July and August each year, the District offers a variety of recreation programs.
This summer’s programs are called “Soaking Up the Sun, Just Having Fun”
Fort Forum Arena
The Fort Forum Arena, open mid September through mid-March, offers excellent ice for several Hockey, Speed Skating and Figure Skating clubs. Public Skating is offered twice a week. Ice time is also available for school groups and private users.
Five beautiful new dressing rooms were built in 2011. There is a concession and skate sharpening available.
Fort St. James Curling Club
The Curling Rink, run by the Fort St. James Curling Club, has three sheets of ice, and a licenced bar.
Spirit Square Park
Opened in 2009, the Spirit Square is the Fort’s new downtown gathering place. This park commemorates the 150th anniversary of the establishment of British Columbia as a Crown Colony. The park features include a large paved plaza, a centrepiece representing First Nations and European fur traders’ canoes, the town’s war memorial, a botanical garden and a monument to Estonian national hero and local pioneer Johan Pitka.
The Fort’s flagship park, Cottonwood Park is on the lakeshore, with easy access from downtown. It’s the home of many of the area’s special events, including Cottonwood Music Festival, Canada Day, and the Caledonia Classic Dog Sled Race.
Amenities at Cottonwood Park include: Sandy beach, washrooms and change rooms,band stand, covered picnic area, playground. For visitors to town there is a small campground, an RV sani-station and an information kiosk. There is also a replica Junkers bush plane and a restored steam shovel on display.
This community park features a children’s play area, tennis courts, playing field and washrooms.
KDL Bike Park
Fort St James KDL Bike Park is an amazing Skills Park that has fun pump track, technical features area, ﬂowy jump lines, slope style features and trail all built into just under 2 acres. This bike park is a must for bikers of all ages.
Rotary Kiddie Park
A fun place for families with small children, this fenced playground features a water park, riding toys and picnic tables.
Sonny Hamper Ball Park
The main ball diamond has bleachers, concession and washrooms. A short walk away there are several other diamonds.
Multi-purpose fields for soccer and other sports are located at David Hoy School and Fort St. James Secondary School. These fields are used by schools as well as by community sports groups.