Nestled in the beautiful eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Chetwynd is BC’s entrance to the Peace River Country. A charming community of 3,100, Chetwynd is home to hardworking people who also know how to relax and unwind in our natural playground for outdoor enthusiasts. And we invite visitors to join us at these seven places to visit in Chetwynd!
Moberly Lake Provincial Park
This park is home to one of the many lakes you will find in the Chetwynd District. Located 30 km north of Chetwynd, west of Hwy 29 North, Moberly Lake is a large lake with a beach area and launching facilities for boats. There is both camping and day picnicking facilities. Two restaurants and shops, and an information kiosk can also be found in the park. With a playground, horseshoe pit and walking trails there are activities for every age.
Fishing aficionados can catch Northern pike and lake char, and can try out ice fishing for pike, trout and ling cod in the winter. Rocky Mountain whitefish, Arctic grayling and dolly varden can often be caught on the Moberly River, which flows into the lake from the northwest.
International Chainsaw Carving Championship
Some say this unique competition shaped Chetwynd into what it is today! It has certainly left its mark, with impressive, detailed sculptures to be found all along the main street, on street corners and in local businesses.
The competition itself takes place every year during the second week of June, and attracts artists from all over the world. At other times of year, you can still see the sculptures all over town and even take a walking tour from the Visitor Centre. Not only will you learn about the history of the collection of public artworks, but get a local’s view of Chetwynd and what makes the community unique!
Little Prairie Heritage Museum
For a historical perspective on Chetwynd, visit the Little Prairie Heritage Museum. Little Prairie was the town’s original name, before it was renamed in honour of the Minister in charge of railroads, Ralph Chetwynd.
The museum is housed in a building that was originally a general store and post office and features exhibitions about the history and culture of Chetwynd and the Peace Country. Open all summer, the museum is located just south of downtown at 5633 Westgate Rd.
Gwillim Lake Provincial Park
Another nearby provincial park features Gwillim Lake, a large and deep lake entirely surrounded by peaceful parkland. The park features a new provincial campsite and a boat launch, and is wheelchair accessible. Available activities include camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, boating, hiking and wildlife viewing. Canoe and bike rentals are available.
Moberly Lake Golf Course
For outdoor activities in less wild surroundings, check out Moberly Lake Golf Course. The challenging 9 hole course features a view of Moberly Lake and is located just 20 minutes north of Chetwynd. After your game, enjoy a meal in the restaurant or a drink on the patio.
Chetwynd is surrounded by great hiking opportunities, but there are also a variety of trails right in, or close to the town itself. Ranging from 200 m to 12 km, and from rustic to improved conditions, there is a nearby trail for most hikers. You can get trail maps at the Chetwynd Tourist Info Centre.
WAC Bennet Dam
From natural wonders to the marvels of human engineering. The WAC Bennet Dam is located an hour and a half drive from Chetwynd. The visitor’s centre overlooks a stunning view of Williston Lake Reservoir and has fun and educational exhibits about dam construction, hydro-electricity, local wildlife and local Frist Nations history and culture. Included in admission is an underground tour of the powerhouse, located 500 feet below ground. Since you made the drive out, stop at the café for lunch as well!
With so much to do in and around Chetwynd, we hope you won’t forget one of the most important parts of a visit to Chetwynd: to simply relax and take in the natural beauty of Peace Country!