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Tourism / Recreation Industries

The South Peace region has many tourism and recreational opportunities.  The area is a mecca for outdoor activities and brings people into the region from all over to explore and enjoy the outdoors.  The region also has a rich history and culture to discover with unique opportunities in any one of the communities including museums, art galleries and pioneer villages.

South Peace is well known for its breathtaking scenery and countryside.  The surrounding area contains mountains for hiking and skiing, lakes and rivers for swimming, canoeing and fishing, and a countryside and park system that produces some of the best camping, snowmobiling, hunting, and wildlife spotting in Canada.  The South Peace contains a diverse history, a history ranging from 90 million year old dinosaur tracks to the world famous, World War II era, Alaska Highway.  The area contains hundreds of years of First Nations history and a century of European homestead history.  Rolla, Dawson Creek and Pouce Coupe are the oldest communities in the region, a century worth, followed by Tumbler Ridge which became an official town in 1984.

There are also fairs, music festivals, and art shows that happen year to year.  These include the Dawson Creek Fall Fair exhibition and pro rodeo in August, Grizz Fest music festival in Tumbler Ridge at the end of July, and in September the Sweetwater Festival in Rolla showcasing art and music from around the region.

Tumbler Ridge

Website:  www.tumblerridge.ca

Dinosaur footprint near Tumbler Ridge, BCTumbler Ridge, with a population of 2,454, is the newest community in the South Peace but ironically it’s Tumbler Ridge that boasts the earliest pre-civilized history with some of the only dinosaur tracks and bones discovered in BC.   Tumbler Ridge has a museum, anthropological society and walking trail dedicated to the history of the dinosaurs in the region.  Set in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, the people of Tumbler Ridge enjoy a quality of life few places can match.  The amazing setting is full of great walking and hiking trails that can take you to breathtaking views and a wide variety of waterfalls.  The area is also a mecca for snowmobiling, trails can take you deep into the Canadian Rockies full of fresh powder.  The community also boasts attractions such as Grizfest and the Dinosaur Museum.   Tumbler Ridge has a Golf and Country Club and is a true mountain course with raised tee boxes, wide fairways and great views, it’s a quintessential northern golf experience.

Chainsaw carving (Samurai) Chetwynd

Website:  www.gochetwynd.com

Chetwynd has a population of about 3100 and has been recently voted BC’s most livable community.  Chetwynd boasts a great quality of life thanks to a wide range of recreational and cultural events. One event to be mentioned is the annual World Chainsaw Carving contest every June.  Artists from all over the world come to show off their amazing talent with a chainsaw creating intricate, beautiful carvings which are left in the town for everyone to see.

Dawson Creek

Website:  www.tourismdawsoncreek.com

The world famous Alaska HighwayDawson Creek is a busy, vibrant town of over 10,000 people and is strategically located at the heart of the South Peace region and is also the gateway to the north.  The world famous Alaska Highway begins in Dawson Creek.  Construction of the 1500 mile highway started in Dawson Creek during the Second World War as a result of the US wanting easier access to Alaska as defense against the Japanese.  The highway meanders its way through the northern part of BC, the southwest parts of the Yukon, and straight through Alaska to Fairbanks where the highway ends.  Dawson Creek is establishing itself as a four season destination in part due to great walking and hiking trails, a ski hill, extensive snowmobiling trails and the EnCana Events Centre which hosts trade shows, concerts and sporting events. The Dawson Creek Golf and Country Club is one 18-hole golf courses in the region.  The course is located two kilometers north on the Alaska Highway.

Pouce Coupe Canada Day ParadePouce Coupe

Website: www.poucecoupe.ca

Pouce Coupe is a friendly Village of 740 and is the “Gateway to BC’s Peace Country”.   Pouce Coupe has one of the best Canada Day parades in the Peace Region and draws tourists and crowds from Dawson Creek and the surrounding area.

Electoral Area D

Website:  www.prrd.ca

The Kiskatinaw RiverElectoral Area D (pop. 5,857) covers an area of 1,167,181 hectares and includes the following communities: Arras, Bessborough, Cutbank, Doe River, Farmington, Kelly Lake, Killkerrin, One Island Lake, Rolla, Tomslake, and Tower Lake. A number of parks are assets for residents and visitors; including Swan Lake and Sudeten Regional Parks; Monkman, Kiskatinaw and One Island Lake Provincial Parks.  Farmington Fairways is a 9-hole course found 20 minutes north of Dawson Creek on the Alaska Highway and is great golf stop for anyone travelling on the Alaska Highway.

Electoral Area E

Website:  www.prrd.ca

Moberly LakeElectoral Area E (pop. 3,142) covers an area of 1,647, 950 hectares. The area is rich with small vibrant communities and includes East Pine, Ground Birch, Hasler Creek, Lone Prairie, McLeod Moberly Lake, Pine Valley, Progress, and Sunset Prairie. There are proud First Nations people including the Moberly Lake East First Nation and the Moberly Lake West First Nation. The natural assets include Moberly Lake and Mount Moray Provincial Parks and Spencer Tuck Regional Park. Trail networks exist that provide hiking and snowmobiling extend from the main roadways. Areas along Highway 97, particularly in the Pine Pass, offer significant hiking and snowmobiling opportunities. Natural Springs Golf Course and Moberly Lake Golf Course are both situated outside Chetwynd on Highway 29 and are both fun and challenging and offer great prices.