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Located in Northern British Columbia, between the cities of Prince Rupert and Prince George along Yellowhead Highway 16, Houston is a key supply and service centre for this area. Nearby communities include Telkwa and Smithers to the west and Burns Lake to the east.
Known as the Steelhead Capital of the World, Houston is also home to the world’s largest fly rod at 60 ft long and made entirely out of aluminum, hence this is a popular destination for anglers.
Two famous fly-fishing rivers (the Bulkley Valley and Morice River) meet at Houston. Their legendary steelhead runs provide much of the recreation. The numerous lakes within the area are home to Rainbow, Cutthroat, and Kokanee trout, as well as Chinook and Coho salmon.
The area lakes are also popular for boating, canoeing and kayaking and spending lazy days on the water. For those looking for higher-impact activities there is an abundance of hiking trails offering breathtaking scenery, and a chance to enjoy the wildlife.
In the winter, you can take in the snow-covered scenery while cross-country skiing on groomed trails and other nature trails around the area.
Houston is located in Northwestern BC, 411 km (256 mi) east of Prince Rupert and 307 km (191 mi) west of Prince George along Highway 16. Highway 16 links British Columbia with Northern Alberta and Alaska Highway 97 and the Stewart-Cassiar Highway 37, the two routes to the Yukon and Alaska.
Before Houston was established in the early 1900s, the area was known as Pleasant Valley. The village was named after John Houston, the former Mayor of Nelson, BC. When the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway came into the area in 1912, the town became a tie-cutting centre. The first hotel was a large tent.