Being positioned on the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the District of Chetwynd acts as a natural entrance to the Peace region and is a model representative to the area. With growing industries including mining, oil and gas, and forestry products, Chetwynd can see growth long into the future. Located near two commercial airports, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, intersected by both Highway #97 and #29, and located on the CN rail mainline Chetwynd is a natural transportation centre in the Peace region. Resource rich, economically strong, naturally beautiful, it’s no wonder SmartGrowth BC ranked Chetwynd as one of the most livable places in BC.
With a population of 3000 and a drawing area incorporating innately 7000 persons, which includes the West Moberly First Nations and Saulteau First Nations Bands, Chetwynd also accommodates the recreation and leisure lifestyle. The Chetwynd Recreation complex hosts various sporting activities ranging from curling, hockey, and figure skating to swimming, softball, and beach volleyball. Forests, rolling foothills, snow covered mountains, and endless systems of lakes and rivers provide continuous outdoor adventures. One of the most prestigious events is the annual ‘International Chainsaw Carving Championships’ bringing contestants and visitors from all over the world.
The ever-increasing resource economy in the region is creating more and more opportunities in Chetwynd. Chetwynd is prosperous in its natural resources, which shows in the community activity including pipeline construction as well as oil and gas drilling. A resource-based economy is present in Chetwynd provided by their largest employers: Canfor, Enbridge and Conuma Coal. Ranching and Tourism are also part of the list of industries in Chetwynd and contribute to a diverse economy in the area.
Wind power projects, like the Meikle Wind Project were all positive impacts to the local economy. A joint venture between Natural Forces and Saulteau First Nation providing wind, solar and small hydro renewable energy projects, completed the Zonnebeke and Sukunka Wind farms in the Chetwynd area.
With an increase in population, Chetwynd is on the move and progressing with a strong future.