Permanent Exhibits

Our permanent exhibits tell the story of the North Peace Region beginning with the dinosaur footprints found in the Peace River canyon. Compare this size of your hand to a dinosaur footprint. Learn about Tse’K’wa, a cave near present-day Charlie Lake, where a bead – the oldest example of human adornment in all of North America – was discovered. Visit a replica teepee made by the Dane-Zaa and learn about beadwork and moose hair tufting. Adventure with explorer Alexander Mackenzie and discover the roots of the fur trade in the Upper Peace. See archaeological artefacts from our early forts, stroke a beaver pelt, and try your hand at our fur trade memory game. Discover the history of trapping through our replica trapper’s cabin. Imagine packing your belongings into a wagon to move to this area. Explore C.M. Finch’s General Store and look for items in our search and find. Learn about early trails and expeditions in this area. Sort mail in our 1940s post office or read an early copy of the Alaska Highway News at the newspaper office. Learn about the route choice and difficulties in building the Alaska Highway in 1942 as well as the changes it brought to communities in the north. Discover the challenges of transportation in the north from boats to railways to aviation. Visit a blacksmith’s shop, dentist office, outpost hospital, and 1920s school house. Explore our 1920s-1940s house showing the challenges before electricity and running water were part of life in Fort St. John. See farm equipment, a model oil well site, a 1923 Dodge Brothers Roadster, and a Fort Nelson sleigh. Try on a sugar sack apron or peek through a stereoscope. There’s lots to do and explore. Our exhibits are constantly being updated and changed so come and have a look!