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Hazelton

The Hazelton area is located along the Yellowhead Hwy 16 in Northern British Columbia and 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 is an historic site illustrating 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 with a collection consisting 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.

The Hagwilget Suspension bridge is one of the highest suspension bridges in North America. It looms 81 m (265 ft) over the scenic waters of the Bulkley River.

Location

The Hazeltons are located 144 km (90 mi) northeast of Terrace and 290 km (180 mi) northeast of Prince Rupert and 75 km (46 mi) northwest 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.

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 unequaled wilderness setting has made the Hazeltons the historic heartland of Northwest BC.

In a majestic setting, dominated by the 3000 ft walls of the rugged 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. The “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 Cabin Rentals

Glacier View 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 and cottages.  Our self-contained cabins and cottages feature running water, power, fully-equipped ki ... 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
Witset RV Park & Campground

Witset RV Park & Campground

Witset

The 40-site campground is located 30 km north of Smithers just off Hwy 16. Overlooks the beautiful Witset Canyon with access to world-class salmon fishing. 32 sites have 30/50 amp service, 19 fully-serviced with water (8 pull-thrus). Free WiFi and one load of firewood. Laundry facilities and fishing ... 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, coin laundry, boat launch, campfires, nature trails. Can accommodate all sizes of RV's. Self-contained RVs o ... 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
Hirsch Creek Park

Hirsch Creek Park

Kitimat

Located on the outskirts of Kitimat and bisected by Hirsch Creek (from downtown follow Highway 37 north, turn left into Hirsch Creek Park immediately after crossing Hirsch Creek Bridge). There is a horseshoe pit located near the covered area. This area is designated a wilderness/natural area. Minima ... Read more
Radley Park Campground

Radley Park Campground

Kitimat

Radley Park is located on the banks of the Kitimat River. The park is an excellent short or long term base for fishing or a relaxing weekend. The park boasts universal washroom and shower facilities, smoker, boat launch, electrical sites, free sani-dump and firewood. Your adventure awaits in Kitimat ... Read more
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