Regional District: Bulkley-Nechako
Fort St. James is a community situated on the South East shore of the mighty Stuart Lake. Sharing a common roadway with Nak'azdli First Nation, the two communities have bountiful access to water, land, labour and natural resources. Situated on Highway 27, roughly 2 hours from Prince George, Fort St. James provides access to a surrounding area with a total population of 4500.
Fort St. James is an energetic, active and diverse community that genuinely reflects the northern way of life. The community is the gateway to a chain of rivers and lakes that traverse 400 kilometers of central British Columbia. The population of the Fort St. James area, including the municipality, rural areas and First Nations, is approximately 4,500 people. Year-round outdoor and indoor recreational opportunities abound including a local ski hill, over 300km of trails network, a golf course and bountiful fishing. On the cultural side, residents enjoy an active Community Arts Council, an amateur theatre company, a local dance studio and a public library.
Fort St. James is a growing community. Between the 2006 and 2011 Census, the population was measured to grow 25%. Data provided by a local rental database also provides a measure of growth, indicating over 30% of all people moving in the community are newcomers.
In addition to a well-established forest industry, the community of Fort St. James supports a growing mining sector and tourism industry. A $235 Million biomass plant currently in construction is scheduled to begin operations in late 2016. Mt. Milligan Mine, a $1.6 Billion copper and gold mine located North of Fort St. James launched operations in late 2013. Fort St. James is also in the Social Impact Area of five of the Province’s proposed LNG projects, with the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project and Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Project proposed to pass North of Fort St. James, and the Coastal Gaslink Pipeline, Pacific Northern Gas Pipeline and the Pacfic Trail Pipeline proposed to pass less than 40km south of Fort St. James.
Fort St. James has three elementary schools, a high school, an adult education centre and a satellite campus of the College of New Caledonia. CNC's main campus and the University of Northern British Columbia are located less than a two-hour drive away. CNC programs include carpentry, welding, professional chef training, and a Mining Industry certificate. The community boasts a local medical clinic operated by a non-profit society
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