Stewart-Cassier Highway

Historic Cow Bay

(Lonnie Wishart photo)

Northern British Columbia

Food, Wine & Relaxation

Liard River Hot Springs (Albert Normandin photo)

Liard River Hot Springs (Albert Normandin photo)

If you like seafood, you'll love Northern British Columbia. Summer is the optimal time to savour freshly caught fish and other local bounty, but the dining is delicious and diverse year round.

Prince Rupert offers a stunning array of crab, prawns, shrimp, halicut, rockfish and salmon. Visit its Cow Bay waterfront district to enjoy a meal with views of cruise ships, kayaks, boats, otters and seals. Prince George, Northern BC's most urbanized city, boasts more than 100 restaurants serving a variety of local and international cuisine.

Prince George is also home to BC's most northern winery, Northern Lights Estate Winery. Sample some of their delectable fruit wines, take a tour, and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the lovely patio overlooking the river.

For a remote and relaxing getaway, sign up for a luxurious cooking school at a wilderness lodge on Langara Island, located off the northern tip of Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands.

Farmers Markets

Many northern communities host summer markets which bring the best of local produce, baked goods and specialty products to the public. Look for markets in Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Prince George, Fort St. James, Smithers and Terrace. Ask at local Visitor Centres for time and location info.


The Nisga'a village Gingolx, situated at the mouth of the Nass River, hosts July's Crabfest, an Aboriginal music festival featuring over 30 vendors with arts, crafts, and delicious food.

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