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    Coverage in:Vanderhoof Fort Fraser Fraser Lake Fort St. James and surrounding area

    Come and explore theStuart-Nechako Area

  • Grocery, Meat, ProduceInstore Bakery - Deli, Bulk Foods

    Store Hours: Monday - Saturday - 8:00 am to 9:00 pm

    Sunday - 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

    We are located at 380 B Hwy 27, Fort St. James

    Phone: 250-996-8825 Fax: 250-996-8289

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    Check us out online @ www.sanaaihmarket.comOur weekly yer available online

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    MOVING ?Visit us First us Online...


    (250) 567-2271BOX 2270, 146 E. STEWART ST., VANDERHOOF

    Phillip Bayliss ........... (250) 567-0434

    Marilyn Bayliss ........ (250) 567-0438

    Hanna Gensemeyer . (250) 699-7710

    Tom Bulmer .............. (250) 567-8438INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND OPERATED


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    provide to our CLIENTS.

    HELPING YOU IS WHAT WE DO. Call today for current market information.

    One main highway passes through the Nechako Valley, Highway 16. Going west from Vanderhoof there is Fort Fraser and Fraser Lake. Highway 16 connects with Highway 27 going north to Fort St. James just outside of Vanderhoof.Summer is the busiest season with camping, boating, hiking and other water activities at their best. The fall, however, offers some of the best hiking, biking and golfi ng opportunities, along with the fall fair. Winter brings with it skiing at the Murray Ridge Ski Hill in Fort St. James, cross country skiing at various trails in the area, not to mention ice fi shing on the many lakes. We invite you to discover, experience and explore the Stuart-Nechako region.If youre looking for tips on local activities and attractions, there are many information centres located throughout the region which are visited by thousands of tourists every year. In Fort St. James, the centre is located in the Chamber of Commerce building at 115 Douglas Ave. 250-996-7023. In Vanderhoof there is an information centre in the Chamber of Commerce located at 2353 Burrard Ave. 250-567-2124 or toll free 1-800-752-4094. In Fort Fraser, the information centre is located in the rail car on Highway 16 during the summer months. In Fraser Lake the information centre is open from May to September and can be found in the log building at 30 Carrier Cres. 250-699-8844.

    Welcome to our backyard!

    Come and explore the Stuart-Nechako RegionEXPLOREEXPLORE

    Our scenic landscapesOur scenic landscapesEXPERIENCEEXPERIENCE

    Our fresh air and clear lakesOur fresh air and clear lakesENJOYENJOY

    Our friendly, laid-back lifestyleOur friendly, laid-back lifestyle

    Tea Room

    Hours11:00 - 3:00Tuesday - Saturday162 Stewart St W, Vanderhoof250-567-2383

    Tea and Coffee

    Home-MadeSandwichesSoup and ChowderHot Biscuits and Scones

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    Enjoy our great outdoorsJohn RUSTAD, MLA

    Nechako Lakes

    Vanderhoof Of ce183 First StreetVanderhoof, BCPhone: 250-567-6820Fax: 250-567-6822

    Toll Free: 1-877-964-5650E-mail: john.rustad.mla@leg.bc.caWebsite:

    Houston Of ce2500 Butler Avenue

    HoustonTel: 250-845-7770Fax: 250-845-7780

    The Carrier Indians pioneered the land in this area long before the fi rst white man arrived. Following the driving of the last spike of the Grand Trunk Railway in 1914 the race was on to buy cheap land and the settlement of Vanderhoof was begun.

    The settlement grew and in 1926 the Village of Vanderhoof was born. In the 1950s the Kenny Dam was built and more people came to the area. The

    1960s brought a large infl ux of American immigrants and the town has begun to grow steadily ever since. Vanderhoof is reliant on the lumber industry as well as agriculture which is one of the largest forage producing areas in British Columbia as well as the recent mining construction going on.

    Vanderhoof is very proud of the fact that it is the Geographical Centre of BC.

    Vanderhoof & Area

    Events for VanderhoofAnnual Wild Goose Chase Fun RunThis event is the beginning of May every year and has been running for 34 years. This is a fun run for either a 3.5 km, 8 km run or 5 km walk through the streets of Vanderhoof. Prizes, gifts and awards are given for various categories.

