Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Park Photo Kim Walker

Kitwanga

Kitwanga is a very small community, located where the Kitwanga River converges with the Skeena River. Most of the towns’ inhabitants come from aboriginal descent. The art and culture of the area reflect this, with many ancient totems on display for visitors to enjoy. Due to this, many consider it one of the best places in BC to see authentic totem poles. Additionally, the many parks in the area offer scenic hiking tours that showcase the beauty of the region.

Kitwanga Totems Photo Tim Swanky

Kitwanga Totems Photo Tim Swanky

There are several notable, and historic sites in the area that visitors can view. Firstly, The Gitwangak Battle Hill, the remains of a fortified village occupied by the Gitwangak First Nation. This site is afforded excellent vantages up and down the Kitwanga River valley. Another is the ‘Ksan Historical Village and Museum exhibits nearly 600 items of ceremonial and utilitarian materials, showcasing the great diversity of the Gitxsan people. Furthermore, the town is home to Judith P. Morgan, a notable Aboriginal painter.

Location

Kitwanga is located on the Stewart-Cassiar Highway 37, 4 km (2.5 mi) north of the Yellowhead Highway 16 junction, between Kitwancool and the Gitwangak Indian reserves.

A Step Back in Time

The grass-covered hill at Kitwanga was the scene of fierce First Nations tribal battles two centuries ago; which resulted in the destruction of the Gitwangak fort and cedar dwellings. Previously these structures had stood to protect the Gitksan people, their fishing sites, and the active trade routes in the region.

This area has nurtured northwest coast native cultures for over 7,000 years, with the Gitksan and Wetsuwet’en peoples always living here, near where the Skeena River meets the Bulkley River. The Skeena River served as an ancient trade route, navigated by 60-foot cedar canoes. The boats travelled from the coast upriver to totem-filled villages with magical names like Temlaham, Gitanmax and Kispiox.

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Cassiar RV Park

Cassiar RV Park

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Nestled in the "Valley of Totems" and surrounded by snowcapped mountains, Cassiar RV Park is located 4 km. from the junction of Hwy #16 and Hwy #37, the newest and shortest route to Alaska. ... Read more
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Mountain Shadow RV Park

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We have a quiet, secluded, parklike setting with spectacular mountain vistas and lake views. Away from highway noise for a restful stop over or extended stay. At Mountain Shadow RV Park & Campground you will find a unique and breathtaking wilderness setting! ... Read more
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