Posted by: cherylyoung | June 22, 2013

GOLFING IN NORTHERN B.C OFFERS FORESTED


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

exception here.

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 Trip

The 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 or resort.

 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.

In the summer, hike, mountain bike, camp,

rock climb, 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 deep powder downhill skiing and

snowboarding, cross-country

skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

Outdoor ice-skating on the lakes is also possible

when the cold enough and the snow has been cleared.

 Local hot springs, developed and undeveloped,

also make for ine evening soaks.

In the evening, to get a feel for local culture,

check out Terrace’s many pubs and restaurants.

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 andlogging 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 Hub

With its many shops and service outlets, Terrace

 is also the commercial hub of Northwest BC.

Residents from nearby communities including

Kitimat, Prince Rupert, Smithers and nearby

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 outdoor excursions.

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 Locals

Locals, who refer to themselves as Terracites, are

hard-working, outdoorsy people, eager to make visitors feel

welcome and love he 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.

First Nations

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

cultural tours and attractions,

that include authentic longhouses, so that visitors

can learn about their culture, history and arts.

Where to Start

For an extensive collection of reference materials,

trail guides and information on local attractions,

visit the Terrace Visitor Centre

on Keith Avenue, on the west side of Terrace’s

new bridge on the south side of town.

CHERYL YOUNG, REALTOR ,VICTORIA B.C

WWW.CHERYLYOUNG.CA

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