Exstew Falls in Terrace
Northern BC takes outdoor adventure to a whole new level. Try everything from a guided interpretive hike over a lava bed, rafting the legendary Tatshenshini-Alsek River, kayaking to ancient village sites on Haida Gwaii, or going 12 rounds with a wild steelhead on the Skeena River.
Before embarking along the storied Alaska Highway, don’t miss a stop at Mile Zero in... Read more Dawson Creek to uncover the hidden history of the Alaska Highway. Exhibits at Alaska Highway House reveal the fascinating human backstory to this massive engineering feat. North of Dawson Creek, find adventure and solitude in the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area, 6.4 million ha/16 million ac of wilderness so rich in wildlife it’s been dubbed the “Serengeti of the North”. As you drive past forests, wetlands and snowy peaks, watch for black bears, Stone’s sheep, bison and mountain goats.
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.
Savour views of the Alaska Panhandle and walk for miles along a wide, beautiful beach at Naikoon Provincial Park on the northeast corner of Haida Gwaii, and explore the shipwreck at East Beach. After all the beachcombing, climb Tow Hill for panoramic views. In Tlell, settle into a riverside room at Haida House at Tllaal and explore the area with a Haida cultural ambassador. Come evening, savour traditional foods at the restaurant. Haida Gwaii is two hours from Vancouver or a short hop from Prince Rupert by air, or via BC Ferries’ seven-hour sailing from Prince Rupert to Skidegate.
Prince George, known as BC’s northern capital, is a great base for exploring the wild.... Read more Fish for salmon in one of the many lakes around the area, hop aboard BC’s history at the Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum. More adventure? Explore the surrounding wilderness by jet boat with River Jet Boat Safaris or, if you’re an experienced spelunker, check out the caves at Evanoff Provincial Park.
The Ancient Forest Trail, 113km/70 mi east of Prince George is home to trees that are thought to be 1,000 years old or more. Explore a unique eco-system – a forest with attributes of both a coastal rainforest and a northern boreal forest; an easy to moderate hike with interpretive signage leads to a beautiful waterfall.
Climb aboard locomotives, plows, speeders, fire engines and railcars. Have you ever been inside a beehive burner? Tour Penny Station and relive 1915 through the eyes of the old Statio...
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.
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.
Feel like you’re on the edge of the world at the Bear and Salmon glaciers. From Terrace,... Read more head north along remote Highway 37 and 37A (sometimes referred to as the Glacier Highway) to the tiny town of Stewart. En route, stop at Bear Glacier Provincial Park to see the vast blue Bear Glacier. From Stewart, step across the border to Hyder, Alaska to see the massive Salmon Glacier.
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Follow Highwy 16 - the Yellowhead Highway - to Smithers, a small town with stunning views and a... Read more plethora of outdoor opportunities. Join the locals for coffee and made-from-scratch European-style pastries at Schimmels Fine Pastries. Once fuelled up, explore mountain lakes and sub-alpine meadows in Babine Mountains Provincial Park– watch for mountain goats, moose, marmots and birdlife.
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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