July 29, 2011 | Tips from Travellers >
Smithers, Historic & Heritage Sites
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Ever taken the time to check out the Moricetown Canyon? or stop and learn about the history behind this small town nestled in between Smithers & Hazelton? If you haven't I strongly recommend it!
A few friends and I took a drive out to this spectacular down a couple nights ago to see some of the great sites in our area. First of all we stopped off at The Little Frog Cafe & Bistro for a light snack before our evening of history and great scenery.
After that we took a walk over to "Idiot Rock" to take a look at how the fishing is doing this year; however, we haven't gotten the chance to get our fishing permits so we couldn't do any fishing of our own.
Once we were done admiring the view from the rock we crossed the road again and walked over to check out the famous Moricetown Canyon. The canyon is where all the water from the Bulkley River must pass through a 1/4 mile wide opening which makes beautiful white cascading falls.
While we were at the canyon we ran into a local man who told us a little bit about the history of Moricetown and its peoples history; we learned such things as Moricetown is known as Kyah Wiget, and was built on the Moricetown Canyon aroud 4000 years ago! We also learned that the Moricetown Canyon is a territorial fishing ground held by 5 clans of the Kyah Wiget people.
We learned so much more about the native history in the area, if you're interested in more information i highly recommend heading to Moricetown on your next visit throught the Bulkley Valley! If you stop off at the Moricetown Interpretive Center located just off of highway 16 (turn at Telkwa Highroad, cross the bridge and just up the hill) they will be more then happy to fill you in on some more history of this fascinating area.