2012 Interpretation Canada Award winning Interpretive trail © Parks Canada
Fort St. James National Historic Site has consistently ranked as one of the very best visitor destinations in the province of BC. In terms of both visitor experience satisfaction and value, Fort St. James has been recognized time and time again, both by visitors in our surveys and, by our regional partners and communities. In recent years, Fort St. James has won the following awards:
2007 Tourism Hospitality Award, Fort St James Chamber of Commerce
2010 Parks Canada CEO’s Award for Nak’azdli Elders Oral History Project
2011 Northern BC Tourism Association “The Educator” Award
2012 Interpretation Canada, Gold Award, Ripples of the Past Interpretive Walk
Fort St. James National Historic Site is proud to play an important role in our local and regional communities in Northern British Columbia.
New Interpretive Centre
Strangers and Swan’s Down is the name or our new interpretive gallery and museum at Fort St. James National Historic Site, newly opened to the public in September of 2012. Parks Canada designers, carpenters, curators and historians developed the entire gallery almost 100% in house. This interpretive display area houses one of the best museum experiences for all ages in Northern BC and includes:
- Audio displays and stories from Nak’azdli and Metis communities linked to Fort St James past
- A large new aquarium for native species from Stuart Lake, BC and the surrounding region
- A dress-up and fur trade photo station for families
- Videos and film from the Fort St. James fur trade in the 1800s
- A piece on piece re-construction activity, simulating the architecture of Fort St. James
- Numerous aboriginal artefacts and exhibits from the Parks Canada Athapaskan Collection, housed at the Exploration Place in Prince George, BC.
This exhibit gallery is located in the visitor centre is available during regular operating hours or for special tours with advance booking in the off-season.
Fort St. James Interpreters won Educator of the Year in 2011 from Northern BC Tourism © Parks Canada