From the Bulkley River and the towering Coast Mountains and then on to the Pacific Ocean and the mist shrouded Queen Charlotte Islands, Northwest British Columbia promises the visitor some of the province's most breathtaking scenery. Steeped in history, the rivers, valleys and lakes of Northwest BC hold much to be discovered.
Destination BC is a government agency responsible for marketing Northern British Columbia as a travel destination.
Northern BC's vast wilderness comprises more than half the province – approximately 500,000km sq/193,051mi sq. It is larger than California or Japan and twice the size of the United Kingdom.
Northern BC is a land of unlimited adventure that extends 1,000km/621mi from east to west, following the legendary Yellowhead Highway. It is filled with jagged mountain peaks, roaring rivers, serene lakes, green valleys, rugged coastlines and ancient island archipelagos.
The mountain ranges, which dominate the northern landscape, were shaped by volcanic fire. The rugged, heavily-forested valleys between them were carved by the glaciers, which at one time covered most of the province.
Tourism BC has developed Near Me BC, an iPhone app that provides quick access to information to help you find an adventure to fill your afternoon or to find the closest place to eat. With Near Me BC you can easily get the same information during your trip that you have access to before you start your adventure.
Visit Haida Gwaii and experience a world of intrigue, a world of adventure and a world of undeniable breathtaking beauty.
Located on a series of islands at the most westerly point of Canada, Haida Gwaii is made up of quaint villages, secluded inlets, and white-sand beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. A place so remote that roads cannot bring you here, yet the warmest of welcomes awaits once you arrive.
Haida Gwaii is a world class destination for the adventurous traveler. The accent here is on the great outdoors: the unique temperate rainforest, the pristine beaches, and the renowned Haida culture. Sportfishing, half-week and week-long kayaking, sailing, sight-seeing on water and land, whale watching, mountain biking and hiking are all possible.
The tourism sector is a significant player in Prince Rupert’s diverse economy, encompassing a wide variety of business activity. Tourism includes a mixture of small,medium and large local, national and international businesses and not-for-profit organizations.
The sector is represented by seasonal and year-round operations, dining establishments, bed and breakfasts, hotels, outfitters, outdoor adventure, tour operators, eco-tourism, festivals, museums, cultural events, casinos, performing arts, spectator sports, recreational fishing campground and heritage sites.
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Welcome to our year round playground on the Pacific Inland Coast! From remote beach escapes along ocean shores to hiking mountains big and small, Kitimat offers year round, accessible recreational opportunities.
Kitimat’s unique location at the head of the Douglas Channel makes it a sport fisher’s paradise with access to salt and fresh water fishing within minutes of downtown. There are many ways to fish the Kitimat River, fish the mouth of the river in a jet boat, fish the length of the river in a drift boat, drive to a hot spot on the river bank, or hike to a secluded spot. Anywhere you go you will be afforded fresh air, beautiful views, watchful bald eagles and the chance to land the big one.
Done fishing? Hike along the shores of the Douglas Channel, the banks of the Kitimat River or climb the trail to crystal clear mountain lakes. Remember to take your camera. Opportunity to observe wildlife, big and small, will present itself when you least expect it!
Kitimat boasts parks suitable for all members of your family. Skateboard and bike park, tennis courts, outdoor wading pools and green space throughout the community. Stroll or bike the paths that wind through the different neighbourhoods, explore the many great playgrounds throughout town or walk one of four Heritage Walkway Circle Tours and experience the history of the planned community.
The adventures continue through winter. Imagine a morning of cross country skiing with the sunrise following you down trails and snowmobiling in the afternoon to cabins on snow covered mountains. End this perfect day in the hot tub at Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre.
Kitimat has it all!
Amidst an evolving global tourism industry, Kermodei Tourism Society is a cornerstone of marketing in Terrace, BC. By working with businesses, community organizations, and regional partners, the Kermodei Tourism Society is able the keep it’s finger on the pulse of the industry while working to better meet the needs of both vacationers and locals alike looking for new experiences. And with so much to offer, new experiences are never in short supply no matter the time of year. From fishing, skiing, and breathtaking vistas, to lively community events, hospitable merchants, and a variety of shopping and dining choices, there is something for everyone in Terrace.
Situated in the heart of the spectacular Skeena Valley and the Coast Mountains, Terrace offers an exhilarating blend of outdoor adventure, spectacular wilderness, First Nations culture and warm hospitality. Its moderate climate and surrounding mountains, lakes and streams offer all the hiking, mountain biking, camping, fishing, and golfing you can handle.
