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Dawson Creek

Situated in northeastern British Columbia, Dawson Creek is amid a unique geographical blend of Rocky Mountain foothills and interior plains.  Just over an hour drive from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Dawson Creek is a true hub community in the South Peace region-with four major highways, a thriving economy and tons of leisure activities-people are continually relocating here for better opportunities.  With the City of Dawson Creek centering it’s social and environmental planning on sustainability, it will be a significant community for generations.   

Today

Dawson Creek lifestyle has a fine balance between work and play. 

With approximately 10 major multinational oil, gas and energy companies investing and spending in the hundreds-of-millions in the region, the economy is very strong. The business from these companies creates a strong, positive effect on other sectors and businesses in the area.  The region also has an agricultural history that dates back over 100 years.  Presently, there are over 585 farms reporting in the region creating over $460 million in capital in 2006.  Also part of the Dawson Creek landscape is the first wind farm in BC including over 30 turbines situated to the southwest of the town, they provide BC hydro with over 100 megawatts of power.  Louisiana Pacific Strand Board Plant, Northern Lights College and Greensmart Manufacturing are all large workforce contributors to the municipality.      

The South Peace Multiplex gives ‘leisure’ a whole new meaning.  The Multiplex houses the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre, the EnCana Events Centre and the Lakota Agri Centre.  With a capacity of 6500, the centre has held big name entertainment; everything from concerts, sporting events, motocross and a newly added Junior ‘A’ hockey team.  There are many lakes, parks and campgrounds in the region that support fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing, walking, bird watching and recreational vehicle access.  There are also a number of recreational facilities for all age groups and physical levels.

Opportunities

With an expanding economy and major economic pillars that include agriculture, forestry, mining, tourism and oil and gas, there is a wealth of work, investment and business opportunity.  The abundance of natural gas resources indicates long-term growth in the local economy.  Dawson Creek’s proximity to oil and gas resources and coal mines to the south make it an ideal service and residential centre for the South Peace area. 

Dawson Creek’s transportation network is a major asset.  Four major highways converge in Dawson Creek: the #97 Hart Highway from the south, the #2 Dawson Creek-Tupper Highway from the East, the #49 Spirit River Highway from the Northeast, and the world famous Alaska Highway that heads north.  The Heritage Highway,#52, connects Tumbler Ridge with Highway #97 and also Highway #2. The Dawson Creek airport has direct flights to Fort Nelson and Vancouver and indirect flights to other major international destinations.

Northern Lights College is a Post-Secondary school that provides certificates, diplomas, first and second year university classes, vocational programs and continuing education and upgrading courses.   A large portion of the programs are relevant to the infrastructure and industries found in the area.  Northern Lights College offers an aircraft maintenance program that has been described as one of the top in the country.  The community’s investment in education means the city has an educated and skilled labor force with specific job-ready skills.

Future

With the planned Site C dam moving into the third stage of planning, the environmental and regulatory review, a huge works project could be underway in the region.  Site C will be the third dam on the Peace River.  The project, if approved, would bring in both a large labor force and work to the region adding even more economic strength to Dawson Creek and its other sectors for years to come.

Links & Resources

Investment Ready - Dawson Creek Community Profile (PDF Document)

Civic Info (Link opens in new window)

Community Fact Sheet (PDF Document)

City of Dawson Creek (Link opens in new window)

Stats Canada Census Profile 2011 (Link opens in new window)

Contacts

Jim Chute
Chief Administrative Officer
City of Dawson Creek
Ph: 250.784.3613
jchute@dawsoncreek.ca