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Regions of the north “If you’re looking for pristine natural beauty, rich history, fascinating aboriginal culture and genuine people, you’ve come to the right place: Northern British Columbia has it all.”

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For ease of use, this guide is divided into sections that roughly parallel major travel routes. Prince George, and points east and north, are described in Section 1: Northeast British Columbia (NE).

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With 500,000 square kilometers of astonishingly diverse geography, northern B.C. boasts recreation and wildlife-viewing opportunities yearround. More than 60 provincial, national and marine parks and wildlife refuges offer access to unique ecosystems and priceless cultural heritage treasures. Of course, the tone of any place is set by its people. Fewer than 500,000 residents make northern B.C. one of the least densely populated places in North America. But those who do call it home are as passionate about the recreational assets in their backyards as they are about its vibrant culture and colorful past — and eager to share it with you. Experience the friendly hospitality of northern British Columbians, and you’ll be back again and again.

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Your northern B.C. tour will almost certainly include a stop in Prince George, B.C.’s unofficial northern capital city and an important transportation hub. Take time in Prince George to learn about characters who have shaped the north’s fascinating history — by visiting the galleries and museums that tell stories about northern B.C. 8

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First Nations, explorers, fur-traders, gold-seekers, pioneers, railroaders and lumberjacks. Glimpse its future, too, by visiting one of Canada’s most distinguished small universities — the University of Northern B.C. and the new Wood Innovation and Design Centre. If you head north from Prince George on Highway 97, you’ll discover the youthful, entrepreneurial heart of northeastern B.C. Feel its dynamism, expressed in industries such as mining, oil and gas; in engineering wonders like the WAC Bennett Dam (In most years, it produces about one-quarter of the electricity consumed by BC Hydro’s domestic customers); and in

communities like Fort St. John — one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities. The landscape is characterized by rolling hills, thick forests and fertile valleys cut by winding rivers and sparkling waterfalls. Its resource wealth is paralleled by equally resourceful people. Potent examples are found in towns like Tumbler Ridge, southeast of Chetwynd on Highway 29. After making discoveries of dinosaur tracks, fossils and bones, this mining town recast itself as a compelling visitor attraction and centre for palaeontological research. Dino-seeking visitors can’t help resist visiting Kinuseo Falls, whose thunderous height

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“Riotous wildflowers in the alpine meadows of Stone Mountain Provincial Park. Stone’s sheep, and jade-green waters, of Muncho Lake Provincial Park.”

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Barkerville Historic Town Barkerville www.barkerville.ca Fort St. James National Historic Site Fort St. James www.pc.gc.ca/stjames Valemount Museum Valemount www.valemountmuseum.ca Valley Museum & Archives McBride www.valleymuseum.ca Whistle Stop Gallery McBride www.whistlestopgallery.org The Exploration Place Museum & Science Centre Prince George www.theexplorationplace.com Two Rivers Gallery Prince George www.tworiversartgallery.com

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surpasses Niagara Falls, and the new Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark, only the second such park in North America. Continue north to reach the awe-inspiring Alaska Highway, driving through some of North America’s most scarcely populated territory, and you’ll come to understand why this route is so often identified with adventure. To really appreciate this feat of civic engineering and its strategic role in U.S. military history, visit Alaska Highwayrelated attractions in Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson. The Alaska Highway also offers access to some of B.C.’s best kept secrets: Mesozoic-Era marine fossils and rare arctic butterflies in Pink Mountain Provincial Park. Riotous wildflowers in the alpine meadows of Stone Mountain Provincial Park. Stone’s sheep, and jade-green waters, of Muncho Lake Provincial Park. Everyone who journeys the remote Alaska Highway should reward themselves, at least once, with a visit to Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park. Although popular in DAWSON CREEK - SIMON RATCLIFFE

summer, the springs are truly resplendent on frosty winter days. One restorative dip in this steaming oasis, and you’ll see why their mineralized pools and diverse flora have drawn human visitors for millennia. Travel east of Prince George on Highway 16, and arrive in the Robson Valley — the western slope of the Rocky Mountains and the birthplace of the mighty Fraser River. Communities like Dunster and McBride offer excellent bases for outdoor adventurers exploring by foot, ski, jet boat or snowmobile. From here, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies beckons from the provincial park of the same name: Mount Robson. Considered a crown jewel among the world’s parks, Mount Robson offers experiences for every taste — from vehicle-accessible camping to pristine locales that humans rarely see. Winter brings a whole new slate of recreation opportunities to northeastern B.C. Heli-ski east of Prince George, or cross-country ski on groomed trails just minutes from downtown. Snowmobile on 300 kilometers of glorious trails near Tumbler Ridge, and skate on free, outdoor rinks found at many northeastern B.C. lakes and townsites. Some winter activities are unique: try a round of snow-golf at Fort St. John’s High on Ice carnival. Bundle up, and get swept up by the infectious enthusiasm of howling dog teams at sled dog races which have drawn international competitors to Fort Nelson for almost 50 years. Whichever season or direction you travel, you’ll meet friendly northeastern British Columbians who are as passionate about play as they are work — and as you discover their backyard, you’ll understand why.

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Near the geographical heart of B.C., Prince George has a solid claim to the title of B.C.’s northern capital. Located at the convergence of Highways 97 and 16, north/south and east/west-bound railways, and the Nechako and Fraser Rivers, it is a major hub of transport, commerce, services and culture. The region was first inhabited by the Lheidli T’enneh, a Carrier-speaking First Nation. Their first contact with European colonizers may have been 1793, when Scottish explorer Alexander Mackenzie canoed past what is now Prince George. But it was fur trader Simon Fraser, in 1807, who built a fur trading outpost on the group’s traditional territory and named it Fort George, in honour of King George III. W W W. N O R T H E R N B C T O U R I S M .C O M

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The post remained comparatively isolated until 1903, when plans for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (later CN Rail) began to fuel land speculation and agricultural settlement. In 1915, the city of Prince George was incorporated, and is named after the fourth son of King George V. Prince George struggled over the difficult years of the Great War, a Spanish Flu epidemic in 1918, and the Great Depression, but its economy sprang to life in World War II, when a new army camp of 6,000 soldiers bolstered demand for services. As post-war reconstruction efforts fuelled a growing international demand for lumber, Prince George’s forest industry took root. In 1981, it was the second largest city in B.C. Despite changes wrought by forest industry consolidation, globalization and B.C.’s mountain pine beetle epidemic, wood remains one of the city’s primary economic drivers. Prince George continues to bloom in other respects. Its active, sport-loving citizens are enthusiastic supporters of the Western Hockey League Prince George Cougars and the BCHL Prince George Spruce Kings. The city regularly hosts high-profile athletic events, such as the 2012 World Baseball Challenge and the 2007 Royal Bank Cup National Junior A Hockey Championships. Prince George hosted the Canada Winter Games in February 2015. W W W. N O R T H E R N B C T O U R I S M .C O M


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is consistently recognized as one of Canada’s top-ranked small universities, named #1 in the Primarily Undergraduate category of Maclean’s 2016 University Rankings and it has recently claimed space in the new Wood Innovation and Design Centre, a six-storey wood frame building.

Ethnic restaurants, specialty stores, and diverse cultural activities cater to increasingly cosmopolitan tastes of Prince Georgians. Convenient air links and the shooting of several productions have made Prince George increasingly attractive to film crews. The vibrant University of Northern B.C., Canada’s Green University celebrated its 25th year in 2015. This researched-focused academic powerhouse

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Δ View one of the largest vintage rail collections in B.C., at the Central British Columbia Railway & Forestry Museum on River Road. Artifacts date from 1899, and include buildings, locomotives, rail cars and artifacts from the steam and diesel railway eras, as well as vintage logging, mining and agricultural machinery. Inquire about special events hosted year-round. Δ Step back in time at the Huble Homestead, 40 km (25 mi) north of town off Highway 97. This living heritage site includes a restored turn-of-the-century homestead, general store and trading post, blacksmith shop, post office and First Nations fish camp. Walk the Giscome Portage, an 8.5 km (5 mi) trail that originates at the homestead and crosses the Continental Divide. Originally used by the Carrier people, it was later made into a wagon road to accommodate Gold Rush-era traffic. Δ Enjoy live entertainment, home-baked goods, local crafts and organic produce at the Farmers’ Market, Saturday mornings, year round (at 1074 - 6th Avenue).

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Δ Stimulate your brain at Exploration Place Science Centre and Museum, located in Fort George Park. Fullsized dinosaur models, 70-million-year old fossils, a wide ranging selection of live critters, hands-on games for kids, First Nations artifacts, an operable Nickelodeon player piano, an authentic jail cell, an interactive sports

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machine that tests your abilities at five sports — these are just some of the experiences that await. Δ Visit a park! Enjoy Shane Lake, and 15 km (9 mi) of trails at Prince George’s largest park: Forests For The World. Delight in lush flower gardens and a panoramic view from Connaught Hill Park, behind the downtown public library. Take a ride on the narrow-gauge steam train on summer weekends and holidays. Catch live entertainment, bring the kids to the Rotary water-spray playground. From here, you can walk, bike or blade the Heritage River Trail, which follows the Fraser and Nechako Rivers, to Cottonwood Island Park. Δ Embrace Prince George winters — on groomed crosscountry ski trails convenient to downtown, three nearby ski hills and enough indoor and outdoor ice to keep skaters, curlers and hockey players moving! Δ Take in a musical masterpiece, performed by the Prince George Symphony Orchestra or visiting big name acts at the CN Centre.

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Δ Visit the newly opened Northern Lights Estate Winery, B.C.'s most northern winery situated on the banks of the Nechako River. The winery specializes in fruit wine. Δ Tour the award-winning University of Northern B.C. campus. Maclean’s Magazine has consistently ranked UNBC as one of the top small universities in Canada.

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McBride McBride is on Highway 16 — 208 km (125 mi) east of Prince George. In 1913, this railway town became the divisional point for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, and for some time it was the largest rail yard between Winnipeg and Prince Rupert. Today, it’s a great base for all-season exploration of the recreation paradise of the Robson Valley. Agriculture, forestry and tourism employ most of its 586 residents, and McBride’s stunning surroundings inspire local artists. W H AT T O S E E & D O I N M C B R I D E Δ Explore the Robson Valley independently or with professional guides — on foot, snowshoe, skis, snowmobile or horseback, by boat, kayak, canoe or via helicopter-facilitated skiing and hiking tours. Δ Source high-quality, locally produced arts and crafts and arrange artists’ studio tours, at the Whistle Stop Gallery in the Heritage Railway Station. Δ Stroll the Fire Hydrant Tour; each one is painted by an accomplished artist. Δ View local artifacts and travelling shows, at the Valley Museum and Archives.

Δ In August, watch spawning Chinook salmon continue their journey (from the distant Pacific!) up the Beaver Falls. Δ Stock up on local, organic produce at farmers markets, held Friday afternoons in McBride and Saturday mornings in nearby Dunster. Δ Picnic on the banks of the Fraser, at Koeneman Regional Park just east of town. Δ Observe plentiful birds from the viewing platform and gazebo at Horseshoe Lake. Δ Hear an eclectic lineup of music at the Robson Valley Music Festival, held in late August. Δ Attend the Robson Valley Fall Fair, an old fashioned country fair held on the last weekend in August. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MCBRIDE Drop in or call the Visitor Centre, open year round in the railway station, at 1-866-569-3366, and visit www.mcbride.ca

Tete Jaune Cache Discover Tete Jaune Cache (pop. 500) near the junction of Highways 5 and 16. Like the Yellowhead Highway and Pass, Tete Jaune (“yellow head” in French) was named after Pierre Hastination, a blond Iroquois-Metis trapper and trader who guided for the Hudson’s Bay Company.

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Δ Camp and explore extensive trails in one of B.C.’s crown jewels: Mount Robson Provincial Park, just 11 km (7 mi) east on Highway 16.

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Mackenzie The District of Mackenzie is only 185 scenic kilometers (115 mi) north of Prince George and 188 km (117 mi) southwest of Chetwynd. Named for Alexander Mackenzie, the Scottish explorer who camped near here in 1793 en route to the Pacific Coast, Mackenzie is a forestry-based community of 3,507. It boasts remarkable recreation opportunities, including hiking, mountain biking, camping, wildlife viewing, photography, snowmobiling, skiing and year-round fishing.

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Δ Walk, jog or hike the trails of John Dahl Park, for great views of Morfee Lake. Δ Watch birds at the Mackenzie Nature Observatory, in the abundant Mugaha Marsh. Learn about migration monitoring, which occurs from about July 20 to September 20. Δ Explore one of B.C.’s newest parks: Heather-Dina Lakes Provincial Park, 25 km (16 mi) north of town. Hike and camp at primitive sites; canoe and fish its numerous small lakes. Δ Enjoy nine holes of golf at the Mackenzie Golf & Country Club. Δ Shop for local crafts, and visit the arts centre and museum, at the Ernie Bodin Community Centre. Δ In winter, fire up your snowmobile for the porch-topowder experience, and enjoy enviable snow conditions and diverse trails that make Mackenzie a sledder’s dream.

