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New Hazelton and Area

'Ksan Historical Village and Museum

(Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC photo)

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New Hazelton and Area

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1 to 3 days, 538.67 km (334.71 mi)

Stewart Historical Museum (Picture BC photo)
Stewart Historical Museum (Picture BC photo)

From New Hazelton, drive to First Nations communities, totem poles and Gitwangak National Historic Site (also known as Battle Hill). The landscape includes lakes, the Bulkley River, Hagwilget Bridge and the Kispiox Valley. Stop at 'Ksan Museum and Historical Village to learn about the area's culture and history.

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Gitwangak Battle Hill National Historic Site, JF Bergeron photo
Part 1
New Hazelton to Gitwangak National Historic Site

48.41 km - about 0 hours 37 min

To begin the tour, turn off Highway 16 closer to Terrace and drive north on Highway 37. Spend a couple hours exploring the communities of Gitwangak, Kitwanga, and Gitanyow. Various totem poles in the area are worth viewing. In addition, the Gitwangak National Historic Site (also known as Battle Hill) is worth stopping for. Read the information panels at the site to learn about the impressive fort and battles that were once led and fought from this spot by the fierce warrior 'Nekt.

Stewart, Picture BC photo
Part 2
Stewart and Hyder

210.36 km - about 3 hours 14 min

To visit Stewart, BC or Hyder, Alaska, continue north along Highway 37 for another three hours or so. There is excellent bear watching and glacier viewing in this area.

Part 3
Return to New Hazelton

258.68 km - about 3 hours 54 min

Return to Highway 16 and head south towards New Hazelton. The drive from Kitwanga to New Hazelton takes about an hour, without stops.

Midway between Kitwanga and New Hazelton is the Gitxsan Village of Gitsegukla. Nearby, stop at Seeley Lake Provincial Park for a swim during the summer. For curiosity's sake, one can also turn off to explore the small rural community of South Hazelton.

Hagwilget Bridge, Picture BC photo
Part 4
Hagwilget Bridge

1.82 km - about 0 hours 4 min

Hust before reaching New Hazelton, turn north at the Visitor Centre on Highway 16 towards Hazelton Village, also known as Old Town or Old Hazelton. Drive to the end of Hagwilget and get out at the pullout just before the bridge to soak in the views of the surrounding mountains, the swirling Bulkley River and the canyon below. Walk across the bridge, once the highest in Canada, and look down to experience its full dizzying height.

'Ksan Historical Village
Part 5
Hazelton and 'Ksan Historical Village

5.23 km - about 0 hours 7 min

From here, drive a few more minutes until hitting Hazelton Village at the end of the road. Park and stroll along the Bulkley River, dine at the Riverboat Restaurant, or grab a coffee at Mercedes Beans. Take a tour at the 'Ksan Museum and Historical Village to gain a full understanding of the rich culture and history of the local Gitxsan First Nations. Just the museum itself can take an entire day to fully experience.

Totem poles at Kispiox, JF Bergeron photo
Part 6
Kispiox Valley

14.17 km - about 0 hours 20 min

Another not to miss area is the Kispiox Valley. Spend a night at one of the bed and breakfasts to relax and enjoy the area's serenity and wilderness luxuries.

To reach the valley, drive north along the Kispiox Valley Road (which begins between Gitanmaax and Old Town) towards Glen Vowell and Kispiox Village. Stop at the Kispiox Information and Cultural Centre in the village for more information about what to see in the valley, such as viewing totem poles, fishing or rafting on the river, or exploring the many hiking trails.

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Driving Directions

1.

Head west on Yellowhead Highway W toward George St

42.92 km
2.

Turn right onto Dease Lake Hwy/Stewart-Cassiar Hwy/BC-37 N (signs for Stewart/Alaska Highway)Destination will be on the left

5.49 km
Part 2 - Stewart and Hyder - 210.36 km - about 3 hours 14 min
1.

Head northeast on Dease Lake Hwy/Stewart-Cassiar Hwy/BC-37 N toward Hazelton Kitwanga Back Rd

150.93 km
2.

Turn left onto Glacier Hwy/Stewart Hwy/BC-37A W (signs for British Columbia 37 Alternate W)

59.43 km
Part 3 - Return to New Hazelton - 258.68 km - about 3 hours 54 min
1.

Head east on Glacier Hwy/BC-37A E toward Davis St

59.43 km
2.

Turn right onto Dease Lake Hwy/Stewart-Cassiar Hwy/BC-37 S

156.42 km
3.

Turn left onto Yellowhead Highway E/BC-16 E (signs for Trans Canada Highway/Prince George)Destination will be on the right

42.83 km
Part 4 - Hagwilget Bridge - 1.82 km - about 0 hours 4 min
1.

Head east on Yellowhead Highway E/BC-16 E toward Churchill Rd

0.1 km
2.

Take the 1st left onto Churchill Rd

0.60 km
3.

Continue onto New Hazelton Hi Level Rd

1.13 km
Part 5 - Hazelton and 'Ksan Historical Village - 5.23 km - about 0 hours 7 min
1.

Head west on Hwy 62 toward Nile Mile Mountain Rd

5.23 km
Part 6 - Kispiox Valley - 14.17 km - about 0 hours 20 min
1.

Head northeast on River Rd toward Centre St

0.51 km
2.

Continue onto Hwy 62

0.55 km
3.

Turn left onto Kispiox Valley Rd

13.05 km
4.

Turn right onto Kispiox RdDestination will be on the right

0.07 km