lies near the geographical centre
of British Columbia
. It has a population of roughly 4,500 residents within city limits. Due to nearby rural communities without services Vanderhoof actually supports nearly 10,000 people. Vanderhoof is almost entirely supported by the lumber industry, agriculture, and related industries. Tourism is growing, but has yet to challenge any of the established businesses. Vanderhoof has many elementary schools with one major Secondary School which are all part of School District 91 Nechako Lakes
. Nechako Valley Secondary School, known as NVSS and teaching grades 8-12, NVSS is the teenage cultural centre of Vanderhoof.
Nechako Valley Secondary School (NVSS)
EBUS Academy www.ebus.ca
Vanderhoof is known for its bird sanctuary along the Nechako River. Many Canada Geese pass through Vanderhoof during their annual migration. Many hunters come to Vanderhoof in search of bear, moose, dear, cougar, and elk.
Culture and Recreation
Cultural & recreational facilities include:
- Vanderhoof Heritage Museum
- Grand Reo - a restored 175-seat movie theatre
- Omineca Express - the local newspaper, published Wednesdays
- Vanderhoof public library
- Omineca Golf Course - par 72, 18-holes
- Ferland Children's Waterpark
- Vanderhoof Arena - indoor skating rink in the winter, a swimming pool in the summer months
- Riverside park & campground - complete with birdwatching tower.
- a 5-pin and 10-pin bowling alley
A telegraph line, set up in the 1890s to allow communication with the Klondike Gold Rush gold fields, was abandoned in the 1930s and later converted into a series of walking trails. A 10km trail stretched from Hogsback Lake near Vanderhoof to Blackwater road.
- Midnight Madness: Night time celebration, beginning with a Parade of Lights, held the first Friday in December.
- Annual Garden and Tea Tour: a fundraiser for the Vanderhoof Library, held the last Sunday of July.
- Nechako Valley Exhibition: held the third weekend in August.
- Hooterville Hoot: an annual car show, held in early June.
- Recreation/Leisure Fair: held in early in September