Northern British Columbia

Did You Know?

  • Northern BC is larger than California or Japan, and twice the size of the United Kingdom.
  • Prince George, the largest city in Northern BC, averages only 4.8 people per square kilometre. (By contrast, England has 395 people per square kilometre.)
  • The Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, 45 kilometres (28 miles) northeast of Prince Rupert, is home to more than 50 wild ursine residents. This mystical place also holds the distinction as North America’s only grizzly bear sanctuary.
  • Canada’s last volcanic eruption happened on Nisga’a land approximately 250 years ago, and vast lava beds still dominate the valley.
  • Kermodes, or “Spirit” bears, can be observed in Northern BC’s stunning Great Bear Rainforest. Approximately 10 per cent of black bears in this area of BC are born with a white coat.
  • Often referred to as the Serengeti of North America, the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area is a globally significant area of wilderness, wildlife and cultures, serving as a model to balance human activities (such as resource extraction and tourism) while conserving its environmental and wilderness state.

Pristine natural beauty, rich history, fascinating Aboriginal culture, genuine people; Northern British Columbia has it all.

With 500,000 square kilometres (193,051 square miles) of space to play, Northern BC boasts premier wildlife viewing and recreation opportunities in more than 60 provincial, national and marine parks and wildlife refuges. It is here in these treasured environments that you’ll bear witness to globally unique eco-systems and cultural heritage treasures.

Experience thundering waterfalls, dinosaur discoveries, whales and grizzly bears, remote hot springs and monumental First Nations art. Put yourself in the picture: fishing in pristine streams, skiing deep powder, hiking scarcely seen alpine or rafting mountain rivers.

Your journey to Northern BC begins the moment you open your mind to the magic of one of the world’s last true wildernesses.

Blaine Estby 
Community Engagement 
Northern BC Tourism
1274 Fifth Avenue
Prince George, BC V2L 3L2
Phone: 250-561-0432 x 4
blaine@nbctourism.com

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