There is much to see and do in Vanderhoof. Below is a list of some of the many attractions and things to do in Vanderhoo.
Vanderhoof also produces a Community Recreation and Resource Guide provides a comprehensive list of services, recreational opportunities, supports, facilities, and other resources available in Vanderhoof. We strive to keep this document up-to-date, so please let us know if there have been any changes since publication.
Please contact the Vanderhoof Visitor Centre for more information.
Shopping and Services
Vanderhoof is a great place to stop and shop. You can shop for necessities such as food, fuel, and camping/travelling supplies, to luxury items like crafts, gifts, art, clothes and souvenirs. Pretty much everything is within walking distance in Vanderhoof!
Dining and Accommodations
There are a number of motels, hotels and camp sites within Vanderhoof, and in the surrouding area. A great ending and starting point, Vanderhoof’s small-town feel offers a good sleep at a reasonable price.
Must Stops in Town
Wood Carved Mural
There are many opportunities to view and purchase art created by talented artists from Vanderhoof, Saik’uz and area. Paintings, jewelry, photographs, music, and pottery are on display around town. Stop in at the library, government buildings, and retail stores to find a unique local treasure to take home with you.
In particular located inside the Service BC building at 189 E Stewart St, is a one of a kind wood carved mural depicting life in the Nechako Valley. The masterpiece, carved by local artist Peter Rodseth, took six years to create, and is 11.4 m wide by 3 m tall. Truly remarkable, this mural is a must see attraction while in Vanderhoof.
Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Vanderhoof is home to the Migratory Bird Sanctuary, a national stopping ground for thousands of Canada geese, swans and other migratory birds each spring and fall. The sanctuary is right in town, on the Nechako River, so is a great easy stop for visitors. Vanderhoof welcomes a large number of birdwatchers and photographers during the peak of migration who come to view the many species of birds including Trumpeter Swans, Northern Pintails, and sandpipers, and even Caspian Terns that make a stop-over in the Sanctuary. A great place to spend the day birdwatching. The community network trail runs along the river from Riverside Park and affords more bird watching of chickadees, flycatchers, cowbirds, swallows, blackbirds and more. A sure stop for avid birdwatchers.Learn more.
Vanderhoof Community Trails
There are many hiking trails in the Vanderhoof area, including the Vanderhoof Community Trail system that loops the community. The trail system is made up of three nature trails and a walk through neighbourhoods complete this great walking or biking trail.
For those that want to venture farther afield, there are great trails in the area including Greer Creek Falls (wonderful falls and moderate hiking trail – okay for strollers), Sinkut Mountain (the highest point in Vanderhoof), Omineca Trail, Telegraph Trail and many others. Please contact us for more information about hiking trails around Vanderhoof (difficulty level, accessibility, etc.).
Vanderhoof Community Museum
The Vanderhoof Community Museum is a wonderful place to learn about our area’s history, and also to take a step back in time and wander through old buildings, work in a train caboose and savor the tastes of times gone by. In the summer months the museum grounds are the centre of many community events, including the Canada Day celebrations. The Heritage Nature Trail loops around and through the museum grounds and is a nice walk for the family. Visit the Vanderhoof Community Museum website.
Omineca Golf Course
Just a few minutes north of town, you will find the 18 hole Golf Course, with a Restaurant, Snack Bar, and a Full Bar. Rental Clubs and Carts available. Public Tee Times are from 8:00am to dusk, 7 days a week, May through Thanksgiving.
Ferland Park Spray Park
Let the kids cool off while you take a break at the Ferland Park Spray Park. Open during the summer months, the spray pool is a fun and safe place for kids to play, burn off energy and cool off. Ferland Park is situated right in town, so it is close to shops and restaurants. There is ample parking for vehicles and RVs. So stop, find a shady spot and relax from a long day on the road.
Vanderhoof Public Library
There are many attractions at the Vanderhoof Public Library. Stop in to search for local history in the impressive Bill Silver Digital Newspaper Archive, or relax in the comfy chairs located in the Mary John Collection area. If your timing is right, you may happen upon an art exhibit or book reading by one of our many local artists. A play area for children inside the library makes it a must stop for families. And of course, you can check email, or exchange a book using your BC OneCard library card. Visit http://www.vanderhooflibrary.com/