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Terrace

Terrace is located in Northern British Columbia along Yellowhead Highway 16 and is known for lush forests of western red cedar, western hemlock, amabilis fir and Sitka spruce. It is the regional business centre for the area and located on a series of natural flat benches, or terraces (hence the name) within the broad Skeena River Valley. The relatively close proximity to the ocean (60 km / 37 mi), the low altitude (60 m / 196 feet above sea level), and its location within the shelter of the Coast Mountains has created a natural greenhouse effect. Rainfall is less than half of that found on the coast and temperatures are moderate – warm. This is enough to permit the growing of fruit orchards and specialty crops.

Outdoor recreation is popular with hiking and biking trails, paddling, boating and sport fishing. In the winter skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling are among some of the favorite activities. The most notable attraction of the area is the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) which can be viewed from one of the many parks. Terrace is one of only a few communities in British Columbia far enough north to see this magnificent spectacle.

North of Terrace accessed via Highway 201, is the stunning Nass Valley. This river valley was formed by molten lava traveling to the Pacific Ocean. Its long lava beds can be found in the Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park, and totem poles, Nisga’a art, and more are throughout the valley and in the four villages of New Aiyansh, Canyon City, Greenville and Kincolith.

Location

Terrace is located 210 km (130 mi) west of Smithers and 140 km (87 mi) east of Prince Rupert and close by Port Edward on Yellowhead Highway 16.

A Step Back in Time

The junction of the Skeena and the Kitsumkalum Rivers was originally the site of a Tsimshian Indian Village. At that time, fur trading and gold prospecting were the principal activities along the Pacific Shore, including the Skeena area from 1770 to 1900. In the early 1890’s, a steamboat route was established up the Skeena as far as Hazelton. Tom Thornhill settled permanently near what is now known as “Little Canyon” on the south side of the Skeena.

In 1905, George Little staked his pre-emption across the Skeena River, and purchased land in what is now known as Terrace. He gave land to the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, resulting in the creation of a railway station in Terrace, rather than at Kitsumkalum.
Up to World War II, the town existed as a sawmill community, having incorporated in 1927. In the early 1950s, Terrace began to serve as a distribution centre for the new town of Kitimat and became an important wood processing centre with the establishment of the Canadian Cellulose Company.

Terrace was once known as the cedar pole capital of the world. Over 50,000 poles were manufactured annually to supply many parts of North America with telephone and electric power poles. The world’s tallest pole (50 metres) was cut in Terrace and is currently standing in New York City.

The city’s mascot is the Kermodei bear, a rarely seen cream-coloured subspecies of black bear. Unique to BC’s north coast, the “spirit bear” is increasingly imperiled by habitat loss.

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Terrace & Nearby Accommodations

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Capri Motor Inn
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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
Hirsch Creek Park

Hirsch Creek Park

Kitimat

Located on the outskirts of Kitimat and bisected by Hirsch Creek (from downtown follow Highway 37 north, turn left into Hirsch Creek Park immediately after crossing Hirsch Creek Bridge). There is a horseshoe pit located near the covered area. This area is designated a wilderness/natural area. Minima ... Read more
Radley Park Campground

Radley Park Campground

Kitimat

Radley Park is located on the banks of the Kitimat River. The park is an excellent short or long term base for fishing or a relaxing weekend. The park boasts universal washroom and shower facilities, smoker, boat launch, electrical sites, free sani-dump and firewood. Your adventure awaits in Kitimat ... Read more
Glacier View Cabin Rentals

Glacier View 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 and cottages.  Our self-contained cabins and cottages feature running water, power, fully-equipped ki ... Read more
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
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
'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
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 ... Read more
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