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Prince Rupert
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Outdoor Adventures in Northern BC

Northern BC takes outdoor adventure to a whole new level. Try everything from a guided interpretive hike over a lava bed, rafting the legendary Tatshenshini-Alsek River, kayaking to ancient village sites on Haida Gwaii, or going 12 rounds with a wild steelhead on the Skeena River.

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Alaska Highway

Before embarking along the storied Alaska Highway, don’t miss a stop at Mile Zero in... Read more Dawson Creek to uncover the hidden history of the Alaska Highway. Exhibits at Alaska Highway House reveal the fascinating human backstory to this massive engineering feat. North of Dawson Creek, find adventure and solitude in the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area, 6.4 million ha/16 million ac of wilderness so rich in wildlife it’s been dubbed the “Serengeti of the North”.  As you drive past forests, wetlands and snowy peaks, watch for black bears, Stone’s sheep, bison and mountain goats.

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Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park

Unwind in the spectacular natural setting of Liard Hot Springs, an essential stop when travelling the Alaska Highway. Follow the boardwalk to an open-air pool and take in the unique flora while watching for moose and other wildlife. Water temperatures in the pool range from 42-52°C/107-125°F. For a special retreat, visit the hot springs during winter and relax in the steaming pool as snow covers the trees and marshland. The springs are in Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park, about three hours north of Fort Nelson. Camping? Book early; the sites here fill fast.

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Northern Rockies Lodge

Enjoy world-class fishing in the unspoiled wilderness of the Northern Rocky Mountains. Fly-out daily from our comfortable lodge & choose from over 70 pristine remote lakes & streams. Fly-fish or spin cast in BC's Arctic & Pacific watersheds for ra...
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Stone Mountain Provincial Park

Hikers can view mountain valleys with alpine meadows & lakes, walk-in sites, day use areas, drinking water, pit toilets, boat launch, fishing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, biking, horseback riding with pre-approved permit.
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Monkman Provincial Park

Monkman Provincial Park is nestled between the Hart Ranges & Central Rocky Mountains. A diverse natural landscape encompasses alpine meadows, jagged mountain peaks, forested valleys, thundering waterfalls & clear alpine lakes. Kinuseo Falls is hig...
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Haida Gwaii

Haida Gwaii is a remote archipelago about an hour’s flight or seven hours by ferry from... Read more Prince Rupert. It’s also among the most culturally and ecologically rich places on earth. Kayak among the islands and abandoned village sites of Gwaii Haanas on the southern part of the archipelago. Pick from day or multi-day packages and join a Haida cultural ambassador on anything from beach hikes, canoe tours and salmon fishing to Haida feasts and helicopter flight-seeing.

Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures

Guided sea kayaking tours of northern Vancouver Island, The Great Bear Rainforest & Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). Base camp & expedition-style tours ranging from four to fifteen days. Join us at our Orca Waters Base Camp for the best in w...
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Bluewater Adventures

Bluewater Adventures offers 'once in a lifetime' wilderness expeditions along the north coast of BC and in Southeast Alaska. Our multi-day, live-aboard trips explore the remote wilderness of coastal British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. Travellin...
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Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve

Let your spirit wander in Gwaii Haanas. Travel by boat or kayak through this remote, roadless wilderness in southern Haida Gwaii. More than 600 archaeological sites are scattered among 138 forested islands including SGang Gwaay Llnagaay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring remains of houses and carved mortuary and memorial poles.

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Naikoon Provincial Park

Savour views of the Alaska Panhandle and walk for miles along a wide, beautiful beach at Naikoon Provincial Park on the northeast corner of Haida Gwaii. Explore the shipwreck at East Beach; it lies about an hour’s walk from Misty Meadows campground. After all the beachcombing, climb Tow Hill for panoramic views. In Tlell, settle into a riverside room at Haida House at Tllaal and explore the area with a Haida cultural ambassador. Come evening, savour traditional foods at the restaurant. Haida Gwaii is two hours from Vancouver or a short hop from Prince Rupert by air, or via BC Ferries’ seven-hour sailing from Prince Rupert to Skidegate.
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Tatshenshini-Alsek River Rafting

For a truly epic adventure, fly north for an amazing rafting journey and wildlife-viewing experience along the Tatshenshini-Alsek River in BC’s remote northwest. Flowing past hundreds of glaciers and some of North America’s highest peaks, this river system is on many rafters' must-do list. Nahanni River Adventures run multi-day river expeditions from Whitehorse, Yukon.

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Prince George

Prince George, known as BC’s northern capital, is a great base for exploring the wild.... Read more Fish for salmon in one of the many lakes around the area, hop aboard BC’s history at the Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum. More adventure? Explore the surrounding wilderness by jet boat with River Jet Boat Safaris or, if you’re an experienced spelunker, check out the caves at Evanoff Provincial Park.

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Ancient Forest

The Ancient Forest Trail, 113km/70 mi east of Prince George is home to trees that are thought to be 1,000 years old or more. Explore a unique eco-system – a forest with attributes of both a coastal rainforest and a northern boreal forest; an easy to moderate hike with interpretive signage leads to a beautiful waterfall.

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Central BC Railway & Forestry Industry Museum

The Railway and Forestry Museum is a place to explore.

Climb aboard locomotives, plows, speeders, fire engines and railcars. Have you ever been inside a beehive burner? Tour Penny Station and relive 1915 through the eyes of the old Statio...

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Evanoff Provincial Park

Evanoff Provincial Park, 121 km/75 mi east of Prince George in the Northern Rockies, is home to the Fang Cave complex, one of Canada’s most significant cave networks. Experienced spelunkers can explore the caverns, while day hikers can trek to alpine lakes along the 6km/4 mi Fang Trail or the 1.5km/1 mi Torpy Trail.

