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ive, Work, and Play in Prince Rupert British Columbia – Where Canada’s Wilderness Begins.The City of Prince Rupert remains at the edge of wilderness, secure in a sheltered inner harbour and protected by a rim of islands along the famed Inside Passage. The island community is ideally situated on British Columbia’s beautiful North Coast, only a short distance from the Queen Charlotte Islands and Ketchikan Alaska, and is easily accessible by air, rail, cruise ship, ferry, car, or rv.

Visitors often comment on the rich cosmopolitan culture found in the city and the community is home to a diverse group of people, with varied interests. Superb museums and outstanding attractions defy the small population and remote location, and daily life is enriched by an extraordinary visual and performing arts community. For trip planning information, visitors should contact the Visitor Centre or visit Tourism Prince Rupert’s website at

Prince Rupert’s Crest Hotel 221 1st Avenue, Prince Rupert BC 1.800.663.8150 or 250.624.6771

Overlooking the beautiful Prince Rupert harbour, the Crest Hotel offers one of the most scenic vantage points of Kaien Island from our Waterfront Restaurant, Charley’s Lounge or our Heated Deck all of which feature BC Cuisine and award-winning BC wines. Visit our Gift Shop for a fine array of locally carved masks, jewellery, argillite and more.


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At the end of the road your journey begins Visit the Museum of Northern BC At the Museum of Northern BC in Prince Rupert, experience the centuries old traditions of Tsimshian First Nations society, view world famous art and artifacts, witness ancient songs, mask dancing and storytelling.

Learn about the founding of Prince Rupert and the history of its people. Visit the Museum’s spectacular gift shop, which offers original works by Northwest Coast artists in wood, argillite and other media. Not to be missed is the gift shop’s unique selection of books on the Northwest Coast.

Tours = Performances = Gift Shop For more information on Prince Rupert 250-624-5637

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Visitors from around the world are drawn to the history and vibrant arts of the Haida.


aida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands) has attracted many creative people who have come to enjoy the natural environment as inspiration for their creativity.

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Experience a world of breathtaking beauty, ancient temperate rainforests, quaint villages, secluded inlets, and beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. At the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate, visitors can experience the past and the present, and view six monumental totem poles that were designed, carved and raised during the first phase of the heritage centre project. Guided tours of the Centre and poles are a highlight of any visit to these Islands.


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Honouring the past. Shaping the future. The Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole Raising

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oused in a modern day longhouse, the museum’s structure and location reflects the rich history and nature of the territory. Opened in 2011, on the 11th anniversary of the Nisga’a final treaty agreement, the museum tells a story rich in cultural, social, and political history of the ‘People of the Nass River’ Two-hundred and fifty year-old ancient lava beds and electrifying blue water engulfing the land around the museum are just two of the attractions you’ll find in this stunning valley. The museum’s newest collection, Ahooya’ahl Ga’angigatgum’, which means ‘ancestors’ collection’, gives prominence to more than 300 Nisga’a cultural treasures. Recently reclaimed by community leaders and Elders during the famous Nisga’a land claim treaties, the collection features spirit masks, shamanic items, rattles, regali, and commonly used artifacts of the past. On the outskirts of Old Hazelton, is the ‘Ksan Historical Villa ge and Museum, a re-created Gitxsan village. Seven longhouses, the first of which was built in 1959, replicate a community that stood on the same riverside site for hundreds, or possibly thousands, of years.

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Nearby, on Highway 37 west of Hazelton, are the Gitxsan villages of Gitwangak (Kitwanga) and Gitanyow (Kitwancool) home to one of the largest groupings of totem poles in the Pacific Northwest. Between them, the communities are home to many striking poles; many are originals, others replicas. A handful of the poles in each community were immortalized by renowned BC artist Emily Carr in the early 1900s, including the “Hole in the Sky” pole, and several new replicas of ancient works. The self-guided Hand of History Tour (brochures are available at Visitor Centres in Hazelton and Terrace) leads to the roughly 40 new and ancient poles in Gitanyow and six neighbouring villages. Written by Joel McKay


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If you understand our art you’ll understand our people.” - words that resonate with me. I first heard them in this special place. Returning to Kitselas Canyon on the Skeena River near Terrace BC, I now stand before these magnificent poles. Standing guard in the forrest overlooking the canyon - much like the ancestors have for millennia. Two years ago I stood on this very spot, watching the carvers as they fashioned these epic monuments. Their skills were evident then, but now to see their finished pieces as they were intended, really showcases the talents of these artisans. To be able to bring these creatures out of the wood is such a gift. Struck by the natural beauty, the poles add a feeling of solemnity. I speak softly, there is a calmness about this place. The scent of the forrest, eagles flying through the canyon - what a canvas for these beautiful creations.

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ART AT THE SIZE OF LIFE Known for its vibrant cultural scene and beautiful setting, Smithers is home to many talented artists, artisans, and musicians. The arts abound in a town with genuine small town hospitality. SMITHERS ART GALLERY


Centennial Exhibition: 100 Years—100 Artists

Centennial Exhibition: 100 Years of Agriculture in the Valley

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Features work of Sherry Nielsen and others. Paintings, fused glass, gifts.

