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What to do


Take a stroll or ride your bike through downtown Smithers.  With its Alpine feel and many shops located along Main Street you are sure to find something to please your needed desire. Everything from sporting goods, clothing and lingerie, restaurants and of course coffee.  And there are nice bike racks too.


Every Saturday morning until noon you can see most of Smithers at the by the museum under Market, just off of Highway 16 and Main Street. Enjoy local music, local vegetables, crafts and much, much more…..don’t forget to take the kids to the petting zoo and pony rides offered by Double D-Lux Trail Riding. This is a true small town, community event not to be missed.


From lake trout to salmon and steelhead, Smithers welcomes anglers from around the world. Babine Lake to the north, including the famous Rainbow Alley delivers trout fishing at its best. Clear cold waters harbour rainbows from a couple of pounds, to much, much bigger.  The Bulkley River flows by Smithers and is home to spring salmon (also known as King or Chinook) along with coho (silvers), sockeye and pink salmon and the highly prized steelhead. We have world-class guides to make your trip memorable, and we have knowledgeable staff in our fishing shops to help answer your questions and ensure you have the proper gear. Hundreds of lakes and hundreds of miles of river await your cast. Make sure to have a current fishing license and a current copy of the Sport Fishing Regulations Synopsis.  More info can be found at Steelhead Paradise.


The Smithers Golf and Country Club was started in the early 1930s and gradually expanded to 18 holes in the 1980s. Over the years, the hard work of its active membership and volunteers has resulted in a course that has achieved its current status as one of the best courses in Northwest British Columbia.


Tyhee Lake Provincial Park is situated in the beautiful Bulkley River Valley. To the west are the Telkwa and Bulkley Ranges of the Hazelton Mountains and to the east is the Babine Range of the Skeena Mountains. Back from the 200 m sandy beachfront on Tyhee Lake is a forest consisting primarily of trembling aspen. These trees are second-growth, replacing the original cover that was destroyed by fire 40 to 50 years ago. Visitors may enjoy hiking, walking, swimming, picnicking, and nature viewing. Ice fishing and cross-country skiing are popular activities in the winter.


Catch the latest movie while enjoying the evenings at the local Theatre. Phone: (250) 847-2440


The Bulkley Valley Regional Pool and Recreation Centre is a community-based, family-oriented facility. Amenities include 25 meter lap pool, hot tub, sauna, fitness/weight room and racket courts.  Check out the 22 foot climbing wall with 11 ropes and a newly reconfigured 8 foot bouldering cave.


The Bulkley Valley Museum is located in the heart of the Town of Smithers, at the intersection of Highway 16 and Main Street.  All of the towns that make up the Bulkley Valley (Houston, Telkwa, Moricetown, Hazelton and Terrace) are hosts to intriguing museums. The Bulkley Valley Museum is open 12 months of the year under the auspices of the Bulkley Valley Historical and Museum Society. Come check out the collection of area artifacts and a century’s worth of photos.