Situated at the end of the Portland Canal and across from Alaska's Misty Fjords National Monument Park, Stewart is a unique border town, as it is on the only BC highway that connects directly to Alaska.
Visit the famous Bear Glacier, one of the few blue glaciers with the easiest access in the world. Also, take a walk on one of the hiking trails that reveal the evidence of old gold and silver mines as they take one on a walk through the magnificent coastal forest, mountain streams and alpine meadows.
Be sure to try the amazing fishing in the numerous streams and lakes. You can watch the spawning of the rare Alaskan Chum Salmon at Fish Creek. If saltwater fishing is your thing, make sure to take a boat ride on the Portland Canal to catch prawns and crabs or see a majestic killer whale.
Don't miss out on the spectacular drive from Stewart to Hyder and follow the road through the Salmon River valley right up to the old Granduc mine along the Berendon Glacier. Keep your eye out for the spectacular view of Salmon Glacier, the fifth largest glacier in the world. You can easily take your car or RV on this road, but if you wish, there are some fun tours as well.
Last Frontier Heli-skiing is based at the Ripley Creek Inn in Stewart. The terrain is exciting and offers long runs on glaciers and in open bowls as well as some of the most spectacular tree runs anywhere.
Tucked into the far northwestern tip of British Columbia, the remote and spectacularly beautiful community of Atlin graces the eastern shore of the mighty Atlin Lake.
Atlin's isolated location, especially from the rest of BC, makes visiting here that much more special. Popular activities include fishing, hunting, hiking, and boating on the gorgeous aqua-coloured Atlin Lake and surrounding rivers. Other attractions include discovering the town's fascinating gold rush history or local art scene.
On a terrace overlooking the Stikine River, you can find yourself in the beautiful little community of Telegraph Creek. Hiking and River boating are a couple of the best ways to enjoy Telegraph Creek. River Tour operators based in Telegraph Creek arrange for travel on the Stikine River in boats for afternoon, overnight, and several day long trips. Half-week tours from Telegraph Creek to Wrangell, Alaska will give tourists a breathtaking tour of the valleys and mountains.
A few miles downriver from Telegraph Creek is a trio of Forest Service Recreation Sites on the banks of the Stikine: Glenora, Winter Creek and Dodjatin Creek. Together, these provide more than 40 vehicle campsites on the banks of this spectacular river.
Bordering Dease Lake and Telegraph Creek, Mount Edziza Provincial Park is a magnificent, unspoiled wilderness. Mount Edziza Provincial Park encompasses over 230,000 hectares of the Tahltan Highlands in northwestern British Columbia.
Located 400 kilometers north of Stewart, Dease Lake is the departure point for adventurers who want to experience Dease Lake’s unforgettable wilderness. The Dease Lake area is home to skiing, hiking, rafting, fly fishing, and remote hunting and fishing, much of which is accessible via float plane, horseback or boat.This remote park showcases a spectacular volcanic landscape that includes lava flows, basalt plateaus, cinder fields and cinder cones.
360 kilometers north of Smithers and deep in the Skeena Mountain Range lays Bell II, a small historic community on the banks of the Bell Irving River. Bell II Lodge is a modern wilderness resort with state-of-the-art environmental facilities, offering a first class lodge with a rustic touch of the Canadian Wild. The Bell II Lodge is home to world-class heli-skiing and heli-fishing.
Hazelton, New Hazelton & South Hazelton
Beautifully located at the base of Mount Rocher de Boule, Hazelton, New Hazelton, and South Hazelton are all within minutes of each other and are located about seventy kilometers northwest of Smithers.
Stroll along a picturesque boardwalk picking juicy wild berries and marveling at birds and wildlife all around you. Gaze high above the staggering mountain that towers over the towns. Welcome to the Hazelton’s.
Experience a welcoming community full of small-town charm. Discover an endless network of trails providing hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling routes for outdoor aficionados.
Take in the breathtaking Hagwilget Bridge, one of the highest suspension bridges in North America. Come visit the Hazelton’s where history comes alive!
From waterfalls to concert halls, our visitors quickly find out what makes this place so special. Where else could you revel in the solitude of a rocky peak, dance to live music by Juno award-winning artists and experience the thrill of viewing black bears gorging berries on the roadside - and all these events on the same day?
