Tourism

Northern BC is a land of unlimited adventure that extends 1,000km/621mi from east to west, following the legendary Yellowhead Highway. It is filled with jagged mountain peaks, roaring rivers, serene lakes, green valleys, rugged coastlines and ancient island archipelagos. The mountain ranges, which dominate the northern landscape, were shaped by volcanic fire. The rugged, heavily-forested valleys between them were carved by the glaciers, which at one time covered most of the province.

The Northeast region has many tourism and recreational opportunities.  The area is a mecca for outdoor activities and brings people from all over to explore and enjoy the outdoors.  The region also has a rich history and culture to discover with unique opportunities in all of the communities including museums, art galleries and pioneer villages.

Popular attractions in the area include mountains for hiking and skiing, lakes and rivers for swimming, canoeing and fishing, and a countryside and park system that produces some of the best camping, snowmobiling, hunting, and wildlife spotting in Canada.  The region contains a rich and diverse history, ranging from 90 million year old dinosaur tracks to the world famous, World War II era, Alaska Highway.  The area contains hundreds of years of First Nations history and a century of European homestead history.  There are also fairs, music festivals, and art shows that happen year to year. 



Tourism BC


Tourism British Columbia, in the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation for the Province of British Columbia, is recognized as a leader in tourism marketing and development, responsible for marketing the Super, Natural British Columbia ® brand to the world.
Tourism British Columbia's mandate has been to promote development and growth in the tourism industry, to increase revenues and employment throughout British Columbia, and to increase the economic benefits for all British Columbians.
Tourism British Columbia works closely with BC's tourism industry to promote and develop tourism throughout the province and to ensure the continued long-term growth and prosperity of BC's more than $13 billion industry.
Tourism British Columbia markets BC as a preferred travel destination to consumers and the travel industry through a variety of joint marketing and promotional campaigns in key markets around the world.
Visit the Tourism BC website to see all that Northeast BC has to offer.

http://www.hellobc.com/northern-british-columbia.aspx


Northern BC Tourism

Northern BC Tourism works with the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation throughout northern British Columbia on tourism development initiatives. Two community-based programs work closely with groups looking to develop tourism in their area for both the long and short-term.

The Community Tourism Foundations program is designed for communities seeking assistance in long-term destination planning. The Community Tourism Opportunities program provides implementation-level co-op marketing support for communities that have identified specific tactics for moving their local tourism industry forward.

Bringing visitors to northern BC requires full participation not only from our northern partners, but also from a broad network that spans international borders. This network, collectively known as the travel trade, includes travel agents, receptive tour operators, wholesales, online booking systems, and tour operators who each plan an important role in the distribution channel.

Northern BC Tourism main activities in this area include: offering support to our travel trade partners by creating custom itineraries, attending domestic and international marketplaces to meet with potential and existing buyers, providing introductions to northern suppliers, introducing new products and experiences, providing staff training for call centers, coordinating and hosting familiarization tours, and providing any ongoing support required to increase business to northern BC.
Find out more at the Northern BC Tourism website.

www.travelnbc.com


Chetwynd

Chetwynd has a population of approximately 3,100 and has been recently voted BC’s most livable community.  Chetwynd boasts a great quality of life thanks to a wide range of recreational and cultural events. Chetwynd lies in a gentle valley that abuts the foothills of the northern Rocky Mountains. Lakes and rivers are abundant in the region, including the Pine Le Moray, Sukunka, Burnt, Moberly and Wolverine rivers, and Moberly Lake. The continental climate means mild to cold winter temperatures with plenty of snow in the mountains, and warm summers.

Spend time along the many rivers and lakes in the area fishing for a variety of species, or go boating through wild river valleys. Canoeing and kayaking are also popular activities on the Pine River from East Pine to Taylor. Chetwynd's trail system is well designed and developed for both hiking and mountain biking during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. These trails are networked through the foothills in and around the community, and are a great way to take in a small part of the northern boreal forest.

Looking for something even more unique and unusual? Come and admire the community's dozens of unique chainsaw carvings. Since 2005, the Annual Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championship has visually shaped Chetwynd into a one-of-a-kind locale. Come watch internationally renowned artists from all over the world compete for pride and prestige at the Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championships.

