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Terrace, British Coloumbia

Terrace, BC is a city located in the Skeena River Valley in the northwestern part of British Columbia Terrace is on the Yellowhead Route #16 of the Trans-Canada Highway, and about 145 kilometres east of Prince Rupert and 205 kilometres west of Smithers. Terrace is the largest city in the Kitimat-Stikine district. Also, Highway 37 links Kitimat which lies on the coast 58 km (35 miles) to the south of Terrace.

Terrace has  a white bear as its local symbol. The protected Kermodei (“spirit bear”) bear may be –rarely– sighted with  fur ranging from blonde to white, and still roams these isolated valleys and coastal islands. Terrace has many Spirit bear statues scattered around the city, each unique and beautiful.

North of Terrace is the beautiful Nass Valley. The Nass River Valley was formed by molten lava traveling to the Pacific Ocean, and has 26 km (16 mi) long lava beds which are located in the Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park. You can see many totem poles, Nisga’a art, and more are throughout the valley and in the four First Nations villages of New Aiyansh, Canyon City, Greenville and Kincolith.

Terrace - Crossing Skeena River east of Ferry Island, view west-photo credit Vince Rajchel

Terrace – Crossing Skeena River east of Ferry Island, view west-photo credit Vince Rajchel

Terrace History

The area has a long history of Indigenous habitation, with the Kitselas and Kitsumkalum First Nations being the original inhabitants of the area. In the late 1800s, the area was settled by non-Indigenous people, primarily European settlers who came to the region for the fur trade and forestry industry.

In the early 1900s, the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (now known as CN Rail) was built through the area, connecting the west coast of Canada to the eastern provinces. This led to an influx of settlers and the development of the town of Terrace. The town was officially incorporated in 1927 and has since grown to become a city and an important hub for the surrounding region.

Throughout its history, Terrace has been an important center for forestry, mining, and transportation. Today, the city is home to a diverse population and a range of industries, including forestry, mining, tourism, and transportation.

Terrace has also been the site of significant cultural events, including the 2010 BC Winter Games and the 2015 Canada Winter Games. The area is also home to a number of Indigenous cultural sites and events, including the Ksan Historical Village and Museum, which preserves and celebrates the heritage of the Kitselas and Kitsumkalum First Nations.

Overall, Terrace has a rich history and continues to be an important center of industry, culture, and tourism in northwestern British Columbia.

Terrace Attractions

Heritage Park Museum

4700 Keen Ave
(250) 635-4546
Website

This museum showcases the history and culture of the area, with exhibits on First Nations, forestry, mining, and more.

Kalum River

The Kalum River is a popular spot for fishing and rafting, with stunning scenery along the way. There are many tour companies that offer guided rafting trips on the river.

Terrace-Sunset over Ferryu Island on the Skeena RiverDestination BC-Dave Silver

Terrace-Sunset over Ferryu Island on the Skeena RiverDestination BC-Dave Silver

Ferry Island

This beautiful park offers walking trails, picnic areas, and great views of the Skeena River. It’s located just off Highway 16 in Terrace.

Mount Layton Hot Springs

3739 BC-37, Lakelse Lake, BC V8G 4B5
(250) 842-6031
website 

These natural hot springs are located about 60 km east of Terrace and offer a relaxing retreat in the midst of beautiful scenery.

Skeena Valley Farmers Market

George Little Park in downtown Terrace.

This outdoor market is held every Saturday in the summer and offers a variety of locally-grown produce, crafts, and more.

Kermodei Tourism

(250) 635-4944
Website

This tourism company offers a variety of guided tours and activities in the area, including bear watching, kayaking, and hiking.

Terrace and District Aquatic Centre

3320 Kalum St
(250) 615-3030
Website 

This is a popular indoor swimming pool with a wave pool, hot tub, and waterslide. It’s located at

George Little House

3099 Kalum St, Terrace, BC V8G 2N4.
(250) 638-8884
Website 

A historic house located in downtown Terrace that now serves as a museum and art gallery

Terrace Off-Road Cycling Association

Website 

This association promotes mountain biking in the area and maintains a network of trails for riders of all levels..

Haaland Ave Brewery

4435 Haugland Ave
(250) 638-0042
Website 

This local brewery offers a variety of craft beers and is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.

Heritage Park Museum

4700 Keen Ave, Terrace, BC V8G 1K6.
(250) 635-4546
Website

A museum dedicated to the history and culture of Terrace and the surrounding area

Terrace-Shames Mountain aeriual view-Northern BC Tourism-Jeff Easingwood

Terrace-Shames Mountain aeriual view-Northern BC Tourism-Jeff Easingwood

Shames Mountain Ski Area

35km west of Terrace on Highway 16 West.
4805 Highway 16 West, Terrace, BC, V8G OH3
250-635-3773
Website

This rugged resort (with  public paid Wi-Fi) in the spectacular Shames Valley amidst the majestic Coast Mountain Range of British Columbia. Established in the early 1990s, Shames Mountain has 28 cut runs, a vertical of 488 metres (1600ft), and an abundance of natural glades for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy. Shames receives 475 inches of annual snowfall, laying claim to one of the deepest, most consistent snow packs in North America.  Shames is surrounded by more than 7,800 acres of backcountry bliss  The season run from Christmas Brek to Spring Break.

 

Lakelse Lake Provincial Park

Lakelse Lake Provincial Park, Terrace, BC V8G 3P6.
(250) 638-7115
Website

a beautiful park located just outside of Terrace that offers hiking, fishing, swimming, and camping opportunities

Kleanza Creek Provincial Park

Kleanza Creek Provincial Park, Terrace, BC V8G 3P6.
(250) 638-7115
Website

A park located approximately 20 minutes west of Terrace that offers hiking trails, fishing, and camping

 

Thornhill Community Trails

Thornhill, Terrace, BC V8G 4A8
Website 

a network of trails located in the Thornhill area of Terrace that offer hiking, mountain biking, and snowshoeing opportunities

Terrace, British Coloumbia Area Map