Situated in northeastern British Columbia, Dawson Creek is amid a unique geographical blend of Rocky Mountain foothills and interior plains. It is a true hub community in the South Peace region with four major highways, a thriving economy and a great deal of leisure activities, people are continually relocating here for better opportunities.
The South Peace Multiplex gives ‘leisure’ a whole new meaning, housing the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre, the Ovintiv Events Centre and the Lakota Agri Centre. There are many lakes, parks, and campgrounds in the region that support fishing, hiking, cross-country & down-hill skiing, walking, bird watching, snowmobiling and recreational vehicle access. There are also several recreational facilities & clubs for all age groups and physical levels.
With approximately 10 major multinational oil, gas and energy companies investing and spending in the hundreds-of-millions in the region, the economy is very strong. The business from these companies creates a strong, positive effect on other sectors and businesses in the area. The region also has an agricultural history that dates back over 100 years. Presently, there are over 585 farms reporting in the region. Also, part of the Dawson Creek landscape is the first wind farm in BC including over 30 turbines situated to the southwest of the town, providing BC hydro with over 100 megawatts of power. Louisiana Pacific (LP Building Products), Northern Lights College, City of Dawson Creek, Northern Health and School District 59 are all large workforce contributors to the municipality. Construction of Site C Dam began in July of 2015 and is expected to be complete by the end of 2024, which has also become a major employer in the region. With such success and prosperity, it is no wonder why Dawson Creek is called the Capital of the Peace.
Dawson Creek’s transportation network is a major asset. Four major highways converge in Dawson Creek: the #97 Hart Highway from the south, the #2 Dawson Creek-Tupper Highway from the East, the #49 Spirit River Highway from the Northeast, and the world-famous Alaska Highway that heads north. The Heritage Highway #52 connects Tumbler Ridge with Highway #97 and Highway #2. The Dawson Creek airport has direct flights to Prince George and Calgary which then connects to flights to for other major national and international destinations.
Northern Lights College is a post-Secondary school that provides certificates, diplomas, first and second year university classes, vocational programs, continuing education and upgrading courses. A large portion of the programs are relevant to the infrastructure and industries found in the area. Northern Lights College offers an aircraft maintenance program that has been described as one of the top in the country. Northern Lights College marked an important milestone with the opening of the new $33-million trades training facility at its Dawson Creek campus.