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Δ Ski downhill or toboggan at Little Mac Ski Hill, and explore Mackenzie’s groomed, lit cross-country ski trails — just seconds from downtown. Δ Enjoy intermediate-level downhill skiing at Powder King Mountain Resort, 67 km (42 mi) northeast of Mackenzie on Highway 97. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MACKENZIE Call the Chamber of Commerce at 1-877-622-5360 or the District of Mackenzie at 250-997-3221, or visit www.district.mackenzie.bc.ca

Chetwynd The bustling, hospitable community of Chetwynd is positioned at the junction of Highways 29 and 97, where the eastern foothills of the Rockies open up to the expansive, prairie-like Peace River country. A transportation hub for the Peace River region, the District of Chetwynd is blessed with abundant natural resources, a stunning mountain backdrop, and the gently rolling topography which inspired early European settlers to call it “Little Prairie”. Such assets, and a diverse economic N O R T H E R N B R I T I S H C O L U M B I A T R AV E L G U I D E 2 0 1 6

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base of forestry, energy, mining, ranching and tourism, appeal to its outdoor-loving, family-oriented population. W H AT T O S E E & D O I N C H E T W Y N D Δ Discover and photograph Chetwynd’s impressive collection of more than 150 detailed chainsaw sculptures, depicting everything from mermaids to wildlife. Watch accomplished chainsaw carvers the second weekend in June, when Chetwynd hosts the International Chainsaw Carving Competition. W W W. N O R T H E R N B C T O U R I S M .C O M

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CHETWYND Located in the eastern foothills of the Northern Rocky Mountains, Chetwynd offers a unique balance of prairies, mountains, wilderness and a full service community. The area is well known for its breathtaking scenery and countryside.

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Δ Visit Chetwynd’s first-rate recreation centre, which includes a wave pool, team-size hot tub, sauna, curling rink, ice arena, indoor climbing wall, track, squash court and skateboard park.

on the banks of the Peace River. This Playground of the Peace offers endless outdoor adventure and wildlife viewing opportunities. Power projects, agriculture, and forestry have long been economic drivers here, but oil and gas exploration, guide-outfitting and eco-tourism are growing in importance.

Δ Tee up at Chetwynd’s nine-hole golf course overlooking Moberly Lake.

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Δ Camp, picnic, fish, boat, or take a bracing dip in one of Chetwynd’s crystal-clear lakes. Δ Hike and bike Chetwynd area trails, which range from easy to challenging; for directions, consult the Greenspace Trail Map, available at the Visitor Centre. Δ In winter, explore Chetwynd terrain by snowmobile, snowshoe or cross-country skis, and enjoy intermediatelevel downhill skiing at Powder King Mountain Resort, 110 km (68 mi) southwest on Highway 97. Δ Visit Little Prairie Heritage Museum. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CHETWYND Call the Chetwynd Visitor Centre at 250-788-1943, and visit www.gochetwynd.com

Hudson’s Hope Midway between Chetwynd and Fort St. John, you’ll encounter Hudson’s Hope — a friendly community of 970

Δ Tour the Hudson’s Hope Museum. View some of North America’s finest fossilized footprints from the dinosaur era, as well as artifacts from area First Nations, trappers, minors and pioneers — all in a Hudson’s Bay Trading Post. Δ Visit one of the largest dams of its kind: the WAC Bennett Dam, 23 km (14 mi) west of Hudson’s Hope on Canyon Drive. The new WAC Bennett Dam Visitor Centre offers an exciting new interactive area, a theatre, gift shop and café. Open from Victoria Day long weekend to Labour Day long weekend. Δ Visit the Peace Canyon Dam, 8 km (5 mi) south of Hudson’s Hope on Highway 29. It re-uses water that has already generated electricity at the WAC Bennett Dam. The new viewing deck offers a great photo opportunity. Δ Stay at one of Four Municipal Campgrounds located along the water. Δ Cast a line and try your luck fishing along the river or at one of the local lakes. PEACE RIVER - ANDREW STRAIN

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Δ Explore the Peace River by canoe or power boat. Δ Enjoy a round of golf at Moberly Lake & District Golf Club, a nine-hole course 35 km (22 mi) south of Hudson’s Hope on Highway 29.

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FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HUDSON’S HOPE Visit www.hudsonshope.ca, email visitorinfo@hudsonshope.ca or call the Hudson’s Hope Visitor Centre at 250-783-9154 (May through September) or the District Office 250-783-9901 (October through April)

Take the scenic Hudson’s Hope loop: Municipal Campgrounds (open May - September)

SIMPLE. BEAUTIFUL. UNFORGETTABLE. • Museum • Fossil Displays • Annual Fishing Derby • Outdoor Swimming Pool • Walking Trails

• Hiking • Baseball Fields • ATV Trails • Skating/Curling Rinks • High School Rodeo

For more information, contact our Visitor Centre: 250-783-9154 (May - September) 250-783-9901 (Off Season) Email: visitorinfo@hudsonshope.ca

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Tumbler Ridge Tumbler Ridge (pop 2710), found at the junction of Highways 29 and 52, near the confluence of Flatbed Creek and the Murray and Wolverine Rivers, is British Columbia’s youngest community. It is home to the Tumbler

Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark, where paleontological history was made in 2000 when two local kids discovered dinosaur tracks in Flatbed Creek. The Geopark boasts British Columbia’s first dinosaur bone beds, comprised of

Waterfalls & Dinosaurs Big, wild parks, dinosaur trackway tours, fishing, golf, ATV trails, snowmobiling, expansive alpine playgrounds… experience the impressive power of nature

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dozens to hundreds of specimens, and nearly 100 dinosaur track sites ranging in age from 135 to 74 million years in age. The Triassic marine reptiles and fish fossils are some of the oldest in the world and of international significance. The Dinosaur Discovery Gallery and paleontological research centre provide the public with a chance to see examples of these finds, with research contributing new discoveries annually. In addition to walking in the footsteps of dinosaurs, visitors can take in breathtaking alpine vistas and sparkling waterfalls from the impressive network of nearly 40 maintained trails, five provincial parks and nine provincial recreation sites. W H AT T O S E E & D O I N T U M B L E R R I D G E Î&#x201D; Visit the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery to see and learn about fossil finds from the region and ongoing research. Î&#x201D; Take a dinosaur Trackway Tour. The Flatbed Creek and Wolverine River tours interpret dozens of fossil dinosaur footprints accessed by hiking trails. Guided evening lantern tours illuminate tracks less visible by day, with the sounds of dinosaurs echoing off the valley walls provided by tour guides.

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Δ Treat the kids to a day or week long Dinosaur Camp, including field trips, excavations of dinosaur replicas, and interactive introductions to palaeontology and geology. Δ Explore 37 maintained trails within the Geopark to alpine meadows, old-growth forests, jagged peaks, magnificent waterfalls and ancient canyons. Δ Be inspired by Kinuseo Falls. Visit Monkman Provincial Park to view the impressive falls from the onsite platform, the short hiking trail, or by pre-booking a riverboat tour through the Visitor’s Centre. Spend the night at the nearby Monkman Campground. Δ Explore the Monkman Pass Trail along the historic Monkman Pass Highway, and discover the Cascades, a series of 10 waterfalls in succession, Monkman Lake, and the Monkman Tarns.

Δ Camp, hike, canoe, motor boat and fish at beautiful Gwillim Lake Provincial Park, 45 km (28 mi) northwest off Highway 29. Δ Drive the self-guided interpretive tour, learning about the fascinating history of the Monkman Pass Highway through free brochures. Δ Golf at Tumbler Ridge’s scenic and challenging ninehole course. Watch for wildlife! Take the family sledding and skating here in the winter for free at the outdoor rink and hill. Δ Take in live music at Grizfest, with world class rock and country musicians on the long weekend in August. Δ Go off-road in your 4x4, ATV or side by side on the Grizzly Valley ATV Club’s established routes. Δ Explore the winter landscape on over 300 km of maintained trail by snowmobile, over 10 km of groomed trails with cross-country skis, and explore the Geopark’s snowshoeing, skiing and ice climbing. Δ Unwind after an active day in the whirlpool, sauna or steam room at the Aquatic Centre. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT TUMBLER RIDGE Drop in to the Tumbler Ridge Visitor Centre, call them at 1-877-729-3466 or 250-242-3123 and visit www.VisitTumblerRidge.ca and www.trgg.ca

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Dawson Creek Art Gallery Housed in a renovated grain elevator situated in the NAR Park in the center of Dawson Creek. We have: • The Alaska Highway Photo Exhibit on display • Local and Touring Exhibits • The Grainery Artisan & Gift Shop • The Bin Top Studio: Hosting Children’s and Adult Programming

The gift shop showcases local artists and craftsmen featuring pottery, woodwork, jewellery, jade, metalwork, weaving & souvenirs.

Hours: Summer (Mid May to Aug) 8am to 5pm 7 days a week Fall/Winter (Sep. to Early May) 10am to 5pm ~ Tuesday to Friday 12pm to 4pm Saturdays 101 - 816 Alaska Avenue Tel: 250-782-2601 Fax: 250-782-8801 Email: artadmin@dcartgallery.ca www.dcartgallery.ca

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Dawson Creek With a rich pioneer and World War II history, Dawson Creek is a city of 11,583 people with an economy based on agriculture, forestry, energy and tourism. Located at the junction of four highways, Dawson Creek is Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway. In 1942, only months after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, Dawson Creek became a staging point of the U.S. government’s ambitious building project: a 2,400 km (1,491 mi) road through vast wilderness stretching from the end of the railway at Dawson Creek to Fairbanks, Alaska. Within a month, the small hamlet of Dawson Creek witnessed the arrival of 10,000 American troops, military vehicles, road equipment and civilian workers. Originating in Dawson Creek, the “Alaskan-Canadian or Alcan Highway” is a bucket list trip for RVers as the great Alaska Highway adventure. Local attractions celebrate the city’s unique history. W H AT T O S E E & D O I N D AW S O N C R E E K Δ Visit Alaska Highway House, opened in 2007, for exhibits and interactive displays about the Alaska Highway story. See fascinating WW II propaganda, video footage, war artifacts, a Willy jeep and take in a screening of the PBS documentary “Building the Alaska Highway”. Pop into the booth to send a personal video postcard to friends and relatives. Δ Take your photo at the Mile 0 Cairn, designated by U.S. army surveyors as the exact beginning of the Alaska Highway, and at the Mile 0 Post, a landmark which celebrates this famous route.

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Δ Visit the Dawson Creek Art Gallery, creatively housed in a renovated 1930s-era grain elevator, for art, handicrafts and displays of historic photos. Δ Pick up the Downtown Historic Walking Tour brochure from the Visitor Centre, and use the route map to unlock Dawson Creek’s past through narration, heritage buildings, local mural projects and archival photos. Δ Tour the Dawson Creek Station Museum in the Northern Alberta Railways Park. View the video documentary on the history of the Alaska Highway, northern wildlife displays, the original 1931 living quarters of the station master and the railroad depot office. Δ During summer, visit Mile 0 Park. At Walter Wright Pioneer Village, stroll the boardwalks with the complimentary village historic walking tour brochure. View heritage buildings, memorabilia and artifacts, W W W. N O R T H E R N B C T O U R I S M .C O M


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Δ Enjoy free wireless internet access at hotspots in Northern Alberta Railways Park, downtown Dawson Creek, and Walter Wright Pioneer Village. Δ Walk, jog, blade or cycle the 4.5 km (2.8 mi) Dawson Creek Trail, an asphalt path which hugs the creek and traverses the city. F I N D O U T M O R E A B O U T D AW S O N C R E E K Call the Dawson Creek Visitor Centre at 250-782-9595, toll-free 1-866-645-3022, email info@tourismdawsoncreek.com and visit www.tourismdawsoncreek.com DAWSON CREEK - SIMON RATCLIFFE

antique vehicles and farm machinery. Savour the eleven colourful, themed gardens of Gardens North. Picnic, swim and relax with the locals at Rotary Lake. Δ Sample local produce, handicrafts and baked goods at the Farmers’ Market, Saturday mornings May through October at the Co-op Mall parking lot.

Pouce Coupe Pouce Coupe, population 740, is 10 km (6 mi) east of Dawson Creek. Services include a post office, restaurants, motel, hotel, gas bar/convenience store, RV facilities, and a laundromat. Pouce Coupe is the erroneously translated name of a local First Nations chief, Pooscapee.

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Pouce Coupe Museum Our History The Pouce Coupe Museum offers visitors a chance to journey back to a period long ago, with permanent displays from the very founding of the village, including a heritage house, trapper’s cabin, caboose, and the original Northern Alberta Railway Station built in the 1930s, which now houses the museum. The majestic wooden train trestle whispers its stories through the cracks of time, located a short walking distance from the museum. Taking a page out of history, the Hart Hotel which opened in 1928 still operates with its old world charm, Pouce Coupe is best known in the Peace River block as being the first municipality in northeastern British Columbia; it was the centre for Government offices, post office, bank and the police barracks for the region.

Pouce Coupe Park A Piece of Recreation The Pouce Coupe Park keeps its promise as a place to visit in luxury. The green wonderland is speckled with BBQ pits tempting the mind with visions of juicy burgers and warm summer songs. Sheltering those that require it is a covered cookhouse, lending itself for family reunions. All that enter the Pouce Park have picnic tables, washrooms, coin showers, and a bandstand. For those that are in need there are RV electrical hookups.

