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Chainsaw carvings in Henry Stege Park

(Don Petit/Hudson's Hope Tourism photo)

Hudson's Hope

Geography

Hudson's Hope is a small northern community built on a terrace of the Peace River Valley, idyllically situated within the gently sloped valley.

Summer brings warm temperatures and greenery, while winter scenes of the river below are phenomenal and inspire artistry.

Location & Area

Hudson's Hope is at the edge of the northern Rocky Mountain foothills, within an hour's drive of the northern Rockies and Willistion Lake, in the Boreal Plains Ecozone. Chetwynd and Fort St. John are the nearest communities, and Prince George is the nearest large centre.

Explore the southern slopes of the Peace River between Hudson's Hope and Fort St. John along Highway 29. During the early spring the dry prairie slopes feature blooming crocuses followed by an array of wildflowers and herbs like sage. In late summer, Saskatoon berries, chokecherries, and pin cherries produce fruit along the banks. Bears are especially drawn to these wild berries, so be aware of your surroundings. Prickly pear cactus reaches its most northern clime here and, while small, can be found along the banks of the Peace. Check out the viewpoint at the top of the hill to east of the Halfway River.

Climate and Weather

Hudson's Hope's northern climate is moderated slightly by nearby Williston Lake. July temperatures average 15.3°C/59.54°F, while January temperatures average -15.3°C/4.46°F. Be prepared for mountain weather such as thunderstorms and squalls (short rain or snow storms). When heading into the mountains it is a good idea to dress in layers, as temperatures decrease as elevation increases.