The region known as the North Peace has always been rich in oil and gas reserves. In 1952 oil and gas was discovered in Fort St. John and the immediate vicinity, officially establishing Fort St. John as the oil and gas capital of B.C. In 1957 the refinery in Taylor, BC (14 km south of Fort St. Joh...
The Alaska Highway starts in Dawson Creek, BC winding it’s way northwest through to the Yukon and finally terminating in Delta Junction, Alaska totalling 1,422 miles (2288 km). This massive project, initially U.S. Army supply route, was completed in 1942, an impressive eight months after it ...
The Providence Hospital was established in Fort St. John, BC in August of 1931 by the Catholic Sisters of Providence. The Sisters, Sr. Marie Gilberte, Sr. Agatha and Sr. Catherine de Bologne, accompanied by Father Luc Beuglet. Soon after they were joined by Sr. Gerard Majella and Sr. Alfred de la ...
Margaret Lally, ‘Ma’ Murray, was born in Windy Ridge, Kansas in 1888. She moved to Vancouver and married George Murray. George and Margaret worked at various newspapers and were actively involved in politics. In 1941 she and George moved to Fort St. John where she started the Alaska Hi...
Monica Storrs came to the Peace Region in 1929 to work as an Anglican Missionary and quickly became dubbed ‘God’s Galloping Girl’. She was born in 1888 in London, England, the fourth child of an Anglican Reverend. At the age of 41 and self-described as ‘middle-sized and mid...
Bella (Attachie) Yahey was born in 1858 to the Great Chief Attachie, one of the Beaver First Nations leaders who, in 1900, signed Treaty 8 in Fort St. John, BC. Bella played a very active role with her people and was visible and regular feature around town. She married Charley Yahey, for whose fat...
Tel: (250) 787-0430
9323 100th St.
Fort St. John, BC
The Fort St. John North Peace Museum tells the story of the Fort St. John region from First Nations' settlements to the oil and gas industries of today.
Come explore a tepee, trapper’s cabin, blacksmith’s shop, 1921 school room, 1930s dentist office, missionary chapel, 1930 Outpost Hospital room, Finch’s General Store, British Columbia Police Barracks, furnished rooms of a pioneer home, post office, newspaper office, Alaska Highway exhibit, photographs, artefacts, and more!
The Fort St. John North Peace Museum and North Peace Historical Society are dedicated to the collection, preservation, storage and display of items relating to the history of the North Peace River area for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations.The museum is very pleased to host tours when contacted in advance.
Learn more about what's going on behind the scenes at the museum by visiting our blog.
Did you know?
The Beaver and Cree First Nations made a peace settlement in 1782 on the banks of the Tsadu River. The river was then renamed Unchaga, which means Peace in Cree. Visit us and learn more about First Nations and the fur trade.
The 136 foot high oil derrick outside of the Museum is a city landmark.
The Museum has the quilt made by Anne Young, the first RN in the North Peace, which bears the names of 99 babies she delivered. She delivered between 300 and 400 babies sometimes travelling to homesteads on horseback through temperatures of -70˚F!
Charles Bedeaux spent $250,00 to try and drive across Northern British Columbia in 1934 with his wife, mistress, movie crew, 47 staff, five Citroën half tracks, and 130 horses to carry supplies. Come see photographs of this expedition.