Discover Fort St. John’s railway past

The Fort St. John North Peace Museum is pleased to unveil its new permanent exhibit on railways in the North Peace region of British Columbia.

Using historic images, personal stories, and a variety of railway artefacts, A Rough Journey: Railways and the North Peace tells the story of a community challenged by the late arrival of the railroad. It was not until 1958, that the Pacific Great Eastern Railway finally reached Fort St. John. Despite the late arrival of trains to the North Peace, nearby railways played an active role in how people got part way to this region and how farmers got crops to market.

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This exhibit looks at how the Edmonton, Dunvegan, and British Columbia Railway, Northern Alberta Railway, Pacific Great Eastern Railway, British Columbia Railway (later BC Rail), and CN Rail played a role in the history of the North Peace. Learn what a railway journey was like for early travellers.

Discover maps, timetables, and historic railway photographs. Explore our collection of railway signs, equipment, and souvenirs. Try out some hand lantern signals using our hands-on lantern.

A display from 'A Rough Journey: Railways and the North Peace', a new permanent exhibit on railways at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum. Supplied

This exhibit is on display at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum beginning January 12, 2021. The Fort St. John North Peace Museum is located at 9323 100th Street.

Reduced Covid-19 hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 pm. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regular admission fees apply.

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