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Fishing Road Trip in Northern BC

In Northern British Columbia, rivers and roads lead travellers into the unknown. A vast wilderness full of jagged peaks, roaring rivers, serene lakes and green valleys. Explore the open road one lake and river at a time to find epic fishing adventures and welcoming cultures.

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Highway 16 – Prince George to Prince Rupert

Highway 16 from Prince George to Prince Rupert in Northern British Columbia is a rugged... Read more unspoiled wilderness that draws anglers from around the world. World-famous fishing in the Skeena River system, inland lakes and rivers filled with trout and rich coastal waters rich with halibut, chinook and steelhead.

Northern BC's Lakes District

In Northern BC, rivers run thick with salmon, steelhead-fishing is legendary, and solitude is... Read more almost guaranteed. Try the Lakes District around Burns Lake, where many of the area’s 300 rainbow trout, char and kokane-packed lakes are easily reached from Highway 16. Fly-fishing enthusiasts, head for Rainbow Alley Provincial Park north of Smithers, famous for world-class rainbow trout fishing.

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Burns Lake

Burns Lake is part of the Lakes District, which means ample of opportunity for freshwater fishing. Choose from 20 lakes in the town’s immediate vicinity and another 300 lakes within the district. Various lakes are popular for certain fish and one can angle for all types including rainbow trout, char, lingcod, kokanee and salmon in a matter of days due to the close proximity of all the lakes within the region.

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Babine Mountains Provincial Park

Drive beneath the jagged peaks of the Seven Sisters Mountains to Terrace. From here, fish for Skeena River salmon, hike mountain trails (often with more wildlife than people), bike the single-track on Copper Mountain, or trek across a moonscape of hardened lava at Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park. The park, about 100 km/60 mi north of Terrace, is the site of a volcanic eruption which dramatically altered the landscape 250 years ago.
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Babine Lake

Near the village of Granisle lies the largest natural lake in BC. Ideal for trolling, bait or... Read more fly-fishing, anglers catch rainbow trout up to 5kg/12lb, cutthroat trout and lake trout up to 16kg/35lb. Excellent fly-fishing is found here in a legendary stretch of water known as "Rainbow Alley." The lake is also home to the Fulton Channel spawning beds, where tens of thousands of sockeye salmon can be seen in August and September.

Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Provincial Park

Spatsizi is one of Canada's largest & most significant parks. True wilderness atmosphere, outstanding scenery & varied terrain make this park an excellent place for hiking, nature study & wildlife viewing. Proper gear, transportation arrangements ...
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Skeena River Fishing

Fancy going 12 rounds with a wild steelhead on the Skeena River? Northern BC's Skeena River system, including the Kispiox, Bulkley and Babine rivers, is a top producer of steelhead, a fish prized for its strength and fighting spirit. All five salmon species are found here too, as well as trout and Dolly Varden. The powerful Skeena River flows beneath snowy peaks along Highway 16 between Terrace and Prince Rupert. Lush green forests, a wealth of wildlife and a thriving local Aboriginal culture add to the adventure.

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'Ksan Historical Village and Museum

Near the town of Old Hazelton is 'Ksan, a village of seven houses built to replicate a Gitxsan community that stood on the same riverbank site for centuries. Each of the houses, set in a row facing the river, reveals a different aspect of Gitxsan culture. Learn about feast traditions at the Wolf House, hear tales and legends of the distant past at the Frog House, and see dance regalia in the Fireweed House. Gitxsan guides also help interpret the village’s many totem poles. More poles, both ancient and modern, stand in the nearby villages of Kispiox, Kitwanga and Kitwancool.

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Seven Sisters Provincial Park

Hiking, canoeing, fishing, mountain biking and, in winter, snowmobiling, are just some of the activities available in this wilderness park, named for seven spectacular peaks along Highway 16 between Hazelton and Terrace.
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Lakelse Lake Provincial Park

Popular area for salmon fishing. Group camping, day-use area, wheelchair access, drinking water, flush & pit toilets, showers, sani-station, fire rings, interpretive programs, hiking, playground, beach, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, boat launch, f...
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Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park

Join a Nisga'a guide to hike across a moonscape of hardened lava and learn about the history and legends of the Nisga’a people at Nisga’a Provincial Park. The park, about 100 km/60 mi north of Terrace, is the site of a volcanic eruption which dramatically altered the landscape 250 years ago. Guides are available through the park’s Visitor Centre; four nearby communities, including the Nisga’a villages of Gitlakdamix (New Aiyansh), Gitwinksihlkw (Canyon City), Lakalzap (Greenville) and Gingolx (Kincolith), offer food and accommodation.
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Northern BC's Lakes District

In Northern BC, rivers run thick with salmon, steelhead-fishing is legendary, and solitude is... Read more almost guaranteed. Try the Lakes District around Burns Lake, where many of the area’s 300 rainbow trout, char and kokane-packed lakes are easily reached from Highway 16. Fly-fishing enthusiasts, head for Rainbow Alley Provincial Park north of Smithers, famous for world-class rainbow trout fishing.

North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site

Located on the outskirts of Port Edward, 20 km from Prince Rupert, the North Pacific Cannery's history is unique on the west coast of North America. Established in 1889, it had almost 90 years of continuous salmon canning production and fish proc...
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Places to Stay

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Lakes District Fishing

Remote back-country cabins with trophy Rainbow trout in Tweedsmuir Park and Coast Mountains. We are a float plane access only location. Two cabins available: Tesla Lake and Coles Lake. Our cabins are equipped with hot showers, flush toilets, full ...
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Bear Claw Lodge Kispiox River

Bear Claw Lodge Kispiox River boasts a beautiful post & beam structure featuring a three story river rock fireplace, 22' entranceway totem poles, uniquely designed luxurious rooms overlooking world-famous Kispiox River.

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Cassiar Cannery

Cassiar Cannery ~ where history and nature meet. Nestled in the estuary of the Skeena River sits the Cassiar Cannery, renowned for over a century as a good place - of friends, family and fond memories.

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Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge

Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge is a full-service hotel offering a variety of guestrooms and suites with convention and meeting room facilities to meet all your needs.

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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to Northern British Columbia

You can fly to Prince Rupert or Prince George to begin your journey in Northern BC.  If you... Read more plan to drive, you can follow Hwy 16 west from Alberta or choose a series of routes north from Vancouver.

Inside Passage Ferry

Take a ferry ride on British Columbia’s Inside Passage. BC Ferries’ Northern... Read more Adventure sails among the islands and fjords of BC’s remote mid-coast, home to mountain peaks, tall stands of fir and cedar, driftwood-strewn coves, remote First Nations communities, and the Great Bear Rainforest. Watch for seals, eagles, dolphins and even whales en route.  The Northern Adventure sails year-round from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert; summer sailings are all in daylight, so you won’t miss a moment. From Prince Rupert, you can continue by ferry to Haida Gwaii, or follow the Yellowhead Highway east.

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