Northern British Columbia

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Northern BC’s vast, pristine wilderness – an area larger than Japan and twice the size of the United Kingdom – spans over half the province. There are clear sparkling streams and lakes, roaring rivers, lush blue-green forests and rough, craggy mountains. Across Hecate Strait on the mainland, the Khutzeymateen Valley is home to Canada’s first grizzly bear sanctuary and reserve. And in the southeast, you can visit the Kitlope Heritage Conservancy, the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world. You can also go hiking, mountain biking, camping, fishing, golfing and swimming in an almost endless number of pristine wilderness spots. After exploring the outdoors, you can discover Aboriginal culture in Northern BC’s heritage sites and museums, or visit Prince George, Smithers or Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands) to discover the communities and culture of the north.

Photo 1,2,3 credit: Destination BC/Mike Seehagel
Photo 2,3,6,10 credit: Destination BC/Andrew Strain
Photo 4,9 credit: Destination BC/Jeremy Koreski

Top 5 things to do

  • Go on a grizzly bear or whale-watching adventure
  • Hike, bike or trek through pristine wilderness
  • Fish in rivers, lakes, streams and oceans
  • Discover Indigenous heritage and culture
  • Visit northern communities like Prince George and Smithers