Some of the most spectacular scenery in the world can be found along BC's interior highways.
Highway 97 has many names
as it makes its way from the U.S.A. north to The Alaska Highway at Dawson
Creek and on up to the Yukon border. You will pass through many interesting
and historic towns and cities north of Kamloops such as Cache Creek,
100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Quesnel, Prince George, Chetwynd, Dawson
Creek, Fort St. John and Fort Nelson.
Highway 5, from Hope,
through the Coquilhalla Pass on to Merritt and Kamloops, passes south of Wells Gray Park, past Barriere, Clearwater and Valemount
and meets Highway 16 near Mt. Robson Park (the highest point in the
Canadian Rockies) at Tete Jaune Cache, and Jasper National Park in Alberta.
Highway 16 crosses the centre of BC through Prince
George and west to the coast through Vanderhoof, Burns Lake, Houston, Smithers, New
Hazelton, Terrace and Prince Rupert.
Highway 20 from Williams Lake will take you through
some of the most spectacular scenic wilderness as you head west to Bella Coola where you
can make ferry connections to Vancouver Island or north to Prince Rupert and Alaska.
The City of Prince
at the junction of the Nechako and Fraser Rivers, 91 kilometres (56.5
miles) east of the geographical centre of BC, has a population of approximately 78,000 Prince George and is 786km
(488 miles) northeast of Vancouver on Hwy 97 and nearly midway between
Jasper, on the BC/Alberta border, and Prince Rupert, on BC's West Coast,
on Hwy 16 (the Yellowhead Hwy).
Lake is a unigue wilderness community situated on the West Chilcotin
Plateau in central British Columbia. A place where time has stood still.
Untouched wilderness surrounds you - natural wildlife roams freely and
fish abound in lakes and streams. Fabulous hiking, snowmobiling and
pack trips are available into the Itcha, Ilgatchuz and Rainbow Mountains.
The avid outdoors person is offered an unparalleled experience in back country
recreation. In the summer go horseback riding, fishing, riverboating, canoeing and hiking.
Fully guided hunting expeditions are offered in the spring and fall. Come winter take
advantage of the snowmobiling and skiing adventures.
Enjoy riding in the high alpine among sparkling
streams, wildflowers, and glistening lakes. The area has an abundant population of
wildlife including moose, mountain sheep, mountain goats, cougars, wolves, both black and
grizzly bears. Be sure your camera is ready as the photographic opportunities are endless.
The City of Prince Rupert - Prince Rupert lies at the heart of the traditional territory of the Tsimshian First Nation. This territory is bordered by the traditional lands of the Gitxsan, Nisga'a, Haida and Heiltsuk people, many of whom today make their home in Prince Rupert as well as in their traditional communities along the coast. Many of the most famous Northwest Coast artists live and work in Prince Rupert. You will find original sculpture, prints, and jewellery, and possibly be able to observe artists at work.
From Prince Rupert, you can
ferry to Alaska, Haida Gwaii - (The Queen Charlotte
Islands) and Vancouver Island.
Highway 37 from just west
of New Hazelton, heads north past Stewart, where views of the Coast
Mountain Glaciers are available and through the Stikine Valley on up
to Cassiar, heading north to meet The Alaska Highway. While going North
to Alaska there are many places to stop, things to do, and attractions
to visit. The links below provide information on some of these things.
Even if you are not going all the way to Alaska you will be able to
plan an excellent vacation.
Activities include wilderness adventure tours, Eco-tours, boating, fly
fishing, salt and fresh water fishing, hiking, camping, trail riding,
cross-country and downhill skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, and more.
See maps section.