Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Weather & Climate

The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM) is situated in the northeast corner of British Columbia. With a total land area of over 85,000 square kilometres, the NRRM comprises approximately 10% of the total area of the province. The largest community within the NRRM is Fort Nelson, which is located at Historical Mile 300 of the Alaska Highway, 454 kilometers north of Dawson Creek. 

Because much of the Municipality is located within the Northern Rocky Mountains, it experiences typical mountain weather. Warm days with cool nights and sudden rainstorms in the summer, and significant snowfall in the winter characterize our mountain communities. Places like Toad River, Tetsa River, and Muncho Lake are usually warmer in the winter, and cooler with fewer bugs in the summer.  All communities within the Municipality experience all four seasons.

Fort Nelson (elevation of 1,383 feet/421.5 meters) enjoys a dry climate with an annual average precipitation of 449.5 mm (17.7"), annual snowfall of 381 mm (15") and 200 frost-free days.  The long summer days produce greater than expected yields from our gardens, and small local farms are experimenting with different crops.  The average temperature in winter is -15°C and in summer, 13°C. Temperature in summer is often in the 30's and in winter it can dip to -40°C. Although not the norm, we do occasionally experience significant wind chill.

Some of the most spectacular occurrences in the Fort Nelson skies are the phenomenal 'Northern Lights'. These displays can occur just about any time of year but are most readily visible during the winter months. Our clear northern skies and vantage point are also attractions to scientists who come to the NRRM to observe and record events taking place within the cosmos.



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