'Ksan Historical Village & Museum
Northern British Columbia is rich in scenery, wildlife and Aboriginal culture. Paddle a kayak to ancient village sites in Haida Gwaii or admire Tsimshian artifacts in Prince Rupert. Explore history and art, both ancient and modern, at cultural centres like ‘Ksan Historical Village and The Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay.
Haida Gwaii is a remote archipelago about an hour’s flight or seven hours by ferry from... Read more Prince Rupert. It’s also among the most culturally and ecologically rich places on earth. Kayak among the islands and abandoned village sites of Gwaii Haanas on the southern part of the archipelago. Pick from day or multi-day packages and join a Haida cultural ambassador on anything from beach hikes, canoe tours and salmon fishing to Haida feasts and helicopter flight-seeing.
Highway 16 meets the sea at Prince Rupert, set among a cluster of forested islands near the... Read more mouth of the Skeena River. Learn about Tsimshian history, art and technology at the Museum of Northern British Columbia, set in a stunning waterfront longhouse, or explore the shops, galleries and eateries in the fun and funky Cow Bay district. From the Cow Bay docks, charter a boat and cast a line for some of the North Coast’s legendary salmon, or join a kayak guide to navigate the surrounding fjords and islets.
One of the best places in the world to see grizzly bears in their natural habitat is this seaside sanctuary northeast of Prince Rupert. The first area in Canada to be protected specifically for grizzly bears, Khutzeymateen is accessible only by boat (or boat and floatplane). Home to about 50 bears, it is best visited between May and July (especially in May) when the bears can be seen roaming the shore. There is no land access in the Sanctuary, and the river estuary is only accessible with a licensed tour operator.
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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You can fly to Prince Rupert or Prince George to begin your journey in Northern BC. Air Canada... Read more and Pacific Coastal Airlines fly to Haida Gwaii from Vancouver and North Pacific Seaplanes serve the islands from Prince Rupert. If you plan to drive, follow Hwy 16, the Yellowhead Highway, or the Alaska Highway north.
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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