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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns >  Yellowhead Hwy > Terrace

Terrace is located 147 km (92 miles) east of Prince Rupert and 142 km (89 miles) south-west of Hazelton in the North Coast Region of British Columbia. If you are coming from Prince George, you take the west exit for Yellowhead Hwy 16.

Great Fishing
Situated on the Skeena River, Terrace is famous for its local rivers, lakes and streams offering great year-round fishing opportunities. Spring (Chinook) salmon in the 40 to 60 lb range seem quite common during the summer fishing season.

Shopping Hub of the North Coast
Terrace can also boast as being the main hub for retail shopping in the North Coast Region. Every main store seems to be represented here, attracting shoppers from Hazelton, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and New Aiyansh.

Major Stores
Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire, Great Canadian Wholesale Club, Shoppers Drug Mart, Save-On-Foods and Safeway stores are all located here.

Large selection of services
Terrace also has lots of other services including a large selection of motels, hotels, pubs, gas stations, fast food outlets, sport fishing stores and a couple of fairly large internet coffee shops called Cafenara and The Elephant's Ear. If you're having car problems, Terrace contains a large number of car dealership servicing most manufacturers of automobiles. For boat repairs and engine parts, try Ken's Marine located on Greig Avenue, near the Sandman Inn.

The Skeena River
Terrace has some incredible recreation activities including the biggest playground around, "the Skeena River." Between Terrace and Prince Rupert, the Skeena flows for approximately 125 km (78 miles) to Port Edward or Telegraph Pass. For the fisher, hiker, train watcher, explorer and adventurer, the places to see and visit are countless.

Skeena River Bald Eagles
For the bird watcher, this section of the river has an impressive display of Bald Eagles, especially during the Ollichan run during March. Pull over and watch as bald eagles roost in the trees and rocks waiting to dive for these fish. There are great camera and photo opportunities in getting great bald eagle pictures.

Shames Mountain
If you like downhill skiing and snowboarding, check out Shames Mountain located 35 km (22 miles) west of Terrace towards Prince Rupert on Hwy 16. Look for the sign on Hwy 16 and then head into some awesome mountain scenery.

Onion Lake
There is also a large number of cross-country skiing trails around Terrace, especially out towards Kitimat at Onion Lake. For snowmobiling the list goes on and on, especially along some of the Forest Service Roads.

Sleeping Beauty Mountain
The hiking around Terrace is very good. Sleeping Beauty Mountain is always a good choice if your time frame allows 8 to 10 hours. For other walks around Terrace, refer to "Trails to Timberline," by Einar Blix. His book is the local resource among the various walkers in this region. Other help can be found in the Backroad Map Series for this region.

Ferry Island Walk
For a shorter walk, try Ferry Island located just east of Wal-Mart heading towards Thornhill. When you're here look for heads, carved by a local artist, Rick Goyette, on the sides of the Cottonwood trees throughout the park. It becomes a great game seeing who will spot the faces along the trails. This park also offers great camping plus it is located close to town.

Pine Mushrooms
If you feel comfortable hiking in the bush, a very popular event is Pine Mushroom picking in the fall. This valuable mushroom is sought after by the Japanese for its ceremonial purposes. The mushrooms that are picked are bought by mushroom buyers located throughout the Terrace area. The prices vary depending on the quality and supply that is available to the Japanese market from other suppliers, notably Korea.

The "Wildwest"
If you attempt to mushroom pick, be prepared as there is a "Wildwest" atmosphere created similar to the "Gold Rush" era of the late 1800's. The terrain around Terrace is also very unforgiving and, because of the distance, the Search and Rescue could take a while in assisting you. Take every precaution necessary and be 'bear aware' before going into the bush.

Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Park
Another area for you to visit is the Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Park located along the Nisga'a Highway towards New Aiyansh. This was the site of British Columbia's last volcanic eruption that happened approximately 250 years ago just north of Rosswood. Make sure you visit New Aiyansh and other Nisga'a communities along the Nass River.

Lakelse Lake Provincial Park
For provincial campgrounds, try Lakelse Lake Provincial Park on Hwy 37 towards Kitimat. The beach area is great for kids and there is some excellent swimming plus the campground contains some very large campsites for greater privacy. For more of a private swim take the 1 km (.6 mile) trail to Gruchy's Beach. This trail meanders through a lush forest to eventually emerge onto a fine sandy beach.

Kleanza Creek Provincial Park
There is also more camping available at Kleanza Creek Provincial Park 15 km (9 miles) east on Hwy 16 from the Hwy16-Hwy 37 junction in Thornhill.

Kitselas Canyon National Historic Site
The Kitselas Canyon National Historic Site is located close by to Kleanza Creek Provincial Park at the Kitselas community of Gitaus. Proper permission must be given before going on the heritage site so contact the Kitselas Band office at: 4562 Queensway Drive, Terrace, BC

Lakelse River
Fishing is also good on Lakelse Lake if you want to try your luck for trout. For Steelhead try your luck near the mouth of the Lakelse River. If you like ice fishing, this place is great in the winter.

Skeena Valley Farmers' Market
Besides the abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery, Terrace has much more to offer. Make sure you visit the Skeena Valley Farmers' Market from May to October.

Also located past Kitselas Canyon National Historic Site is one of the world's smallest chapels located on Hwy 16 at USK, about 15 km east of Terrace. While at USK, take the ferry across the Skeena River.

West Kalum Forest Service Road
For a different route to New Aiyansh, take the West Kalum Forest Service Road. You can find Kalum Lake FSR on the west side of Kitsumkalum River just past the boat launch. This road goes along the west shore of Redsand and Kitsumkalum Lakes.

Kitsumkalum Lake
If time permits, stay at the Recreation Sites at either Redsand Lake or at Hart Farm. Both sites are close together and offer nice sandy beaches with access to Redsand and Kitsumkalum Lakes. Try and plan it away from the weekends as the locals fill up the unreserved sites quickly. For a circle route go back to Terrace on the east side of Kalum Lake through the small community of Rosswood.

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Terrace Map
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View west from Terrace mountain
View west from Terrace Mountain


Fishing for Spring Salmon on the Skeena River
Spring Salmon Fishing


Skeena River Bald Eagles
Skeena River Bald Eagles


Shames Mountain
Shames Mountain


Sleeping Beauty Mountain
Sleeping Beauty Mountain


Spirits of the Forest
Spirits of the Forest


Cedar Trees at New Remo
Cedar Trees at New Remo


Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Park
Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Park


Lakelse Lake in Winter
Lakelse Lake in Winter


Copper Mountain
Copper Mountain


Ice Fishing on Lakelse Lake
Ice Fishing on Lakelse Lake


Skeena Valley Farmers' Market
Skeena Valley Farmers' Market


Skeena River
Skeena River


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