Arts, Culture & History

Discover your history!

Founded by Simon Fraser in 1806 on the shores of beautiful Stuart Lake, Fort St James is the gateway to a chain of rivers and lakes that traverse 400 kilometres of central British Columbia.

Cultural opportunities include a Public Library, the Community Arts Council, an amateur theatre company and a movie theatre.

Few towns are more proud or more aware of their history. The Fort St. James National Historic Site, the ancient burial site of Carrier Chief Kwah, Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church, and the monument to legendary bush pilot Russ Baker are of great interest to residents and visitors alike.

Our Lady of Good Hope Church
1200 Lakeshore Drive
One of the oldest Catholic churches in British Columbia

Fort St. James National Historic Site
280 Kwah Road
Phone: 996-7191
Open May to September

Established in 1806 by Simon Fraser as a fur trading post and administrative capital of the New Caledonia region. The site features a Museum area, an introductory film, interpreters in historic dress, several historic log buildings.
view the website

Fort St. James Public Library
425 Manson Street
250-996-7431 Phone
250-996-7484 Fax
Visit the BC Libraries Website

Cottonwood Music Festival
Every July in Cottonwood Park
Visit the Cottonwood Music Festival website

Music Makers
Rosemary Allan
Music Makers Hall (stage/auditorium for up to 100)
255 2nd Avenue West
(1-3 presentation annually)

Community Arts Council
Monica Grill
250-996-7449 Phone
(3-4 presentations annually)

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