Come Explore the Top Trails Near Fort St. John

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Explore the Top Trails near FSJ

Spring is finally here and we are starting to see sunny days. This is a good time to enjoy the outdoors and what better way to do that than to take a hike through Fort St. John’s many amazing trails? Here is a list of the top trails in Fort St. John to visit this spring.

 

Charlie Lake Provincial Park

Location:

Located just 11 km north of Fort St. John, this trail is 13 km along the southwestern shore of Charlie Lake.

Open/Closed Dates:

May 11 – September 10

Wildlife:

Types of animals you can find:

  • Larger mammals: Moose, white-tailed deer, mule deer, and black bears
  • Smaller mammals: Squirrels, chipmunks, beavers, snowshoe hares, and muskrats
  • Birds: Northern oriole, rose-breasted grosbeak, ovenbird, American redstart, white-throated sparrow, sharptailed grouse, ruffed grouse

Be advised, never feed or approach bears or other wildlife

Activities:

Here are a list of other activities you can enjoy at Charlie Lake Provincial Park:

  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Swimming

Be advised, no rentals are available on site.

Key Features:

This takes one of the top trail spots because of the overall diversity of the park, closeness to the city, and beautiful lake it runs across. Charlie Lake provides a well-maintained walking path that’s perfect for hiking. While you hike, enjoy the bird sanctuary that surrounds the walking trails. Even though it is located near the highway, there is no highway traffic noise and its location makes it easy to come and go.

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Taylor Landing Provincial Park

Location:

Located at Mile 36 of Alaska Highway, 1 KM south of the Taylor Bridge.

Open/Closed Dates:

Year-round

Wildlife:

Types of animals you can find:

  • beavers, bald eagles and other birds of prey, Canada geese, moose, mule and white-tail deer, black bears, and many other animals.

Be advised, never feed or approach bears or other wildlife

Activities:

Here are a list of other activities you can enjoy at Charlie Lake Provincial Park:

  • Canoeing
  • Camping
  • Boating
  • Fishing

Key Features:

This provincial park is nestled beside the Peace River. This river is directly controlled by BC hydro, meaning, water levels may rise or fall. For anyone wanting to go out on the water, watch out for gravel bars.

This park is mainly used for its boating, but it’s also fun to run by when the water levels are changing!

This is an interesting trail since it runs along the controlled Peace River which always makes the view interesting.

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Beatton Provincial Park

Location:

Located north of Fort St. John.

Open/Closed Dates:

May 11 – Sept 10

Wildlife:

Types of animals you can find:

  • Deer and moose

Activities:

Here are a list of other activities you can enjoy at Charlie Lake Provincial Park:

  • Canoeing
  • Camping
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Windsurfing
  • Waterskiing
  • Playground

Key Features:

Beatton Provincial Park is a year-round recreational facility. The park is a summer recreation destination for swimming, fishing, and hiking.

The park also offers excellent winter recreation opportunities. Experience over 15km of groomed cross-country ski trails designed for beginners, intermediate, and advancing skiing.

The ski trails alone make this a great choice of top trails around Fort St. John.

 

Things to Keep in Mind

If you are planning to visit any of these great parks to either hike or to enjoy other activities, remember to be prepared. Carry plenty of water, some snacks, and a camera. Have fun by exploring what nature can offer without having to travel for hours by visiting all of these top trails near Fort St. John!

 

 

 

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