Welcome to Chetwynd, British Columbia’s entrance to the mighty Peace River Country!
This community is the chainsaw carving capital of the world, from bears, to turtles, to mystical creatures over 120 carvings are scattered across the town. The chainsaw carving project began as part of the Rendezvous ’92 Committee, which was created to help with the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the construction of the Alaska highway. In 2005 Chetwynd hosted the first annual Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championship, hosting seven carvers from B.C. and the United States. In fact, Chetwynd is home to the world’s leading International Chainsaw Carving Competition which brings highly skilled lumberjacks, craftsmen and women along with spectators from around the world!
There is absolutely no shortage on recreational activities to do in Chetwynd. This community has a great recreational centre that includes a curling rink, hockey arena, climbing wall, pool, fitness centre, walking track and even an in-house restaurant. More of a golfer? There are two courses in Chetwynd for you to enjoy! You can also make the hour and ten-minute to drive to Powder King Mountain Resort to experience some of the best powder skiing and snowboarding in Canada!
There are also several kilometres of hiking and biking trails as well as opportunities for fishing, hunting boating and never-ending backcountry activities amongst the nearby provincial parks and lakes. Chetwynd boasts vast forests, rolling hills, snow-capped mountains, billowing fields and crystal-clear lakes and rivers making this community a playground for the nature lover and outdoor enthusiast.
Make sure to take a stroll up to Old Baldy Hill in the middle of Chetwynd and overlook the whole town and valley!
Nearby provincial parks include East Pine Provincial Park, Gwillim Lake Provincial Park, and Hole in the Wall Provincial Park!
East Pine Provincial Park: East Pine Provincial Park is beautifully situated in the foothills of the northern Rocky Mountains. The 14.2-hectare park offers fishing, canoeing and boating recreation, and is a popular put-in point for paddlers as the East Pine River flows into the Murray River, 25 km east of Chetwynd. Provides visitors with fishing, canoeing and boating opportunities on both rivers, the fast current make this spot unsuitable for swimming.
Gwillim Lake Provincial Park: The halfway point between Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge is marked by Gwillim Lake Provincial Park. Gwillim Lake is deep, blue, and cold. Most people who come to Gwillim, though, come to kick back, relax, and get out on the water, in a canoe, kayak, or boat, where tremendous views open west towards the Rocky Mountains.
More adventurous types can follow the unmaintained hiking trails that lead around the lake and deeper into the park, either as a day hike or as a short backpacking trek. Set in the picturesque Rocky Mountain Foothills on Highway 29, a half-hour’s drive from Chetwynd. visitors can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, swimming, hiking, fishing and a viewpoint that provides a panoramic vista of the superb Rocky Mountain scenery. Activities available at this park include canoeing, climbing, cycling, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, scuba diving, water-skiing, swimming, wildlife viewing and windsurfing!
Hole in the Wall Provincial Park: Hole-In-The-Wall Provincial Park is named after the resurgence spring which emerges from a limestone rock wall. Visitors to Hole-in-the-Wall Provincial Park will be amazed by the size and sheer volume of water. Surrounded by lush vegetation and a spectacular vertical blue-gray wall of limestone, this geological feature is impressive and easily accessible via a short 40 m walk from the road. Horseback riding and hiking are permitted in the area, and pets must always remain on a leash. Visitors can also camp in the area (wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping) but no facilities are available.