Fort Nelson District

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Fort Nelson District

The Fort Nelson District sits in the northeastern corner of British Columbia and covers more than 9.8 million hectares (98,681 square kilometres or 38,101 square miles) bordering Alberta to the east and the Northwest Territories and the Yukon Territory to the north.

Located at almost 59o latitude, Fort Nelson is the northernmost district office in the province. Located entirely within the Boreal Forest, the Fort Nelson District is a world leader in boreal forestry. The district includes a significant portion of the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area, the largest undisturbed ecosystem in the province.

Fort Nelson District within BC
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Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

History of Fort Nelson
  • Established in 1805 as a fur trading post by the Northwest Company
  • Named for Admiral Horatio Nelson
  • Since 1805 there have been 5 sites for the town
  • Located at historic Mile 300 of the world famous Alaska Highway
  • In February 2009, a union of the Town of Fort Nelson and the Northern Rockies Regional District created the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, the first and only Regional Municipality in the province
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Fort Nelson

Aerial view of Fort Nelson.

  • Visit the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality for more information about the community we live in.
  • Statistics Canada 2006 census of population is 4,514 (Regional District: 6,147)
  • Extreme low temperature of -51.7 oC in January 1947
  • Extreme high temperature of 36.7 oC in July 1942
  • Average hours of sunshine 2035 hrs
  • Average annual snowfall is 178 cm with an average snow depth of 36 cm
  • Average annual rainfall is 320 mm
  • Average annual precipitation is 452 mm
  • Current weather conditions
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Parks and Protected Areas

The Fort Nelson District contains numerous Provincial Parks and Protected Areas. Providing world class landscapes and features, the parks provide exceptional recreational opportunities, the most famous and popular being Liard River Hot Springs. Please follow the links below for more information about each Provincial Park or Protected Area:

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