Coquitlam, BC, Canada
Using Terrace as your staging point, the beauty, history and mystery of BC’s Northwest is all yours. Of course while you’re seeing the sights you will want to set some time aside for your tour of Terrace. A thriving, friendly city, Terrace is recognized as the commercial centre of the Northwest, and offers a rich cultural environment, as well as a wide range of accommodation, restaurants and other hospitality services. We’re world-famous for Skeena River sportfishing, fantastic vistas, and an endless supply of other outdoor pursuits ranging from leisurely to hearty. Be sure to keep an eye out for the elusive Kermodei bear, a white sub-species of the black bear--you’ll have to see it to believe it!
The Skeena River..."The River of Mists". The westward drive along the Skeena to Prince Rupert is as beautiful as its name implies. This 130 kilometre trip promises not to disappoint any with its view of snow-capped peaks and the meandering beauty of the mighty river itself. If you’re lucky, you might see the river’s famous oolighan run and watch scores of bald eagles dive for these small fish. For an interesting sidetrip, stop in at Shames Mountain Ski Resort on the way for a refreshment!
A lot of people are surprised when they hear that the coast’s longest inland fjord is only 45 minutes to the south. But your drive along Highway 37 to Kitimat and the Douglas Channel will quickly expand in time, because you’ll want to stop and enjoy the trip’s breathtaking views of lakes and mountains -- and watch for black bear, moose, porcupine and other residents of the Valley. For an afternoon of sun and sand, or for a walk through an old growth rainforest, be sure you stop in at Lakelse Lake provincial park along the way.
Your trip north along the Nisga’a Highway brings you directly into the middle of the country’s youngest lava flow. The desolate moonscape of the lave beds, and the contrast of the breathtaking scenery around it, promise to make your trip the Nass Valley an exceptional one. The Nass Valley is the traditional home of the Nisga’a, and visitors are welcome to explore the Nisga’a culture in their villages. Hear the Nisga’a legend of the volcano, and how two native villages were buried by the lava. Your trip east from Terrace is a step back in time. As you follow the Skeena River toward the Hazeltons, you will experience the ancient traditions of the aboriginal people and the more recent history of modern settlers. Before the arrival of the railway in 1912, sternwheeler steamers traveled up the treacherous Skeena as far as Hazelton. Make sure you take in K’San Village in Hazelton, where artisans display their skills and art, providing a window into the culture of the Gik’san people.
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