Gateway to the Northern Rockies. On the edge of the vast Muskwa-Kechika region, also known as the “Serengeti of the North”, Fort Nelson visitors are treated to spectacular vistas and the variety of wildlife within it.
FORT NELSON’S ULTIMATE EVENT
2020 FORT NELSON
NORTHERN LIGHTS FESTIVAL
Fort Nelson is one of the best places on earth to view the Northern Lights every March. Why March? March 19, 2020 brings with it the vernal equinox, when the magnetic fields of the sun and Earth align, and the Northern Lights tend to be a little stronger at this time of year.
The Fort Nelson First Nations welcome festival goers to come and experience the ceremonial offerings and dance to open the ceremonial fire on March 13th that will burn until the closing ceremony on March 21th.
FORT NELSON VISITOR CENTRE
The Visitor Centre should be your first stop in Fort Nelson, offering plenty of space for you to shake out your driving legs. Use one of their computers or connect to the free wifi to touch base with your loved ones still sitting at home. Gather brochures, maps, and test the staff on their local and regional knowledge. The Visitor Centre is also a showcase for many local artists creations including jewelry, drums, knitting, pottery, moccasins, and more.
Join our Visitor Councillors and partake in the free Welcome Visitor program to learn more about the area and Fort Nelson’s history.
FORT NELSON HERITAGE MUSEUM
The museum has a number of collections from antique cars and trucks to historic buildings, hand tools, and even an old derrick once used for drilling! The museum grounds also feature monuments and memorials to the men and women who built the Alaska Highway.
POPLAR HILLS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
This well-maintained nine hole golf course sits high above the Muskwa Valley and offers challenging play in a picturesque setting. The club boasts varying terrain and spectacular views of the Northern Rockies.
Offering full services such as cart and club rentals, club house, lounge, driving range and pro shop. Where else can you tee off at sunset and still finish before dark.
FORT NELSON RECREATION CENTRE
Attached to the Visitor Centre, the Northern Rockies Recreation Centre is one of the best in the North, offering a little bit of everything. The new aquatic facilities may be the topper on the cake with a lap pool, beach entry kids pool, waterslide, hot tub, sauna, and steam room… this is a space anyone can enjoy and relax in. The centre also boasts amenities such as a rock climbing wall, walking track, squash courts, curling rink and ice surfaces.
At the southern entrance to Fort Nelson is the Muskwa River. This large river makes for a great spot in winter or summer. In Summer it is used for soaking up some sun, letting kids & dogs play, and as a boating launch point. A plowed loop in the winter allows you to ski or walk the beautiful river valley and enjoy the sparkling white scenery.
A beautiful shallow lake within its own ecological reserve just a few minutes’ drive from Fort Nelson. Canoe, kayak, stand-up paddle board or just let the pups out for a swim at Parker Lake. With fantastic bird watching, a dirt boat launch, and a dock, Parker Lake is a great place to spend an afternoon.