Smithers, home to about 6000 people, is a regional service center for the entire Bulkley Valley and, therefore, offers many more amenities than you would normally see in a town of this size—including a great recreation center, a fantastic ski hill, and an active regional airport. The town is set against the backdrop of Hudson Bay Mountain to the west and the Babine Mountain range to the east which makes a very picturesque setting. It also makes for quick and easy access to the backcountry which makes it a great base for outdoor recreational pursuits during all phases of the year. Smithers is well-known for its fishing and hunting, downhill, back-country and cross-country skiing, golfing, snowmobiling, canoeing and kayaking among other things. Coupled with a range of indoor recreation opportunities and urban features — great restaurants, shops, music, spas, art gallery & museum — Smithers has something for everyone.
Nestled on the banks of the world-renowned Bulkley and Telkwa Rivers, the picturesque historical village of Telkwa borders Tyhee Lake Provincial Park. Surrounded by snow-capped mountain ranges and a myriad of lakes and streams, Telkwa's spectacular natural setting offers extensive outdoor adventure and recreational opportunities. Whether you love to hike into an alpine lake, raft through whitewater rapids, ski down fresh powder slopes or battle the will of large steelhead, Telkwa has year-round wilderness adventures.
Local sightseeing and adventure tour operators offer world-class hunting and sport fishing, hiking, canoeing, rafting, kayaking, bird watching and wilderness photography explorations. The adventures continue in the winter with phenomenal ice climbing, cross-country, backcountry and downhill skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing.
Let us embrace you. Come help us celebrate our big community spirit at the Bulkley Valley Kinsmen Labour day Barbecue and Demolition Derby weekend. Come prepared for a big welcome in Telkwa.
Reel in a warm welcome, wilderness adventures and some of the best salmon fishing in the world – you’re in Houston. Located between Terrace and Prince George at the confluence of the Bulkley and Morice Rivers, you will find our community when you spot the world’s largest fly-fishing rod.
Houston has earned a spot on the map as a tourism destination as the “Steelhead Capital of the World” because so many anglers flock here for the mighty fish. Anglers also come for spring and coho salmon, Dolly Varden, and rainbow trout, making Houston an angling hot spot.
Strap on the cross-country skis or snowshoes, or rev up the snowmobile – a winter wonderland awaits. In summer, hike endless nature trails with alpine views, rock climb at Owen Hat, swim and boat in area lakes, and then soak up a spectacular, late-night northern sunset. Or you could opt for a more relaxing road-trip and drive one of the scenic BC Circle Tours.
Upon the shores of Babine Lake, flanked by forests and abundant in activity, lies the friendly village of Granisle. Visitors will bask in the community’s unique northern beauty and recreational appeal.
BC’s longest natural lake, the 110 mile long Babine Lake is an aquatic wonderland with prime fishing, boating and 10 kilometers of shoreline to explore. Fascinating First Nations’ petroglyphs are carved in some lakeside cliffs, peeking out across the waters. Sandy beaches meet plunging iron-stained cliffs at Red Bluff Provincial Park, a welcoming destination for campers and boaters.
The surrounding forested area provides plenty of opportunity for hiking, hunting and outdoor adventures. The advent of winter invites cross-country skiers, ice fishers, and snowmobilers. Witness one of the largest salmon runs in the world when sockeye salmon return to spawn in the nearby Fulton River Spawning Channels. You may even get a glimpse of a bald eagle or grizzly bear feeding on the feast.
Surrounded by nature, there are numerous options for all recreational enthusiasts who make Burns Lake their summer and winter vacation destination. Spirit Square is a community waterfront park complete with recreation and meeting areas for both residents and visitors. Spirit Square also boasts fitness stations, public docks, and a boat launch. A wide variety of hiking trails, canoeing and kayaking areas, and an abundance of lakes to fish or boat on are right outside your door.
Burns Lake is also fortunate to have world class mountain bike trails, with more than 13km/8mi of downhill trails and 7km/4mi of cross-country trails, just 5 minutes from the village center. Boer Mountain Bike Park is the first of its kind it is the only mountain bike parks to be built on Crown land in Canada. This park was also designed by Whistler park designers and the best part is it is free to use.
During the winter, Olympic quality cross-country skiing trails and facilities draw in competitors and recreational skiers from across the province. Snowshoe enthusiasts can follow in their tracks too. Additionally, Burns Lake is a snowmobiler’s paradise, with vast wilderness trails near town.