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|Smithers, British Columbia||2018 CLOSED for registration! 2019 Dates TBA||$2,679|
Situated in northwestern British Columbia, Smithers is approximately half way between the cities of Prince Rupert and Prince George. Smithers is our home base for most of the trip, with red brick sidewalks, alpine style rooflines, and an energetic community. The surrounding mountains and valleys are dominated by forests of pine, spruce and fir. Prince Rupert is steeped in the history of the Pacific Northwest. The area is the heart of Tsimshian Nation and is home also to other First Nations. Some of the exciting outdoor recreational activities on this itinerary include hiking, fly fishing, biking, whale watching, kayaking, and the opportunity to explore many native cultures. Excellent dining (fresh caught salmon!) and SINGLE occupancy in our accommodations (with the exception of the Eagle Bluff B&B stay) provides an extra level of comfort while enjoying this extraordinary itinerary!
Your Canyon Calling Trip Leader will meet you at the Smithers Airport. Smithers, a town of approximately 6,000 people, offers outstanding outdoor recreational pursuits as well as a lively music scene, and an energetic community. We’ll check into our accommodations, and enjoy dinner. Overnight Smithers.
After breakfast we’ll bike and hike in Smithers, then lunch at a fabulous organic farm where we can also walk a labyrinth and do yoga. In the afternoon we’ll wander the town and shop, or relax before we enjoy dinner. Overnight Smithers.
After breakfast, we’ll enjoy a full day of activities including horseback riding and a tour of Moricetown Canyon, one of the five First Nation communities of the Wet’suwet’en people who have thrived in northern British Columbia for centuries prior to the arrival of the European settlers. The main attraction is the roaring Bulkley River tumbling through Morice Canyon and the cement fish ladders and leaning, wooden fishing huts used by the First Nation people. We’ll visit a museum and enjoy a delicious salmon dinner. Overnight Smithers.
After breakfast we’re off to Hazelton, an historical town situated at the confluence of the Skeena and Bulkley Rivers, nestled at the foot of Roche de Boule Mountain. The Village of Hazelton remains much like the original settlement, founded in 1866. We’ll visit K’san village then enjoy the afternoon fly-fishing! Return for dinner at the lodge and overnight Hazelton.
After breakfast we’ll drive and sightsee along the way to Prince Rupert. On British Columbia’s wild and beautiful Northwest Coast, Prince Rupert is a vibrant town where nature, history, and personalities are larger than life. Prince Rupert offers exceptional wildlife viewing, attractions that bring the coast’s ancient Aboriginal culture and pioneer heritage alive, and the urban pleasure of good restaurants, fascinating shops, and colorful neighborhoods. We’ll stay at Eagle Bluff B & B for two nights. Dinner and overnight in Prince Rupert.
After breakfast we’ll kayak to petroglyphs and see first hand The Man Who Fell From Heaven rock. This afternoon we’ll whale watch. A variety of whales pass Prince Rupert on their regular migrations north and south, so whale watching here is a remarkable and unforgettable experience. Dinner and overnight Prince Rupert.
After breakfast we’ll drive back to Smithers, with a stop in Terrace to lunch and enjoy this town. Terrace is a city on the Skeena River. The Kitselas people, a tribe of the Tsimshian Nation, have lived in the Terrace area for thousands of years. Farewell Dinner and overnight Smithers.
Enjoy breakfast then depart for the airport for your return flight home.