North Peace Arena closed until 2021

The City of Fort St. John says the North Peace Arena will now stay closed until 2021.

The arena was scheduled to open Nov. 2, but in a press release Monday, the city blamed the COVID-19 pandemic and staff shortages, and noted sports groups modifying their season schedules.

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“This year has presented several challenges as we adjust to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated CAO Milo MacDonald said in a statement. "As we continue to move forward with our reopening plans, we must do so while ensuring the safety of our residents, users and staff."

The city says it will work with sports clubs to meet their ice time needs. Two ice sheets are still open at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.

This is a developing story.

Are you a sports club impacted by this closure? Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at

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