Hudson’s Hope is located on the bank of the Peace River in the Rocky Mountain foothills of British Columbia, 90 kilometres west of Fort St. John and 66 kilometres north of Chetwynd on Highway 29. Through the commitment, cooperation, and participation of our residents, we are a uniquely progressive and safe community.
Hudson’s Hope is the third oldest European community in British Columbia. It is steeped in fur trading history, dating back to the late 1700s and the days of Alexander Mackenzie and the Northwest Company.
The area is also one of the richest sites of fossils and dinosaur footprints in the world. The Hudson’s Hope museum fossil display is the finest collection in the Peace River area. Is it any wonder that the town mascot is a friendly little fellow by the name Dudley Dinosaur. The history of the area is represented by artefacts from the early trapping, coal and placer mining industries.
The fishing in our area is excellent, with lakes and rivers full of Rainbow Trout, Arctic Grayling, White Fish, Lake Trout, Dolly Varden and Northern Pike. Magnificent scenery, an abundance of wildlife including bear, wolf, stone sheep, elk, moose, deer and bald eagles create unlimited ecological and sight seeing opportunities. This area is a bird watcher’s paradise. Superb drinking water, clean air, a warm welcome and our famous northern hospitality waits for you in Hudson’s Hope
Twenty minutes from downtown Hudson’s Hope, one of the largest earth filled dams in the world, offers scheduled tours of the underground powerhouse, a collection of hands on exhibits, and a video presentation. Behind the dam is Williston Lake, the largest man made reservoir in North America. It offers excellent fishing and boating, as well as the opportunity to find fossils in the surrounding area.
Surrounded by lakes and rivers, Hudson’s Hope offers a wide range of outdoor recreational activities including excellent fishing, boating, water skiing, canoeing, hunting, camping, hiking, swimming, sailing, and wildlife viewing. Bald eagles, in particular, are in abundance and can be viewed and photographed throughout the year. Hudson’s Hope is a unique place in today’s busy world. It is blessed with incredible natural beauty-prairie farmland, wooded Crown lands and the Peace River with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop.