Shopping (Kevin Arnold photo)
Regardless of why they've come to Smithers, at some point during their stay, visitors will spend a morning or afternoon strolling along Main Street.
Shopping on Smithers' Main Street
The town's main commercial hub is great for browsing in delis and eateries, unique local boutiques, outdoor clothing and equipment outlets, and retail chain stores. It's here shoppers find everything from the trendiest touring skis and 100% hemp underwear to Indian prayer bowls and fresh, regionally-raised and locally-processed meat.
Stretching from the railway tracks at the bottom of Hudson Bay Mountain to Highway 16, Main Street cuts through the centre of Smithers' downtown core. Just a few short blocks with four-way stops at every intersection, the area's slow traffic and easy-to-read signs make it pedestrian-friendly. The alpine look of most buildings also makes for a pleasant atmosphere.
Some of the shops along the strip have been there for decades, others are less than a year old. More and more specialty businesses are moving into the prized real estate area all the time, packing the five or so blocks with great options.