British Columbia's north is a vast wilderness of grizzly bears, pristine glaciers, ancient totems and raw rugged beauty. Out of the vast land of white water, creeping glaciers and dense, ancient forests come tales of a wilderness steeped in mystery and adventure. The North is a land where outdoor recreation is a certainty and where alpine mountains and crystal clear lakes offer everything from helicopter skiing to salmon fishing. Ancient totems loom as a testament to show that aboriginal culture is not just vibrant, but alive and well. Visit and explore the North's mysterious wild rivers and deep forests.
Northern British Columbia offers stunning scenery and limitless outdoor adventure recreation. Speckled with countless rivers and streams, the landscape is adorned by unspoiled wildlife and is framed by picturesque backdrops. As a land trekked by true nature enthusiasts, lofty snow-capped mountains and deep plunging valleys that is Northern British Columbia will surround travellers.
|Atlin - Historic MV Tarahne Sternwheeler|
Like a large outdoor playground, the north offers an extensive wealth of wilderness recreation for those who choose to indulge. Tourists can find themselves hiking, river rafting and horse back riding all in one day. Other activities include golfing, alpine and cross-country skiing, mountaineering and camping. Those escaping to Northern BC often find themselves coming back year after year.
|Stewart - Meziadin Lake
Visitors can also explore the abundance of cultural heritage land in Northern BC. The Haida Nation has inhabited the Queen Charlotte Islands for 10,000 years and was recognized as the prime culture of the west coast when the Europeans first explored Canada. On the mainland, countless communities house the remains of once booming trading posts and mining or logging towns. Today, these cozy communities offer a getaway full of heritage and ancestry for those curious to explore.
| Queen Charlotte City
Traveling through Northern BC offers a wonderful glimpse of untouched wilderness. Four main highways give access to Northern BC: the Yellowhead Highway 16, the Alaska Highway 97, the Steward Cassiar Highway 37 and Atlin Highway 7. This huge, diverse region is surrounded by Alaska and the Yukon Territory to the North; the Pacific Ocean to the west; and Alberta and the Rockies to the east.
To read more on the regions of Northern British Columbia click on the links below.
Alaska Highway 97
Atlin Highway 7
Queen Charlotte Islands
Stewart Cassiar Highway 37
Yellowhead Highway 16
Background Photo Credit: Destination British Columbia