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Dunster is a small farming community located 31 km east of McBride and 37 km west of TĂȘte Jaune Cache. There is a small Mennonite population bring their way of life to the community, and in summer you will find them bringing baking, vegetables, and plants to sell at the Saturday farmers market.

The Dunster Store is a true general store that includes a post office, and has a little bit of everything for sale. Step back in time and catch the VIA Rail train to Prince George from one of the few remaining, original and least altered Grand Trunk Pacific Railway stations. The Dunster Picnic Grounds becomes an event venue for the annual Trappers Association Picnic, and becomes a campground in August when the Robson Valley Music Festival comes to town. The famous Dunster Ice Cream Social is held in July.

Dunster is a very active community and hosts numerous events for residents throughout the year. The fall harvest dinner is a chance to network with neighbours and enjoys a potluck dinner; circle dance has been active in the community for more than 17 years and draws participants from other communities as well. When not participating in community events, residents can be found canoeing and rafting on the Fraser River or hiking into the Alpine; in August picking wild blueberries is a popular activity. In winter, cross country skiing on the river bank is a favorite pastime. Visit the Dunster website to learn more about community activities.

Healthcare services are provided from McBride, and children from Dunster are bussed to McBride for school. Community members have purchased the decommissioned elementary school and utilizing this great facility for various community events. Currently a pre-school program and the Dunster Fine Arts School are running from the building, and many events and music concerts are held there. Once owned, it is hoped that the building will be used for meetings, educational classes, or for tourism functions such as an elder hostel.

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