Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Park Photo Kim Walker
Iskut is a small community in the Stikine Country of Northern British Columbia. Most of the town’s residents are of an aboriginal descent. The majestic beauty of British Columbia is present here, as the region is still mainly under-developed. The Iskut River Provincial Park is home to the Iskut River Hot Springs which are a natural landmark of the area.
There are several other, large Provincial Parks in the area which house a wide abundance of wildlife. Visitors have the opportunity to view many animals in their natural habitats, such as grizzly and black bears, moose, caribou, wolves, beavers and over 140 species of birds. There are also many marked trails for all skill-levels of hikers. The region also contains the largest huckleberry patch in British Columbia as a result of a huge fire, which devastated the region almost fifty years ago. The local bears can frequently be spotted digging into a huckleberry feast, preparing for their winter hibernation.
Iskut is well known for its many rivers and lakes, which provide excellent paddling conditions for both whitewater rafting, canoeing and kayaking. There are a number of river rafting companies who offer treks through Iskut’s vast wilderness. Experienced paddlers enjoy the challenge of the Stikine River, although some parts do require a local guide. Spatsizi Provincial Park also has a number of lakes, which are perfect for canoeing or kayaking.
The Tahltan People have lived on the banks of the Stikine River for centuries, living from their hunting and trapping skills. In 1958, when a lightning fire struck Iskut causing great devastation, many locals nicknamed the town ‘Barrage Burn’. Today, residents claim the huckleberry bushes which cover the burn constitute the largest patch in the province.
The majority of Iskut’s inhabitants are descendants of the Tahltan First Nations.