Fort St. John has come a long way since its original 1794 founding as a fur-trading post. Today, this city of 20,000 in northeastern British Columbia has emerged as a year- round recreation center and celebrates its rich history as a landmark on the Peace River and the Alaska Highway.

It’s no wonder Fort St. John was selected to host the 2020 BC Winter Games, with more than 2,000 athletes participating in close to 20 winter sports. From cross-country skiing at Beatton Provincial Park to snowmobiling at the Stewart Lake Trail, there’s always an adrenaline rush. In the summer, get a fishing license and reel in rainbow trout, or go bird-watching for great horned owls and ruffled grouse. Hiking and cycling opportunities also abound in Fort St. John.

Downtown, take the self-guided Pioneer Pathway Walking Tour to learn about the people who developed the city. The Fort St. John Peace Museum features interactive displays, including a vintage trapper’s cabin, a newspaper office, and an Alaska Highway exhibit. Or for some entertainment, Canadian singer-songwriters, comedians, and visual artists regularly grace the North Peace Cultural Centre. And when you’re ready to refuel, local restaurants range from steakhouses and pizza