A Day in Fort St. John with Kids

A Day in Fort St. John with Kids

Fort St. John is small-big town located on the Alaska Highway. It’s less than an hour North of Dawson Creek, and has a population of about 20,000 people. When people think of Fort St. John they think of oil, damns, and industry (at least that’s my perception). 

If you’re visiting Fort St. John with kids, and wondering what to do, I’ve scoped out the options, and I’m giving you the low down.

I visited on a cold rainy day in August and felt limited by my potential to spend time outside. While the best memories are made in the rain, my feet only like to be cold for so long. We ventured out in the morning, and chillaxed in the afternoon with a hotel room nap and cartoon session.

Fort St. John with Kids

In no particular order, this is the list of things you could do with kids in Fort St. John, BC. 

  1. Fish Creek Community Forest TrailSeriously, this is an awesome accessible trail that welcomes strollers, wheels and just an easy-going enjoyable walk. I loved the meander, the smell of the forest, and the sound of the birds.
    Fish Creek, Fort St. John, BC
  2. Kin ParkWhether your kids want to take on the dirt hill bike park or tackle the playground, or you just want to chill in the shade of the trees while sipping your coffee, Kin Park is your basic everyday community space.
    Kin Park, Fort St. John
  3. Whole Wheat & HoneyInstagram Mama’s are always recommending I check out this sweet cafe shop, and it did not disappoint. The muffin was amazing, the ambience perfect, and my kids loved their seamers.
    Whole Wheat & Honey
  4. North Peace Leisure Centre. This community pool is totally sweet and just right for mamas with small kids. It’s nothing special besides the double water slides, but the pool space offers sprayers, slides, lazy river, and more for young families. I felt really comfortable at ease in this space even juggling two toddlers solo.
    Inside the Fort St. John Pool
  5. Spray Park & Playground. If the weather is right, check out the new (2018) spray park located adjacent to the pool. This new spray park has plenty of shade, seating, and even a real playground for playing and having fun. Don’t miss the water jumping pods. They are a hoot.
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  6. McDonalds Play Space. Do you love cheap coffee and fries in Canada’s largest McDonald Play Space? I know I do! Don’t miss this great indoor play space for a small town community. We dont’ mind the cooties. You could check out the Burger King Playspace across the highway.
    Largest McDonald's Play Space in Canada in Fort St. John, BC
  7. Pomeroy Centre. Don’t care for restaurant play spaces, check out the programming options at the Pomeroy Centre. Between the walking track, and the tumble and play programs, you might find some indoor space to burn off the crazy steam.
  8. Spend the day at the lake? Nearby Charlie Lake features a walking path, dock, and playground for some serious quality time as a family.
  9. Roustabouts for Dinner. Depending on where you’re coming from a lot of the chain restaurants in town are same old, same old. It’s nice to stop into a local-ish place like Roustabouts  and pick up a colouring sheet, and feed the kids from the kid menu. #yesWeEatKidsMeals Other kid-friendly restaurants you might check out: Boston Pizza, Canadian Brewhouse, Montana’s and maybe more.

Did I miss an amazing kid-friendly activity in Fort St. John, BC?

Let me know in the comments below. We love having suggestions on what to do next. If you’re a Fort. St John mom and you want share your story, we love to learn more about your experience in motherhood and raising kids in the Peace.

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