Located 160 km (100 mi) northwest of Prince George, Fort St. James sits on the southern shores of Stuart Lake, between the Nak’azdli First Nations Reserve and the business district of Fort St. James municipality. Allow a full day to tour the fur trade compound, Visitor Centre and interpretive gallery. Picnic by the lake, enjoy a meal at the Home Stretch Diner or spend a historic night in the Murray House or Guest House B&B.

Getting here


280 Kwah Rd. West
PO Box 1148
Fort St. James BC  V0J 1P0

By car

From Prince George
Follow Highway 16 West and just past Vanderhoof turn right on Highway 27 to Fort St James (a 45 minute drive) then turn left on Kwah Road and enter the parking lot. Fort St. James National Historic Site is situated 164 kilometres northwest of Prince George, B.C.

From Prince Rupert
Follow Highway 16 East and just before Vanderhoof turn left on Highway 27 to Fort St. James (a 45-minute drive) then turn left on Kwah Road and enter the parking lot.

Hours of operation

Free admission for youth 17 and under. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Facilities and services

Accessible Facilities Accessible services
Lookout Lookout
Picnic Shelter Picnic shelter
WiFi Wi-Fi
Dogs on leash Dogs on leash
Parking Parking
Coffee shop Restaurant or café
Bus parking Bus parking
Information Information
Picnic area Picnic area
Restrooms Restrooms

Quick facts

  • The Trade Store, Fur Warehouse, Guest House and Murray’s House are all hosted by friendly costumed interpreters.
  • Expect edible surprises in the fort’s buildings, from salmon jerky and bannock to hard-rock candies.
  • Rock away an evening on the verandah at Murray House watching the grazing little goats and strutting chickens. Enjoy fresh free-range eggs with sausages and pancakes for breakfast the next morning.