Snowmobiling enthusiasts can explore four main sledding areas located in the Rocky Mountains near Chetwynd. Trails are mapped and well developed for skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced.
To learn more about Chetwynd, please visit their website

www.gochetwynd.com


 

 

Hudson’s Hope

Hudson's Hope is the perfect place to rest and rejuvenate while still participating in a number of exciting outdoor activities, such as camping, fishing, and jet boating. Locals enjoy the friendly and genuine nature of this small community, and of course, the amazing natural setting and abounding wildlife.

Recreational activities include paddling down the Peace River to the Halfway River from Hudson's Hope or Lynx Creek, or taking a jet boat for a ride on the Peace River, Williston Lake, or other lakes in the area. Fishing from the shores of the Peace River or casting a line at Cameron, Dinosaur or Williston lakes is another favourite past time. The area's plentiful wildlife offers many excellent viewing opportunities. Try local hotspots such as the vents on the Peace River and the Moss Gardens in the Rocky Mountains.

Tour the W.A.C. Bennett Dam, one of the world's largest earth filled dams, and Peace Canyon Dam with its replica dinosaurs and displays. Check out a variety of local art in town at the Pearkes Center and find out what events are taking place, such as the Jam at the Dam held in July annually.
For more information about tourism in Hudson’s Hope, please visit their website

http://hudsonshope.ca/


 

Tumbler Ridge

Tumbler Ridge is the newest community in the South Peace but ironically it’s Tumbler Ridge that boasts the earliest pre-civilized history with some of the only dinosaur tracks and the only complete dinosaur skeleton discovered in BC.   Tumbler Ridge is well-known for its Paleontology Centre, which is home to material from BC’s two dinosaur excavations. Set in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, the people of Tumbler Ridge enjoy a quality of life few places can match. 

The amazing setting is full of great walking and hiking trails that can take you to breathtaking views and a wide variety of waterfalls, including the world-famous Kinuseo Falls.  The area is also a mecca for snowmobiling, trails can take you deep into the Canadian Rockies full of fresh powder.  The community also boasts attractions such as Grizfest.   Tumbler Ridge has a Golf and Country Club and is a true mountain course with raised tee boxes, wide fairways and great views; it’s a quintessential northern golf experience.

To learn more about tourism in Tumbler Ridge, please visit the Visit Tumbler Ridge Website.


 

Dawson Creek

Dawson Creek is a busy, vibrant town of over 10,000 people and is strategically located at the heart of the South Peace region and is also known as “The Gateway To The North”.  The world famous Alaska Highway begins in Dawson Creek.  Construction of the 1,500 mile long Alaska Highway started in Dawson Creek during the Second World War as a result of the US wanting easier access to Alaska as defense against the Japanese.  The highway meanders its way through the northern part of BC, the southwest parts of the Yukon, and straight through Alaska to Fairbanks where the highway ends. 

For modern history buffs, visiting historic and heritage sites such as the Kiskatinaw Bridge and walking on one of the last remaining original structures of the Alaska Highway are must-see attractions. Cross-country skiing along more than 20km/12mi trails provides excellent exercise in a wilderness setting. Downhill skiing and snowboarding at Bear Mountain is great for families and beginner skiers.

There's also bird watching in the summer or hiking and walking past waterfalls, alpine meadows and mountain ridges. Fishing and camping spots can be found at Swan Lake, Kiskatinaw, and One Island Lake provincial parks.

