Posted by: cherylyoung | April 5, 2012
GOLFING IN NORTHERN B.C OFFERS FORESTED FAIRWAYS AND MOUNTAIN AND GLACIER VIEWS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE
To the west, both the Skeena Valley Golf & Country
Country Club offer forested fairways and mountain
and glacier views as far as the eye can see.
The tree- and creek-lined fairways of the Centennial
Golf Course in Prince Rupert make for a challenging
game requiring strategic approach shots.
Wildlife sightings are the rule rather than the
The Hirsh Creek Golf & Winter Club in Kitimat offers
one of the most scenic layouts in BC.
Watch out for the club’s mascot, the fox
– a notorious ball thief
Planning a Golf TripThe golf season runs approximately
from April to October.
Tee times should be booked in advance of arrival,
especially in July and August. Many courses have a
dress code in effect, so check ahead with the course
Sitting along the mighty Skeena River amidst gorgeous
green forests, rugged mountains and cliffs, Terrace
(population: 11,320) is the perfect central base
for all outdoor pursuits.
canoe, or kayak – all in one day if feeling adventurous.
Salmon fishing is also especially popular here.
In the winter, huge dumps of snow make for incredible
cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
Outdoor ice-skating on the lakes is also possible when
the weather is cold enough and the snow has been cleared.
Local hot springs, developed and undeveloped, also
make for fine evening soaks.In the evening, to get a feel
for local culture, check out Terrace’s many
For entertainment and maybe dancing, see local
musicians perform at the town’s various coffee houses
or at the bar on the weekends.
Rare White Kermode Bear
Terrace is the official city of the Kermode bear –
a rare species of the black bear that is born with
a pure white coat due to a recessive gene.
Everything about the bear is the same as a regular
black bear, except for its spectacular white coat.
The Kermode bear, also know as the Spirit Bear,
is a big draw for visitors to the area.
(It was also represented in the Vancouver 2010
Olympic mascots – “Miga” was meant to represent
the Kermode bear and Orca).
Yet a sighting is not guaranteed as the animals are wild
and do as they please.
For a chance viewing, drive along the highways and
logging roads in the area in early summer, when the
bears are hungry and munching berries along the
side of roads.
Statues, signs, references and symbols of the white
Kermode bear, which is also an official animal of the
province, are commonplace in Terrace.
Commercial HubWith its many shops and servic
e outlets, Terrace is also the commercial hub of
Northwest BC.Residents from nearby communities
First Nations villages visit Terrace regularly for bulk
shopping trips and other services.
Many tourists, including fishers and adventurers, also
use the town to shop and stock up and prepare for
The town’s downtown core is centered around Lakelse
Avenue, also known as Main Street.
The 10 or so blocks are dotted with smaller boutiques,
chain clothing stores, restaurants and pubs.
Bigger shops, including Walmart and Canadian Tire,
are on the outskirts of town, and across the train
tracks on the south side of town.
Meet the LocalsLocals, who refer to themselves
as Terracites, are hard-working, outdoorsy people,
eager to make visitors feel welcome and love the
community as much as they do.
Strangers to town don’t feel like strangers for long
as the locals are eager to share their knowledge and
stories about the area and what it has to offer.
Terracites live here because they love the quality
of life the town and area offers.
The people are of diverse cultures, ages and professions.
Most share the same passion for the outdoors, the arts
– Terrace is home to BC’s longest continuously running
community theatre group – and the community itself.
They are loyal to their region and town.Parades, festivals
and concerts are well attended and a great way to
experience the community’s warmth and camaraderie.
Terracites are proud of living in Northern BC and many
welcome the isolation that comes with it because
it lets them enjoy the fresh air, clean water, land, wildlife
and quiet all to themselves.
The Tsimshian First Nations were the first people to
live in the area more than 10,000 years ago.
Today, seven First Nations groups still live within close
proximity to the city and contribute significantly to
its economy and culture.
Many of the groups are developing
longhouses, so that visitors can learn about their
culture, history and arts.
Where to StartFor an extensive collection of reference
materials, trail guides and information on local
Avenue, on the west side of Terrace’s new bridge on the
south side of town
CHERYL YOUNG, REALTOR ,VICTORIA B.C