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Prince Rupert

Highway 16 meets the sea at Prince Rupert, set among a cluster of forested islands near the... Read more mouth of the Skeena River.  Learn about Tsimshian history, art and technology at the Museum of Northern British Columbia, set in a stunning waterfront longhouse, or explore the shops, galleries and eateries in the fun and funky Cow Bay district. From the Cow Bay docks, charter a boat and cast a line for some of the North Coast’s legendary salmon, or join a kayak guide to navigate the surrounding fjords and islets.

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Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park

Join a Nisga'a guide to hike across a moonscape of hardened lava and learn about the history and legends of the Nisga’a people at Nisga’a Provincial Park. The park, about 100 km/60 mi north of Terrace, is the site of a volcanic eruption which dramatically altered the landscape 250 years ago. Guides are available through the park’s Visitor Centre; four nearby communities, including the Nisga’a villages of Gitlakdamix (New Aiyansh), Gitwinksihlkw (Canyon City), Lakalzap (Greenville) and Gingolx (Kincolith), offer food and accommodation.

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Thunder 1 Adventures

Come experience the adventure of a lifetime aboard the Thunder 1. World-class salmon & halibut fishing, spectacular whale watching, marine life viewing & gourmet meals all await you aboard your private yacht in the pristine wilderness of Northern ...
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Skeena River Fishing

The mighty Skeena River and its tributaries (the Kispiox, Bulkley and Babine) are famous among anglers for their hard-fighting and elusive steelhead. The Skeena system is home to one of the largest wild steelhead populations in the world. Terrace and Prince Rupert both make good bases for memorable fishing trips.

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The Salmon and Bear Glaciers

Feel like you’re on the edge of the world at the Bear and Salmon glaciers. From Terrace,... Read more head north along remote Highway 37 and 37A (sometimes referred to as the Glacier Highway) to the tiny town of Stewart. En route, stop at Bear Glacier Provincial Park to see the vast blue Bear Glacier. From Stewart, step across the border to Hyder, Alaska to see the massive Salmon Glacier.

Sea to Sky Expeditions

Sea to Sky Expeditions has been providing quality wilderness experiences since 1988. We offer a wide variety of activities & locations throughout BC. We are British Columbia's hiking experts, come join us on the West Coast Trail or take in a stunn...
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Sea to Sky Wilderness Adventures

In business since 1988, we offer some of the best wilderness adventures in British Columbia. Hiking, canoe, river rafting, & kayaking trips for beginners & experienced adventurers. Trips range from 6 to 12 days.

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Yellowhead Highway

Follow Highwy 16 - the Yellowhead Highway - to Smithers, a small town with stunning views and a... Read more plethora of outdoor opportunities. Join the locals for coffee and made-from-scratch European-style pastries at Schimmels Fine Pastries. Once fuelled up, explore mountain lakes and sub-alpine meadows in Babine Mountains Provincial Park– watch for mountain goats, moose, marmots and birdlife.

Babine Mountains Provincial Park

Drive beneath the jagged peaks of the Seven Sisters Mountains to Terrace. From here, fish for Skeena River salmon, hike mountain trails (often with more wildlife than people), bike the single-track on Copper Mountain, or trek across a moonscape of hardened lava at Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park. The park, about 100 km/60 mi north of Terrace, is the site of a volcanic eruption which dramatically altered the landscape 250 years ago.

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Copper Mountain Biking

Fat tires? Head for Copper Mountain, just outside of Terrace. The locals' choice for freeriding, it's home to a whole network of downhill single-track trails, complete with with jumps and structures.

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Seven Sisters Provincial Park

Hiking, canoeing, fishing, mountain biking and, in winter, snowmobiling, are just some of the activities available in this wilderness park, named for seven spectacular peaks along Highway 16 between Hazelton and Terrace.

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Canadian River Expeditions

River rafting & canoeing: Tatshenshini, Alsek, Stikine, Babine, Nahanni, Firth. Multi-day expeditions include camping, wildlife viewing, hiking, photography, birding, fishing & great food. The trusted experts with friendly, knowledgeable, qualifie...
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Places to Stay

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Aspen Inn & Suites

Enjoy one of the special gems Smithers has to offer each & every day of your stay & retire comfortably in our contemporary, alpine designed rooms that include warm wood furniture & duvet beds. Also, take your time to visit our Riverhouse Restauran...
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The Pacific Inn

The Pacific Inn's downtown location has undergone extensive guest room renovations; the addition of TheaAnne's Greek Palace Restaurant & our large scale mural project depicting two breaching Killer Whales. We also have a state of the art entrance ...
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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to Northern British Columbia and Haida Gwaii

You can fly to Prince Rupert or Prince George to begin your journey in Northern BC. Air Canada... Read more and  Pacific Coastal Airlines fly to Haida Gwaii from Vancouver and North Pacific Seaplanes serve the islands from Prince Rupert. If you plan to drive, follow Hwy 16, the Yellowhead Highway, or the Alaska Highway north.

Inside Passage Ferry

Take a ferry ride on British Columbia’s Inside Passage. BC Ferries’ Northern... Read more Adventure sails among the islands and fjords of BC’s remote mid-coast, home to mountain peaks, tall stands of fir and cedar, driftwood-strewn coves, remote First Nations communities, and the Great Bear Rainforest. Watch for seals, eagles, dolphins and even whales en route.  The Northern Adventure sails year-round from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert; summer sailings are all in daylight, so you won’t miss a moment. From Prince Rupert, you can continue by ferry to Haida Gwaii, or follow the Yellowhead Highway east.

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