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Smithers, British Columba

mithers is a town in northwestern British Columbia, in the Bulkley Valley between the Babine Mountains and the Hudson Bay Mountain Range. Smithers lies on the Yellowhead Route of the Trans Canada Highway, about 370 kilometres west of Prince Goerge.

Hudson Bay Mountain is the dramatic feature overlooking Smithers. The 2,621m (8,600ft) high mountain dominates the town and sets the scene for its alpine theme which many of the stores and businesses along Main Street have adopted. Red brick sidewalks are pedestrian friendly with places to sit and admire the mountains. The mountain is the location of a popular area ski hill, calling itself “North America’s Last Authentic Ski Resort” with 44 runs and 1,759 of lift-accessed vertical.

Smithers’ 5,000 residents enjoy the area’s stunning natural beauty, rich history, and outdoor recreation. The town is a popular destination for hikers, skiers, fishermen, and other outdoor enthusiasts, and hosts several festivals (Mid-Summer Music Festival) and cultural events over the year.

Smithers History

The area that is now Smithers was originally inhabited by the Wet’suwet’en First Nation for thousands of years. In the late 1800s, the region began to see an influx of European settlers who came for the fur trade, mining, and timber industries.

In 1913, the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway reached the area, and a townsite was established at the present location of Smithers. The town was named after Sir Alfred Smithers, a prominent figure in the development of the region. The railway made this town a divisional point (where staff rested and where trains resupplied with fuel and water.  The town grew rapidly, with a sawmill, hotel, and other businesses springing up to serve the needs of the railway and the surrounding region. The railway was the town’s dominant employer into the 1950s.

During World War II, Smithers was a training center for Canadian soldiers. After World War II, the town was a hub for agriculture, forestry, and mining. With the construction of the Yellowhead Route of the Trans Canada Highway In the 1960s and 1970s, tourism began to take off in the area, and the community built ski resorts, fishing lodges, and outdoor recreation facilities and trails.

Smithers Attractions

Smithers Art Gallery

3889 2nd Ave, Smithers, BC V0J 2N0
(250) 847-3898

The Smithers Art Gallery is a hub for local and regional artists to showcase their work. It features a diverse range of art forms, including paintings, sculptures, pottery, and more. The gallery hosts rotating exhibitions, workshops, and events to promote and celebrate the arts in the community.

Hudson Bay Mountain

4380 Hwy 16 W, Smithers, BC V0J 2N0
(250) 847-2058

A popular skiing and snowboarding destination with 44 runs on  over 3000 acres of skiable terrain and 1,759 feet of lift-accessed vertical. The mountain also offers hiking and biking trails during the summer.

Bulkley Valley Museum

1425 Main St, Smithers, BC V0J 2N0
(250) 847-5322

A museum showcasing the history and culture of the Bulkley Valley region, with exhibits on the Indigenous peoples, fur trade, mining, forestry, and more

Smithers Farmer’s Market

Central Park, Smithers, BC V0J 2N0
(250) 877-7712

A community gathering place where local farmers and artisans sell their produce, crafts, and baked goods. The market is held every Saturday from May to October


Twin Falls Gorge

Km 41, Hwy 16 W, Smithers, BC V0J 2N0
(250) 847-5072
Website: https://www.smithersbc.com/business-directory/twin-falls-gorge/

A scenic viewpoint that overlooks two waterfalls cascading down a narrow gorge. The viewpoint is accessible by a short hiking trail and is a popular spot for photography

Call Lake Provincial Park

Babine Lake Rd, Smithers, BC V0J 2N0
(250) 847-7330

A beautiful park with a small lake that is perfect for swimming, fishing, and kayaking. The park also has hiking trails and campsites

Tyhee Lake Provincial Park

Tyhee Lake Provincial Park, Smithers, BC V0J 2N0,

Tyhee Lake Provincial Park is a scenic park known for its beautiful lakeside setting, sandy beach, and recreational opportunities. Visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, picnicking, and hiking around the lake. The park offers camping facilities for those who want to stay overnight and immerse themselves in the natural surroundings.

Babine Mountains Provincial Park

Babine Mountains Provincial Park, Smithers, BC V0J 2N0

Babine Mountains Provincial Park is a wilderness area that offers spectacular alpine landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and opportunities for outdoor adventures. Hikers, mountaineers, and nature enthusiasts can explore various trails that lead to alpine meadows, glaciers, and panoramic viewpoints. The park is also home to unique plant and animal species.

Driftwood Canyon Provincial Park

Driftwood Canyon Provincial Park, Smithers, BC V0J 2N0

Driftwood Canyon Provincial Park is renowned for its significant paleontological discoveries. Visitors can explore the fossil beds, where fossils of ancient plants and insects from the Eocene Epoch are well-preserved. The park offers educational opportunities to learn about the region’s prehistoric past and the fossils that have been unearthed here.

Smithers, British Columba Area Map