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Village of Telkwa


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Telkwa is known as the village Where the Rivers Meet. Telkwa is also the place where fishermen, canoeists and kayakers congregate in preparation for an outdoor adventure in the Houston area.

The history of Telkwa dates back to the 1860s, with the first arrival of construction teams to build the Collins Overland Telegraph Line, stretching to the Far North. Today, arriving in Telkwa is like stepping into living history, as original pioneer homes and businesses still exist, and continue to be used.

Population: 1,426

Location: Telkwa is located in North Central British Columbia, 7 miles (11 km) south of Smithers on the Yellowhead highway 16, halfway between Prince George and Prince Rupert.


The Museum, housed in the relocated 1920 school building, offers a walking tour through the historic sections of the Village, including Fairbairn's House (1917), the original pioneer's General Store (1910), two 1908 Log Houses, and the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad Bridge.

bulletA special historic site in Telkwa is St. Stephen's Anglican Church, built in 1910 from lumber donated by Telkwa's first sawmill. The bell tower and the lich gate, where a coffin is placed during the initial part of a burial service, were added in 1921.
bullet Tyhee Lake Provincial Park provides good summer swimming, hiking, boating, and camping, and in winter, ice-fishing and cross-country skiing.
bullet Golf: Golfers can head north to Smithers for great golfing. Nestled in the Bulkley Valley at the base of Hudson Bay Mountain is Smithers Golf & Country Club, an 18-hole par 72 golf course offering challenging play on well groomed holes. The exciting course is surrounded by a thick carpet of forest that descends from Hudson Bay Mountain, with forested fairways, a creek that comes into play on several holes, and glacier views as far as the eye can see. Golf Vacations in British Columbia.
bulletTake a scenic walk along the river and through forested areas to Tyhee Lake.
bullet Celebrate the great wintery outdoors at the Winterfest, with dogsled races, wagon rides, snow sculptures, cross-country candlelight skiing, and much more.
bulletDon't miss the Telkwa Demolition Derby and BBQ over the Labour Day weekend. A large beef goes onto the pit to feed the crowds that come for the frog races, the Demolition Derby, the tennis and the ball tournaments.
bulletWinter is a great time to visit nearby Smithers - Nordic skiing on Hudson Bay Mountain offers endless miles of tranquil trails just waiting to be discovered. Ski Smithers Resort offers plenty of light, dry powder for downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing. Ski and snowboard rentals are available. Skiing and Winter Recreation in the North West.
bulletSee the best of Northern BC on one of the Circle Tours that capture the wonders of the north. The Circle Tour of Northern British Columbia incorporates the Alaska Highway through the Rocky Mountain foothills to Watson Lake in the Yukon, linking with the Stewart/Cassiar Highway and Yellowhead Highway 16 in the south. The Inside Passage Tour and The Native Heritage Tour follow the same route, from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island north by ferry to Prince Rupert. Catch another ferry to the Queen Charlotte Islands, or venture east on the Yellowhead Highway to Prince George, and south through the peaceful Cariboo to Vancouver along the historic Cariboo Wagon Road.