Telkwa

Telkwa village is a small community 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, visitors can enjoy numerous outdoor activities including fishing and hiking. Visitors should 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. There is also a dye garden, culinary herb garden and a tea garden. Some of the products include; jams, jellies, teas, honey, candles, soaps, mustards, and seasonings.

The Bulkley Valley and north to the Yukon border support an abundant and diverse population of wildlife. Certified guides offer world class wilderness adventures suited to virtually every taste 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 56 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, 11 km (7 mi) south of Smithers 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.

Contact Information

Village of Telkwa Office

Telkwa & Nearby Accommodations

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Fort Telkwa Riverfront RV Campground

Fort Telkwa Riverfront RV Campground

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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
Kyah RV Park in Moricetown

Kyah RV Park in Moricetown

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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
Riverside Municipal Campground

Riverside Municipal Campground

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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
Glacier View RV Park & Cabin Rentals

Glacier View RV Park & Cabin Rentals

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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
'Ksan Campground

'Ksan Campground

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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

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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

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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
Takysie Lake Resort

Takysie Lake Resort

Burns Lake

Welcome to Takysie Lake Resort, the ideal vacation destination for both fishermen and non-fishermen! Sit on the dock or in your boat and watch the fish leap from the water to catch their meal. Relax in our tranquil getaway, listen to the sounds of the loons and watch ospreys soar across the sky. Sit ... Read more
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