July 1st Canada Day Celebration Rich with tradition, Pouce Coupe holds its annual July 1st Celebration with enthusiasm that brings the historical village to life. This celebration brings laughter and full stomachs to all who volunteer or attend the annual parade and the famous BBQ. After all the festivities, magnificent fireworks sends all home with smiles and lasting memories.

Truck Light Parade and Food Drive Recently added, the Truck Light Parade utilizes the local businesses to put on a show in the dark winter night. Cozy fire pits blaze, just waiting for a hot dog or marshmallow to roast, and the sound of fun and delight waft through the chill air. The loop of the Town Square is illuminated by twinkling lights which swath the host of trucks. People are encouraged to bring nonperishable items to the event or weeks prior to celebrate a time of giving. Tickle your Taste Buds

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W H AT T O S E E & D O I N P O U C E C O U P E Δ View the Pouce Coupe Museum. Δ See if you dare walk on the vintage wooden railway trestle. Δ Attend the July 1 Canada Day parade and barbecue at Pouce Coupe Park. Δ Access the internet at the Library. Δ Camp riverside at Pouce Coupe Park. Δ Visit the rustic local pub, housed in the 1928 Hart Hotel. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT POUCE COUPE Call the Visitor Centre 250-786-5555 (May - September) or the Pouce Coupe village office at 250-786-5794, and visit www.poucecoupe.ca

Taylor Sited 56 km (35 mi) north of Dawson Creek on the banks of the Peace River, Taylor prides itself as a quickly growing, business-friendly community — but at 1,373 people, it still offers small-town charm. Originally settled by farmers drawn to its fertile soils (including D.H. “Herbie” Taylor, for whom it the town was named), Taylor’s fortunes are now tied to the oil and gas, lumber and pulp industries. Motels, restaurants and campgrounds await visitors in this community that touts itself as “the place where peace and prosperity meet.” N O R T H E R N B R I T I S H C O L U M B I A T R AV E L G U I D E 2 0 1 6

W H AT T O S E E & D O I N TAY L O R Δ Visit Peace Island Park (late May to the end of September), a popular family destination featuring wellserviced campsites, adventure playgrounds, horseshoe pits, swimming, a boat launch, fishing, walking/hiking trails and wildlife viewing. Δ Check out the Rocky Mountain Historic Forts (in Peace Island Park) — a replica of forts used by the Rocky Mountain Rangers — and its excellent collection of local hunting, trapping and gold-panning artifacts. Interpretive campfire presentations are planned for July and August; reservations are recommended for these, call 250-789-9295. Δ Golf at Lone Wolf Golf Club’s 18-hole par 72 public championship course, mid-April to late September. Amenities include driving and practice ranges, pro lessons, equipment rentals, clubhouse, restaurant, and full-service shop. The Club also hosts tournaments. Δ Watch or join in the dancing at the annual Spirit of the Peace Pow Wow, held each June. Dancing, drumming, food and handicrafts are highlights of this colourful and family oriented competition. Everyone is welcome. Δ Attend the World’s Invitational Gold Panning Championships, held on the August long weekend / BC Day. Family-oriented festivities include a parade, gold-panning demos and competitions, claim-staking, metal-detecting, bannock-baking, an arts and crafts fair, children’s activities, barbeque and pancake breakfast. Δ Walk the mostly level 3.5 km (2.1 mi) ParticipACTION Trail, which affords views of the golf course and the wide-open Peace Region landscape. W W W. N O R T H E R N B C T O U R I S M .C O M

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Δ Enjoy Taylor’s amenities and award-winning recreation facilities: the Ice Centre, curling club, pool, parks, ball diamonds, tennis courts, a motocross track and speedway, community hall and market gardens. Δ Jet boat in the Peace River and ask Visitor Centre about any upcoming jet boat events. F I N D O U T M O R E A B O U T TAY L O R Call the District of Taylor at 250-789-3392, or the Taylor Visitor Centre at 250-789-9015 (May to September) and visit www.districtoftaylor.com

Fort St. John Located in the heart of the Peace Country, Fort St. John is called the “Energetic City” for good reason. Backed by a strong agricultural community and forest industry, the city is the undisputed oil and gas capital of B.C. As the largest B.C. city on the Alaska Highway and the transportation and supply hub of the area, this economic powerhouse serves a trading area of more than 60,082 people. The 18,609 city residents like to work hard and play hard. The city offers many top-notch recreation facilities, as well as over 16 km (9.94 mi) of walking trails. With 15 hotels, numerous restaurants, plenty of shopping, and its central location, Fort St. John makes a good jumping off point for day trips touring around northern B.C. W H AT T O S E E & D O I N F O R T S T. J O H N Δ Check out the Olympic sized indoor ice oval, 2 NHL sized ice rinks and track at the Pomeroy Sport Centre. Δ Discover Fort St. John’s history through the downtown Pioneer Pathway. Panels depict the pioneer days starting back in the 1920s. Call the Visitor Centre for more information at 250-785-3033 or 1-877-785-6037.

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upcoming cultural events from live theatre, to dance, to concerts. Or call the Lido Theatre at 250-785-3011 to find out what performances are set for that venue. Δ Start your engines! Drag Racing, Stock Car Racing, and Moto-X Racing take place throughout the summer months. Δ Hit the Fish Creek Community Forest Trails or the paved trail system to stretch your legs. Maps are available at the Visitor Centre. Δ Watch migrating falcons, hawks, and eagles galore from the Beatton River Valley, 5 km (3 mi) north of the city. Δ Camp at nearby Charlie Lake Provincial Park. Δ Check out the Museum to learn more about the pioneer days. Open year-round, Monday to Saturday. Call 250-787-0430. F I N D O U T M O R E A B O U T F O R T S T. J O H N Call the Fort St. John Visitor Centre at 250-785-3033. Email: visitorinfo@fortstjohn.ca, or visit www.fortstjohn.ca

Δ In winter, celebrate the city’s High on Ice Festival. This event features B.C.’s only National Ice Carving Association-sanctioned ice carving competition, ice fishing, snow sculpture competition, live music, sleigh rides, and children’s entertainers. Δ Take in a show: call the North Peace Cultural Centre at 250-785-1992 or visit www.npcc.bc.ca to find out about

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Pink Mountain Halfway between Fort St. John and Fort Nelson is the tiny hamlet of Pink Mountain. Look west for the similarly named peak, which exudes a rosy glow at sunrise and under the late-summer blaze of fireweed blossoms. Reach Pink Mountain Provincial Park by turning west off the highway onto seasonal road #192. Wildlife includes B.C.’s only wild Plains Bison, and rare populations of arctic butterflies. Large Mesozoic Era marine fossils, including the largest icthyosaur ever discovered, were found here.

Fort Nelson and the Northern Rockies Initially established as a fur trading post in 1805, Fort Nelson later became “Mile 300” of the Alaska Highway, contributing labour, supplies and logistical support to the epic 1942 construction effort. Today, this community of 3,902 is powered by the oil and gas industry and forestry. Tourism is also gaining in importance, as the town has been discovered as a natural base for backcountry exploration of some of B.C.’s most magnificent landscapes. Cross-country skiers, photographers, backpackers, canoeists, and kayakers flock to Fort Nelson, eager to explore eight provincial parks located within an easy drive. Plentiful wildlife make big game hunting and fly-in fishing popular. W H AT T O S E E & D O I N F O R T N E L S O N AND THE NORTHERN ROCKIES Δ Step back into Fort Nelson’s past at the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum. Collections include running antique vehicles and artifacts from the construction of the Alaska Highway. A “don’t miss” experience! Δ Explore a wide range of hiking opportunities. A comprehensive local guide, Hiking and Motorized Trail Guide is available at the Visitor Centre and trail

Fort Nelson Heritage Museum Alaska highway construction equipment and displays, vintage autos and machinery, wildlife displays, trapper’s cabin, and much more! Open mid-May to early September, and by appointment. Box 716, Fort Nelson, BC V0C 1R0 Phone/Fax 250-774-3536 www.fortnelsonmuseum.ca

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maps are available online. Trailhead signage is visible from many points along the Alaska Highway North of Fort Nelson, displaying GPS waypoints, maps and trail descriptions for ease of use. Δ Learn about the “Serengeti of the North,” by visiting the Muskwa-Kechika kiosk located at the Visitor Centre, or by taking in any of the interpretive panels throughout the Northern Rockies at various sites along the Alaska Highway. More information available from the friendly Counsellors at the Visitor Centre. Δ Enjoy nine holes of golf, with panoramic views of the Northern Rockies, at the Poplar Hills Golf & Country Club. Facilities include a driving range, grass greens, pro shop, club and power cart rentals, concession and lounge. W W W. N O R T H E R N B C T O U R I S M .C O M


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FIND OUT MORE ABOUT FORT NELSON AND THE NORTHERN ROCKIES Call the Visitor Centre at 250-774-6400 year round, and visit www.tourismnorthernrockies.ca

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Δ Boat, kayak or canoe the Muskwa River. Local river enthusiasts are happy to share their insights to help you plan your trip. Δ Hire a guide for tours of the Northern Rockies on foot, horseback, canoe, riverboat, whitewater raft or charter flight.

About 140 km (87 mi) west of Fort Nelson, you’ll enter the northern tip of Stone Mountain Provincial Park — a 257 km2 (99 mi2) preserve of pristine wilderness. From May 1 to early September, 28 vehicle-accessible limited-service campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Self-sufficient walk-in camping is also permitted. Several short day hikes start from the camping area. Unforgettable views reward well-equipped, experienced backcountry adventurers exploring the park on multi-day treks. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT S T O N E M O U N TA I N P R O V I N C I A L PA R K Visit www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks

Δ In winter, cheer on the dog teams, at the Canadian Open Dog Sled Championship. This event has brought international competitors to Fort Nelson for almost 50 years. NONDA CREEK - ANDREW STRAIN

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Muncho Lake Provincial Park Just 86 km (53 mi) northwest from Stone Mountain Park, explore another Northern Rockies treasure: Muncho Lake Provincial Park. Private lodges, RV parks, and 30 lakeshore campsites offer easy access to the jade waters of this 12 km (7 mi) long glacial lake. It was named “Muncho” (“big lake”) by the Kaska people, who have sourced food here for millennia. Catch (and preferably, release!) lake trout, bull trout, mountain whitefish, and Arctic grayling. Watch for moose, caribou and Stone’s sheep. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MUNCHO LAKE P R O V I N C I A L PA R K Visit www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks

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About 60 km (38 mi) beyond Muncho Lake Provincial Park, experience an unforgettable natural phenomenon: Liard River Hot Springs. The springs are comprised of two pools, which fill naturally with water that has been heated deep underground by the earth’s core, pressurized and forced back to the surface along faults in sedimentary rock under the park. Water temperatures reach up to 52˚C (126˚F), creating an oasis-like microclimate that is as appreciated by birds and animals as it has been by humans for millennia. This unique ecosystem hosts a unique diversity of plant life, including orchids, ostrich ferns, cow parsnip and carnivorous aquatic plants. The springs are quite magical in winter, when sub-zero temperatures combine with steam to fringe surrounding vegetation with shimmering hoarfrost. Rustic campsites (some can be reserved ahead), change rooms and a boardwalk are open all year. A fee is charged for camping and day use. Visitors are asked to protect this delicate environment by not bringing soap or shampoo into the waters. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT LIARD RIVER HOT S P R I N G S P R O V I N C I A L PA R K Call 1-800-689-9025 or visit www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks To reserve a site, visit www.discovercamping.ca W W W. N O R T H E R N B C T O U R I S M .C O M


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The forestry and agriculture town of Vanderhoof offers easy access to Fort St. James, western Canada’s oldest fur trading post restored to the year 1896. At Fort Fraser and Fraser Lake, you’ll enter B.C.’s own Lakes District. Campsites and resorts tempt you to stay and play in variety of clear, sparkling lakes. In Burns Lake, challenging mountain bike trails draw avid cyclists and rare opal deposits beckon rockhounds. The village also makes a great jumping-off point for adventure in the wilds of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. Just outside of Houston, where you can enjoy incredible steelhead fishing and explore unparalleled snowmobile

trail networks, Highway 16 crests Hungry Hill — heralding a dramatic change in landscape. Meet the glacier-crowned Bulkley Valley, with its neighbouring towns of Telkwa and Smithers. Limitless kayaking and canoeing opportunities, backcountry trails to suit all levels of hiker and cross-country skier, skiing and boarding on Hudson’s Bay Mountain, and a flourishing local music scene explain why these towns are a mecca for creatives and outdoorslovers. Journey westward and feel the history and vitality of First Nations cultures. In late summer, watch Wet’suwet’en fishermen netfish the raging waters of the Moricetown Canyon for

