Terrace

Population: 11,320

Terrace is located 91 miles east of Prince Rupert.

Visitor Information: Terrace Visitor Centre located in the log building on Highway 16 with sani-dump. Open daily in summer, 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.; weekdays in winter, 10:30 a.m.to 2:30 p.m.

Logging was the major industry in Terrace for decades. For a time, the community was known as the “cedar pole capital of the world,” and the world’s largest cedar pole (162 feet/50 metres) was cut here. The economy has since diversified, and Terrace remains a commercial hub.

Terrace has major-chain motels, restaurants, fast-food outlets, and “big box” stores like Walmart (no camping permitted) and Canadian Tire on the west side. There are 18 motels/hotels and several shopping centres. The government liquor store is at 3250 Eby St. Secured RV storage can be found at Queensway Mini Storage; phone 250-638-0204 for more information. Find EV plug-ins at 4741 Lakelse Ave., at Skeena Mall and at City Hall at 3215 Eby St.

The community has a library and art gallery, an aquatic centre with 2 saunas and full-sized and child-sized indoor swimming pools, tennis courts, a golf course, bingo parlour, casino, bowling alley, fitness centres, skateboard park, Bike Skills Park, 2 ice arenas, racquetball court, archery and shooting range, curling club, ski hill, a local brewery and theatre.

The Grand Trunk Pathway parallels highway 16 across from the Sandman Inn/Denny’s and Sherwood Mountain Brewery. With hanging flower baskets, benches, and historic and cultural information boards, a railcar, monuments and more, it is a great place to stretch your legs and have an ice cream at the Chill Shop.

Terrace has several private campgrounds. There is a public campground located at Ferry Island (see Milepost PG 355.2). Lakelse Lake Provincial Park campground at Furlong Bay, located at Mile 11.3/Km 18 on Highway 37 South (see Milepost PG 354.7). Kleanza Creek Provincial Park campground is located on Highway 16 West at Milepost PG 345.2.

Attractions:

  • Heritage Park Museum, a collection of original log pioneer buildings representing various log building techniques. To get to the park, follow Kalum St./Skeena View north. Open daily May–August 10 a.m.to 6 p.m.and by appointment the rest of the year. Phone 250-635-4546.
  • The national Aboriginal Days celebration is held June 21; Riverboat Days celebration is the BC Day long weekend in August and the following weekend, the Downtown Street Fest.
  • Lakelse Lake Provincial Park on Highway 37 has sandy beaches, swimming and nature trails.
  • Take the Nisga’a Highway to Anhluut’ukwsim Lamihl Angwinga’asanskwhl Provincial Park(formerly Nisga’a Memorial Lava Beds). There is an information kiosk on the Nisga’a lava beds at Mile 42.4, near the southern boundary of the park (at the south end of Lava Lake), and another at Mile 48.9, as the highway narrows and begins winding its way through the lava beds. The Nisga’a Lava Bedsand Area Visitor Centre are located at Mile 59 miles (95 km) north of the Yellowhead Highway junction. The Visitor Centre is open Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.to 5 p.m.till June 26, then Tuesdays–Sundays 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. till Sept. 4.
  • Sportfishing in the Skeena, Copper, Kalum,Nass, Tseax, Kitimat and Lakelse rivers.