To learn more about tourism in and around Dawson Creek, please visit the Tourism Dawson Creek website

www.tourismdawsoncreek.com


 

Pouce Coupe

Pouce Coupe is a friendly Village with a population of 740 people and is the “Gateway to BC’s Peace Country”.   Pouce Coupe has one of the best Canada Day parades in the Peace Region and draws tourists and crowds from Dawson Creek and the surrounding area. Popular recreational activities in the area include cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, hiking and hunting. Nearby provincial parks include the  Swan Lake Provincial Park, and One Island Provincial Park. Bear Mountain Skill Hill, to the west, has a downhill ski complex and an extensive trail system for motorized and non-motorized recreation.
For more information about Pouce Coupe, please visit their website

www.poucecoupe.ca


Taylor

Taylor offers a diversity of recreational activities and tourist attractions. Described as the Pride of the Peace, the 18 hole, par-72 championship course at the Lone Wolf Golf Club is situated on the banks of the Peace River, offering a link style of play that challenges golfers of all levels. The golf course is also home to the world’s largest golf ball. Big Bam Ski Hill is a volunteer-run community ski hill located on the south side of the community of Taylor.

Peace Island Park is a popular family destination featuring well-serviced campsites on the banks of the Peace River (Open late May to the end of September). The Rocky Mountain Historic Forts are located in Peace Island Park and are a replica of forts used by the Rocky Mountain Rangers – home to an excellent collection of local hunting, trapping and gold-panning artifacts.
Kiskatinaw Provincial Park, near the halfway point between Dawson's Creek and Taylor, provides vehicle/tent sites for camping with river access and good fishing for pike, and possibly bull and rainbow trout. Charlie Lake Provincial Park is located at the junction of Highways 97 and 29. Secluded campsites are set in an aspen forest, with a playground, boat launch, picnic tables, and a sani-station. Charlie lake is a great spot to fish for Walleye, northern pike and yellow perch.


 

Fort St. John

Fort St. John, British Columbia's oldest interior community is a city with a young population full of fresh ideas. It is a friendly city with many restaurants, accommodations, and exciting things to do. The local hospitality is complimented by the natural beauty of Fort St. John and the surrounding Peace River Valley, which offers endless opportunity for scenic drives, bird watching, wildlife viewing, fishing, hiking, and camping.

The mighty Peace River and lush green slopes of the Peace River Valley provide a varied terrain ideal for numerous seasonal outdoor activities. In summer, fish for walleye at Charlie Lake, one of the only natural lakes in British Columbia where anglers can keep their walleye catch. Cast a line from shore or a boat into a Peace River tributary, full of arctic grayling and rainbow trout.

Hike the network of trails at Beatton Provincial Park and Charlie Lake Provincial Park, where overnight campsite stays are always welcomed. Spend a relaxing day on a scenic drive to Fort St. John Lookout, or spend a day golfing at one of three available courses. In winter, Fort St. John's prairie landscape is great for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Sledders can even trek out to Graham-Laurier Provincial Park and Redfern-Keily Provincial Park to snowmobile designated trails in the Rocky Mountains.


 

Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Welcome to the spectacular northern environment that is Fort Nelson and the Northern Rockies. Prepare to experience your own adventure within the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality. Encounter the places, activities and history that Fort Nelson, the Alaska Highway, the Northern Rockies and the Muskwa-Kechika wilderness have to offer. Make us your adventure and your destination!

With some of the most spectacular, pristine wilderness found anywhere, the opportunities to see a variety of wildlife in the Northern Rockies are unrivalled. The Northern Rockies are a rugged, untouched landscape with a bountiful assortment of guided and unguided boating and horse riding trips.

The Northern Rockies offers a variety of hiking, biking, and riding experiences, everything from short walks to multi-day treks all through the scenic wilderness. There are a wide range of trails in Fort Nelson, Tetsa River, Summit Lake and Muncho Lake, as well as guided river trips down Toad River.

The Northern Rockies region offers a wide variety of opportunities for freshwater fishing for both the spin and fly fisherman. Many spots are accessible right off the Alaska Highway, and there are also guided and non-guided back-country fishing experiences available.
The Northern Rockies is a Mecca for hunting enthusiasts. The hunting opportunities are unrivalled in this rugged, untouched landscape. A wide variety of animals to hunt in BC are found in the Northern Rockies and in numbers so plentiful you are almost guaranteed a desirable trophy. Both guided and non-guided trips are available in the region. There is also a hunter information package available.

Explore the limitless fishing, wildlife viewing and camping opportunities with your ATV or snowmobile. There are many different tracks, corridors and roads in the area, and there is a pamphlet online showcasing each route.