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salmon — as they have since time immemorial. At ’Ksan, a recreated Gitxsan village and an interpretive centre in Old Hazelton, take a narrated longhouse tour to learn about pre and post-European contact life. In nearby villages like Kispiox and Gitanyow, ponder the legends of nearly 50 standing totem poles. At Kitwanga Junction, a decision awaits: head north on Highway 37 (a.k.a. the Stewart-Cassiar) for the 725 km (450 mi) drive toward the Yukon, or continue west on Highway 16 toward the coastal city of Prince Rupert. The Stewart-Cassiar Highway (37) offers dazzling, sparsely populated landscapes. For breathtaking glaciers, bear-viewing opportunities and some colourful Canada/ U.S. border-town history, take Highway 37A to visit the communities of Stewart, B.C. and Hyder Alaska. Upon returning to Highway 37, treat yourself to deluxe KITWANGA - TIM SWANKY

food and four-star accommodation at Bell II Lodge before approaching the best of northwestern B.C. wilderness parks: Mount Edziza, the Spatsizi Plateau and the aweinspiring Stikine River Provincial Park. Before continuing on toward the Yukon, take a refreshing dip in the aquamarine waters of Boya Lake. Equally memorable attractions await, if you choose to continue west on Highway 16, past Kitwanga. In Terrace find out why record-breaking salmon fishing lures anglers from around the world 10 months of the year. Discover first-rate whitewater that draws paddlers in droves, or ski the steep, deep powder at Canada’s first non-profit, co-op ski hill, My Mountain Co-op / Shames Mountain. Explore First Nations culture at Kitselas Canyon, and Terrace’s Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art, part of Northwest Community College. Before carrying on to Prince Rupert, make a side-trip down Highway 37 south to Kitimat for excellent saltwater fishing, or perhaps detour to Kitamaat Village, to visit Haisla First Nation artists. At Port Edward, the North Pacific Cannery National Historic site offers a compelling look at the region’s multicultural past. Return to Highway 16 to the coast to arrive at Prince Rupert. Besides important ferry connections, this port city offers phenomenal fishing and wildlife-viewing opportunities, sophisticated galleries and restaurants, and magnificent museums — all seasoned by the cultural influence of the Tsimshian people and the many moods of the northern rainforest. Where else in the world could you find all of this, but northwestern B.C.? KITSUMKALUM LAKE - GRANT HARDER

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Vanderhoof Nestled in the fertile Nechako Valley, on the banks of the Nechako River, Vanderhoof is the geographical centre of British Columbia. Vanderhoof is also the home of the Nechako White Sturgeon and a Migratory Bird Sanctuary. The Vanderhoof area has been occupied by the Carrier people for millennia. Envisioned as a writers’ and artists’ retreat by Herbert Vanderhoof, the Chicago writer for whom this community was later named, the town was ultimately founded by ranchers. This friendly forestry and ranching community of 4,480 claims status as B.C.’s oldest European-settled agricultural community. It was home to Order of Canada recipient, activist and local author, Mary John, as well as rancher Rich Hobson, author of “Nothing To Good For A Cowboy”. With four distinct seasons, there are many entertaining activities to experience in and around our community. VANDERHOOF - SIMON RATCLIFFE

W H AT T O S E E & D O I N VA N D E R H O O F Δ Visit the Vanderhoof Community Museum. Open from May to September, its heritage buildings include the OK Hotel and (still operating) Café which once offered meals for 50 cents! Δ In the spring and fall watch birds (ducks, geese, swans, etc.) at the Vanderhoof Migratory Bird Sanctuary. A Nature Guide and a bird watching checklist is available. Δ Walk the Community Trail Network. There are four sections that skirt the community, each with a tour card and a kiosk explaining the significance of the trail section. Δ Fun for the entire family? Riverside Park and Campground includes RV and tenting sites (some with electricity and water), sani-dump, flush toilets and showers, covered picnic area, children’s playground, outdoor fitness equipment, lit walking track and a beach volleyball net. Ferland Park is equipped with a children’s playground and Spray Park. The “Concert in the Park” is also held here annually. Δ Enjoy hockey, curling, golfing, biking, bowling, soccer, tennis, cross-country skiing, rugby, slo-pitch, football and many other recreational activities throughout the year. Δ Hike, fish and hunt at numerous lakes in Big River Country south of Vanderhoof. Check out Kenney Dam and Cheslatta Falls for an interesting day trip. The Camping, Fishing, Hunting, and Hiking Guide to the Nechako Valley highlights more options for your wilderness adventure. Δ Join us in various celebrations throughout the year including Canada Day, Fall Fair, Airshow, Pumpkin Walk and Parade of Lights. Δ Self-guided tour cards have been produced to guide you to local discoveries such as the Grand Reo Theatre. Once a parlour and now a movie theatre, it has stood at this corner with its original façade for 90 years. F I N D O U T M O R E A B O U T VA N D E R H O O F Call the Visitor Centre at 250-567-2124 or 1-800-752-4094 and visit at www.vanderhoofchamber.com

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Fort St. James Fort St. James is located on the shores of Stuart Lake, 62 km (37 mi) north of Vanderhoof, on Highway 27. This town of 2,000 is one of B.C.’s oldest permanent settlements, established in 1806 by Simon Fraser. He called the area New Caledonia to honour his Scottish home. W H AT T O S E E & D O I N F O R T S T. J A M E S Δ Visit the Fort St. James Historic Site (May to October). This original trading post and compound has the largest group of original wood buildings representing the Canadian fur trade, and artifacts from the 1880s. Δ Canoe the magnificent 112 km (70 mi) Nation Lakes Canoe Route, which spans four lakes and three rivers. Δ Camp at Sowchea Bay or Paarens Beach on Stuart Lake. Δ Tip your hat to bush pilot legend Russ Baker (19101958), at a memorial on the bluffs overlooking the lake near the Cottonwood Marina. Renowned for daring

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rescue operations, Baker helped make Fort St. James one of the largest bush plane bases in northern B.C. View the scale replica of a 1920s-era Junkers W-34 at Cottonwood Park. Δ Hike and rock climb in Mount Pope Provincial Park. A 6.5 km (4 mi) trail to the peak offers panoramic views of Stuart Lake and mountains. Δ Ski, board or cross-country ski at Murray Ridge Ski Hill. Its T-bar is the longest in North America. F I N D O U T M O R E A B O U T F O R T S T. J A M E S Call the Fort St. James Chamber of Commerce at 250-996-7023 or visit www.fortstjames.ca

Fort Fraser Only 37 km (22 mi) from Vanderhoof, discover one of B.C.’s oldest European-founded settlements: Fort Fraser. Established in 1806 by Simon Fraser, it’s also where the last spike was driven, in 1914, on the railway which opened up central B.C., the Grand Trunk Pacific. This community of 1,000 includes a post office, motel, gas station/restaurant, laundromat, churches, and the Last Spike Pub.

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Beaumont Provincial Park Camp, picnic, swim, and fish in Fraser Lake in Beaumont Provincial Park — just 4 km (2.5 mi) west of Fort Fraser. The shallow water makes it a great place to take small children.

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Situated at the eastern edge of the Lakes District, 20 km (13 mi) west of Fort Fraser, Fraser Lake’s 1,350 residents are mostly employed in forestry and mining.

Burns Lake is the heart of B.C.’s Lakes District, 70 km (44 mi) west of Fraser Lake. Forestry, agriculture, mining and tourism drive this community of 2,700.

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Δ Learn about Fraser Lake history, and first inhabitants the Dakelh people, at the Fraser Lake Museum.

Δ Visit the Lakes District Museum. Find out how the log building that served as a fur trading post and gambling den earned its macabre moniker, Bucket of Blood.

Δ Hike Mouse Mountain trails. The 4 km (2.5 mi) trail to its summit offers a great view of the lake. Δ Enjoy excellent fly-fishing (license required) 4 km (2.5 mi) west of town, where the Stellako flows into Fraser Lake. Δ Check out resorts, and the Molyhills Golf Course, at the east end of Francois Lake. Δ Launch your boat on the shores of beautiful Fraser Lake, where recreation and fishing are together as one. Δ Climb lava beds of the 25-million-years-extinct Red Rock Volcano, a.k.a. Table Top Mountain.

Δ Mountain bike the extensive trail network that Bike Magazine called “some of the sweetest single track on earth”, at Burns Lake Mountain Bike Park. Δ Hunt for agates and opal, and walk the 4 km (2.5 mi) trail, at one of B.C.’s few known opal deposits: the Eagle Creek Opal/Agate site. Δ Explore the north end of one of B.C.’s largest provincial parks: Tweedsmuir. Access it via float plane, boat, horseback or on foot via the Alexander Mackenzie Trail. Be well-equipped and experienced, or hire a guide.

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Δ Drive the Lakes District Circle Tour, for views of Tweedsmuir Park, Mount Wells, Ootsa Lake, and Nadina River, and the free ferry ride on Francois Lake. Δ Camp or stay at cabins, RV parks and resorts at any of 4,800 km (3,000 mi) of lakes, including Uncha, Tchesinket, and Takysie Lakes. Hike, boat, canoe or kayak — bring your own or rent from most resorts.

W H AT T O S E E & D O I N G R A N I S L E Δ Fish for rainbow trout, as well as steelhead and sockeye in season.

Δ Attend music festivals, the rodeo, fall fair, bath-tub races, mountain bike festival and hockey tournaments.

Δ Drop in to the Visitor Centre and Museum, located in a log building near the entrance of town. This building also showcases work by local crafters.

Δ Ski 25 km (15.53 mi) of cross-country trails, groomed by the Omineca Ski Club.

Δ Picnic and camp at Lion’s Beach Campground or the user-maintained Bear Island.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BURNS LAKE Visit or call the Burns Lake Visitor Centre at 250-692-3773, or visit www.burnslake.ca

Δ Camp, picnic, swim and relax at Red Bluff Provincial Park and stroll a lovely trail between Red Bluff and the marina.

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Δ Visit the world’s largest sockeye salmon spawning channels, 11 km (6.83 mi) south of town: the Fulton River Spawning Channels. August is the best time to visit.

To reach Granisle, drive 51 km (32 mi) west from Burns Lake (30 km / 17 mi east of Houston), and turn north at Topley onto Highway 118. The 49 km (30 mi) drive from here to Granisle often rewards visitors with glimpses of wildlife. This former mining town now serves year-

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Δ Golf at Granisle’s rustic nine-hole golf course.

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Houston Nestled in the Pleasant Valley located near the confluence of the Bulkley and Morice Rivers is the home to the community of Houston. An outdoor enthusiast’s playground providing outdoor opportunities from world class steelhead fishing to snowmobiling the pristine mountain ranges that surround the community. Houston’s population of 3,200 is supported mainly by forestry, mining, and tourism. Houston is the gateway to the Nanika — Kidprice Provincial Park known for its world class back country canoe route. W H AT T O S E E A N D D O I N H O U S T O N Δ Golf nine holes at the Willow Grove Golf and Country Club. Δ Take a selfie at the world’s largest freestanding (18 m/60 ft) fly rod. Its located in Steelhead Park along Highway 16 beside the Houston Visitor Centre. The park also features a wolf totem pole, a steelhead sculpture fountain, a 975 lb. mounted grizzly bear, and the replica ancient silver grinding stone which was a gift to Equity Silver Mines from its sister mine in Mexico.

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Δ Visit the Houston Museum Society’s “Walk Through History” (adjacent to the Visitor Centre) to view Houston’s first school house from 1916, first Anglican Church, fire truck of the community and much more.

Naturally Amazing Drawing visitors from around the world, the steelhead fishing here is legendary. In fact, Houston is known as the Steelhead Capital of Canada. Houston is situated in an area that is rife with wildlife, waterways and a wide variety of activities suited to every season. For the fisherman, the hiker, the camper…there’s something for everyone. Come to Houston to experience the welcome hospitality and one of BC’s best kept secrets.

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Δ Enjoy a day at the Houston leisure facility. An amazing facility that offers a fitness centre, hot tub, steam room, therapeutic leisure pool with a lazy river and a four lane competition pool. Δ Cross Country Ski the groomed Morice Mountain Ski trails with 26 km of various terrain ranging from easy, moderate and difficult trails through a beautiful scenic forest. Enjoy the 2 km lit trails for night skiing. Δ Snowmobile adventurous areas in its pristine beauty of the Telkwa Mountain Range, Dungate Meadows, Tableland Mountain and the Rhine Ridge and Sabola mountain. Δ Fish the world class Morice River known for its largest Steelhead return in the world, as well as amazing returns of Pink, Chum, Sockeye and Coho.

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Δ For the avid hiker explore the amazing hiking trails from beginner to advanced levels enjoying waterfalls, Forest Service look out stations, or the famous China Knows Mountain trail.

Discover Telkwa’s vintage charm, 14 km (9 mi) south of Smithers on Highway 16. This rural village of 1,300 borders Tyhee Lake Provincial Park and straddles the banks of the Bulkley and Telkwa Rivers. Residents and visitors alike are captivated by Telkwa’s optimistic spirit, abundant recreation opportunities and snow-capped mountains.

Δ Visit the Pleasant Valley Community Market Fridays June to September.

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Δ Explore limitless hiking in the Telkwa environs — from easy family walks to rugged multi-day excursions to backcountry cabins.

Δ Seniors, inquire about regular activities hosted by the Telkwa Seniors Centre. Δ Attend July 1 Canada Day celebrations.

Δ Join the Bulkley Valley Backpackers for guided day hikes and ski excursions on Sunday mornings.

Δ On Labour Day weekend, attend the Telkwa Barbeque — a weekend of softball, demolition derby and concerts.

Δ Camp, canoe and fish at numerous lakes and streams.

Δ In winter, skate free at one of Telkwa’s two outdoor rinks — and when conditions are right, on the expansive ice of Tyhee Lake!

Δ Kayak or raft area rivers and fabulous whitewater. Δ Enjoy a walking tour of Telkwa’s 26 restored heritage buildings, including the 1910 St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Hong Chong’s Laundry and Bath House and the Interior Creamery (c. 1939).

