowCreek
Sowchea Creek
Dog Creek
Silver Creek
Germansen Landing
Jade O’Ne-ell Creek
Kwanika Creek
Silver Creek
Ogden Creek
Rhondonite Quartzite Creek
Stuart Lake (North Arm)
Jasper & Agate Cunningham Forestry Road
Sowchea Bay Provincial Park
Twenty Mile Creek


Other Areas of Interest

Shas Mountain Trail
Found 37 km down the Cunningham Forest Service Road. The trail is 8-9 km long and well groomed. The terrain is varied from steep to flat and heavily treed at the bottom to almost treeless at the peak. Snow is found at the peak and in other ares until July. Accessbile only by boat, and it is advisable to make it an overnight trip.

Pinchi Falls
Travel down the Tachie Road and turn right at the first turn spot after the bridge. Travel 4 km down the road and turn right again, past the 2 km sign park your vehicle and follow the path to the falls

Tsilcoh Falls
Located on Pinchi Road, 30 km from town, road is accessible by car and there is a day use area. There is a trail to the falls and from mid to late August there is rum of Kokanee. The site is user maintained.