Brief Historical Overview

Vanderhoof, located on the banks of the Nechako River, was founded in the early 1900s by an American publicist looking for a place to build a retreat for artists and writers. His name was Herbert Vanderhoof. He had been hired by the Grand Trunk Pacific Development Company to lure settlers to the region to farm the vast tracts of cheap land for sale. Although the retreat was never built and the writers never came, prospective ranchers came in droves.

Vanderhoof quickly became a centre for ranching and logging and is, in fact, the Geographical Centre of British Columbia! Both ranching and logging industries have helped to open up the surrounding wilderness for anglers, canoeists, cross-country skiers and wildlife photographers.

There are many attractions in this area to keep the locals and tourists occupied. For a list of other interesting sites to take in while you visit this area please browse the Vanderhoof Visitor Centre.