Get a window seat and have your camera ready for the flight from Vancouver to Terrace. The route takes a scenic journey over Bowen Island before turning up the Sunshine Coast and then flying over remote mountains and enormous glaciers.
Terrace is a small town in the heart of northwestern BC and is the perfect base for exploring the region. Fly in and pick up a rental car, or drive there if time allows. Start your trip by driving along Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) towards Prince Rupert, and turn down a small logging road to visit the secluded Exstew Falls. Walk five minutes to the lower falls or take a more strenuous 15-minute stroll to the upper falls to see two entirely different vistas. Be wowed by hundreds of falls seen from the water on an exhilarating boat tour up the Exchamsiks Valley. Here, waterfalls plummet from cloud-engulfed mountaintops into the pristine wilderness valley. Watch for bald eagles soaring overhead, and you might even spot a grizzly.
Take a drive up Nass Valley Road to see lakes and waterfalls such as Kitsumkalum Lake and the glacial-fed Vetter Falls. Be sure to check out the surreal and otherworldly lava landscape in Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park. (Note: at the time of publishing (May, 2021), the Nass Valley is no longer accessible to visitors due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Check with the Nisga’a Nation by phone or email before you travel.)