Δ Cross-country ski at Tyhee Lake Provincial Park, and have a winter picnic at its two covered, firewood-stocked shelters. Ski into several backcountry wilderness cabins, maintained by BC Parks, private companies or volunteer associations (typically require fees and reservations).

Δ Stroll community trails between Tyhee Lake Provincial Park campground, the former Aldermere townsite, and Telkwa’s downtown.

Δ Snowmobile extensive trail networks at places like the Big Onion, Dome Mountain and the Microwave.

Δ Tour Narnia Farms, a working organic farm with gorgeous display gardens, a shop and home-made refreshments.

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Smithers Just 14 km (9 mi) west of Telkwa on Highway 16, you’ll arrive at Smithers, pop. 5,400. Its red-bricked Main Street is graced by alpine-themed architecture and murals celebrating the Bulkley Valley landscape, and crowned by the monumental presence of Hudson Bay Mountain — all fitting in a town where people are crazy for mountains and the recreation possibilities they bring! Smithers’ friendly, active residents are employed in services, forestry, mining, agriculture and tourism. Meet them, and discover why this town is as easily identified with dynamism as it is year-round recreation opportunities. Smithereens value co-operation, entrepreneurial spirit and the arts. There’s a healthy local appetite for hosting, performing and learning diverse music styles, with numerous coffeehouses, house concerts, concerts, dances and instructional events. W H AT T O S E E & D O I N S M I T H E R S Δ Hike the Valley’s inexhaustible trail network, which range from quick and easy jaunts to challenging, multiday excursions. Try the two-hour hike from the lift at Hudson Bay Mountain to Crater Lake — and take a bracing dip! Explore the Telkwa Range and Babine Mountain Provincial Park. Get great views of the valley, and the cooling spray of two towering waterfalls, at Glacier Gulch and Twin Falls, just 15 minutes’ drive from downtown. A two-hour hike up a rough, steep trail near the base of the falls ascends to the glacier above. (Note: it is dangerous to walk on any glacier without appropriate equipment and experience.) Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, like mountain goats! Δ Fish for coveted steelhead and four species of Pacific salmon. Δ Tour the Bulkley Valley trails on horseback or mountain bike — on your own or with a tour. View 50 millionyear-old fossils at nearby Driftwood Canyon. Δ Explore rivers, from serene to class four-plus whitewater, by boat, canoe, kayak or raft. Δ Explore the life cycle of the precious salmon resource, at the Toboggan Creek Salmon Hatchery. Δ Golf at two 18-hole golf courses. Δ Hear high-quality music, including more than 70 local, regional and national bands, at the three-day Midsummer Music Festival.

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Δ Attend any of Smithers’ frequent musical coffeehouses, concerts, dances or music-instruction camps. Find out more by asking at local bookstores. Δ Uncover Smithers’ stories, at the Bulkley Valley Museum and the Smithers Art Gallery. Δ Look for books and documentaries produced by local writers. Δ Enjoy live entertainment, produce, home cooking and treats at the Bulkley Valley Farmers’ Market, Saturdays from May to October. Δ Ski and board at Hudson Bay Mountain, only 30 minutes from downtown Smithers. Δ Cross-country ski at the Bulkley Valley Nordic Centre, or to several backcountry cabins in the area (fees, reservations typically required for overnight stays). Δ Enjoy heli-skiing and ski mountaineering in nearby ranges. Backcountry ski or hike in the Hankin-Evelyn Backcountry Recreation area. Ask for details at the Visitor Centre. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SMITHERS Call the Visitor Centre at 1-800-542-6673 or 250-847-5072 and visit www.tourismsmithers.com

Moricetown Halfway between Smithers and New Hazelton is Moricetown — a Wet’suwet’en First Nation village of 800. View the late-summer spectacle of traditional aboriginal salmon fishing in the crashing whitewater of the Moricetown Canyon — as practised by the Wet’suwet’en for millennia. Visit the Moricetown Interpretive Centre, camp across the river at the Moricetown campground, and sport-fish with a permit.

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The Hazeltons A handful of close communities are collectively referred to as the Hazeltons: the District of New Hazelton, 68 km (42 mi) northwest of Smithers on Highway 16, the Village of Hazelton, 7 km (4 mi) northwest at the confluence of the Skeena and Bulkley Rivers, and several unincorporated settlements including South Hazelton. Look west to see the magnificent peak of Roche de Boule — associated, in Gitxsan First Nation legend, with a shape-shifting goat who punishes villagers for thoughtless cruelty to animals. W H AT T O S E E & D O I N T H E H A Z E LT O N S Δ Tour the First Nations heritage site, ’Ksan Historical Village and Museum. Learn about Gitxsan history and culture, see traditional regalia and watch carvers at work. Δ Drive around the Totem Pole Capital of the World. More than 50 authentic, impressive totem poles can be seen in the Hazeltons and surrounding villages. Drive, or park your car so you can walk over Hagwilget Bridge. It’s one of the highest suspension bridges in North America, and views from here are truly inspiring. Δ Enjoy a walking tour through picturesque Old Hazelton. Heritage buildings recall the pre-railroad era of steamdriven sternwheelers that braved serious rapids to service the area from the coast. Δ Fish the world-class Kispiox River for steelhead, coho, rainbow, cutthroat and dolly varden. Δ Enjoy the Pioneer Day parade and celebrations in historic “Old Town”, the second Saturday in August.

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Δ Explore the backcountry on foot, or on skis. To access real adventure potential, hire a guide. Δ Canada Day celebrations at Allen Park, New Hazelton on July 1st.

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F I N D O U T M O R E A B O U T T H E H A Z E LT O N S Call the seasonally operated Visitor Centre at 250-842-6071, or the Village office year-round at 250-842-5991 or visit www.newhazelton.ca

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< At this point > You can either continue along Highway 16 west or you can turn north and experience the Stewart-Cassiar Highway. Information on this northern trek is provided next. A further description of what awaits you if you are to continue along Highway 16 resumes on page 66 — with a description of majestic Terrace. FOR REFERENCE, SEE THE MAP ON PAGE 48

Kitwanga & Gitanyow The Gitxsan village of Kitwanga, also known by its Gitxsan name, Gitwangak, is found at the junction of Highways 16 and 37. Prince Rupert-bound travellers continue west on Highway 16, while Yukon-bound travellers turn north onto Highway 37 (the Stewart-Cassiar). Just 4 km (2.5 mi) over the Skeena River bridge on Highway 37, encounter another Gitxsan village — Gitanyow, formerly known as Kitwancool. W H AT T O S E E & D O I N K I T WA N G A A N D G I TA N Y O W Δ Admire authentic totem poles (about 11 in Kitwanga, more than 15 in Gitanyow), recounting Gitxsan history and legend. These poles inspired famous works by the renowned B.C. painter, Emily Carr, who visited in the late 1920s. Δ Visit Gitwangak Battle Hill National Historic Site. A trail to a steep mound, known as Ta’awdzep or Battle Hill, is all that remains of a palisade and five cedar plank longhouses that were occupied for at least 100 years. They burned down around 1835, after a tribal war over fishing sites and trade routes. Seven panels along the trail tell the story. Δ Visit the seasonally operated Gitanyow Museum. N O R T H E R N B R I T I S H C O L U M B I A T R AV E L G U I D E 2 0 1 6

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Meziadin Junction About 155 km (100 mi) north of Kitwanga, reach the Meziadin Junction. A tough choice awaits: head west on the aptly named Glacier Highway 37A for an extraordinary drive to the communities of Stewart and Hyder, or continue north on Highway 37 through the Coast Mountains, towards the Yukon. While you decide, you can camp (June 1 - September 15), swim, water-ski, fish, and during late summer, watch spawning salmon ascend the fish ladder in scenic Meziadin Lake Provincial Park. Watch for bears! W W W. N O R T H E R N B C T O U R I S M .C O M

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Stewart The border towns of Stewart (Canada’s most northerly ice-free port) and Hyder (friendliest little ghost town in Alaska) sit at the head of the Portland Canal. These communities are linked to the Stewart-Cassiar Highway by the Bear Pass, which cuts through the coastal mountain range with over 20 hanging glaciers visible from the road. World-famous bear watching, glacier tours and breathtaking scenery make this trip a must. W H AT T O S E E & D O I N S T E WA R T BRITISH COLUMBIA

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Δ Stop to photograph the Bear Glacier, located along Highway 37A. Δ Take the self-guided auto tour or arrange a tour up to the Salmon Glacier — Canada’s largest glacier accessible by road (seasonally, by 4 wheel drive). Δ Watch grizzly and black bears feed on salmon, at the viewing area located at Fish Creek, 11 km (7 mi) from Stewart, on the Alaska Panhandle. Δ Visit Bear River Interpretive Centre — a non profit centre open from May to September. W W W. N O R T H E R N B C T O U R I S M .C O M


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Δ Enjoy year-round salt water and fresh water fishing. Δ Charter a boat for a sight-seeing or fishing trip on the Portland Canal. Δ Charter a helicopter, to take in the spectacular aerial view of the water, mountains and glaciers. Δ Stroll out onto the boardwalk for a spectacular view of the Portland Canal and bird-watching. Stop at the pavilion for a picnic. Δ Hike on your own or with a guide on one of the many hiking trails in the Stewart area. Δ Visit the Museum, located in the 100 year old Stewart Firehall, to learn about the history of Stewart, experience the glory days of mining and find out about the many feature films that have been filmed in the area. Δ Remember your passport if you are planning on crossing into Hyder, Alaska. Δ Take the heritage walking tour to see Stewart’s heritage homes and buildings.

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Bell II Bell 2, 96 km (60 mi) north of Meziadin, was so named because it’s the second bridge across the Bell Irving River. Bell 2 Lodge offers four-star accommodation, a full service restaurant, campsites for RV’s and tents, as well as a gas station with coffee shop. In the winter months, Bell 2 Lodge is home to Last Frontier Heliskiing.

Δ Attend Stewart/Hyder International Days held annually July 1 to 4. Events include games for all ages, parades, entertainment, fireworks, community dinner, slo-pitch tournament and much more.

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Tatogga Lake & Iskut Drive 148 km (92 mi) north of Bell II to reach Tatogga Lake. Visitor services here include fuel, a restaurant, resort accommodation, boat rentals, flight-seeing tours and minor car repairs. Camping is also available at nearby Kinaskan Lake. Eight km (5 mi) further, the tiny Tahltan village of Iskut includes a post office, gas station and grocery store. Both are departure points for exploration of spectacular wilderness parks: Mount Edziza and Spatsizi Plateau.

Dease Lake About 83 km (52 mi) north of Iskut, meet the community of Dease Lake (pop. 303). This former Hudson’s Bay trading post (established in 1838) is today the centre of services for Highway 37 communities. It’s also proximate to very significant jade reserves, prompting the community to bill itself as the “Jade Capital of the World.” Visitor services include fuel, supplies, restaurants and accommodation.

A 113 km (70 mi) gravel road from Dease Lake to Telegraph Creek passes several First Nations fishing camps, and offers sensational views of the lower Grand Canyon of the Stikine. However, take note: its narrow, steep, sharp switchbacks make it unsuited for large RVs and vehicles with trailers. This mostly Tahltan community, situated on two terraces above the Stikine River, is one of B.C.’s most remote. It was named for the overland B.C./Yukon telegraph line that was constructed between 1866 and 1901, and later abandoned for wireless radio. Telegraph Creek is the hometown of celebrated First Nations carver Dempsey Bob. W H AT T O S E E & D O I N T E L E G R A P H C R E E K Δ Camp, hike, fish for salmon and steelhead, kayak and canoe the Stikine River’s navigable sections. Δ Follow the Telegraph Creek road another 19 km (12 mi) to its conclusion at Glenora, a ghost town that once hosted 5,000 gold-seekers. Δ Enjoy a place that time seems to have forgotten. Δ Visit Stikine Riversong, a former Hudson Bay Trading Post.

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W H AT T O S E E & D O I N D E A S E L A K E Δ Book a guided tour (including horseback, whitewater rafting and flight-seeing!) into the awe-inspiring Stikine River Provincial Park and the Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Park. Well-equipped, fit and experienced hikers can explore this challenging terrain independently. Δ Fish for grayling in the Tanzilla River, and char in Dease and Boya Lakes. Δ If you’re a well-equipped, experienced paddler, explore Dease River by kayak.

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Continuing north from Dease Lake along Highway 37 toward the B.C./Yukon border, note these stops of interest: Jade City (pop. 12!), host to the new 'Jade Fever' show on the Discovery Channel offers a gift shop featuring locally mined jade jewelry, sculpture and carvings, jade mining displays plus services for travellers. Boya Lake Provincial Park features a gorgeous, aquamarine-hued lake, with waters warm enough to swim and first-come, first-served camping. W W W. N O R T H E R N B C T O U R I S M .C O M


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Atlin About 94 km (58 mi) south of Jake’s Corner off the Alaska Highway, Atlin is B.C.’s most northwesterly community, well off the beaten track and definitely worth the trip. This region has long been home to the seminomadic Taku River Tlingit people. Discoveries of gold at Pine Creek in 1898 drew 10,000 gold-seekers the following year. By the time gold finds had dwindled to a trickle in 1915, many had been seduced by the compelling beauty of Atlin’s landscape — and stayed. With its long summer days (19 hours of light at summer solstice!), this community of about 400 continues to attract artists and other restless souls.

