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Chetwynd is a small town of 2,500 (2016) in the Peace Country and Northern Rockies region of British Columbia. It acts as the gateway to the Peace River Country. Chetwynd has dozens of chainsaw carvings displayed throughout town as public art. It is home to a Northern Lights College campus. Nearby, there are four provincial parks, two lakes, and several recreational trails.


Chetwynd chainsaw carvings.

Chetwynd is a district municipality in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in northeastern British Columbia. Situated on an ancient floodplain, it is the first town eastbound travellers encounter after emerging from the Rockies along Highway 97. The town developed during the construction of infrastructure through the Rocky Mountains in the 1950s, and was used as a transshipment point during the construction of hydroelectric dams in the 1960s and 1970s and the new town of Tumbler Ridge in the early 1980s. The town's population has increased little if at all since the 1980s but is significantly younger than the provincial average.

Once known as Little Prairie, the community adopted its current name in honour of provincial politician Ralph L.T. Chetwynd, just prior to its incorporation in 1962. The 64-km² (25 sq mi) municipality consists of the town, a community forest, and four exclave properties.

Get in[edit]

Highways 29 and 97 intersect in Chetwynd; the John Hart Highway portion of Highway 97 runs east-west through town, connecting Dawson Creek 102 km (63 mi) east and Prince George 304 km (189 mi) south. Highway 29 (Don Philips Way) runs north-south through Chetwynd, connecting to Hudson's Hope 60 km (37 mi) north and Tumbler Ridge 89 km (55 mi) southeast.

Get around[edit]

The downtown core lies just west of the intersection of Highway 97 and Highway 29. Chetwynd's internal street network uses the highway as its main arterial road with parallel frontage roads for local trips. There is no public transit.


  • Chainsaw Carvings. A public art program, started in 1987, showcases over 120 chainsaw carvings spread throughout town with a downtown monument that declares Chetwynd the "Chainsaw Sculpture Capital of the World". The town's first annual chainsaw carving contest was held in June 2005.
  • Little Prairie Heritage Museum, 5633 Westgate Road, +1 250-788-1943. Located in one of the town's oldest buildings (a converted post office dating to 1949) displays artifacts and re-creations of the town's frontier times, and nostalgia pieces from the construction of infrastructure through the Rocky Mountains.


Chetwynd has a large indoor rodeo facility, an outdoor speed skating oval, and a general recreation complex with an ice arena, wave pool, six-lane curling rink, two baseball diamonds, and a skateboard park. It has a rock climbing wall, indoor walking track and fitness centre. For outdoor recreation, a community forest on Mount Baldy provides residents with trails for walking, hiking, cycling, and cross-country skiing.

  • 1 Powder King Mountain Resort, Mile 122 John Hart Hwy (Hwy 97) (110 km W of Chetwynd on Hwy 97), toll-free: +1-866-POW-KING (769-5464), . Located in the Pine Pass area of the Northern Rockies of British Columbia’s Northeastern Interior. It is the only year-round destination alpine resort in North America found alongside a major route (Highway 97). Ranked #3 in all of North America, the area boasts the best snow quality of all Canadian ski hills. Powder King Mountain Resort (Q7235982) on Wikidata Powder King Mountain Resort on Wikipedia


Shopping in Chetwynd is somewhat concentrated along 51st St NW, and streets running off it.

For groceries, there's a SuperValu store and an IGA, and there's a Field's Department Store for general goods.





Go next[edit]

Continue to the Alaska Highway in Dawson Creek.

Routes through Chetwynd
Fort St. JohnHudson's Hope   N BC-29.svg S  Tumbler RidgeEND
KamloopsPrince George  W BC-97.svg E  Dawson CreekWhitehorse

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