In the Northern Rockies, we live a well-rounded lifestyle. We’re friendly and approachable. It’s in our nature to welcome you and your family warmly. If you are looking for a friendly place to live, backed by an amazing natural playground the Northern Rockies might be for you. doesn’t take long to get to know your neighbours, your bank tellers, your cashiers, and feel like you’re finally home.


Downtown road

Golf Course


Day-to-Day... If you’re from a larger urban centre, you’ll be amazed by our affordable home prices and how little time you spend in your vehicle getting from A to B. From hockey to soccer, Aquafit to trail running, yoga to fitness classes, knitting to photography, live music to peaceful snowshoeing, there is plenty to keep you and your family as busy as you want to be.

Whether it is groceries, fuel, a new pair of shoes, or a movie you are seeking, Fort Nelson is home to all your retail, service and entertainment needs. There are two busy grocery stores located in central downtown as well as a variety of gas stations. Small retail and entertainment opportunities line the main Alaska Highway corridor and allow you to find anything your heart desires!

Entertainment... If you are looking for nightly entertainment check out the Phoenix Theatre a 247-seat theatre playing new releases, live performing arts, and concerts. In spring or late summer keep your eyes open for the outdoor movie events. To find out more about Fort Nelson’s incredible small local businesses, visit

Business... Fort Nelson is a strong community that thrives on its natural resources and prides itself as a unique, modern locale surrounded by backcountry wilderness. The community’s economic base is built on natural gas, oil, forestry, and tourism. The Oil and Gas Service sector, raw product forestry operations, a strengthening tourism industry, and an emerging agriculture sector all contribute to Fort Nelson’s economy.

Amenities... Fort Nelson has a hospital as well as family doctors and dentists accepting new patients. There are several public schools and advanced training programs within the Municipality, and endless recreation and cultural opportunities for every member of the family. Fort Nelson has amenities and services including, but not limited to:

  • Recreation complex, fields and a combination of indoor and outdoor programming
  • A variety of stores, restaurants, cafes and service providers
  • School District No. 81 provides kindergarten to Grade 12 classes in four schools
  • General practitioners are available through the Airport Way Medical Clinic
  • A variety of not-for-profit organizations providing programs, supports and volunteering opportunities

Explore... The Northern Rockies region is a large rural area that includes Prophet River, Tetsa River, Toad River, Muncho Lake and Coal River. If you appreciate being totally immersed in unmatched natural scenery there are many options to choose from.

Marl Brown (1932-2021) was a long time Fort Nelson resident, volunteer, spokesperson and curator of the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum. Let him describe Fort Nelson and the Northern Rockies to you.


The Municipality prides itself on sustaining strong relations with all community members including residents, local business owners and working professionals. Taking a proactive response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Municipality initiated the “Heart of the Community” project to support individuals, organizations and businesses in the Northern Rockies, by sharing portraits and short stories to highlight the contributions made by local businesses and not-for-profit organizations. View the stories by visiting our YouTube channel.