Apr 24, 2019 - Apr 25, 2019
2 guests - 1 room
British Columbia's oldest city is a major regional center for the arts, shopping and recreation. It also sees a lot of business traffic as one of Canada's major hubs for the energy industry. While it's not a major tourist destination in terms of traffic from outside of the region, Fort St. John does see a good amount of visitation for hockey games and tournaments at the Pomeroy Sport Centre and North Peace Arena, hiking and fun in the snow in the Peace Valley, and people stopping over while on an adventure along the Alaska Highway.
Since the city sees regular visitors, there are a good range of hotel options available. The city has about two dozen choices for lodgings, ranging from basic motor inns and budget motel chains to some upscale three-star hotel chains.
Fort St. John does not have a season in which it is slammed with tourists, with any hotel price spikes more likely to be caused by an energy industry convention, a hockey tournament or an influx of temporary workers.
The area has something to offer in all seasons, with hiking in the warm months and cross-country skiing when it gets cold. There will usually be something of a low ebb in recreational tourism during the winter, however, when daytime temperatures are often freezing and snow is not infrequent.
Major annual events in the city include the High On Ice events in February, the Performing Arts BC Festival in May, Canada Day on July 1, and the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in November. The Chainsaw Carving Championship in June in nearby Chetwynd may also draw some heavier traffic to Fort St. John.
Just about all of Fort St. John's hotels are located along the Alaska Highway, with a few branching off along 100 Avenue, 100 Street and 86 Street. Any outdoor recreation destinations you might be interested in will be an equal drive from any of these properties and there aren't any closer lodgings, so you may as well pick your favorite hotel or the best deal available in the city.
A good central location in the city is the area near the Pomeroy Sport Centre, Totem Mall, Toboggan Hill Park and two of the major grocery stores (Safeway and Walmart). The closest hotels are the Stonebridge Hotel, Four Seasons Motor Inn, Lakeview Inn and Suites and the Econo Lodge.
The most upscale options in the city are the Pomeroy Hotel, Stonebridge Hotel, Northern Grand Hotel, Holiday Inn Express, and Home2 Suites. Don't expect resorts or any stellar amenities, but they are all respectable higher-end properties aimed at catering to business travelers.
Fort St. John has quite a few chains that are usually associated with budget pricing, like the Super 8 and Microtel. However, expect their rates to be around $75 to $125 USD any given night.
The lowest-priced options will most likely be found at the local budget motels and motor inns, like the Four Seasons Motor Inn and the Northwoods Inn. Expect rates of about $50-60 USD most nights at these properties for your standard basic budget motel room.