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Smithers

Smithers is a community with a borderline humid continental/subarctic climate in the Bulkley Valley in Northern British Columbia. The region is known for its world class skiing and fishing, particularly for steelhead.  Mountain biking, cross-country skiing, hiking, quadding, and snowmobiling are all popular in the area. The many lakes and rivers 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 artifacts and documents which detail the history of the region. The Smithers Art Gallery, which opened in 1972, houses exhibitions from local and regional artists. The gallery is home to many beautiful and exciting works of art.

Totem Pole at the Glacier View RV Park in Smithes.

The community of Witset (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 and 204 km (127 mi) east of Terrace, 15 km (10 mi) west of Telkwa, 64 km (40 mi) west of Houston.

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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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
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
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
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
Shady Rest RV Park

Shady Rest RV Park

Houston

15 and 30 amp sites available. 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. Large off-leash area. Bathrooms with free showers. Big Rig Friendly sites up to 75 ft. Mechanical ad ... More Details
'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
Coopdoggs Fishing Lodge

Coopdoggs Fishing Lodge

Topley Landing

Three cabins and a chalet to rent. 31 full hook-up RV sites and 86 campsites with firepits. Showers, large camping area can accommodate corporate groups, family reunions and weddings or just a large group of friends. Services include fishing tackle store, firewood, boat rentals and laundromat. Arcad ... 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
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