Invest in Telkwa

British Columbia, Canada

Where Rivers Meet & Friends Gather

Economic Development Contact

Debbie Joujan, CAO
(250) 846 5212 | 

Originally settled by Europeans in 1906 and incorporated in 1952, the Village of Telkwa, meaning "Where the Rivers Meet", is located in the Bulkley Valley at the confluence of the Telkwa and Bulkley Rivers. Today, the Village of Telkwa has a vibrant population of 1,403 people and is one of the few communities in northern BC showing a growing population at a rate of 3.2%, which is double the provincial average.

Businesses in Telkwa should consider not only the local customer base but also the travelling public, many of whom stay at the nearby Tyhee Lake Provincial Park and participate in the many outdoor activities Telkwa has to offer.

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. Telkwa has summer and winter wilderness adventures including hiking to an alpine lake, rafting through whitewater rapids, skiing down fresh powder slopes or battling the will of large steelhead. 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.

Telkwa is a young community committed to creating a family friendly lifestyle. Over one quarter of the total population is under the age of 14, and as such there are many community family events hosted each year in Telkwa. Every year the Bulkley Valley Kinsmen host the Telkwa BBQ, which brings together the whole region celebrated it's 100th Anniversary in 2012. Typically more than 6000 people attend the small-town event. The Telkwa BBQ has musical performers, a derby, a large draw for prizes and more. Another popular Telkwa event is 'Music in the Park', which takes place once a month from May to October and showcases local area musicians at the scenic Eddy Park.

The downtown core is located on the major transportation corridor Highway 16 and is zoned for commercial and home based businesses. There is also land within the municipality that is zoned for industrial use. The Village of Telkwa encourages the health, retail, service and foods sectors to establish themselves in Telkwa and benefit from the buying power of local residents and the tourist economy.

Telkwa currently has a large building supply store, an established gas station, two small capacity restaurants, a laundraumat, a corner store, a warehouse retail store, two bed and breakfasts, one eight-unit motel, a pottery shop, one fishing lodge, and a butcher shop that retails local produce, eggs and meats. These business are located on or near Highway 16 and close to the post office, museum, reading centre and the scenic Bulkley River sidewalk route.

Telkwa has recently established an eight unit seniors’ rental housing complex and there is opportunity for investments in the medical health and retail services geared towards helping these seniors age in place. Real opportunity exists in Telkwa for further investments in the business economy as the local citizens, mayor and council want to increase the amenities available in the village.

Local Infrastructure Projects

Community Contacts


Darcy Repen
Village of Telkwa

Community Contact

Debbie Joujan 
Chief Administrative Officer
Village of Telkwa

Chamber of Commerce Contact

Smithers District Chamber of Commerce
Heather Gallagher
Manager of Smithers District Chamber of Commerce

Community Futures Contact
Kim Martinsen
Community Futures Nadina