Business and Tourism Hub in the Skeena River Valley

Officially, Terrace was founded in 1903 when a man named George Little established a homestead and a sawmill and helped develop a station for the Grand Trunk Railroad. This ensured the viability of Terrace as a trading hub in the early nineteen hundreds.

Of course, the fact is that the Tsimshian nation including the Kitselas and Kitsumkalum tribes had been in this river valley for thousands of years. They had been active in the fur trade with First Nations as far as Prince George in the interior and met the traders of the Hudson Bay and Northwest Companies when they first arrived in the interior of the province, much to the surprise of the white fur traders.

The beautiful location and temperate climate with much less rainfall than the coastal areas made Terrace a natural area for settlement and commerce. Terrace is strategically located at the geographic centre of North West British Columbia and is the rail, air and commercial hub for the 70,000 people who live in the general area. This includes municipalities such as Kitimat and Stewart.

Today, attractions include such activities as paddling, para-gliding, scuba diving and also fishing, as the Skeena boasts some of B.C.’s best runs of Steelhead, Chinook, Coho and Sockeye Salmon as well as remarkable trout fishing. After the outdoor fun, you can enjoy the Spas, fine restaurants, farmers markets and excellent accommodations in town.

The downtown core has some great independent shops, cafes and restaurants. Keep your eyes open to spot the Kermode bear statues decorated by local and regional artists that inhabit the area

Terrace’s central location which is only 147 km from Prince Rupert and 156 km from Stewart at the Alaska border make it a natural destination for those looking to explore this wonderful region. Furthermore, there are many provincial parks close by such as Cleanza Creek Provincial Park, Lakelse Provincial Park and Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park that offer hiking, beaches and camping for the outdoor adventurer. The possibilities are endless.


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Located as the heart of British Columbia’s Pacific Inland Coast, the Kitimat Valley is the second of only two wide-flat valleys on Canada’s west coast. It is Western Canada's busiest private port. Downtown Kitimat features accommodation, restaurants, a large shopping mall and retails areas, recreation and cultural facilities as well as the hospital and police services for the community.

Kitimat River is one of the most accessible and prolific salmon fishing rivers on the Pacfic Inland Coast of British Columbia. It is an international tourist destination for both fresh and saltwater fishing.

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