30th Annual Smithers Midsummer Festival July 5 – 7

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s the southern gateway to Northern BC’s rich and diverse culture, Prince George, the region’s largest city offers much for the cultural explorer, the adventurous, and the history buff. Enjoy both classical and modern music performances by the versatile Prince George Symphony Orchestra, or modern art in the Two Rivers Gallery located in magnificent building pictured above incorporating regional symbolism and materials to create a dynamic centre for the visual arts which regularly hosts a variety of exhibits from across Canada. The region’s heritage is present at Exploration Place with its interactive and historic exhibits, First Nations Gallery, and strong representation of natural history. Also not to be missed is the Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum where you will experience and come to understand the unfolding of the region’s economic base and the role the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway played in the developing the region.

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museums, galleries & cultural attractions.

Valemount Museum Valemount, B.C. Valley Museum & Archives McBride, B.C. Whistle Stop Gallery McBride, B.C. The Exploration Place Science Centre & Museum Prince George, B.C. Two Rivers Gallery Prince George, B.C. Central British Columbia Railway & Forestry Museum Prince George, B.C. Huble Homestead Historic Site Prince George, B.C. Mackenzie & District Museum Mackenzie, B.C. Barkerville Historic Town Barkerville, B.C. Fort St. James National Historic Site Fort St. James, B.C.


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isiting McBride in broad surrounding Robson Valley you quickly discover that there are many skilled artists/artisans who have settled here as musicians, painters, woodworkers, and jewelry artists. The Whistle Stop Gallery located in a heritage railway station in McBride is a great place to visit as it showcases over 50 Robson Valley arts and artisans.

History buffs should also visit the Valley Museum which has a large collection of early photographs depicting life in the area. Did you know that in these parts you will find artisans skilled in the making of intricate stringed instruments, such as classical guitars, steel guitars, bouzoukis, and mandolins due to the tonal qualities of the spruce, cedar and other species grown in this region. Who knew?

HOUSE OF JASPER Silver Studio, Arts & Artisans - Robson Valley

Contemporary or abstract, each piece is created with passion by the emerging artists who love nature. Experience small town charm, visit our Studio and see something new; Get inspired!

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t began as a brutal nine-month build in 1942, backed by a crew of 30,000 US Army engineers and Canadian civilians. Dubbed the Alcan Highway, a.k.a. the Alaska Highway, this 2,451-kilometre (1,523-mile) feat of innovative engineering carved its way through a rugged, unforgiving landscape — a war time effort to connect mainland United States to Alaska. While thoroughly practical in its purpose, today this storied stretch, from Dawson Creek to Fairbanks, Alaska, is favoured by serious road warriors (think RVers and the like), history buffs and those eager for a roadside view of Mother Nature’s best. Dawson Creek marks “Mile 0” for the Alaska Highway; it also offers keen insight into the struggles faced daily by relentless construction crews. See first-hand how the highway’s creation 70 years ago changed the face of local Northern BC communities at Alaska Highway House, or pause for a picture (a rite of passage, if you will) during a walking tour that includes Mile 0 Post and Mile 0 Cairn, the latter marking the highway’s official starting point. Heading north past roadside wildlife of moose, buffalo, bears, caribou and Stone’s sheep you soon find yourself in Fort Nelson where the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum features a transportation theme, with vintage cars and trucks, and Alaska Highway equipment and memorabilia taking you back to what it was like in days past.


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Discover Dawson Creek

Start Your Alaska Highway Journey Here! Alaska Highway House Historic Walking Tour Art Walk in the Summer Walter Wright Pioneer Village

The Dawson Creek Art Gallery 250-782-9595

and the Grainery Artisan & Gift Shop • 250-782-2601

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High on ice in Fort St. John


xperience the magic of winter at High on Ice, northeastern B.C.’s premier winter festival. Held in Fort St. John in early February, High on Ice is a chance to experience the best of winter in northern Canada. An event for residents and visitors alike, the festival boasts horse-drawn sleigh rides, hockey challenges, ice fishing, snow golf, and yes, plenty of hot chocolate to stay warm during this icy holiday. The festival has a tradition of fusing together art and the natural elements. High on Ice attracts world-class ice carvers who spend days and nights creating life-size ice art and competing for more than $15,000 in prizes.

On the final evening of the competition the ice sculptures are revealed and illuminated for all to enjoy. For festivalgoers who discover their inner ice artist, there’s also a chance to practice this skill of precision and patience in the amateur ice carving and snow sculpting events. The opportunity to experience the creativity of northerners doesn’t stop there! Make sure to visit the Fort St. John Arts Market, which showcases the best of local artists and their creations. Socialize like a true northerner by attending the community dance and auction, or meet new friends over shared tastes at the annual chocolate festival. The festival includes family fun nights, comedy shows and toboggan races. Bundle up the children for four days of winter-packed fun.

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ake a trip up the Alaska Highway to escape big city life and return to nature in Fort Nelson, nestled in a wilderness oasis. Historically, trails and rivers were the main transportation routes for First Nations in the Fort Nelson area, who hunted, fished, and gathered materials from the abundant wilderness surroundings. Learn about the amazing construction of the Alaska Highway at the Fort Nelson Museum which also houses classic cars that originally traveled the Alaska Highway. Fort Nelson is a friendly community with genuine charm.

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