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Terrace, Historic & Heritage Sites
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Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park, or Anhluut'ukwsim Laxmihl Angwinga'asanskwhl Nisga'a Provincial Park, is fascinating from a historical, geological, and tragic point of view. This is the site of British Columbia's most recent volcano. About 250 years ago, the lava flow buried two villages and killed 2000 Nisga'a people.
My husband and I, our daughter, and two grandsons visited this site last summer and all of us found the visit interesting. The boys were surprised to see that they could look through a hollow tube in the lava where a tree had been covered and then burned out, leaving the lava that surrounded it. There is lichen on most of the lava.
We didn't take the tour to the volcano itself, but wandered among the trails which included lakes, rivers waterfalls and old growth forest. For a different destination, we recommend that you include this park. Easily accessible, and a visitor's centre, it is north of Terrace, BC, east of New Aiyansh. Tours can be arranged at the visitors centre in the park.