This region consists of the Peace River Regional District, which, at 119,000 square kilometers, is the largest regional district in BC. It also has the largest agricultural area in the province, with almost 800,000 hectares of farmland in 2016. Most of the agricultural land is located in the relatively flat northeastern part of the region. The Peace has long, cold winters and short, warm summers. Average annual precipitation is moderate, between 350-500 millimeters. As one of Canada’s northernmost agricultural areas, the region benefits from long daylight hours in the summer. These conditions support early-maturing or short-season crops that can perform well at lower temperatures and take advantage of the daylight hours.
Approximately 60% of the Agricultural Land Reserve area in the region has soils of Class 3 or 4. Many of the soils in the region are prone to erosion, and some are acidic. High rates of evapotranspiration often create dry soils in late summer, particularly in lowland areas. Moisture availability is the major limiting factor for most agricultural land in the region. In 2017, over 1.2 million hectares in the region were included in the Agricultural Land Reserve.