Vanderhoof Heritage Museum
Grand Reo Movie Theatre
Murray Ridge Ski Hill - 60 kilometers North of Vanderhoof
Parade of Lights - first Friday of December
Annual Garden and Tea Tour - last Sunday of July
Nechako Valley Exhibition - third weekend in August
Hooterville Hoot an annual car show - early June
Recreation/Leisure Fair - early in September
The area around present day Vanderhoof has been populated by the Saik'uz First Nation and the Dakelh (signed as [tákʰɛɬ]) indigenous people for over five thousand years. Saik'uz means "on the sand" and Dakelh means "people who travel by water". The Dakelh are also known as Carriers. This name stems from the neighboring Sekani First Nations people who describe the Dakelh as Carriers because it describes the Dakelh's ritual where the widows of the tribe carry their cremated husbands' ashes, in knapsacks, for a three-year period.
The Carrier lifestyle revolved around the seasons. Summers were spent hunting large game (ei. moose, elk, bear), trapping (ei. mink,fox,rabbit), and fishing. Prior to the winter the berries and salmon would be preserved for storage. The winter was less productive however to survive and provide food and furs they did what hunting, trapping, and ice fishing they could. The routes they travel were called the "Grease Trails", which referred the popular and nutritious oils traded.
Trade between the Carrier bands and white settlers on the coast in the 1700's consisted of Carrier bands trading hides, dried meat, and mats of dried berries for candlefish oil, smoked eulachons and dried Red Laver seaweed.
Vanderhoof was the first agricultural settlement in British Columbia, hence the appropriate naming of Vanderhoof which is Dutch for “of the farm” and was the name of the village developer Herbert Vanderhoof an employee of the Grand Trunk Pacific Development Company. The land in the area was sold during the company's cheap property sale and village development in 1914.
Summer average 16 degrees Celsius
Winter average - 8 degrees Celsius