The Dawson Creek Opportunity
Opportunities in industry, adventure, recreation, and education all demonstrate Dawson Creek as “the Capital of the Peace” in Northeastern British Columbia. World-class entertainment and recreation facilities coupled with steadily growing employment markets and low housing costs make Dawson Creek a prime location to grow both your family and business. Add to that the stunning natural beauty enjoyed in the South Peace region’s foothill scenery, and you have an undeniable recipe for a great quality of life.
Recreation and Entertainment
Dawson Creek has something exciting for everyone. The Ovintiv Events Centre regularly hosts world-class entertainment, boasting acts such as ZZ Top, Carrie Underwood, Bob Dylan, the Price is Right, monster trucks and much more.
In November 2015, Dawson Creek co-hosted the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with the City of Fort St. John, hosting young hockey players, scouts, and fans from around the world. Economic benefits from the 2015 event were estimated at approximately $6 million The event was such a success that Dawson Creek and Fort St. John were again awarded the opportunity to host the 2017 tournament with 8 international teams attending. Jumping off the success of these events, Dawson Creek has now signed a multi-year agreement with Hockey Canada that promises to bring even more world-class events to the community in the coming years.
Professional chuckwagons and rodeo action happen every year during the Dawson Creek Exhibition & Stampede (see page 27).
Outside the city limits, opportunities in outdoor adventures and sports abound. The Nordic Ski Trails and Bear Mountain Ski Hill both provide winter fun within 15 minutes drive from the City (see page 29).
Rock climbing, hiking, waterfalls, and dinosaur discoveries are all within reach of an afternoon drive.
The Northeast had the highest participation rate in 2020 at 74.1 per cent, 10.5 percentage points higher than the provincial average (63.6 in 2020).
In 2021, the Northern Development Initiative Trust’s State of the North report cites Statistics Canada numbers showing northeast BC was the region with the lowest unemployment rate in BC, at 4.6%.
With an average single family home sale price at $305,512 and with plenty of new and developing neighbourhoods to choose from, it’s easy to find the right home at the right price to build a life for your family. And with consistently stable and growing property values, you’ll have the confidence that your home investment is a secure one (see page 32).
Comparing census median household income numbers against the average single family house price, Dawson Creek has the affordability advantage against neighbouring Fort St. John. In Dawson Creek, the average single family house price in 2015 was 3.6x median household income, while it was 4.1x in Fort St. John.
Education & Training Opportunities
As a testament to the thriving regional employment market, recent years have seen millions of dollars in provincial and federal investment for expanding spaces and facilities at Northern Lights College, including the recently completed $33 million state-of-the-art trades training centre which opened for classes in September 2018 (see page 30).
A Trio of Flight Options: YDQ, YXJ, YQU
Only minutes from downtown, our modern airport connects Dawson Creek to the rest of the world. Whether you want to fly overseas, cross-country, or just need to conduct business in and out of the Lower Mainland, schedule flights via WestJet. WestJet provides regular scheduled service from Dawson Creek to Calgary on WestJet Link. There are no airport improvement fees and no parking fees.
And no one has more convenient access to alternatives for flights to Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and points beyond, with a 50 minute drive to the North Peace Regional Airport in Fort St. John, or an 85 minute drive to Grande Prairie.
Between the three airports, a Dawson Creek resident could choose among three airports served by WestJet, or two served by Air Canada.