Posted by: cherylyoung | March 23, 2013

Smithers B.C. It’s no wonder it is known as Little Switzerland see for yourself



Nestled in the picturesque Bulkley Valley,

 in the  shadow of Hudson Bay Mountain

and surrounded by three mountain ranges,

 it’s no wonder that Smithers is known as

 Little Switzerland,

 having adopted an alpine theme for its downtown


The area’s panoramic scenery is matched only by

 the genuine warmth of its community.

The red brick sidewalk on Main Street invites you

 to stroll and browse through Smithers, from the

 former 1925 court house at one end to its twin,

the newly restored Canadian National Railway

 station, at the other.

Both these heritage buildings provide a link to

Smithers’ roots as a railway town.

 Founded in 1913 as the divisional headquarters

of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad, Smithers

 became the first village to be incorporated in BC,

in 1921, and finally obtained town status in 1967,

Canada’s Centennial year.

Along the way, Smithers became home to pioneer

settlers who farmed the valley, discovered its

mineral riches, and developed the forest industry

 that is so vital to the community today.

Population: 5,575

Location: Smithers is located on the

 Yellowhead Highway 16 in the Bulkley Valley of

 Northwest British Columbia, between

Prince George  in the interior (232 miles/371 km)

 and  Prince Rupert on the west coast

 (220 miles/350 km).

The fascinating story of Smithers and its founding 

 families can be  found in the Bulkley Valley


 Located in the Central Park Building,  the museum

houses a collection of artifacts and documents

that sketch the development of the region from

stone-age native tools to the growth of today’s


Exhibitions are presented throughout the year at

 the  Smithers Art Gallery, which aims to promote

 and encourage local  and regional artists, as well

as to bring exhibitions from elsewhere to

the Art Gallery.

Providing the scenic backdrop to the town of


Babine Mountains Recreation Area is one of the

finest hiking areas in  west central BC.

Spectacular mountains, glacier-fed  lakes,

 snowfields and the sub-alpine  meadows entice

 hikers, backpackers, mountain bikers, cross-

country skiers and snowmobilers all year round.

Visit the spectacular Twin Falls and Glacier Gulch,

 yet another reminder from the distant past, when

 a glacier carved a 2-kilometre wide gorge into

 Hudson Bay Mountain.

Five thousand feet above, one can still see the

receding Kathlyn Glacier!

The Babine and Telkwa Rivers offer excellent

 canoeing and kayaking

For adrenaline-pounding whitewater rafting, take

 a guided trip through the churning waters of the

Bulkley River Canyon.

This is one of the most exciting and scenic rafting 

 trips in BC, with over 30 rapids, which include

 Waikiki Canyon, One Man Crowd, and the

 thundering  Feather Bed.

Winter is a great time to visit Smithers  –

Nordicskiing on Hudson Bay Mountain offers

endless miles of tranquil trails just waiting to be


 Hudson Bay Mountain Resort offers plenty of light,

 dry powder for downhill skiing, snowboarding

 and cross-country skiing.

 Ski and snowboard rentals available.

 Skiing and Winter Recreation in the North West.

Smithers is known throughout BC for its

 incredible  snowmobiling .

 The Big Onion, situated north of Smithers in the

Babine Mountain Recreational Area, offers some

 of the best snowmobiling, with breathtaking

climbs and wonderful adventures for all levels

 of riders.

 The Smithers Snowmobile Assoc., maintains two

 propane-equipped cabins on the mountain,

 which provide excellent shelter.

 The annual Smithers Hillclimb is  held on this

 mountain every March.

Located 15 minutes drive up the Hudson Bay

 Mountain, the Smithers Community Forest

 includes an interpretive nature trail that winds  

through a variety of ecological habitats and the

Pine Creek Cross-country Ski trails.

Smithers offers The Perimeter Trail, a trail system

around the perimeter of Smithers that connects

the residential areas to Riverside Park,

 the Bulkley River,  Chicken Creek, and Smithers

 Golf & Country Club.

 The trail is used for walking, jogging, hiking,

 biking and cross-country skiing.

Aboriginal salmon fishing in the crashing

 whitewater of the Moricetown Canyon.






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