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Fraser Lake, British Columbia

Fraser Lake is a small community of 1,000 located in BC’s north-central region on the Yellowhead Route #16 of the Trans-Canada, about 150 kilometres west of Prince George. Fraser Lake has a strong focus on outdoor recreation and growing tourism. The town is also home to the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation, one of the largest Carrier First Nations in the region.

Fraser Lake History

The area has been the traditional territory of the Carrier First Nations for thousands of years. The Carrier people still make up a significant portion of the population in the region.

The area was named after Simon Fraser, who explored the area in 1806 on his journey down the Fraser River. Simon Fraser established Fort Fraser in 1806 as a North West Trading Company fur trading post (one of the oldest European-founded settlements in British Columbia).

During and after the 1860s, various gold discoveries in the area attracted many prospectors. The town of Fraser Lake was established in 1914 to serve as a commercial hub for the surrounding mining communities.

The arrival of the railway in 1951 brought new economic opportunities to the area. During the 1960s and 70s, the construction of the Kenney Dam (40 kilometres southwest of town), which created the Nechako Reservoir that flooded many riverside towns and villages, including the original townsite of Fraser Lake.

The current townsite was built on higher ground, adjacent to the Yellowhead Highway and the CN rail line and many of the residents of the flooded communities relocated to Fraser Lake.

Fraser Lake Attractions

Fraser Lake Museum

15 Chowsunket St, Fraser Lake, BC V0J 1S0
(250) 699-8651

The Fraser Lake Museum offers visitors a glimpse into the area’s history, with exhibits showcasing the region’s First Nations heritage, the gold rush era, and the construction of the Kenney Dam. The museum also features a gift shop with local arts and crafts

Fraser Lake Nature Trails

Various trailheads around Fraser Lake

The Fraser Lake Nature Trails offer several kilometers of hiking and biking trails that wind through the surrounding forests and wetlands. The trails are suitable for all skill levels and offer stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains

Fraser Lake Waterfront Park

Northside Dr, Fraser Lake, BC V0J 1S0
(250) 699-6257

Located on the shores of Fraser Lake, the Waterfront Park offers a sandy beach, picnic areas, and a playground. The park is a popular spot for swimming and fishing, and offers stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains

Mouse Mountain

Mouse Mountain Rd, Fraser Lake, BC V0J 1S0

Located just east of Fraser Lake, Mouse Mountain (which rises 120m above the surrounding lakeside terrain) is a popular destination for hiking and rock climbing. The mountain offers several trails that wind through the surrounding forests and up to the summit, where visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area

Nadleh Whut’en Cultural Centre

144 Nadleh Whut’en Rd, Fraser Lake, BC V0J 1S0
(250) 699-1065

The Nadleh Whut’en Cultural Centre offers visitors a chance to learn about the culture and history of the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation. The centre features exhibits showcasing traditional crafts, artwork, and artifacts, as well as interactive displays and demonstrations

Cheslatta Falls

Cheslatta Falls, BC V0J 1E0.

This waterfall is located on the Cheslatta River and is a popular spot for hiking and picnicking. It is located about 50 km south of Fort Fraser (near the Kenney Dam) and can be accessed via a short hike

Fraser L:ake, British Columbia Area Map