The Community Services Department is excited to share with you upcoming activities, special events and courses that will be offered in the month of September 2014. 
Illuminate the North
Competition Kicks Off for the 2015 Canada Winter Games Community Torch Celebration Challenge

For two weeks in February of 2015, Prince George will host the 2015 Canada Winter Games; the largest multi-sport and cultural event to be held in northern BC. With this event comes the opportunity to celebrate the region as the 2015 Games Torch Relay makes its way through northern BC.  The Torch Relay will visit communities along the route, but only one Community Torch Celebration will illuminate each of the three regions of northern BC: Northeast, Northwest, and the Northern Interior.

Fort St. John will compete against other northeastern communities for a chance to host the region's Community Torch Celebration. These communities include Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Hudson's Hope, Taylor and Tumbler Ridge.


The competition kicks off Wednesday, August 27. Voting will take place exclusively online at VOTE HERE




Rotary Skate Park to get a boost from New Trees

The City of Fort St. John has been awarded funding on behalf of CN for the EcoConnexions From the Ground Up project. This project aims at assisting communities in greening public spaces such as parks, open spaces, and around recreation facilities. A major objective of this grant is to not only green these public spaces, but to engage the community in the process itself. For this reason, the City is seeking volunteers to join us in tree planting at the Rotary Skatepark on September 7.


The Rotary Skatepark opened last September and has been a popular recreation location for youth and young families to spend their time. Phase 1 of the project included the construction of the skatepark as well as some landscaping features such as the laying of sod. The remaining work includes planting trees that will enhance the beauty of the space and provide some shade.  With the help of the CN EcoConnexions grant, the City will purchase 20 ornamental trees suited to our northern climate to create an attractive landscape and benefit the environment.


Mayor Lori Ackerman says, "Part of being from Fort St. John is understanding the tremendous value our volunteers provide.  Many hands make light work so come on out and lend a hand as together we green the City for our children and their children." 


The City will host a tree planting day at the Rotary Skatepark on September 7 from 10:00am - 4:30pm. Those wishing to volunteer are asked to please contact Tara O'Donnell, Community Development Coordinator, to confirm which times they wish to participate.  Please note that as a safety requirement, volunteers must bring steel-toe boots to wear on site at all times. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. Lunch and refreshments will be provided to volunteers.



On September 12 at 2pm at the Rotary Skatepark, public officials will be joined by representatives from both Tree Canada and CN to officially recognize the importance of the community's environmental and social wellbeing as it relates to green spaces. Members of the public are invited to attend.


Fall Kicks into full swing! 


End of Summer Pool Wind Up Party 

Join us at the pool on Friday, August 29 for some crazy fun!  6pm to 8pm is for Families and 8pm to 11pm will be for ages 11 and up.  Regular admission applies.

Fall Community One Stop Registration

Community One Stop provides a space for organizations to set up a booth, display their information and speak with interested people.  Every spring and fall a "One Stop" is held to host the upcoming activities in the region for the community to see, register and join.  There is something for everyone from literacy, dance, sports, health and wellness, art, martial arts, music and more!

This year's event will be from 10am to 2pm at the Totem Mall on September 6.

For a list of which organizations will be participating, please click here.

  Taste of the Town
Each fall the City of Fort St. John Visitor Centre brings together local producers and restaurants to celebrate the bountiful Peace Country harvest with the Fall Harvest Taste of the Town event.  

The 2014 Taste of the Town event will take place from September 17 to 21.  The purpose is to help promote a dish or full-course meal at local restaurants that have been prepared using ingredients from local producers.  Each restaurant seeks to incorporate as much local produce, meats, grains and other locally made products into their dishes.  

Many restaurants participate in this annual event by offering not only the featured dishes/meals but often a special price. This is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to support our local producers and restaurants while sampling fresh, locally grown/produced products!


A list of participating restaurants will be posted by September 12 at www.fortstjohn.ca/taste-town


Dates to Remember
August 29:  Pool Wind Up Party
August 30 - September 28:   North Peace Leisure Pool shut down
September 6:   Fall Community One Stop Registration
September 7:  Tree Planting Day at Rotary Skate Park
September 12:  Media Event at Rotary Skate Park
September 17-21:  Fall Taste of the Town
Quick Links

The North Peace Leisure Pool will be shut down from August 30 to September 28
for its annual maintenance so join in on the
Summer Wind-up Pool fun
August 28 from 6pm - 8pm!!