You don't have to look very far to find a colourful and lively Arts and Culture scene in Fort St. James. The Community Arts Council operates Pope Mountain Arts - an historic building located on Birch St. Check out what the Community Arts Council has on offer from pottery lessons to weaving to painting, adult dance classes and local jam sessions. Reach out, and you'll easily find something you're interested in.
Things to Do
Community Arts Council/Pope Mountain Arts
The Community Arts Council of Fort St. James presents music and visual arts presentations several times a year. The Pope Mountain Arts centre provides a venue for performance, art shows, and workshops. Stop by from 1-4 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays for a tour of the historic building and to chat with the Program Coordinator.ImageImageImage
Fort St. James Public Library
Come check out the Public Library (opened in 2006 in celebration of the community’s bicentennial) with its friendly atmosphere and open study space. Located at 425 Manson Street, the library carries a wide selection of books and research material for all ages and free Internet access is available. Can't find the book you're looking for? Sign out an inter-library loan! Worried about past library fines? Don't be afraid, we don't want the fear of old library fines to prevent you from accessing your library!
Our library has a welcoming children’s area, which includes a wide range of children’s books, board books for little ones, and a toy chest. Come by the library with your little ones to share a story, play with some LEGO, or take part in a program!
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Greensides Chainsaw CarvingsImage
Famed chainsaw artist Glenn Greensides has three of his early works prominently displayed in Fort St. James. An RCMP officer is located at the police detachment; a prospector is at the Visitor Information Centre, and a logger stands as a worker’s memorial at the municipal office.
Fort St. James Farmers’ Market is open on Friday afternoons, May through September. You can purchase produce, baking and crafts produced by local and regional farmers and artisans.Image
Presented by Music on the Mountain Society, this three-day annual music and arts festival features original and independent music and art from all over BC, Canada and around the world. Check out the fantastic food vendors, artisans and visual artists. Bring along the kids for children’s workshops and activities.Image
The craft fair held each November at Fort St. James Secondary School has dozens of artisans and vendors showcasing their wares. It’s a great place to start your Christmas shopping and support local and regional talent.Image
Fort St. James has its very own movie theater at the Community Center! Friday night movie nights are run by the Grade 9 class of the Fort St. James Senior Secondary School. The Movie nights are fundraisers for their annual trip to Haida Gwaii. The Students show new releases and charge a small fee for admission and who can forget the popcorn and drinks? They also have a small concession for an authentic theater experience!Image