Population: 6,842

Peace River, Alberta, is located 15 miles/24 km northeast of Grimshaw (Mile 0 of the Mackenzie Highway) on the Deh Cho Route.

Visitor Information

Entering the downtown roundabout from the north, take your first right to reach the historic NAR Train Station, built in 1916. Open mid-May to mid-October; 780-624-2044. During the off- season, contact the Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre; phone 780- 332-2363 or visit www.mightypeace.com.

An important transportation center on the Peace River, the town was incorporated in 1919. Today, it is a center for government services in the region. Area industry includes a pulp mill, gas and oil, and farming.

Visitor facilities include hotels, restaurants and Super Walmart. Camping at Lions Club Campground (780-624-2120), and at Citadel Ridge RV Park (780-618-5585), both on the west side of the river south of Highway 2.

Peace River Museum (www.peaceriver.ca) on the south side of town along the river, houses archives and exhibits on Sir Alexander Mackenzie, the fur trade and local history.

Photo op: Twelve-Foot Davis statue. It commemorates a gold miner who struck it rich on a 12-foot strip of land between 2 larger claims in the Cariboo gold fields.