Tour Cards and Guides
Over the past several years the Vanderhoof Visitor Centre has been creating Tour Cards and Guides to help our visitors get around town to see all the sites! Please feel free to download the cards, or stop by the Visitor Centre to pick up a hardcopy.
Riverside Nature Trail
Located near the Observation Tower in Riverside Park are two information kiosks that provide information and education about the Nechako River, Nechako Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Riverside Park, Trail and Campground. Then starting at the tower, the Riverside Nature Trail runs for 1.3km along the south bank of the Nechako River, and ends at the WL McLeod Wetland. There are trail signs along the path that point out some areas of interest, such as sturgeon spawning habitat and bird nesting boxes, as well as providing information about the local ecology.
WL McLeod Wetland Trail
This section of the Vanderhoof Community Trails circles the WL McLeod Wetland, situated along Victoria Street adjacent WL McLeod School. The wetland is named after Bill McLeod, a local birder, educator and advacate for the local environment. The signs at the observation deck on Victoria Street give a great overview of the flora and fauna that inhabit wetland habitats.
Heritage Nature Trail
Starting from the Vanderhoof Community Museum parking lot, the Heritage Nature Trail follows Stoney Creek and winds its way up the outer valley wall of the Nechako River and back to the museum along Pine Street. The trail is roughly 1.25 km long. The signs along the trail explain some of the history of the area as well as information about the animals and plants seen from the trail.» View tour card
Stoney Creek Nature Trail
The Stoney Creek Nature Trail is the linking trail between Riverside Park and the Heritage Museum. An historically and culturally important river in the Nechako Valley, Stoney Creek is a traditional river of the Saik'uz First Nation. Starting from the Vanderhoof Community Museum parking lot, the trailhead of Stoney Creek Nature Trail is across the highway and railroad tracks. A footbridge crosses Stoney Creek and follows the small river to its confluence with the Nechako River, a place called 'Khelhkoochek' by local First Nations. The trail is wide and wheelchair friendly. The signs along the trail explain some of the history of the area as well as information about plants and animals.» View tour card
Got kids? Need a break from the road to cool off and burn some energy? This tour card highlights all the stops in Vanderhoof that kids love. Spray park, simple nature walk, bike riding, the list continues. Enjoy the next leg of your trip with rested and happy children in the back seat - stop in Vanderhoof for some kid-friendly time!
History and Culture Tour
From cowboys to explorers, if your passion is history and culture, this is the tour for you. The history of Vanderhoof is very interesting and unique to other northern communities. Follow this tour around the main streets of Vanderhoof to learn how much history there is in such a small town.
Bird Watching Hot Spots
Bird watching is a popular hobby, and Vanderhoof is a great place to look for birds. With the Migratory Bird Sanctuary at our front door, and many lakes and agricultural rural lands surrounding the community, a myriad of birds stop and stay in Vanderhoof for us to enjoy.
This tour card and guide leads you to some of the key locations to spot birds, that is not only useful for avid and ameteur bird watchers, but also nature photographers. We encourage anyone coming to Vanderhoof for the peak birding season to contact the Visitor Centre for more information.» View tour card
Nature Guide of the Nechako Valley
This simple and informative guide to nature - animals, places and landscapes - is a great addition to your stay in the area. Learn about the neat flora and fauna that lines the trails in the area, as well as other destinations along Highway 16.
This guide also provides ideas for things to do or "Try This" that are simple and fun for everyone in the family.
There is also an additional 'animal signs tour card style guides that accompany the nature guide that is available at the Visitor Centre. You can view it below.» View this guide
Camping, Fishing, Hunting and Hiking Guide to the Nechako Valley
This guide provides a comprehensive list of the many camping, fishing, hunting and hiking spots in and around Vanderhoof. A popular guide for tourists and residents alike, you can spend a whole summer exploring the area and camping in the various private and provincial sites. Not only useful for summer, this guide is provides great places to be during the colder months as well.» View this guide
Quick Guide to Animal Signs
This guide identifies some of the more obvious signs of animal activity in an area. It isn't as simple as animal tracks - there are signs high and low of what animals have passed though an area. Pick up this informative guide before you head out on your next walk through the woods, or even down your driveway!
Hiking Map and Guide
A great fold-out map and detailed hiking guide to some of the more popular hike in and near Vanderhoof.The guide also speaks to the natural history of the area with historical images and tips on walking in nature.
This guide provides a comprehensive list of the many camping, fishing, hunting and hiking spots in and around Vanderhoof. A popular guide for tourists and residents alike, you can spend a whole summer exploring the area and camping in the various private and provincial sites. Not only useful for summer, this guide is provides great places to be during the colder months as well.