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Houston, British Columbia

The town of Houston (population 3,000) is located in the Bulkley Valley in BC’s northern interior region, on the Yellowhead Route #16 of the Trans-Canada, about 6o km east of Smithers and 300 kilometres west of Prince George.

Houston has a diversified economy,  and is a hub for outdoor recreation, particularly fishing and hunting. The town’s small airstrip is about 10 km to the west, on the south side of the Yellowhead. Highway.

District of Houston

Houston History


The Carrier Indians have lived in the Houston area for over a thousand years. Today are more commonly referred to as the Wet’suwet’en (sometimes spelled Wit’suwit’en) and speak a language commonly referred to as Dakeł (Northern Athabaskan or Na-Dene language). The Morice River is called “Wet-zuhn-kwa” by the Wet’suwet’en people because of the bluish-green colour of the water.

Houston was founded in the early 1900s as a hub for the local forestry industry. The town was named after a prominent British Columbia government official, William Houston.

In the early days of the town, logging and sawmilling were the primary industries. The arrival of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in the 1910s helped to spur growth and development in the area, as Houston became an important transportation hub for the region.

During the mid-1900s, the town saw continued growth and development as the forestry industry boomed. However, in the latter half of the century, the forestry industry began to decline.

Houston Attractions

World’s Largest Fly Fishing Rod

The world’s largest fly fishing rod, at 18m (59ft) long,  is located Steelhead Park, situated along Highway 16.  It draws attention to the excellent fishing available for steelhead, salmon, and trout in and around the Bulkley and Morice river systems.

Steelhead Park

Steelhead Park Road, Houston, BC.
(250) 845-2238

This popular park offers hiking trails, fishing, and picnic areas along the banks of the Bulkley River.

Morice Mountain Nordic Ski Club

Morice Mountain Road, Houston, BC.
(250) 845-2091

This club offers cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on a network of trails in the Morice Mountain area

Silverthorne Lake Provincial Park

Silverthorne Lake Road, Houston, BC.
(250) 847-7330

This park offers camping, fishing, and boating opportunities on Silverthorne Lake

Houston Leisure Facility

1660 Twentieth Street, Houston, BC.
(250) 845-7420

This facility offers a variety of recreational amenities, including a swimming pool, ice rink, and fitness center

Northwest Community College

1250 Houston Trail Road, Houston, BC.
(250) 845-7266

This campus of Northwest Community College offers a variety of programs and courses for students in the area

Houston Museum and Archive

1670 Pople Park Drive, Houston, BC.
(250) 845-1004

This museum showcases the history of Houston and the surrounding area, including exhibits on forestry and local indigenous culture

Tweedsmuir Park Lodge

25450 Highway 16 West, Bella Coola, BC (about an hour’s drive from Houston).
(250) 982-2212

This wilderness lodge offers guided fishing and hunting trips, as well as wildlife viewing and other outdoor activities

Houston, British Columbia Area Map