The Northern Development Initiative Trust has approved $68,545 to fund upgrades at the museum which includes a wheelchair friendly entrance with automatic doors, new washrooms and carpeting throughout the interior of the museum.
“The museum, located in the heart of Fort St. John, tells the story of the multiple centuries of history in the area from First Nations settlements to the oil and gas industries of today,” a press release reads. “The museum is home to over 6,000 artifacts as well as archival documents and photographs.”
The goal of these modernized upgrades is to attract more visitors who live in the region, and also those travelling along the Alaska Highway, according to museum representatives.
The total project budget is $116,052, and the North Peace Historical Society, which operates the museum, will contribute the remaining $47,507 needed to complete the upgrades.
The project falls under the trust’s Economic Diversification Infrastructure program, which provides up to $250,000 in funding to municipalities, regional districts, First Nations and non-profit organizations in the northern development service area.
The North Peace Museum is located at 9323 – 100 Street, open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.