Fort Fraser is an unincorporated community of about 1,000 residents, situated near the base of Fraser Mountain, close to both Fraser Lake and the Nechako River. Originally established in 1806 as a North West Company fur trading post by the explorer Simon Fraser, it is one of present day British Columbia's oldest permanent European-founded settlements.
Although rich in history and heritage, the small community had a need for additional community infrastructure that supports Fort Fraser’s excellent rural-based quality of life. There are few recreation facilities in the area, particularly for youth and for sport tourism. The community baseball field and playground on the Fort Fraser Elementary School grounds are the principal recreation sites for the community and are well utilized.
In 2009, the Fort Fraser Recreation Society utilized funding from Northern Development to construct an outdoor skating rink for all-season use. The new rink is being used year-round for hockey, broomball, bleach bottle curling, sports days, and bike rodeos, all of which are well attended and valued by Fort Fraser’s residents.
The new rink is providing the community of Fort Fraser is providing a valuable recreation resource and is helping to enable the town to host various community and sports events, not only for residents, but for tourists as well. The new rink also boasts an impressive anticipated lifespan as it is projected to be useable for at least twenty years - making the new rink a durable and long-lasting recreational amenity for the community of Fort Fraser.
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