Δ Relax in the naturally warm springs off Warm Bay Road, 24 km (15 mi) from town. Δ Visit during Atlin Arts And Music Festival in July, but purchase tickets in advance. Δ Hire a local guide-outfitter for fishing, hunting or packhorse trips. F I N D O U T M O R E A B O U T AT L I N Call the Visitor Centre at 250-651-7522, and visit www.discoveratlin.com

W H AT T O S E E & D O I N AT L I N Δ Explore and fish Atlin Lake, B.C.’s largest natural lake! Guides and boats, from kayaks to houseboats, are available for hire. Δ Go flight-seeing over Llewellyn Glacier, which flows from the massive Juneau icefield into the southwest tip of Atlin Lake, and remote Atlin Provincial Park. Δ Visit the Atlin Historical Museum (May 1 to Sept. 1), in Atlin’s first schoolhouse (est. 1920). Museum volunteers offer historic walking tours of Atlin; free, but donations gratefully accepted. Δ See the restored MV Tarahne, an elegant touring boat that carried people and goods around the lake from 1916-1936. Δ Pan for gold (rent equipment at the museum), at the public claim on Spruce Creek. Δ Enjoy a production at the Globe Theatre, considered architecturally unique for 1917 when it was built. N O R T H E R N B R I T I S H C O L U M B I A T R AV E L G U I D E 2 0 1 6

< At this point > Once you have completed your northern adventure you may wish to return to Highway 16 and continue west. You may have already decided to complete your journey along Highway 16 before making the decision to head north. No matter what your travel plans, once you continue further west from the junction of Highway 37 you will come across a number of bustling communities that are in touch with their heritage and the environment. FOR REFERENCE, SEE THE MAP ON PAGE 48

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Terrace Positioned 210 km (130 mi) west of Smithers and 140 km (87 mi) east of Prince Rupert on Highway 16, Terrace is a commercial and transportation centre. Its hub status predates even the railway: decades before that was completed, Terrace was a regular stop for the steampowered sternwheelers that plied the Skeena from the coast. Its cultural history is much longer: for almost 10,000 years, Terrace and the Skeena Valley have been home to the Tsimshian First Nation. The city’s mascot is the Kermodei bear, a rarely seen cream-coloured subspecies of black bear. Unique to B.C.’s north coast, the “spirit bear” is increasingly imperilled by habitat loss. Comprehensive services await visitors to Terrace, including a wide range of accommodation, restaurants, pubs, wellness centres and spas. To really unlock this region’s adventure potential, hire a qualified guide.

Δ Arrange a tour of the new Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art, and watch First Nations artists at work.

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Δ Golf at the 18-hole Skeena Valley Golf and Country Club.

Δ Land one of the world-renowned salmon that draw anglers 10 months of the year. Fish the bountiful Skeena with a guide or on your own — perhaps from your campsite at the Ferry Island Municipal Campground. Δ View pioneer-era log buildings, photographic exhibits and periodic live entertainment at the Heritage Park Museum. Δ Explore George Little House. A restored home of the city’s founding father, it now hosts events and houses the Via Rail station and artists’.

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Δ Visit the Terrace Art Gallery, and take the mural art tour. Δ Ski or board Canada’s only non-profit community owned co-op ski hill, Shames Mountain, where the powder is deep and relatively cheap! Shames’ unparalleled backcountry beckons expert, self-sufficient recreationists at their own risk. Δ Visit the Skeena Valley Farmers’ Market, Saturdays May to October. Δ Attend Riverboat Days and the Riverside Music Festival in early August.

Δ Hike or cycle the Terrace Mountain trail, for great views of the city and environs. Explore other trails at Thornhill, Bornite, Maroon and Shames Mountains, Sleeping Beauty, Pine, Redsand and Gunsight Lakes. Δ Test your cycling skills at Terrace’s bike-skills park. Δ Rock climb diverse routes and rock faces, at Copper Mountain, Exchamsiks River Provincial Park, Exstew Valley and Chist Creek. W W W. N O R T H E R N B C T O U R I S M .C O M


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Nass Valley The Nass Valley holds many undiscovered wonders of nature and history. Tour the 26 km (16 mi) long lava beds to the volcanic cone or experience some of the world’s best fishing on the Portland Canal near the Alaska border. Visit the stunning new Nisga’a Museum in Greenville (Laxgalts’ap) and the Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park. The park features a campground, Visitor Centre longhouse with displays of Nisga’a art including carvings, button blankets and masks and a pictorial history of the Nisga’a and the Nass Valley. At Nass Camp there is an RV campground with 16 sites with full services (electrical, water and dumping station), a restaurant and a bar.

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Δ Raft or kayak April through November. More than 20 first-rate whitewater runs exist near Terrace, typically graced by the majestic backdrop of deep canyons, verdant forests and the towering peaks and glaciers of the Coast Mountains. Δ Discover the Kitselas Canyon Historic Site, operated by the Kitselas First Nation. It includes an interpretive trail and four contemporary totem poles. Δ Cross-country ski Onion Lake’s 25 km (15 mi) of groomed trails (including 5 km lit). Δ Snowmobile on trails at Mount Maroon, Copper and Sterling Mountains. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT TERRACE Call the Terrace Visitor Centre at 250-635-4944; Kermodei Tourism at 1-877-635-4944, 250-635-4944 or visit www.visitterrace.com

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W H AT T O S E E & D O I N T H E N A S S VA L L E Y Δ Visit the Nisga’a Museum (Hli Goothl Wilp Adokshl Nisga’a), featuring the Ancestors Collection (Anhooya’ahl Ga’angigatgum’) with over 300 Nisga’a cultural treasures. This collection ranks as one of the preeminent collections of Northwest Coast aboriginal art. Δ Visit Gitlakdamix (New Aiyansh) to see the totem poles at the New Aiyansh Village Government Office. Shop at the General Store for gas, snacks and mementos, or visit one of the local artist’s workshops. Tour the Government Chambers and Lisims Government Building to learn more about these self-governed people. Δ Drive into Gitwinksilkw (Canyon City) across a bridge featuring four welcoming totem poles. Also visit the swaying suspension bridge that was once the only land access to the village. Δ Explore Gingolx (Kincolith) situated at the mouth of the Nass River, on the Portland Canal — it’s known as the Seafood Capital of the Nass Valley. W W W. N O R T H E R N B C T O U R I S M .C O M


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Kitimat Kitimat, pop. 8,335, is a young city, planned and built in the 1950s by Alcan Aluminum to house employees for its smelter which has become one of the world’s largest. This industrial city offers easy access to some of B.C.’s most remote, pristine landscapes. Its Haisla name means “People of the Snow” — an apt descriptor, as annual snowfalls here are among Canada’s highest. W H AT T O S E E & D O I N K I T I M AT Δ World class fresh water fishing on the Kitimat River. Salt water fishing for halibut, salmon, cod and snapper, trap for prawns, shrimp and crab in the Douglas Channel independently or with a guide. Δ Canoe or kayak the Douglas Channel. Don’t miss the Weewanie and Bishop Bay hot springs in Douglas Channel!

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Δ Visit the world’s largest intact coast temperate rainforest: the Kitlope Conservancy. About a two hour boat ride from Kitimat and accessible only with permission and a guide, this protected backcountry park has 800-year-old trees. It provides critical habitat for grizzly, black bear, marbled murrelets and bald eagles. More information is available at www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/kitlope.html Δ Kitimat offers breath taking scenery, coastal mountains and abundant wildlife. Δ Hike! The Visitor Centre offers maps of trails from easy to advanced. Δ View the largest protected living Sitka Spruce tree in B.C., behind the Riverlodge Recreation Centre. This 500-year-old specimen would provide enough lumber to frame nine average homes. Δ Visit the Kitimat Museum & Archives, for a fascinating display of natural history, visual arts, First Nations displays and gift shop. View local artists’ works at the Museum’s art gallery. Δ Golf at the scenic and challenging 18-hole Hirsch Creek Golf and Winter Club. Δ Family fun at the Tamitik Sports Complex and Riverlodge Recreation Centre. Facilities include 2 ice arenas, Olympic size swimming pool with a lazy river, water slide and spray park, weight room, racquetball and squash courts.

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Δ Cross-country ski and snowmobile on a wide range of trails, described in brochures found at the Visitor Centre. Δ Check out the large aluminum snowflake! F I N D O U T M O R E A B O U T K I T I M AT Call the Visitor Centre at 1-800-664-6554, 250-632-6294, email info@tourismkitimat.ca and visit www.tourismkitimat.ca

Kitamaat Village The Haisla village of Kitamaat, meaning “People of the Snow”, is about 11 km (4 mi) south of Kitimat. It’s home to about 700 Haisla people. In 1905, the Canadian government “reserved” about 7 km2 for the Haisla’s exclusive use of approximately 13,000 km2 (about 5,000 mi2) traditionally used by this wide-ranging people. However, the Haisla remain connected to their spiritual traditions, the land, and hunting, fishing and gathering. W H AT T O S E E & D O I N K I TA M A AT V I L L A G E Δ Inquire about Kitamaat’s highly accomplished artists and sculptors and arrange a studio visit.

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Prince Rupert is a vibrant town where nature, history, and personalities are larger than life. Legendary sport fishing, exceptional wildlife viewing, attractions that bring the coast’s ancient aboriginal culture and pioneer heritage alive, and the urban pleasure of good restaurants, fascinating shops, and colourful neighborhoods make Prince Rupert the ideal choice for a family vacation, a corporate retreat, or a solo getaway. En route to Alaska and Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands), Prince Rupert is easily accessible by air, rail, ferry, car, RV or cruise ship.

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Princess Royal Island Plan in advance for your visit to Princess Royal Island — one of the last refuges of the famed Kermodei bear. Experts believe there are fewer than 200 of these cream-coloured “spirit” bears left. There are no permanent settlements on this island.

Prince Rupert Prince Rupert is a booming little port city of about 12,500, in the heart of the North Coast’s lush rainforest. Outstanding marine and forest-based recreation opportunities are cherished by residents and visitors alike. Sport-fishing and wildlife-viewing here are the

stuff of legend. The city’s architecture, superior museum collections, community events, trendy galleries, cafés and shops lend it cosmopolitan flavour and bear colourful witness to the profound influence of nature on daily life, an enduring respect for living First Nations culture, and a time-honoured tradition of welcoming visitors from afar. Located in the center of territory traditionally claimed by the Tsimshian First Nation, this region was one of North America’s most densely populated areas long before European explorers arrived. Initially, the British and Americans set up posts to trade sea otter pelts. Plentiful wild salmon, which have sustained the Tsimshian for over 10,000 years, drew dozens of canneries to the coast during the 1800s — along with a multi-cultural workforce. In the early 1900s, the Grand Trunk Railway selected Kaien Island as its Pacific terminus, and the City of Prince Rupert was incorporated in 1910. Prince Rupert earned a place on the map as the world’s halibut capital, and during World War II, as the staging area for Allied troops and munitions on their way to the Aleutian Islands. In the post-war era, the city’s fortunes have primarily been tied to fishing and forestry. The city has long been a regional centre for commerce and transport: it’s the Pacific terminus of Highway 16 (the Yellowhead) and Via Rail, and the meeting point of ferries from Alaska, Haida Gwaii and points south. The past few years have seen Prince Rupert experience meteoric growth as a cargo port, due to major investment and the fact of it being the shortest ocean link between North America and Asia. The cruise ship terminal right beside quaint downtown Prince Rupert welcomes visitors from throughout the world. W H AT T O S E E & D O I N P R I N C E R U P E R T Δ Enjoy some of the world’s best sport fishing, in salt and fresh water, for all five species of salmon, halibut, a variety of rockfish, or shrimp and crab.

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Δ Get a once-in-a-lifetime grizzly bear viewing experience, at Canada’s first grizzly bear sanctuary: the Khutzeymateen. Some 50 grizzlies inhabit this remote park. Day trips depart by boat from Prince Rupert and flight seeing and sailboat based adventures are available. Book ahead!

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Δ Guides know the best spots! View humpback, orcas and grey whales — from your boat, kayak or with a guided tour. With luck, humpback whales will offer a fascinating display of bubble-net feeding. Eagles, seabirds, seals, sea lions and porpoises are added bonuses! Δ Book your spot on a flight-seeing tour for a bird’s-eye view of coastal fjords, glaciers and nearby communities.

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found drifting near Haida Gwaii in 1987. Investigation revealed that the abandoned craft came from Owase, the Japanese sister city of Prince Rupert. Its owner had taken it for a day of fishing, and was never seen again. Δ Visit the Kwinitsa Railway Museum, for a glimpse of Prince Rupert’s journey from tent town at the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway terminus, to vital city in the 1920s. Δ Explore Prince Rupert’s history of fire-fighting and law enforcement, and view a restored 1925 REO Speedwagon fire engine, at the Firehall Museum. Δ Explore the community, searching out the many totem poles erected at public buildings and sprinkled through city parks. Δ Explore the galleries, boutiques, restaurants, cafés and shops of Cow Bay, a busy harbour and shopping district. Visit the Ice House Gallery in the Atlin Terminal at Cow Bay, and take in a show at Prince Rupert’s state-of-theart Lester Centre of the Arts. PRINCE RUPERT – CONTINUED…

Δ Sample North Coast brew from the newly opened Wheelhouse Brewing Company. Δ Explore the outstanding collections of the Museum of Northern B.C., housed in a magnificent, northwest coast-style longhouse. Take a tour, and drop by its excellent gift shop for regionally made First Nations jewellery.

