That’s up 2.8 per cent last spring, which dropped drastically from 10.2 per cent in 2011 and 21.6 per cent in 2010. 

Similarly, Dawson Creek’s vacancy rate continues to rise to 5.4 per cent from 3.2 per cent in 2012. That was another big drop for the Mile 0 City, which had a rate of 9.5 per cent in 2011 after rising from 3.9 per cent in 2010. 

Overall, the vacancy rate in British Columbia remained relatively unchanged at 3.5 per cent in April 2013, with vacancy rates by bedroom type also stable compared to last spring. 

Rent in both northern cities continues to increase over the $900, from an average of $864 a month in 2012 to $907 in Fort St. John and $860 to $905 a month in Dawson Creek. The biggest increase came from 1 bedroom apartments in Dawson Creek, which jumped 6.7 per cent from $744 to $806 a month. Comparably, an apartment of the same size in Fort St. John rose 4.1 per cent to $774 from $747. 

Bachelor and 2 bedroom apartments also rose in Fort St. John, by 3.4 and 4.8 per cent respectively. It now costs an average of $643 to rent a bachelor apartment in the Energetic City, up from $630 last year, and 2 bedroom apartments have reached the $1,000 mark. Rent in Dawson Creek is still slightly higher, with $683 a month for a bachelor, up from $632 last year, while a 2 bedroom costs $1058 a month in the Mile 0 City.