(Northern Rockies Regional Municipality)
Town of Fort
Community Fact Sheet
School District No. 81
InvestBC Community Profile
StatsCan Community Profile 2006
NRRD Community Fact Sheet
NRRD Socio-Economic Profile
The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality is
situated in the northeast corner of British Columbia. The Town of Fort
Nelson, the regional district's only municipality, is located at Historical
Mile 300 on the Alaska Highway, 454 km north of Dawson Creek.
The Northern Rockies Regional
Municipality has a population of 4,987 (2011 Census). According
to BC Stats, the population was estimated at 5,910 (in 2012).
MAJOR EMPLOYMENT AREAS
Nelson looks forward to another period of growth as interest continues
to fuel record-setting land tenure sales in the Horn River Basin just
north of the town. This most recent economic buoyancy is one that the
community is well positioned to take advantage of with an established
service sector, diverse and growing recreational opportunities, and a
young energetic population.
Nelson's service industry is an integral and growing sector of the local
economy for two reasons. First, this sector is a major employer within
the area, and second, it provides essential services to the other
sectors of the economy including the petroleum, forestry, and mining
is also very important to the region and is a sector with tremendous
growth potential. The spectacular scenery and abundance of wildlife are
of global significance and make Fort Nelson a 'world class' destination
for adventure tourism, fly-in fishing and big game guide/outfitting.
There are nine provincial parks, recreation areas and campgrounds within
the Regional District including the renowned 'Liard Hot Springs'. The
area is also home to the Northern Rockies Protected Area that is gaining
distinction world wide.
Fort Nelson’s Oil & Gas production sector and Oil & Gas Service Sector
continues to grow. The geography of our region, technological advances,
our location in BC, and provincial incentives and programs are all
factors contributing to this growth. Consequently, Fort Nelson is well
positioned to service the recently headlining unconventional Shale Gas
deposits in the Horn River Basin where three parcels alone generated
over $51 million dollars in provincial revenue.
Nelson’s gas processing plant is North America’s largest, based on
volume of natural gas output. Recently, Spectra Energy announced a major
Carbon Capture and Storage project that will again set records.
unique forest with unparalleled aspen reserves, high quality spruce (the
tensile strength of a 2x4 grown in the Northern Rockies is estimated to
be equal to that of a 2x6 grown in more southern climates!), and virgin
forests are sure to attract investment in the future. In addition to
traditional harvesting and manufacturing operations, there is
opportunity in the development of value-added and niche forest products,
and in supply and servicing operations.
Nelson looks forward to a healthy forest future. We are proud of our
forest industry, forest companies, and forest workers who call Fort
Our regional tourism sector is a magnet for investment and offers
tremendous growth opportunity. At Mile 300 of the historic Alaska
Highway, Fort Nelson is situated on the doorstep of what is referred to
as “the Serengeti of the North”, for the diversity of wildlife in the
region, and for the magnificent Northern Rocky Mountains. An average of
300,000 visitors experience the Northern Rockies every year.
information about the Town of Fort Nelson or the Northern Rockies
Regional Municipality, please contact the Town office at:
Northern Rockies Regional
Town Square, 5319 - 50th Avenue South, Bag Service 399,
Fort Nelson, BC, V0C 1R0