Terrace and the Nass Valley in Northern British Columbia are worth a Visit
I remember visiting Terrace, New Aiyansh and Greenville, in Northern BC years ago. A long drive of about 15 hours from Vancouver, just under 1,400 km and multiple stops I will never forget. My father did his residency program in the smaller towns of both New Aiyansh and Greenville, small towns of no more than 2,000 residents each. Located right on the Skeena River with an abundance of nature, it makes for a great way to escape the city life and find solace in the most remote corners of beautiful British Columbia.
Terrace and the surrounding areas are especially known for spawning grounds for Coho and other varieties of Salmon. The fishery industry here is huge and relies on fresh waters for year-round fly fishing. I remember trying homemade canned, as well as smoked, Coho Salmon, that my father got for us, and it was the most delicious Salmon I’ve ever tasted, mouth-watering and seasoned to perfection.
North of Terrace is the Nass Valley, home to the Nisga’a First Nation. According to the Nisga’a government, the Nisga’a Treaty sets out, “the right of the Nisga’a people to fish throughout 26,838 square kilometers of territory known as the Nass Area. The Nass River is being managed as part of a modern, scientific fishery to provide a sustainable resource for the Nisga’a people today — and for generations to come.” Camping, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and kayaking are also some of the other outdoor adventures that can be enjoyed in the area. Plus a visit to the Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park and Museum in Greenville is well worth exploring.
Many hiking opportunities abound in the area with trails ranging from 2 km to 10 km depending on your fitness level and time. Some of the trails are Howe Creek Trailhead, Grand Trunk Pathway and Terrace Mountain Trailhead that offers a spectacular view once you reach the top. Exstew Falls, just west of Terrace, is a short hike with a stunning waterfall.
There are various camping opportunities in and around Terrace and Camping and RVing BC is a good place to start. Kleanza Creek Provincial Park is located in the valleys of the Coast Mountains overlooking the Skeena River, and based on historical facts was one of the first sites where mining for gold began in the late 1890s.
I have visited Terrace and the surrounding areas a few times and I always like to explore the outdoors and discover something new. Learning about the origins and the history of the city I’m visiting adds another dimension, another layer to what I already know about the people and the place. Specifically, for Terrace, the more popular tourist sites include, George Little House, constructed in the memory of the town’s founder; Heritage Park Museum, where you can explore artifacts dating back to the early 1900s and visualize how life was for the locals at the time; and George Little Park, where the Terrace Art Gallery displays both modern and classical works of local artists. Be sure to check out their website for the most current information and the latest exhibition on display.
Published: May 24th, 2017
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