When you visit Northwest BC, you can escape the crowds and experience nature, raw wilderness, peace and quiet. The region is known for its coastal mountain ranges, lakes and rivers, bears and glaciers. It is the kind of place you can relax and be yourself. It doesn’t matter what you wear or what kind of vehicle you drive. What matters is that you are up for an adventure.
An adventure in Northwest BC can be as simple as cruising the open highway or laying on a beach, soaking in the sun and the views of the many mountain ranges in the area. The more adventurous can take a multi-day trip hiking and hunting trips in the many wilderness areas or immerse yourself in the raw wonders of nature while fishing, camping, kayaking, mountain biking, snowboarding or skiing.
Small-town charm and unique cultural experiences are another reason visitors fall in love with this area. Almost every town has a farmers’ market, museum, or art gallery, and many eclectic shops and restaurants. The locals are incredibly friendly too – the person you ask for directions may just end up inviting you over to their house for dinner.
The region is also home to several First Nations. The totem poles and longhouses found throughout the region are also stunning, and some of the oldest in the province. In touring the Indigenous villages and visiting the cultural sites, visitors get an authentic glimpse into the history, culture, and present-day lives of the area’s original inhabitants.
The three major highways (16, 37 and 113) offer views of changing terrains and plentiful wildlife as you pass through the region.
The mountains and rivers give life to the northwest and give many natural adventure options. The Kitimat, Skeena and Nass rivers are nestled amongst the Coast Mountains and offer an immersive wilderness experience.
The wintertime in the northwest takes on a different personality from the warmer seasons. Each community offers different on-piste, backcountry, and cross-country skiing options, and snowmobiling.