Geography & Location

Fort St. John is located in northeastern British Columbia at Mile 47. It is one of the largest towns on both the Alaska Highway (97) and Highway 29 to Hudson’s Hope.

The landscape is mostly flat with river-sculpted valleys and is covered with spruce, pine, and aspen. The wildlife in the area includes bears, moose, deer, and elk.

Fort St. John uses Pacific Standard Time (PST) in the summer and Mountain Standard Time (MST) in the winter, and because of its geographical location in northern BC, it experiences long daylight hours in the summer and short daylight hours in the winter.


The nearest rivers to Fort St. John include the Moberly, Beatton, Peace, and Pine rivers. The Peace River is the most well known and largest river in the area that spans 1,923 km long.  It is part of the Arctic drainage, which at some point enters the Arctic Ocean through the Mackenzie basin.  These rivers are a great location for fishing, boating, and other various water activities during the summer.


The landscape in Fort St. John is unlike the rest of British Columbia in that it is relatively flat and is set within the Alberta Plateau.  The city is surrounded by the boreal forest, which is specifically known as the Boreal White and Black Spruce Zone. This boreal zone covers roughly 10% of British Columbia and majority of the Alberta Plateau.


Click the “Directions” option below in the map and type in your address below the map to get driving directions to Fort St. John.

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