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There are also over 15 kilometres of paved paths to enjoy around town and five kilometres of interpretive trails in the Fish Creek Community Forest.

In the summer, the area’s rolling hills offer endless choices for picturesque drives, bird watching, and wildlife viewing. And like most communities in the Peace, Fort St. John serves up abundant opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, ATVing, and boating. There are also plenty of provincial parks in the area worth exploring, includingMilligan Hills Provincial ParkPink Mountain Provincial Park, and Beatton Provincial Park.

In neighbouring Taylor, visit Peace Island Park, a popular family destination with campsites on the banks of the Peace River where visitors can dig for dinosaur and clam fossils, and enjoy a picnic, the horseshoe pits, playgrounds, boat launch, and the historic Rocky Mountain Forts. Golfers even have three golf courses to choose from: Lakepoint Golf & Country ClubFort St. John Links, andLone Wolf Golf Club.

After a day of adventure, stop in for a local brew at Beard’s Brewing and Mighty Peace Brewery.

Hudson’s Hope

Known as “The Playground of the Peace,” Hudson’s Hope offers a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities including excellent fishing, canoeing, boating, climbing, camping, mountain biking, ATVing, hiking, swimming, and wildlife viewing.

The Hudson’s Hope Museum, housed in an old Hudson’s Bay trading store on the banks of the Peace River, features an extensive collection of local artifacts, including a fossil of a dinosaur named after the town—the Hudsonelpidia.

There are a number of camping and RV parks in the area, such as King Gething Park (right in town), Alwin Holland Park, Cameron Lake, and Dinosaur Lake, where you can spot steam vents from its banks.

Stay at Williston Lake Resortright on the shore, where beginner and advanced riders can book horseback riding trips ranging from half a day to three-day tours. The resort also offers fishing trips and a spa.

Other places to stay in town include the Sigma Inn & Suites, Still Water Inns & Suites, and The Sportsman Inn.

Originally published by Destination BC.

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