For years, Dawson Creek has been fortunate to have the largest library in Northern British Columbia. The impressive collection of over 60,000 items encompasses popular fiction, newspapers, magazines, children’s titles, and reference books, making the Dawson Creek Public Library a source of pride for the whole community.
As well, the library offers many exciting programs for all ages including a monthly senior’s tea, author visits, and the very popular children’s programs: Story time, Babies and Books, and the Summer Reading Program. They also provide an outreach service for patrons who cannot travel to the library. Eight computer stations are available to the public with access to the Internet, word processing software, and many children’s multimedia programs. Experienced and friendly staff are always on hand to make your visit to the Dawson Creek Public Library an educational and enjoyable experience.
- 14 exhibits annually
- Gift shop
- Picture rental program
- Workshops for all ages
One of the exciting aspects of living in Dawson Creek is the abundance of cultural activities supported by energetic community groups and impressive local facilities.
The Dawson Creek Art Gallery is as unique as they come! Located in the Northern Alberta Railways Park, the Art Gallery is housed in a renovated grain elevator annex. Year-round exhibitions feature both local artists as well as traveling collections from major provincial and national galleries. In the stairwell of the gallery is an impressive exhibition of historic photos on the building of the Alaska Highway. The gallery’s Northern Treasures Gift Shop offers a wide variety of locally made products from local artisans and craftsmen. Bus and group tours are always welcome at the Art Gallery. Public washrooms are available.
Dawson Creek boasts a very active cultural community. Its Community Arts Council consists of over fifteen energetic groups including historical, performing, literary and visual arts organizations.
The South Peace Art Society, which operates the Dawson Creek Art Gallery for the City, is one of the very active cultural organizations in the community. The Art Gallery is a unique facility. It is housed in a renovated grain elevator annex that utilizes a ramp system for display. The Gallery presents 14 exhibitions annually, which include local artists as well as touring provincial, national, and international exhibits. As part of the gallery’s extensive permanent collection, an exhibit of heritage photographs on the building of the Alaska Highway is on display in the building. The Art Gallery also offers a picture rental program, an intriguing gift shop, and ongoing classes and workshops for children, youth, and adults throughout the year. Its summer visual arts classes are among some of the best offered in the province. You can visit us online at:
SP Arts Society
- Annual Art Auction
- Monthly arts newsletter
- “Cultural Café” noon hour presentation
- Provides many active cultural programs
- Projects include the downtown murals
- Operates the Dawson Creek Art Gallery
The Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre (KPAC) is operated by a non-profit society whose mandate is to enhance the performing arts and related cultural industries within the region. It offers both private and group lessons in dance (tap, jazz, baton and ballet), music, choir, drama, band and classes in a wide variety of musical instruments. KPAC also houses the Kiwanis Community Band & Jazz Band, DC Spinners & Weavers, Quilters Guild.
The Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre also works closely with School District #59 to provide quality fine arts programming for regional students. As well as providing workshop, rehearsal, and studio space to a number of community groups and guilds, the Centre also provides an on-going series of concerts and coffeehouses in its 215 seat auditorium. The KPAC is proud to be home to the Kiwanis Community Band and the Kiwanis Kids Choir.
South Peace Community Arts Council
- Fifteen energetic groups -including historical, performing, literary and visual arts organizations
- Hosts a number of special events – including an art walk
- Supports the ongoing cultural programming of its members
Dawson Creek boasts a 630-seat performing arts theatre, Unchagah Hall, with world-class acoustics. Throughout the year, the auditorium hosts numerous musical, dance, and drama presentations from both local and touring artists. One event that you won’t want to miss is the annual performance presented by the Dawson Creek Symphonette and Choir.