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First Nations longhouse at Kitselas Canyon National Historic Site near Terrace
(Sian James photo)

Northern British Columbia

Historic & Heritage Sites

Heritage buildings  (Picture BC photo)

Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)

The history and heritage of Northern BC is a rich amalgam of First Nations, trappers, miners, loggers, fisherman and settlers all looking to carve out life in the wilderness. 

Today the legacy of these early pioneers can still be found scattered throughout the region. Learn about the fur trade at Fort St. James National Historic Site, a restored Hudson’s Bay Company trading post and fort, or visit early pioneer settlements like Huble Homestead or the Walter Wright Pioneer Village.

For a walk back into the rich fishing heritage of Northern BC, visit the North Pacific Cannery, a restored cannery and fishing village from 1800. The history of the First Nations in Northern BC can be traced back over 10,000 years. Visit ancient First Nations heritage sites and gaze on weathered but stunning Haida totem poles.

Take a tour of a modern piece of history with a drive along the Alaska Highway, an engineering marvel, or learn about ancient history with dinosaur tracks at Tumbler Ridge. Many Visitor Centres have tour brochures and information that highlight local historic sites.

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Fort St. James National Historic Site - Fort St. James

280 Kwah Rd W
Fort St. James, British Columbia
V0J 1P0
Websitehttp://www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortstjames
Toll-free
Phone250-996-7191

One of the most spectacular heritage sites in Canada, situated on the shores of Stuart Lake. Fort St. James is the largest collection of original wooden buildings representing the Fur Trade in Canada and appeals to young and old with family activities for everyone.

Living history programs daily. Costumed park interpreters deliver experiences for all ages. Special events on most weekends in summer. Sunday afternoon teas all summer long. On-site heritage accommodation available. Full service cafe and visitor centre.

Try the new Xplorers program for kids or visit the new refreshed museum exhibits.

Parks Canada Discovery passes redeemable here.

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George Little House - Terrace

3100 Kalum St
Terrace, British Columbia
V8G 4L1
Websitehttp://www.georgelittlehouse.com
Toll-free877-277-8837
Phone250-638-8887

George Little House, Terrace's premier heritage home, built in 1914, is now the place where Terrace's community & culture come together. It is the VIA Rail Station & the information hub for downtown Terrace & area. The house showcases & retails antiques, local art, jewellery, pottery, books, topography maps, concert ticket sales & hosts summer Sunday flea markets with vendors that have unique finds on treasure laden tables. The George Little House is only one of many historic & cultural attractions in the Terrace area that you won't want to miss; our knowledgeable staff will make sure you get to the rest.

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Huble Homestead Historic Site - Prince George

40 Km North On Mitchell Rd
Prince George, British Columbia
V2L 3G5
Websitehttp://www.hublehomestead.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-564-7033

Huble Homestead is a heritage site located at the base of the historic Giscome Portage. Originally a homestead & fur trading post, the site has been restored to its 1915 condition & is open to the public from May to October for guided tours, lunch & shopping in the General Store. Special events are held throughout the summer featuring blacksmithing & pioneer demonstrations, entertainment, games & contests for the whole family. Huble Homestead is located 40 km north of Prince George, just off Hwy 97 on Mitchell Road.

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North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site - Port Edward

1889 Skeena Dr
Port Edward, British Columbia
V0V 1G0
Websitehttp://www.northpacificcannery.ca/
Toll-free
Phone250-628-3538

Located on the outskirts of Port Edward, 20 km from Prince Rupert, the North Pacific Cannery's history is unique and comparable to few of the other canneries on the west coast of North America. Established in 1889, it had almost 90 years of continuous salmon production and fish processing until ending in the late 1970s.

Experience the history of BC's oldest surviving salmon cannery. Take a walk along the boardwalks and experience early coastal lifestyle. Tours are offered daily and are included in admission. Gift shop, restaurant and accommodations are also available.

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Central BC Railway & Forestry Museum - Prince George

850 River Rd
Prince George, British Columbia
V2L 5S8
Websitehttp://www.pgrfm.bc.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-563-7351

The Railway and Forestry Museum is a place to explore.

