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Smithers

Smithers is a community with a borderline humid continental/subarctic climate in northern British Columbia. The region is known for its world class skiing and fishing, particularly for steelhead. Other available activities include soccer, volleyball, hockey, baseball, downhill mountain biking, cross-country skiing, hiking, quaddingd, and snowmobiling. The many lakes and rivers in the area are excellent for kayaking and canoeing.

The Bulkley Valley offers a self-guided Culture Crawl through the history of the Bulkley Valley. The Museum features artefacts and documents which detail the history of the region. The Smithers Art Gallery, which opened in 1972, features exhibitions from local and regional artists. The gallery is home to many beautiful and exciting works of art, with shows booked at least 2 years in advance.

Totem Pole at the Glacier View RV Park in Smithes.

The community of Moricetown is just 33 km (20.5 mi) north, and is well worth the trip. The current village was built during the early 1900s. Evidence of Native American inhabitants date back to around 5,500 years ago. The region is mainly a native american settlement, and their rich culture is easily observable here.

Location

The Town of Smithers is situated in the Bulkley Valley of Northern British Columbia along Yellowhead Highway 16. It is approximately half way between the cities of Prince Rupert and Prince George. The Town’s location is positioned with excellent road, rail and air connections to the rest of the province of British Columbia.

A Step Back in Time

The community of Smithers was founded in 1913 as the divisional headquarters of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. The community took its name from Sir Alfred Smithers, the chairman of the board of directors of the railway. Lake Kathlyn is one of the most familiar spots in the area. The lake is named after Sir Alfred’s daughter.

In 1921, British Columbia incorporated the village of Smithers. The town, encouraged a steady growing economy through the development of local mineral and agricultural resources. In 1967, it moved from the status of village to an incorporated town.

Pioneer settlers made the region their home because of the fertile valley soil, its abundant mineral riches and imposing coniferous forests. Later, tourism played an important part of the economic foundation of the area. Following World War II, many Europeans immigrated to Smithers, notably Dutch and Swiss families.

Cabin deck at Glacier View RV Park in Smithers.

Contact Information

Tourism Smithers

Smithers & Nearby Accommodations

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Capri Motor Inn
Beaver Point Resort
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
Kyah RV Park in Moricetown

Kyah RV Park in Moricetown

Moricetown

World class fishing, July-August. Pull-thrus, full services, washrooms, showers, laundry, shaded areas, firepits, firewood. Interpretive Centre and Museum, a new addition, come and learn historical information on the Wetsuweten people. ... 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
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
Shady Rest RV Park

Shady Rest RV Park

Houston

15 & 30 amp sites available. Full hooks-ups available. Free high speed internet. Sani-dump. Some sites have firepits. Wood available from office. Dry camping with three covered shelters. Large gazebo with tables and BBQ for everyone to use. Laundromat on site. Dog friendly with large off-leash area. ... Read more
'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
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
Birch Bay Resort

Birch Bay Resort

Francois Lake

Birch Bay Resort is located on the northeast end of Francois Lake. This first class year round family resort in Central British Columbia offers great fishing, hiking and boating - with accommodations fit for all occasions. Birch Bay offers full serviced R.V. sites each having water, power, sewer, pi ... Read more
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