'Ksan Historical Village and Museum, Hazelton, Photo Destination BC Grant Harder

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Hazelton

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The Hazelton area is comprised of several communities including: two municipalities (the Village of Hazelton and District of New Hazelton); three unincorporated settlements (South Hazelton, Two Mile, and the Kispiox Valley); and four First Nations’ Villages (Gitanmaax, Hagwilget, Glen Vowell and Kispiox). The culture and art of the region is representative of it populace, who are mostly aboriginal. The many totem poles on display in the area for visitors showcase this. As well as the Gitxsan Cutural Days, where ‘Ksan dancers perform the “Chief’s Competitive Dance”. Additionally, the region provides opportunity for many outdoor activities such as Fishing and Hiking. The area provides many local habitats for wildlife.

The ‘Ksan Indian Village, this historic site illustrates many features of a Gitxsan village from the distant past. For example, like its predecessors, ‘Ksan’s houses form a single line with each building facing the river. Thus making the large decorated house fronts and totem poles of the village visible from the water. The area also has a Museum whose collection consists of approximately 600 items. Comprised of both ceremonial and utilitarian materials, this collection illustrates the great diversity within the material culture of the Gitxsan. Items include bent boxes, ceremonial masks, button blankets, shaman’s regalia, fishing gear, hunting utensils, and assorted lithic artifacts housed in a proper museum facility with environmental controls.

Finally, the Hagwilget Suspension bridge which is one of the highest suspension bridges in North America. The bridge looms 81 meters (265) over the scenic waters of the Bulkley River.

Location

The Hazeltons are located 290 km (180 mi) northeast of Prince Rupert and 60 km (45 mi) west of Smithers on the Yellowhead Highway 16. ‘Old Hazelton’, is located on the banks of the Skeena River about 7 km (4 mi) off Highway 16.
Regular daily flights to and from Vancouver are available at Smithers and Terrace. Passenger train service on Via Rail is available at New Hazelton, as is the twice-daily Greyhound Bus service. The BC and Alaska State Ferry connect to this region through Prince Rupert.

A Step Back in Time

For centuries, the Hazelton area has been home to the Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en people. Since the 1860s, bustling pioneer communities have also risen around the confluence of the Skeena and Bulkley Rivers. This unique sharing of an unequalled wilderness setting has made the Hazeltons the historic heartland of Northwest BC.

In a majestic setting, dominated by the 3000′ walls of therugged Roche de Boule Range, is the Hazeltons. A ‘must see’ for those traveling Highway 16 between Prince George and Prince Rupert. The region takes its’ name from the many hazel bushes that paint the river-carved terraces.
The frontier spirit lives on in Hazelton. “Old Town’s” restored heritage buildings serve as a reminder of the days when Hazelton was the commercial centre of the Northwest wilderness.

From 1886 to 1913, Hazelton was the upriver terminus for a fleet of sternwheelers that plied the wild rapids of the Skeena. At which point, the people and supplies reaching Hazelton were dispersed inland to mines, farms, and far-flung settlements. During this boisterous time, the area was home to heroic outlaws, mysterious anarchist bank robbers, daring riverboat captains, and a score of legendary wilderness eccentrics. The region maintains a friendly pioneer town atmosphere, making it easy to imagine the sound of riverboat whistles blowing, signaling the arrival of supplies, settlers, and long nights of revelry.

In 1914, hundreds of construction workers and homesteaders came to the valley. They were transported in on a transcontinental rail line which was pushed down the Skeena Valley. It was at this time that, in anticipation of a boon from the railroad, New Hazelton and South Hazelton were established.

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'Ksan Campground

'Ksan Campground

Hazelton

We here at the ‘Ksan Campground welcome guests with open arms. Come here for tenting and full-service sites. We are located near the Historical Pioneer Village of Hazelton and directly beside the Ksan Historic Museum and Village. Our small little town has various places for tourists to wander to a ... Read more
Glacier View RV Park & Cabin Rentals

Glacier View RV Park & Cabin Rentals

Smithers

Located in beautiful Smithers with panoramic views of glaciers. Join us for a relaxing vacation as you sit back and listen to the sounds of nature. We offer various accommodations, including cabins, cottages and serviced sites, to suit every need. Our self-contained cabins and cottages feature runni ... Read more
Riverside Municipal Campground

Riverside Municipal Campground

Smithers

Situated on the Bulkley River, Riverside Park Municipal Campground & RV Park is a beautiful, peaceful destination for guests wanting to relax on their holidays. Operated by the Town of Smithers, the campground offers safe, quiet and simple approach to camping. Enjoy spectacular views at your site an ... Read more
Fort Telkwa Riverfront RV Campground

Fort Telkwa Riverfront RV Campground

Telkwa

Every site overlooks the Bulkley River with mountain views and are able to access free unlimited WiFi at site. Full services include 30/50 amp, sewer, water, cable TV. We have a free RV Wash, free private shower rooms, free sauna, coin laundry, boat launch, campfires, nature trails. Can accommodate ... Read more
Wild Duck Motel & RV Park

Wild Duck Motel & RV Park

Terrace

We welcome you to spend your nights at our exceptionally clean motel and RV Park, conveniently located close to town on Hwy 16 W. The motel has recently been renovated, updating the sleeping and kitchen units. All units feature alarm clock radios, high speed internet, full cable TV, fridge, and comp ... Read more
Prince Rupert RV Campground

Prince Rupert RV Campground

Prince Rupert

Located conveniently on Hwy 16 less than half mile to BC and Alaska Ferries Terminal and minutes to downtown Prince Rupert. Stay and relax before you depart for or after you arrive from Haida Gwaii, Queen Charlotte Islands, Port Hardy, or Alaska. ... Read more
Kinnikinnick RV Park & Cabin Rentals

Kinnikinnick RV Park & Cabin Rentals

Port Edward

Nestled between ocean & mountains, Kinnikinnick features uniquely designed, beautiful & private level sites (serviced & unserviced), all of the amenities you expect including laundry, internet, firewood and more. With eagles soaring above and deer browsing about, the true flavor of the North Coast i ... Read more
Takysie Lake Resort

Takysie Lake Resort

Burns Lake

Welcome to Takysie Lake Resort, the ideal vacation destination for both fishermen and non-fishermen! Sit on the dock or in your boat and watch the fish leap from the water to catch their meal. Relax in our tranquil getaway, listen to the sounds of the loons and watch ospreys soar across the sky. Sit ... Read more
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