Δ Enjoy a quiet moment in the tranquil, volunteermaintained Sunken Garden, which faces the provincial courthouse built in 1923. Δ Explore the lush coastal rainforest in nearby provincial parks, such as Prudhomme Lake and Diana Lake. Complete exceptional, short hikes in McClymont and Moresby parks.

Δ Experience Northwest Coast performance art in the museum’s adjacent longhouse.

Δ Enjoy interpretive trails at Butze Rapids and Grassy Bay, view dwarfed, bonsai-like trees at Oliver Lake, and stroll lovely trails within the city itself.

Δ Pay tribute to the mariners of Prince Rupert at Pacific Mariners’ Memorial Park. It features a statue, memorial wall and the Kazu Maru — a small fishing vessel that was

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Δ Visit the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Port Interpretive Centre, showcasing the history of trade in the region.

work force of fishermen, boat builders and cannery workers. The area’s unique history lives on at the North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site, well worth the 12 km (7.45 mi) side-trip from Prince Rupert.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT PRINCE RUPERT Call the Prince Rupert Visitor Centre at 250-624-5637 or www.visitprincerupert.com

Port Edward Located at the mouth of the salmon-rich Skeena, Port Edward is home to about 544 people. For a century beginning in the 1880s, Port Edward and adjoining Inverness Passage were home to several thriving fish canneries, providing thousands of jobs to a multicultural

W H AT T O S E E & D O I N P O R T E D WA R D Δ Tour the North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site, May to October, and learn about the cannery village’s multicultural past. Δ Take guided tours through working antique equipment, authentic houses, wooden boardwalks, a company store and café. Δ Overnight at one of Cassiar Cannery’s guest houses. Δ Ocean Fishing with protected marina and double boat launch provide easy access. Δ Picnic, swim and canoe at Diana Lake Provincial Park, just off Highway 16. Watch spawning salmon here August to September. F I N D O U T M O R E A B O U T P O R T E D WA R D Call the District of Port Edward at 250-628-3667, and visit www.portedward.ca

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The two largest islands, Graham and Moresby, are home to most of its 5,000 residents. About half of these are Haida, the First Nation whose 12,000year presence here is felt in every aspect of island life — truly making them the “islands of the people”. Whichever place name you use, expect that your visit to the Haida Gwaii impart a lifetime’s worth of impressions: the strength and gentle humour of the Haida people, as present on young faces today as it is in the worldrenowned art and artifacts showcased in the awardwinning Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay. The mysterious gaze of mortuary poles over the pristine magnificence of

Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site — appropriately chosen as North America’s #1 Park by National Geographic Traveller Magazine. The pervasive influence of the sea, teeming with grey, orca, and humpback whales along with salmon, seals, sea lions, porpoises and marine birds. The continuing allure of life off the beaten track, which continues to draw creatives to the islands from around the world. And when you leave, don’t be surprised if your visit to Haida Gwaii has left you with the sense of having touched something sacred. You have.

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Sandspit Sandspit, 13 km (8 mi) from the ferry landing at Alliford Bay, is the main community on Moresby Island. Visitor services here include a hotel, RV park, bed & breakfasts, restaurants, grocery store, and a well-serviced 80-berth marina. Sandspit offers scheduled air service to Vancouver, and access to South Moresby and one of the islands’ crown jewels: Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. The protected areas are accessed only by boat or chartered aircraft. Kayakers should be very experienced and self-sufficient, or accompanied by a guide. W H AT T O S E E & D O I N S A N D S P I T Δ Take your photo at the imposing, locally crafted cedar/ copper salmon sculpture, on the road to the airport. Δ Hike the Dover Trail, to access the forests of northern Moresby Island.

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Δ Camp and relax on the beach at Gray Bay, 21 km (13 mi) southeast of Sandspit. Δ Enjoy fresh and saltwater fishing. Δ Visit Mosquito Lake Park, 44 km (27 mi) southwest of Sandspit. Δ In spring, watch grey whales from Onward Point. Δ Golf almost all year long, at Willows Golf Course. Δ Gear up for your kayak or zodiac adventure with local guides.

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W H AT T O S E E & D O I N S K I D E G AT E Δ Visit the Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay. This celebration of Haida Culture consists of six linked longhouses, which house the Haida Gwaii Museum, Performing House, Carving Shed, Canoe House, Bill Reid Teaching Centre and a gift shop. The complex is fronted by six monumental totem poles. Δ Attend an orientation on Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site at the centre or take one of the several scheduled guided tours. Private tours of the centre can also be arranged. Δ View the Dogfish totem pole, carved by famed Haida carver Bill Reid at the Skidegate Haida Immersion Program longhouse on the waterfront. Δ Walk the 3 km (2 mi) Spirit Lake Trail. Its entrance is guarded by a fabulous cedar carving of the Wasco, a legendary sea monster. Δ Marvel at Balance Rock, a huge, precariously perched ice age boulder, just north of the village. Look for signs along the highway. Δ Watch grey whales from April to June and eagles and ravens year-round as well as other bird watching. Δ In late July, attend Skidegate Days. This familyoriented celebration includes Haida canoe races, volleyball, bingo, a salmon barbecue and dance. N O R T H E R N B R I T I S H C O L U M B I A T R AV E L G U I D E 2 0 1 6

Queen Charlotte The charming Village of Queen Charlotte overlooks bays and islands, 6 km (4 mi) west of the ferry terminal. The town is quaint and charming, with good visitor amenities and an excellent Visitor Centre for advice and excursion-booking. Marina services are available for ocean-going vessels. W H AT T O S E E & D O I N T H E V I L L A G E O F QUEEN CHARLOTTE Δ Stroll along the waterfront; check out bustling docks and circling eagles. Δ Source local art and great food in funky shops and cafés. Δ View art works by Haida and other locals, in the Visitor Centre’s gallery. Summer evenings feature slide presentations, performances by Haida youth dancers, and local artists painting, carving or crafting. Δ Book fishing charters to the west coast, and flights or boat trips to the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. Independent travellers to Gwaii Haanas (accessible only by air or water) must attend an orientation session with Parks Canada before entering the park reserve. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT QUEEN CHARLOTTE Drop in or call the Visitor Centre at 250-559-8316, and visit www.qcinfo.ca or www.GoHaidaGwaii.ca W W W. N O R T H E R N B C T O U R I S M .C O M

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Tlell Discover Tlell, 43 km (27 mi) north of Skidegate. This pastoral community of about 200 is identified with artists, artisans and others seeking alternative lifestyles. Several lovely bed & breakfasts, a small lodge and campsites host visitors. Tlell is also home to Haida Gwaii’s only cattle ranch. W H AT T O S E E & D O I N T L E L L Δ Visit the many well-marked galleries, artists’ studios and shops. Δ Walk and picnic along the Tlell River. Δ Access the southeast end of Naikoon Provincial Park, a rich preserve of rainforest, sand dunes and beaches.

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Δ Beachcomb! Δ Hike to the remains of the Pesuta, a log barge shipwrecked at the mouth of the Tlell River in 1928. Δ In August, attend the eclectic and long-running Edge of the World Music Festival in the Tlell Fall Fair Grounds, across from the Naikoon Provincial Park Headquarters. Δ In season, dine at the restaurant at the Haida House at Tllaal.

Port Clements Port Clements is centrally located on Graham Island at the southeast end of Masset Inlet, half an hour’s drive from Masset and 15 minutes from Tlell. Locally known as “Port”, this old forestry town also serves as a base for exploration of the islands’ rainforest, lakes and rivers via plentiful logging roads. W H AT T O S E E & D O I N P O R T C L E M E N T S Δ Fish for salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout. Δ Relax, camp (RV services available) and watch marvelous sunsets at Sunset Park. Observe eagles, herons, ducks, geese, cranes and more, from the birdwatching tower overlooking the Yakoun River estuary. Δ Explore the area’s logging and farming history at the Port Clements Museum.

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Masset & OLD Massett Masset is 40 km (25 mi) north of Port Clements, near Graham Island’s north shore. Just 3 km (2 mi) northeast is Old Massett, a Haida village and administrative centre of the Council of the Haida Nation. These fishing villages are the gateway to the northern region of Naikoon Provincial Park and home to about 1,400 year-round residents, including many prominent Haida artists. Masset also hosts an airport with direct flights to Vancouver. W H AT T O S E E & D O I N M A S S E T A N D OLD MASSETT FISHING DOCKS IN MASSET - SIAN JAMES

Δ View sculptures, carvings, jewelry, pottery, textiles at galleries and studios.

Δ Walk the short Golden Spruce Trail, and learn the intriguing and tragic story of the unusual tree for which it was named.

Δ Visit Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary, a critical migratory stopover for more than 150 species of birds from as far as Alaska, Russia and the Aleutians.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT PORT CLEMENTS Call the village office at 250-557-4295 or visit www.portclements.ca or www.GoHaidaGwaii.ca

Δ Learn about the island’s maritime history at the Dixon Entrance Maritime Museum, in a restored heritage building which served as the communities’ first hospital (c. 1914).

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Δ Hike and beachcomb in Naikoon Provincial Park. Check out the Camp Fife Trail, Rose Spit and the basalt columns of Tow Hill. Δ Fish for spring and coho salmon, halibut and cutthroat trout. Δ Golf at Canada’s most westerly golf course: the Dixon Entrance Golf Course, 5 km (3 mi) east of town.

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Δ See the totem poles located throughout the communities. Δ Preplan your salmon and halibut fishing trip to an exclusive saltwater fishing lodge on Langara Island or in the Masset area. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MASSET AND OLD MASSETT Call the Village office at 250-626-3995 or visit www.massetbc.com or www.GoHaidaGwaii.ca

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TraveL tips Northern B.C. is roughly defined as the top half of British Columbia, which is Canada’s westernmost province. Prince George is northern B.C.’s largest city, and sits about 750 km (465 mi) west of Edmonton, north of Vancouver and east of Prince Rupert.

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Getting To & Around Northern British Columbia BY ROAD Northern B.C. is accessed by three major Highways; 97, 16 and 37. Highway 16 (the “Yellowhead”) originates in Manitoba, crosses the prairies, winds through the Rocky Mountains, and continues west to B.C.’s north coast at Prince Rupert. It picks up again on Haida Gwaii, linking the village of Skidegate with Masset. In Prince George, the Yellowhead intersects Highway 97, which originates at the B.C./U.S. boarder near Osoyoos and runs north through Prince George to the Yukon boarder. From Dawson Creek north, Highway 97 is synonymous with the Alaska Highway. The Alaska Highway renames to Highway 1 in the Yukon and Alaska Route 1 in Alaska. Highway 37, the “Stewart-Cassiar”, originates in Kitimat. This north/south route follows Highway 16 for a brief stretch before turning north at Kitwanga. From here it continues to its terminus near Watson Lake in the Yukon. A Stewart-Cassiar spur, Highway 37A leads to Stewart, near the southern tip of Alaska. Hyder, Alaska is accessed this way.

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Rupert, Sandspit and Masset. Service is provided by Air Canada, WestJet, Central Mountain Air, Hawkair, Northern Thunderbird Air, Pacific Coastal Airlines, Harbour Air and many charter companies. ALL PERSONS traveling by air outside of the United States are required to present a passport book or other valid travel document to enter or re-enter the United States.

BY RAIL Via Rail’s Skeena line roughly parallels Highway 16, and connects Prince Rupert to Jasper, Alberta. Travellers on this scenic route require overnight accommodation in Prince George, as the train stops here at night and reboards the following morning. For more information call Via Rail at 1-888-VIA-RAIL. Prince George has numerous hotels, but it is advised to pre-book.

BY BUS Greyhound Canada offers bus service to many northern B.C. communities and connections to points throughout Canada and the U.S. For more information, call 1-800-661-8747, visit www.greyhound.ca. There is no scheduled bus service on Highway 37 north of Meziadin Junction. W W W. N O R T H E R N B C T O U R I S M .C O M


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BY SEA Prince Rupert is the southern terminus of the Alaska Marine Highway System, and a frequent stop for Vancouver- and Alaska-bound cruise ships. It’s also the terminus of BC Ferries routes up the Inside Passage from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island, and across the Hecate Strait from Haida Gwaii. For BC Ferries information, call 1-888-223-3779 toll-free in B.C., or visit www.bcferries. com. For Alaska Ferries information, call 1-800-6420066. ALL PERSONS traveling by land and sea outside of the United States are required to present a passport book/card, or other valid travel documents to enter or re-enter the United States.

ENTERING CANADA All visitors to Canada are strongly advised to obtain or update passports. Other nationals arriving by land, sea or air must present valid passports and in some cases, visas. For detailed, current information, consult the Canadian Border Services Agency. www.cbsa.gc.ca

L E AV I N G C A N A D A T O E N T E R O R R E-E N T E R T H E U N I T E D S TAT E S Under American law known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), all travellers, including U.S. citizens, will be required to present valid passports or other CROSSING THE BORDER NEAR STEWART - TIM SWANKY

documents approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, when entering or re-entering the U.S. from anywhere within the western hemisphere. All travellers from Canada to the U.S. are strongly advised to have current passports or NEXUS cards. For current information, consult your travel agent or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

DRIVING Seatbelts are mandatory in B.C. Operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a criminal offence. Speed limits and distances are posted in kilometers (km); 100 km equals about 62 miles.

