Fort George Canyon

Fort George Canyon Provincial Park, Fraser Fort George, BC

Fort George Canyon Trail (4.8km) is a significant historical area and one of the signature hikes found in our 2016 Visitor Guide, as described by Dawn Kealing:

"This trail leads through a pine forest that changes to spruce and birch and makes a gradual descent for 2.9km to the first viewpoint. Then the trail descends more rapidly to a bench above the Fraser River. The trail follows the top of the bench before descending through a ravine to the shores of the river. When the water levels are low it is fun to walk to some islands and enjoy a picnic.

Easy hiking through the forest on Fort George Canyon Trail.Descending to the Fraser River on Fort George Canyon Trail.Autumn in Fort George Canyon.

This area has historical significance to Prince George as until 1914 the Fraser River was the highway in and out of this region and Fort George Canyon was one of the obstacles that sternwheelers had to navigate. Jagged rocks, rapids and whirlpools meant the sternwheelers had to be winched through this section while passengers portaged. This area is also a historic First Nations' fishing site."

Sternwheeler in Fort George Canyon, provided by The Exploration Place.

*Historical photo courtesy of The Exploration Place.

PLEASE NOTE: Google Maps currently provides an incorrect route to this park. To correctly access it, travel west from Prince George on HWY 16, and turn left onto Blackwater Road, then left again on West Lake Road. Travel past West Lake Provincial Park and the road eventually turns to gravel.

Turn left from West Lake Road at this sign.

Stay right at the first split and then make another left at the "Fort George Canyon Trails" sign. Follow the access road for approximately 2 km to the parking lot.

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