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Fort St. James National Historic Site

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Glimpse the Hudson’s Bay Company flag flying over Fort St. James and feel more than a century melt away. Live, work and savour life as it was among the legendary fur traders and First Nations people who bartered here in 1896. Feed livestock grazing in a fenced pasture. Watch heritage chickens race on a custom-built track. Sleep over at Murray House and explore 19th century history after hours by flashlight.

Featured Activities in Fort St. James National Historic Site 


Featured Activities

Experience the “newness of the past” at Fort St. James, revived capital of New Caledonia.
Experience the “newness of the past” at Fort St. James, revived capital of New Caledonia  
Fort St. James once reigned over commerce as the former capital of New Caledonia in BC’s Northern interior. Experience life as the traders did in 1896, surviving off the natural wealth of the land.


Bet on the bird with the most pluck at the fort’s “world class chicken races.”
Bet on the bird with the most pluck at the fort’s “world class chicken races.”
Flock to the famous chicken races held daily on a special track in a lakefront field at Fort St. James. Bet your chicken bucks on a top-flight bird and get pinned with a winner’s button.


Spend the night in 1896 at Murray House and live like a fur trading boss.

Spend the night in 1896 at Murray House and live like a fur trading boss
Sleep in the historic home of the fort’s former chief factor, just as it was in 1896, down to the bedding, wood stove and chamber pot. Enjoy after-hours free rein of the fort.


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