Interpretive signs unveiled at 100th Street Lookout

The other explains significant historical sites which can still, or once could have been, seen from the lookout, and it includes historic photographs of these places. 

“This focal point on the river is, I think, pretty important to all of our communities, and these commemorate that,” said Electoral Area C Director Arthur Hadland at the unveiling. 

The signs were made possible by Fair Share Funds from the Peace River Regional District. 

Over the past year staff and volunteers at the North Peace Museum have been researching and developing the signs and the focus sites include the North West Mounted Police Trail and the Pacific Great Eastern Railway Bridge at Taylor. Also included are the Old Fort St. John from 1872 to 1923, and the B.C. Police Barracks in Fort St. John from 1858 to 1872. 

There’s certainly plenty of history in the city, given it is the oldest European-established settlement in present day British Columbia. The original trading post, established in 1794, was named Rocky Mountain House, and the present location is thought to be the community’s sixth, with a population of 18,609 at the 2011 census.