Before Houston was established in the early 1900's, the area was known as Pleasant Valley. The village was named after John Houston, the former Mayor of Nelson, BC. When the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway came into the area in 1912, the town became a tie-cutting center. The first hotel was a large tent.
Houston is located in Northwestern B.C., 465 km (290 mi) east of Prince Rupert and 320 km (199 mi) west of Prince George along Highway 16. Highway 16 links British Columbia with Northern Alberta and Highway 37, the route to the Yukon and Alaska. Located midway between two major centres, Houston is a key supply and service centre for this area.
Daily scheduled flights are available just 45 minutes from Houston. Houston's own airport, serves small and medium sized aircraft. Two helicopter services operate out of the Houston Area. Via Rail and Greyhound offer regular passenger service.
When Houston local Robby Bell won his second Canadian title as a bull rider, Red Menhinick decided to commemorate his victories. In doing so, the "Robby Bell Bull" was born. With donations from the community, Red and Rob's parents began the work on finding someone who would carve the statue for them. After going to many places they found Monty Braun from Chetwynd, who does wood carving all by chainsaws. Monty Braun started carving the bull and rider on April 20, 2001. It took him about 11 weeks to carve the sculpture. On July the 4th, 2001 the bull and rider were placed by the Houston Husky station using a crane to place it on its platform. The Bull and rider dedication ceremony was held in January where Robby himself was there to celebrate with his family and friends.
What started out as a drawing on a napkin by local resident Warner Jarvis turned into a community project to create Houston's greatest tourist attraction. The World's Largest Fly Rod sits menacingly between the Chamber of Commerce building and Steelhead Park, a symbolic reminder of the epic battle between humans and their sea-dwelling adversaries. The rod is 60-feet long and made entirely of aluminum.
There are free tours of the World's largest sawmill, Canfor, and the nearby Houston Forest Products operations.
Two famous fly fishing rivers (the Bulkley Valley and Morice River) meet at Houston. Their legendary steelhead runs provide much of the recreation. The numerous lakes within the area are home to Rainbow, Cutthroat, and Kokanee trout, as well as Chinook and Coho salmon.
Enjoy quiet boating on one of the many lakes in the area. Bring a rod and camera and take in the wilderness beauty.
An abundance of hiking trails offer breathtaking scenery, and a chance to enjoy the wildlife.
Take in the winter scenery while cross-country skiing on groomed cross country trails and other nature trails around the area.
Houston Chamber of Commerce
Box 396, 3289 Highway 16
Houston, BC V0J 1Z0
Background Photo Credit: Destination British Columbia