Vanderhoof, situated in the traditional territory of the Carrier First Nations, is located at the geographic centre of the province in the heart of the Nechako valley. It was founded by Herbert Vanderhoof, who had hoped the beautiful landscape and inspiring surroundings would become a creative retreat for artists and writers. However, its vast forests and agricultural lands also attracted ranchers and loggers to the area.

There is plenty of cultural history also available for exploration in the area, including the ranch of Rich Hobson, the inspiration for the 1966 Nothing too Good for a Cowboy TV series.  The home of Mary John, an advocate of the Carrier people and author of Stoney Creek Woman, is also in town.

Many secluded lakes can be accessed by hiking trails abundant with wildlife and the amazing views that originally inspired Herbert Vanderhoof and his artistic friends.

Nechako Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Vanderhoof | Outdoor Activities | Unique Sites |
Located on the Nechako River at Riverside Park, the Migratory Bird Sanctuary is visited by thousands of Canadian Geese as well as Trumpeter Swans, Northern Pintails, Caspian Terns and White...

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Rip N’ the North Bike Park

Vanderhoof | Outdoor Activities |
Built by Hoots Inc. in 2009, this bike park contains a 2km cross-country trail, a downhill trail, boardwalks and a variety of dirt jumps located just a few minutes from downtown.
The Rip N’ the...

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Vanderhoof Community Museum and Historic Village

Vanderhoof | Museums |
Situated on the original village site which existed in 1920s, Vanderhoof Community Museum and Historic Village is a delight for anyone interested in history or cultural tourism. The extensive...

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Vanderhoof Public Library

Vanderhoof | Tour Routes | Unique Sites |
The Vanderhoof Public Library is home to the Bill Silver Digital Newspaper Archive.  The archive is named after historian and longtime resident of Vanderhoof, Bill Silver, who kept a collection of...

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