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Telkwa

Telkwa is a small community that lies in the Bulkley Valley along the Yellowhead Highway 16 in Northern British Columbia. The town is surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape, and has a rich history and culture. There are many provincial parks in the area where you can enjoy numerous outdoor activities including fishing and hiking. Also, be sure to check out Narnia Farms, a certified organic herb farm with plantings of common herbs for harvesting plus gorgeous herb display gardens, a dye garden, culinary herb garden and a tea garden.

The Bulkley Valley and north to the Yukon border support an abundant and diverse population of wildlife. Certified guides offer world class wilderness adventures from hunting, trail rides, and angling excursions, to horseback expeditions, wildlife viewing and photo safaris. Moose inhabit willow-rich river valleys, and sub boreal timber areas. Grizzly and black bear are numerous throughout this area. In fall, the bears are found feeding in salmon streams. Stone sheep are also common in the northern region in the mountainous terrain of the Stikine and Cassiar Mountains. Additionally, mountain caribou can be found in the high alpine tundra and plateau country from Tweedsmuir Park to north of the 56th parallel.

For those with an interest in history, the Telkwa Museum, which is housed in the original 1920 school building, is an excellent place to learn about the town’s heritage. Visitors can also take a walking tour of 26 restored heritage buildings including the 1910 St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Hong Chong’s Laundry and Bath House and the Interior Creamery.

Playground at the Moricetown RV Park in Telkwa.

Location

Telkwa is located in North Central British Columbia, 15 km (10 mi) southeast of Smithers, 49 km (30 mi) northwest of Houston on Yellowhead Highway 16, halfway between Prince George and Prince Rupert.

The Moricetown RV Park in Telkwa.

A Step Back in Time

There has been some debate over the years as to the Origin of the name Telkwa; however it is commonly accepted that Telkwa is a native term meaning the “meeting of the waters”. It describes the picturesque joining of the Bulkley and Telkwa Rivers in the heart of the town. The history of Telkwa has also ebbed and flowed with the dramatic changes of the community with the Telegraph Trail, the rush of settlers at the turn of the Century, and the arrival of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway.

In 1914 Telkwa suffered a major fire and many of the downtown buildings were destroyed. Although the efforts to rebuild started immediately, many businesses were expanding and moved to the new Grand Trunk Pacific town site of Smithers.

Today a number of buildings remain as a tribute to Telkwa’s heritage and tell the stories of pioneering in the Bulkley Valley. Located on Highway 16 in downtown Telkwa stands the first pioneer church, St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, which was built in 1910 and serviced by the “traveling parson”. The first main school house, built in 1920, also remains and today houses the town’s Museum. Many other residential and commercial buildings also remain as testaments of Telkwa’s past and can be toured with a self-guided walking tour of the downtown core.

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Village of Telkwa Office

Telkwa & Nearby Accommodations

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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
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
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
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
'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
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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