Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Park Photo Kim Walker
Iskut is a small community in the Stikine Country of northwestern British Columbia. Most of the towns residents are of an aboriginal descent. The majestic beauty of British Columbia is present here, as the region is still rather under developed. The Iskut River Provincial Park contains the Iskut River Hot Springs which are a natural landmark of the area.
There are several other, large Provincal 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-level of hikers. The region also contains 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.
Iskut is located on the Stewart-Cassiar Highway 37, 65 km (40 mi) south of Dease Lake.
The Tahltan People have lived on the banks of the Stikine River for centuries, surviving from their hunting and trapping skills. In 1958, when a lighting fire struck Iskut causing great devastation, many locals appropriately 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 Iskuts’ inhabitants are descendants of the Tahltan First Nations.