Happy 90th birthday, Vanderhoof!

Happy 90th birthday, Vanderhoof! Year-long celebrations kick off on Jan. 22.

On Jan. 22, Vanderhoof will celebrate its 90th birthday, and the District of Vanderhoof is hosting two major events to mark the occasion! At the first event we’ll wish Happy Birthday to Vanderhoof at the arena, and the following day we’ll celebrate at Riverside Park with sleigh rides, live music, and fireworks.


Friday, Jan. 22 – Vanderhoof Arena

Local school children will be invited for skating at the Vanderhoof Arena at 12:30pm; cupcakes will be served and everyone will gather on the ice to sing “Happy Birthday”. Seniors are invited to join for tea, coffee, and cake, and to enjoy the historical photo series. Members of the public are welcome to join in the festivities, with a free skate happening from 2pm to 5pm.


Saturday, Jan. 23 – Riverside Park

Join us at Riverside Park for food, music, and fireworks! Beginning at noon, the Nechako Nordics Ski Club is hosting a cross-country ski tournament until 2pm. Then, gather around a bonfire for chili dogs, bannock, and hot chocolate. Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides and a historical photo series of Vanderhoof since its incorporation. Live music will begin at 3pm with speeches at 5:30pm. The afternoon will end with a bang when the fireworks kickoff at 6pm.


These events will kick off a year-long birthday celebration for Vanderhoof and surrounding communities, as Fort St. James celebrates its 210th birthday and the Nechako Valley Exhibition celebrates its 50th.