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Fort St. James National Historic Site
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Owner description: This completely restored Hudson’s Bay Company post, located on the shores of Stuart Lake, was an economic powerhouse of trade and commerce in the 19th Century. It is the largest group of original wooden buildings depicting the fur trade in Canada and portrays the relationship between the fur traders and the Carrier First Nation. Costumed interpreters provide a first hand look at how people lived, ate, worked and died more than a century ago.
Reviewed March 10, 2014

Beautiful location and great history.
Wish all the staff hadn't been on lunch at the same time while we visited though :)

Thank RuthanneFSJ
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

A very interesting place to visit they cover all aspects of how life was in that era, it is a great insight into how life was, with very well preserved artifacts it is very well set out, the guides are very helpful & eager to answer any questions you might have. We also found a box of outdoor toys which you are allowed to use we had great fun trying to walk on stilts. It well worth a visit even tho' it is not a very large attraction and would not take up a full day, the views of the surrounding lake are stunning and worth a visit just for that.

Thank Holidaybug85
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

This was a place I knew nothing of having forgotten my fur trade history. The site is very nice, well presented and in good condition. We were fortunate in having a beautiful day, but t would be good at any time. The buildings were very interesting and the staff, in historical dress @ 1900, very helpful and informative. A 1st nations elder hosted a particularly interesting workshop/demonstration on hide tanning which was excellent. If I have a quibble, it is that the site focusses only on a fairly narrow time window @1896 and missies out on the earlier period when the fort was a major hub for the HBC in Western North America. However, it did make me review my fur trade history after seeing the site. When you are there, it is difficult to picture just how it must have looked when large parties gathered there in its heyday.

Stuart lake is beautiful and would be worth a trip in its own right for a fishing / camping holiday. Boat launch facilities are excellent. In all a great day and well worth the trip up from Vanderhoof.

Thank Scott R
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This takes about an hour if you are "used to forts" as we are, or longer if you have kids who are new to this. The volunteer "actors" do a great job of explaining the life and times of the fort and what everything did in its time. They have an extrodinary collection of utensils from the period, and, more impressive, of the PELTS that were trapped and traded.....yes, you are allowed to touch! If you have never felt the pelts of beaver, 3 kinds of fox, badger, black bear, etc., THIS IS THE PLACE! And they have been dead and tanned for a very long time. No ecological issues here (any more).

All together, between one and, well, if you or a family member get really into it, maybe 4 hours. And they have special evets, so check their web site (either to enjoy or avoid!).

Thank William W
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

The creators of this park are to be congratulated for providing a great view of life within a late 19th century Hudson's Bay Company outpost. They employ knowledgeable, live interpreters, lots of materials and settings from the period, and a hands-on learning experience.

Thank 222Mark_P222
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