E M E R G E N C Y I N F O R M AT I O N In larger towns in northern B.C., dial 911 for immediate access to police, ambulance, fire department and other emergency personnel. Where this service doesn’t exist, dial “O” to reach an operator or consult local telephone directories.

WEAPONS Revolvers, pistols, fully automatic firearms and other weapons as well as self-defense sprays (mace, pepper spray) are prohibited from entry into Canada. Hunting rifles and shotguns must be declared at the border. For detailed information, call the Canadian Firearms Program at 1-800-731-4000.

TOWING RESTRICTIONS Any towed trailer or vehicle over 1,400 kg (3,086 lbs) must be equipped with brakes on all wheels, plus a breakaway device hooked to the trailer brake system. Three-unit RV combinations not permitted on B.C. highways. RVs may not be wider than 2.6 m (8.5 ft), nor may their combined length exceed 20 m (65.6 ft). Fact sheet: www.th.gov.bc.ca/ cvse and search recreational vehicle towing.

H O S P I TA L & M E D I C A L S E R V I C E S Canadians from outside of B.C. should contact their provincial health services provider to find out if they need to purchase additional medical insurance while travelling in B.C. Foreign visitors should review their personal insurance policies to determine if they need to purchase additional health insurance before coming to B.C.

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Directory Your quick reference to all of the advertisers in this edition of the Northern BC Travel Guide.

SUMMIT LAKE - ANDREW STRAIN

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ABERDEEN HELICOPTERS LTD.

TWO RIVERS GALLERY

P: 1-250-962-5566 www.aberdeenheli.com

A GOLDEN RAVEN EXPERIENCE

BARKERVILLE HISTORIC TOWN

CENTRAL BRITISH COLUMBIA RAILWAY & FORESTRY MUSEUM

WHISTLE STOP GALLERY

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1010 Canada Place, Vancouver, B.C. at the Fairmont Pacific Rim TF: 1-888-BCFERRY Ext. 3 www.bcferries.com/vacations

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CASSIAR CANNERY

MACKENZIE & DISTRICT MUSEUM

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CHANCES FORT ST. JOHN

Prince George, B.C. www.hublehomestead.ca

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BC FERRIES VACATIONS

HUBLE HOMESTEAD HISTORIC SITE

Prince George, B.C. www.theexplorationplace.com

STONEBRIDGE HOTEL

www.StonebridgeHotel.ca/FortStJohn

McBride, B.C. www.whistlestopgallery.org

Fort St. James, B.C. www.pc.gc.ca/stjames

THE EXPLORATION PLACE MUSEUM & SCIENCE CENTRE

www.PomeroyInnAndSuites.com/FortStJohn www.PomeroyLodging.com

VALLEY MUSEUM & ARCHIVES

McBride, B.C. www.valleymuseum.ca

Mackenzie, B.C. www.mackenziemuseum.ca

POMEROY INN & SUITES

Valemount, B.C. www.valemountmuseum.ca

Barkerville, B.C. www.barkerville.ca

FORT ST. JAMES NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

www.PomeroyHotel.com/StJohn

VALEMOUNT MUSEUM

www.goldenraven.ca  /goldenravenexperience

Prince George, B.C. www.pgrfm.bc.ca

POMEROY HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE

Prince George, B.C. www.tworivergallery.com

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COAST INN OF THE NORTH

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CREST HOTEL

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DISTRICT OF HUDSON’S HOPE

P: 1-250-262-2005 www.ChancesFSJ.com

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS JUST JACKS

P: 1-250-262-2040

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P: 1-250-788-1943 F: 1-250-788-1846 E: tourist@gochetwynd.com www.gochetwynd.com

12TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CHAINSAW CARVING CHAMPIONSHIP

TF: 1-250-628-9260 www.cassiarcannery.com

www.HIExpress.com/FortStJohn

CHETWYND VISITOR CENTRE

TF: 1-800-663-1144 www.coasthotels.com

222 First Avenue West, Prince Rupert, B.C. TF: 1-800-663-8150 www.cresthotel.bc.ca P: 1-250-783-9154 (May – September) P: 1-250-783-9901 (off season) E: visitorinfo@hudsonshope.ca www.hudsonshope.ca  /hudsons.hope.bc

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DISTRICT OF KITIMAT TF: 1-800-664-6554 www.kitimat.ca www.tourismkitimat.ca

DISTRICT OF STEWART

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TF: 1-877-SAW-DINO (729-3466) E: TRAdventure@dtr.ca www.visitTumblerRidge.ca  /VisitTumblerRidge  @TumblerRidgeBC

1335 Park Avenue, Prince Rupert, B.C. V8J 1K3 TF: 1-800-550-0178 P: 1-250-624-6761 F: 1-250-624-3831 www.totemlodge.com 84

HAIDA GWAII

E: tourism@gohaidagwaii.ca www.gohaidagwaii.ca  /haidagwaiitourism  @hgtourism  @gohaidagwaii

P: 1-250-564-7100 BC

LOVE NORTHERN BC

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OUTER COAST OUTFITTERS

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POWDER KING

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PRINCE RUPERT ADVENTURE TOURS

www.helijet.com

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REGIONAL DISTRICT OF BULKLEY-NECHAKO

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HUBLE HOMESTEAD

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KING EDWARD HOTEL & MOTEL

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LAKEVIEW INN & SUITES www.lakeviewhotels.com

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SANDMAN HOTEL GROUP

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STEWART - CASSIAR HIGHWAY

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THE ARGOSY

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THE HAZELTONS

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THE VIEW HOTEL

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THE WORLD FAMOUS ALASKA HIGHWAY

FORT. ST. JOHN, B.C.

TF: 1-877-355-3500 P: 1-250-787-0779

CHETWYND, B.C.

TF: 1-877-355-3500 P: 1-250-788-3000

FORT NELSON, B.C.

ROBSION VALLEY TOURISM / VILLAGE OF MCBRIDE www.visitmcbride.ca

40 km North of Prince George off Highway 97 www.hublehomestead.ca

Box 86 - 5th Avenue, Stewart, B.C. V0T 1W0 TF: 1-800-663-3126 P: 1-250-636-2244 F: 1-250-636-9160 www.kingedwardhotel.com

444 George Street, Prince George, B.C. TF: 1-800-830-8833 www.ramadaprincegeorge.com

www.VisitBulkleyNechako.ca/adventure

DISTRICT OF HOUSTON

P: 1-250-845-2238 www.houston.ca

TF: 1-866-769-5494 www.powderking.com

RAMADA PRINCE GEORGE

HOUSTON & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE P: 1-250-845-7640 www.houstonchamber.ca

P: 1-250-622-2029 www.outercoast.ca

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SANDSPIT

TF: 1-877-569-4354 P: 1-250-637-5344

www.LoveNorthernBC.com

TF: 1-800-201-8377 P: 1-250-627-9166 www.westcoastlaunch.com

PRINCE RUPERT

FORT ST. JOHN NORTH PEACE MUSEUM

GWAII HAANAS NATIONAL PARK RESERVE, NATIONAL MARINE CONSERVATION AREA RESERVE, AND HAIDA HERITAGE SITE

HELIJET

TF: 1-855-777-4354 P: 1-250-624-2792

FORT NELSON HERITAGE MUSEUM

FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON - PRINCE GEORGE

FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON PRINCE GEORGE, B.C.

TOTEM LODGE MOTEL

ESTHER’S INN

www.parkscanada.gc.ca/gwaiihaanas  /gwaiihaanas

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909 Third Avenue West, Prince Rupert, B.C. V8J 1M9 TF: 1-888-663-1999 P: 1-250-627-1711 F: 1-250-627-4212 www.pacificinn.bc.ca

DISTRICT OF TUMBLER RIDGE

1790 Highway 97 South, Prince George, B.C. TF: 1-800-325-3535 www.fourpointsprincegeorge.com

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PACIFIC INN

PO Box 460, 705 Brightwell Street, Stewart, B.C. V0T 1W0 P: 1-250-636-2251 E: info@districtofstewart.com www.districtofstewart.com

9323 100 Street, Ft. St. John, B.C. Open Year Round Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

720 First Avenue West, Prince Rupert, B.C. TF: 1-800-663-8155 P: 1-250-624-9107 www.innontheharbour.com

TF: 1-877-997-9940 E: info@district.mackenzie.bc.ca www.district.mackenzie.bc.ca

1151 Commercial Crescent, Prince George, B.C. TF: 1-800-663-6844 www.esthersinn.com  /EsthersInn  @EsthersInn  Esthers Inn

HAWTHORNE / INVESTMENTS PAYNE GROUP INN ON THE HARBOUR

DISTRICT OF MACKENZIE

Open mid May – early September by appointment Box 716, Fort Nelson, B.C. V0C 1R0 P: 1-250-774-3536 F: 1-250-774-3536 www.fortnelsonmuseum.ca

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Prince George / McBride / Terrace / Smithers TF: 1-800-SANDMAN (726-3626) www.sandmanhotelgroup.com www.StewartCassiarHighway.com 985 - 3rd Avenue West, Prince Rupert, B.C. www.theargosy.ca  /argosypr  @argosypr  @argosypr

Visitor Centre P: 1-250-842-6071 P: 1-250-842-6571 (October - May) E: tourism@newhazelton.ca www.newhazelton.ca 309 Stuart Drive West, PO Box 69, Fort St. James, B.C. V0J 1P0 TF: 1-855-996-8737 www.theviewhotel.ca

75th Anniversary Celebrations in 2017 E: 75in2017@ouralaskahighway.com www.ouralaskahighway.com

TF: 1-877-355-3500 P: 1-250-233-5001 N O R T H E R N B R I T I S H C O L U M B I A T R AV E L G U I D E 2 0 1 6

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ANCIENT FOREST, NORTHEAST B.C. - SIMON RATCLIFFE

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TOURISM DAWSON CREEK TF: 1-866-645-3022 www.TourismDawsonCreek.com  /alaskahighway

ALASKA HIGHWAY HOUSE

Dawson Creek, B.C. www.alaskahighwayhouse.com

DAWSON CREEK ART GALLERY

Summer: mid May to August 8am to 5pm 7 days a week Fall/Winter: September to early May 10am to 5pm Tuesday - Friday 12pm to 4pm Saturdays 101 - 816 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, B.C. P: 1-250-782-2601 F: 1-250-782-8801 E: artadmin@dcgallery.ca www.dcartgallery.ca  /DawsonCreekArtGallery

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www.TourismNorthernRockies.ca  /FortNelsonVisitorInformationCentre  Tourism Northern Rockies

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TOURISM PRINCE RUPERT

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VISIT BURNS LAKE

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TOURISM SMITHERS

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VISIT TERRACE

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W.A.C. BENNETT DAM VISITOR CENTRE

www.visitprincerupert.com TF: 1-800-542-6673 www.tourismsmithers.com

CAPRI MOTOR INN

TF: 1-800-663-3120 www.CapriMotorInnSmithers.com

MAIN CURRENT EXPEDITIONS

PRESTIGE HOTELS & RESORTS

Prestige Hotel Prince Rupert, B.C. Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge Smithers, B.C. Prestige Treasure Cove Prince George, B.C.

DAYS INN - DAWSON CREEK

640 - 122 Avenue, Dawson Creek, B.C. V1G 0A4 P: 1-250-782-8887 F: 1-250-782-8799 www.daysinn.ca

MILE ‘0’ PARK & CAMPGROUND

STEELHEAD PARADISE

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www.visitburnslake.ca

TF: 1-877-635-4944 www.VisitTerrace.com  /VisitTerrace  @VisitTerrace

Open 10am - 5pm May 21 - September 5, 2016 P: 1-250-783-5048 E: bennett@bchydro.com www.bchydro.com/bennett

P: 1-877-909-7238 www.maincurrent.com

DAWSON CREEK VISITOR CENTRE

Dawson Creek, B.C. P: 1-250-782-2590 E: Mile0RVPark@gmail.com www.mile0park.ca

5011 - 49th Avenue, PO Box 190 Pouce Coupe, B.C. V0C 2C0 P: 1-250-786-5794 F: 1-250-786-5257 www.poucecoupe.ca

www.tourismpg.com

TF: 1-877-737-8443 www.PrestigeHotelsandResorts.com

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES

VILLAGE OF POUCE COUPE

TOURISM PRINCE GEORGE

DAWSON CREEK SELF GUIDED HISTORIC WALKING TOUR

12217 - 4th Street, Dawson Creek, B.C. P: 1-250-782-7700

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NAR Park 900 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, B.C. TF: 1-866-645-3022 P: 1-250-782-9595

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TOURISM NORTHERN ROCKIES

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WILD RIVER ADVENTURE TOURS

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38TH ANNUAL SEAFEST FESTIVAL

P: 1-780-830-8848 E: randy@wildrivertours.ca www.wildrivertours.ca Prince Rupert, B.C. June 10 - 12, 2016 www.prspecialevents.com

SNOWBERRIES, NORTHERN B.C.

TUMBLER RIDGE GLOBAL GEOPARK E: info@trgg.ca www.trgg.ca  /Tumbler-Ridge-Global-Geopark

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VILLAGE OF FRASER LAKE www.fraserlake.ca  /fraserlake  @FraserLakeBC

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