Welcome to the Vanderhoof  
Natural Resource District 


The Vanderhoof Natural Resource District Operations Team is a respectful and responsible steward of public natural resources.  
We serve our communities to achieve sustainable benefits and quality of life.


The Vanderhoof District Office

From our office in Vanderhoof, Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations personnel provide forest stewardship to a district land base covering approximately 1,377,831 million hectares.  The Crown Land is 1,072,708 hectares, and the current timber harvesting land base is 817,115 hectares.  

This office is home to Vanderhoof Natural Resource District, BC Timber Sales 0 Stuart-Nechako Business Area, and the Wildfire Management VanJam Zone Office.

Though the true geographic centre of the province, Vanderhoof is considered to be part of northern British Columbia, one of the last great wilderness and resource industry frontiers in the world. This spectacular part of Canada is sparsely populated, yet accessible, rural and wild, well serviced, and close to big city amenities.

Vanderhoof Municipality has an area of 5,763 hectares and is located at the junction of Highways 16 and 27. To the north on highway 27 is the District of Fort St James, and 51 km to the west is the Village of Fraser Lake. Together, the three communities form what is known locally as the
“tri-cities of the Stuart Nechako”.

The Canadian National Rail runs through the centre of the District, parallel to Highway 16. Vanderhoof is the second largest and most easternly member of the Bulkley-Nechako Regional District, which encompasses a total land area of approximately 78,000 square kilometres, and has a population of only 40,856 (inclusive of rural and reserve estimates~ as of 2001). You can be guaranteed wide-open spaces and friendly people that take pride in their historic connections to the land.

Vanderhoof is surrounded by the Northern Interior Plateau’s low-rolling and upland terrain that is forested with sub-boreal spruce and pine. This landscape is the foundation of the forestry and agricultural industries that have dominated the economy since Vanderhoof’s origin in 1926.
True to its roots, the Nechako Valley is home to communities that offer a strong work ethic and a hardy, pioneering spirit for developing businesses. The Region has many lakes and contains the headwaters of the Fraser, Stikine and Mackenzie River systems.


"The Vanderhoof Forest District, in the centre of British Columbia is a great place to live and work.  From magnificent lakes and rivers for fishing and boating, wilderness for exploring or hunting, and living a relaxed lifestyle this is the place.  It is not uncommon to watch deer, bears, and moose to wander by your office window or through you yard at home.  Our community and our office is made up of a diverse group of caring people as well."  L.B.

"I can canoe home right to my doorstep in the summer time." A.G

"Friendly people, only 4 stoplights, small town atmosphere, close to amenities without the crazy traffic and pollution.  Numerous recreational activities and opportunities right outside our doors." C.H.

"The hunting & fishing is good, it's a nice quiet town with little crime and a full suite of various churches." R.S.

"I like the sense of community, the geese, the outdoor recreational opportunities and the unique small town culture." L.L.

No mountains to climb, just wee hills but enough topographic variability to make the landscape interesting to look at.  ** Least increase in rainfall levels in the province due to global warming, which means warmer winters and the same summers as usual. Challenging & fulfilling employment with a bit of a respected art community." C.F.

"Vanderhoof has a fun group of people to work with and learn from.  There are lots of community volunteer  and recreational activities to participate in such as hockey, softball, golf, skiing, fishing & hunting.  It's only 1 hour away from the 'BIG' city if you need to shop or enjoy city night life." G.S.




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People are valued for their contribution and dedication to the Forest Service, its mission and vision.

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