...it doesn’t take long to get to know your neighbours, your bank tellers, your cashiers, and feel like you’re finally home.


Gym Facilities

Fort Nelson Fitness and Athletics is a locally owned private, key card accessible gym facility located in the heart of Fort Nelson. Offering a wide range of equipment and personal training options.
Wolverine Boxing Academy & Fort Nelson Brazilian Jiu Jitsu operate out of the same facility. Offering training for all ages and skill levels. Our Recreation Centre also offers a wide range of classes from yoga, to aqua fit, and everything in between.


Enjoy some small town hospitality - Fort Nelson offers a variety of dining establishments that are sure to fill any appetite. Everything from award-winning organic to fast food, sushi, and family restaurants can be found in Fort Nelson.

Famers Market

Enjoy food from local gardens and producers. Our year-round weekly Fort Nelson Farmers Market hosts a variety of vendors to get all your organic, farm fresh produce, meats, and baked goods. You will also be able to pick up homemade items such as soaps, canned goods, wine, local art, and more at the Elks Hall every Saturday 9-3pm.

Retail, Services and Entertainment

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!
From mechanics to authentic, handmade local art to car washes, everything one needs is right here in Fort Nelson.
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 www.lovefortnelson.com.

Business in Fort Nelson

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.
For complete listings of all retail, service, and entertainment establishments, pick up a copy of the Fort Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce Business Directory available at the Visitor Centre, many local retailers, or on the Chamber of Commerce website at www.fortnelsonchamber.com.

Fort Nelson’s Annual Events

Many new residents say their social calendar in Fort Nelson is far fuller than that of when they lived the ‘big city’ life. Just a sample of the long-time annual events Fort Nelson has to offer include:

January: Moonlight Skis
February: Family Day Snowmobile Run
March: Northern Lights Festival - a 10 day festival
April: Easter Eggstravaganza, Muncho Lake Curling Bonspiel
June: Northern Rockies Triathlon, Mud Bogs
July: Canada Day Celebrations
August: Fort Nelson First Nation Annual Celebration
September: Community Trail Half Marathon & Fun Run
October: Fall Frolic Fundraiser, Spookerama
November: Moonlight Madness, Christmas Craft Fair
December: Parade of Lights, Christmas Community Dinner

Life in the North

  • Enjoy affordable housing prices - an average single family home is valued at $185,000, or $700/month for a 2-bedroom apartment.
  • Enroll your children in swimming, junior golf, soccer, dance, hockey, gymnastics, day camps, figure skating, musical theatre, minor ball...boredom isn’t an option!
  • Could you use $5,400 extra each year? Enjoy the full Northern Living Allowance at tax time.
  • Grow almost every fruit and vegetable imaginable - from grapes to cherries to broccoli to potatoes as big as your hand.
  • Grab a front row seat (literally) for the breathtaking Northern Lights - from the comfort of your front porch!