Climb aboard locomotives, plows, speeders, fire engines and railcars. Ever been inside a beehive burner? Tour Penny Station and relive 1915 through the eyes of the old Station Master. The museum also has an incredible selection of chainsaws dating back to 1938 as well as the really big forestry equipment used in the early logging days of Prince George.

See the whole park on the Cottonwood Mini Rail ride and leave some time to learn about what's in our latest exhibit and visit the unique 'trains' gift shop.

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Fort St. John North Peace Museum - Fort St. John

9323 - 100th St
Fort St. John, British Columbia
V1J 4N4
Websitehttp://www.fsjmuseum.com
Toll-free
Phone250-787-0430

The Fort St. John North Peace Museum tells the story of the North Peace region from First Nations' settlements and the fur trade to the oil and gas industries of today.

Explore our tepee, trapper's cabins, fur trade artifacts, blacksmith's shop, 1921 school room, 1930s dentist office, missionary chapel, 1930 Outpost Hospital room, post office, general store, British Columbia Police Barracks, furnished rooms of a pioneer home and more!

Touch dinosaur footprints and fossils, learn how beaver felt hats were made, and sort mail in our post office. Please call ahead for guided or group tours or for more information.

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Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay - Skidegate

2 Second Beach Rd
Skidegate, British Columbia
V0T 1S1
Websitehttp://www.haidaheritagecentre.com
Toll-free
Phone250-559-7885

The Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay in Skidegate on Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), opened in July, 2007. The Centre, located at the site of the old Haida seaside village of Kaay Llnagaay, or "Sea Lion Town", showcases the living culture of the Haida, dating back over 12,000 years. Six monumental cedar totem poles carved by Haida artists stand in front of the Haida longhouses, which are connected by interior walkways & atrium space. The Centre incorporates the Haida Gwaii Museum, a gift shop, canoe house, carving shed, performing house, the Bill Reid Teaching Centre & a cafe.

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Prince Rupert Port Interpretive Centre - Prince Rupert

215 Cow Bay Rd
Prince Rupert, British Columbia
V8J 1A2
Websitehttp://www.rupertport.com/centre
Toll-free
Phone250-624-4559

Located on the ground floor of the Atlin Terminal on the waterfront of Prince Rupert's historic Cow Bay district, the Port Interpretive Centre tells the story of the Port of Prince Rupert. It is a story that stretches from 10,000 years ago - when the area was a trading hub for the Tsimshian First Nation - to the present, with the rapid growth of the port's commerce in containers, coal, and grain. At the Port Interpretive Centre, explore where we come from and where we're going. Visit us for a free educational tour and discover a world of opportunity.

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Salmon Trails - Smithers

1425 Main Street
Smithers, British Columbia
V0J 2N0
Websitehttp://www.salmontrails.com
Toll-free
Phone250-877-9529

Explore the cultures of northwest British Columbia. Enjoy the the adventure of discovering the places less well known in this beautiful part of Canada at your own speed. Discover the uniqueness of culture which we call rural Canadiana. Follow the locations on Salmon Trails and discover a truly unique part of Canada. Unspoiled, stunning landscapes filled with warm & friendly people. Travel Salmon Trails and see a part of British Columbia which is less well traveled. Discover our cultures and our people. Be your own navigator. Only Salmon Trails lets you discover our territory at your own leisure. We look forward to meeting you.

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The Exploration Place - Science Centre & Museum - Prince George

333 Becott Pl
Prince George, British Columbia
V2L 4V7
Websitehttp://www.theexplorationplace.com
Toll-free866-562-1612
Phone250-562-1612

Our galleries showcase local heritage, First Nations, natural history, science & paleontological exhibits. Visit in the Biome Gallery with our collection of live arthropods, fish, amphibians & reptiles. Play billiards on the first table in the North. Our shortest visitors will love our dino dig pit, sternwheeler play structure & water table. The George Phillips Exhibit Gallery features travelling exhibitions that change with the seasons. Some days in the summer we are operating Canada's shortest railroad featuring our 1912 narrow gauge steam engine The Little Prince - call for dates & times.

Come stretch your legs & your brains; located along the Fraser River in beautiful Fort George Park. We can't wait to welcome you!

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