Outdoor Recreation

Camping, Fishing, Hunting and Hiking

Being situated in the Nechako Valley, there are ample and diverse recreational opportunities. In and around Vanderhoof you will find a variety of trails suitable for hiking or mountain biking. There are trails for the wildlife enthusiast, serious hiker, casual day hiker, and even the history buff.

With hundreds of pristine lakes and streams, the game fish of central BC are sought after by angling enthusiasts from around the world. Whether you are fly-fishing for rainbow trout or trolling for lake trout, please make sure you comply with BC’s fishing regulations available at the Visitor Centre and sporting stores.

The Nechako River is accessible for motor boats, canoes and kayaks. Many of the larger lakes in the area are great for large motor boats and sail boats. In the winter ice fishing abounds in the area.

» View the Camping, Fishing, Hunting and Hiking Guide to the Nechako Valley for information on our local lakes, camping spots and hiking trails.

Hike up Sinkut Mountain

The highest point in the area (1,483 m), the view from the top of Sinkut Mountain is a spectacular way to see the whole of the Nechako Valley and beyond. The easy 5.4 km return hike up to the top is worth an afternoon. Contact the Visitor Centre for directions and to pick up the Camping, Fishing, Hunting and Hiking Guide to the Nechako Valley for more great hiking adventures.


Tired of driving and want to spend a day at the beach? Hogsback Lake, Nulki Lake, and the Nechako River are popular swimming spots. Take the day and cool off in these scenic and family friendly locations.


Vanderhoof is home to Omineca Golf Course, offering 18 holes with undulating grass greens. The front nine transects the woods and crosses gullies, while the back nine is flat, open and has water features on three fairways. Open from April to October as weather permits. Relax in the lounge of the log club house that overlooks the back nine. The course is available for private tournaments.

Sport Activities in the Winter

Many of the hiking trails around Vanderhoof turn into excellent cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails in the winter. The Nechako Valley Sporting Association maintains 40 km of tracked cross county ski trails at Waterlily Lake. Snowboarders and tobogganers can use the Rip’n the North Bike Park in the winter. Lake tops and backyard rinks also make for winter fun. Indoors you can enjoy our curling rink and ice arena.

Sport Activities in the Summer

Vanderhoof offers a wide range of recreational sports for the young and young at heart. An outdoor fitness station, tennis courts, outdoor running track, walking trails, and sports fields are just some of the recreational options available for visitors to enjoy.

View the Resource and Recreation Guide for a full listing of sports and leisure activities that are offered in Vanderhoof.