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

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 ... More Details
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 ... More Details
Glacier View Cabin Rentals & RV Park

Glacier View Cabin Rentals & RV Park

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 to suit every need. Single queen kitchenette up to deluxe king full kitchen. Our self-contai ... More Details
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 ... More Details
Fort Telkwa Riverfront RV Park

Fort Telkwa Riverfront RV Park

Telkwa

Fort Telkwa Riverfront RV Park overlooks the Bulkley River with mountain views. Free unlimited WiFi is accessible at all sites and throughout the park. Full hook-ups include 30/50 amp, water, sewer, cable TV, WiFi. Self-Contained RVs only. We have a free RV wash, coin laundry, boat launch, campfires ... More Details
Terrace-Skeena Usk RV Park

Terrace-Skeena Usk RV Park

Terrace

Usk RV Park, ideally situated on the world famous Skeena River, located just 18 km east of Terrace and 1,355 km (830 miles) from Vancouver, BC. With world-class fly-fishing offered year-round just minutes from your trailer, Usk RV Park is situated in one of the best vacation and adventure destinati ... More Details
Waterlily Bay Resort

Waterlily Bay Resort

Terrace

Six lakefront campsites are located along the lakeshore, with stunning views of the lakes and mountains.  Full power and water hookups are available for each site.  All campsites have firepits with firewood available for purchase. For a more rustic experience 40 forestry campsites surrounded by lu ... More Details
Ferry Island Campground

Ferry Island Campground

Terrace

A unique campground and nature park nestled in the arms of the mighty Skeena River. Ferry Island Campground is a municipal campground composed of 103 campsites and conveniently located 3.5 km from downtown Terrace. This campground is surrounded by a 150-acre park that includes trails, children's pla ... More Details
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