Vanderhoof


VANDERHOOF ( ), district municipality, pop 4,390 (2001), lies in the NECHAKO R Valley at the geographical centre of BC, 97 km west of PRINCE GEORGE. It is within the territory of the DAKELH (Carrier) people; the protohistoric village of CHUNLAC was located nearby. The townsite was laid out by the GRAND TRUNK PACIFIC RWY when it was laying track through to PRINCE RUPERT prior to WWI. It is named for a Chicago promoter, Herbert Vanderhoof, hired by the railway to attract settlers to the area. It was incorporated as a village in 1926. During the 1950s the construction of the KENNEY DAM on the Nechako R provided a boost to the local economy. The other mainstays have been the FOREST INDUSTRY and AGRICULTURE; the valley is the second-largest forage producing region in BC. The College of New Caledonia (see COMMUNITY COLLEGES) has a satellite campus here. The Vanderhoof International Airshow was the largest camp-in airshow in N America, attracting 25,000 spectators annually, until it folded in 1995.