    Hooterville HootHeld annually in early June, the Hooterville Hoot carshow attracts collectors from around the province and country. This year the Hoot is scheduled for June 3, 2012. Spend the afternoon scouring through the automobiles at Riverside Park between 11 and 3pm. The Hooterville Hoot is hosted by the Nechako Valley Classics and Customs and if you need more informa-tion on the car club or the Hooterville Hoot call Dave at 250-567-0821. Meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of every month, for location and times call Dave.

    Photo byWanda Nemethy

    Recreation/Leisure FairDrop in for the Recreation & Leisure Fair in Septem-ber at the Vanderhoof Arena. The fair is designed to raise awareness and showcase the various service, volunteer, leisure and recreational groups in the Stu-art-Nechako area.

    Garden and Tea TourBuy a ticket for the annual garden tour and tea fund-raiser hosted by the Friends of the Vanderhoof Public Library held the last Sunday in July. This years event is July 29, 2012. The ticket grants admission to four beautiful gardens, with tea available at one of the locations. Contact the Vanderhoof Public Library at 250-567-4060 or email for more in-formation.

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    Taylor Bros Hardware

    1-866-567-2246250-567-2246135 E. Stewart St, Vanderhoof

    HardwareHardwareIndoor LivingIndoor LivingOutdoor LivingOutdoor LivingPaint & DecorPaint & DecorToolsTools

    Nechako Valley ExhibitionHeld the third weekend in August, the 46th Annual Nechako Valley Exhibition has something for every-one. This year the event is August 17-19, 2012. The exhibition combines all facets of the local agricultur-al community from animals to home baked goods. Spend the weekend wandering around the endless booths fi lled with creative crafts and treats or watch-ing one of the numerous demonstrations put on fre-quently. The Exhibit Building theme for 2012 is Farm Transportation through the ages.

    Pumpkin WalkFor 11 years the Vanderhoof Chamber of Commerce has coordinated the Great Pumpkin Walk, bringing to life Riverside Campground for Halloween night. Thousands of local residents attend this social eve-ning, enjoying a free cup of hot chocolate, the carved pumpkins lining the road, the campfi res where vol-unteers hand out candy, and the grand fi nale: an awe inspiring fi reworks display. In past years this fun fam-ily event has helped to reduce vandalism and mis-chief on Halloween night. It is held every year on October 31, no matter what day of the week that is. The Pumpkin Walk starts at 5pm and the fi reworks display at 8pm. The Great Pumpkin Walk is a sig-nifi cant event in Vanderhoof, funded entirely by the community.

    Events for Vanderhoof

    Small animal barn at the

    Nechako Valley Exhibition

    Book your auto glass appointment online.

    Vanderhoof142 West 1st St. (Hwy 16)

    250-567-3166www.all-westglass.comAll glass products & services for your auto, home & business.

    Parade of LightsRun rampant on the streets and take advantage of the great sales. Held in Vanderhoof on the fi rst Friday in December, Midnight Madness is kicked off by the Parade of Lights. Bring the whole family downtown to enjoy the festive atmosphere. In Fort St. James and Fraser Lake the event occurs in late November. Most downtown retailers remain open until midnight the same evening of the Parade of Lights.

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    Welcome to theNakazdli Community!

    Nakazdli Band Council284 Kwah RoadFort St. James


    Fort St. James & Area

    Events for Fort St. JamesFarmers MarketFor 15 years, local food and craft producers have been working hard to bring healthy, local food options and locally made products to the community. Local products help reduce environ-mentally costly and expensive fossil fuel dependence and provide high-nutrition food with less reliance on preservatives and processing - not to mention they are also delicious.

    15th Annual Stuart Lake Fishing DerbyFor those fi shing enthusiasts out there, look for the 14th Annual Stuart Lake Fishing Derby at Fort St. James on Wednesday, June 30 - Sunday, July 4, 2012 (July long weekend). This Famous Rainbow Fishing Derby offers thousands of dollars to be won for 1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes with additional prizes being added. The catch and prize money involves the heaviest Rainbow Trout caught throughout this 3 day event so come on out and enjoy the food, fun and fi reworks.

    Canada Day CelebrationsCanadas Birthday is held to the full-est in Fort St. James, with live enter-tainment, activities for all ages and an exceptional fi reworks show. The festivities all start off at 8am with a pancake breakfast and a parade at 11am, but thats not all there are many activities for all ages to take part in throughout the day. With a variety of vendors and an ethnic din-ner held by the community the food should be great so come on out and enjoy and be sure not to miss the Fireworks at 11pm held at Cotton-wood Park on