Terrace as the name suggests is built on a series of natural terraces of
land along the Skeena River. Nestled in the majestic Skeena Valley, it serves as the service and trade centre for this part of BC. Its progressive atmosphere has been described as `vibrant' and offers exceptional retail services. A relatively young community, Terrace has successfully diversified its forestry based economy and enjoys a central appeal.
Terrace is renowned for its quality recreational experiences. Whether fisherman,
hiker, camper or skier the area offers a unique opportunity to enjoy both nature and a favourite recreational pursuit. The region is known for its exceptional fishing. A variety of accessible hiking trails bring people and their environment together while Shames Mountain, just 35 kilometres west of Terrace offers skiers a peak experience. A 20 minute drive south brings resident and visitors to the soothing waters of the Mount Layton Hot Springs. Lakelse Lake Provincial Park, just 15 minutes away from the City's centre offers campers and swimmers a perfect out of doors setting while providing all amenities.
Whether swimming at the aquatic centre, skating at the arena or enjoying
a quiet visit to the library, Terrace provides its residents with a variety of exciting things to do. Over 100 community groups are active in Terrace and each offer different social functions.
Terrace serves as headquarters for health and education services for the area.
The first wave of pioneer settlers came to the Terrace area between 1889
and 1912, attracted by mining opportunities, land grants, and rich farmland. With no road or railway connections to the outside world, summer access was provided by shallow-draft steam powered paddle-wheelers.
Eby's Landing on the Skeena River was the original staging point and riverboat
stop for hundreds of settlers who spread into the valleys north and south of Terrace. One of the early residents of the community at Eby's Landing (which became known as Kitsumkalum) was Henry Frank. His original house, built of squared timbers in 1908, is located south of the railway next to the Skeena River. The large buildings on the site are the remnants of the dairy farm operated from 1920 to 1965.
The importance of the riverboat landings diminished with the construction of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway between 1908 and 1914 from the Canadian Prairies to the Port of Prince Rupert. This railway, which
later became part of the Canadian National Railway network, was the principal means of transportation into Terrace until the first road to the interior of the province was constructed in 1943.
With construction of the railway, a station site was needed. Although the community of Kitsumkalum was the most likely location, a savvy businessman,
George Little, donated land to the railroad company where the modern railroad station is now located and the Village of Terrace grew. Little Park was dedicated as part of the first subdivision in 1911 and is now the present site of the library, art gallery and market.
|Terrace Visitor Info Center in the Chamber of Commerce Building 4511 Keith Avenue, 635-2063 or 1-800-499-1637; has a dump station and water. From May to late August open 7 days a week 8am to 8pm. From September to April open Monday to Friday 9 to 4:30.
Emergency: Police - 635-4911; Fire - 638-8121; Ambulance -638-1102. Park Avenue Medical Clinic 4634 Park Avenue. The hospital is at 2711 Tetrault Street, phone 635-2211.
Visitor Info Center 4511 Keith Avenue has water and a dump station.
Husky Oil 3097 Hwy. 16 E. 250-635-3717. Gas, diesel, propane, tire repair.
The Coast Inn of the West 4620 Lakelse
Avenue, 250-638-8141, 1-800-663-1144 in Canada and the U.S. The finest location in Terrace isn't the only reason to stay at the Inn. Fanny's lounge, six meeting rooms, cold beer and wine store and the list goes on! When you work up an appetite enjoy our White Spot Restaurant.
Northern Motor Inn 3086 Highway 16, 250-635-6375, 1-800-663-3390. Clean comfortable rooms, air conditioning, restaurant, dining room.
Ferry Island Municipal Campground, 1 mile West of Highway 16 and 37, 635-4244. Open May to October,
large wooded sites, toilets, picnic shelters, firewood. Hiking trails.
Kermodei Trading Co. The bright yellow gift house at 4525 Highway 16, near the Visitor Information Center 250 638-1808. A unique gift store featuring local gifts and souvenirs.
Greyhound - 1-800-661-8747.
Seaport Limousine offers bus transportation
to Stewart, Monday through Friday at 5 pm. They leave from
the Greyhound Bus Depot, 4620 Keith Avenue. 250-635-7676.
Hawkair provides flights to Masset
with its partner airline TK Air starting May 12, 2003. Up to 3 flights
daily connect Prince Rupert to Masset, QCI. Toll free in Canada
1-866-429-5247 or 1-800-487-1216.
Things To Do
Heritage Park is a collection of original log buildings depicting the history of the pioneers of the region. Each building has been chosen to represent a different style of log building construction. These structures also house interesting collections of artifacts and histories relevant to the original use of each building.
Under the direction of the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Terrace they have guided tours throughout the summer months and is the focus of many fun-filled community events.
Terrace is an 'outdoors' community and there are a myriad of things to do: rent a canoe, go for a horseback ride, or hike one of Terrace's many trails.
Falls Gallery displays beautiful local
first Nations art and jewellery. Trail leading to scenic falls.
Ferry Island has hiking trails around
its perimeter. The trails begin at the picnic shelter on the
west side of the island and circles through the woods. An ideal
walk for all ages.
Mt. Layton Hot Springs Resort Ltd. is
at Lakelse Lake just a 15 minute drive from Terrace on Highway
37 South. Restaurant, lounge and accommodation, plus Mount Layton's
5 water slides, giant pool and separate therapeutic pool make
it a great place. 250-98-2214.
Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Park. Canada's youngest lava flow is located just 80 km north of Terrace and covers an area of 18 km in length and 3 km in width. Most geologists agree that the lava flow is the most recent volcanic eruption in Canada, occurring between about 1650 and 1750. Growth returns quickly in this damp, wet climate, yet most of the lava has only lichens and moss on the loose rubble, and large areas of bare rock with detailed "flow textures" of amazing delicacy. Even along the Tseax River, where trees have grown on the lava, the forest floor is treacherous with hidden crevasses, unstable rock slabs, and needle-sharp projections. The lava flow contains magnificent examples of different types of lava, sink holes, craters and turquoise pools.
A campsite has been established along Vetter Creek. A picnic area with wheelchair accessible facilities is on the north shore of Lava Lake. Editor's note: although this road continues through to Cranberry
Junction on Cassiar Highway 37. From
Lava Lake to the junction it can be quite rough and is narrow, it is also an active logging road so if you intend to travel the whole distance be cautious. I recommend that you drive in from Terrace and return the same way.
Shames Mountain Ski Area has a 4,813
ft. chair lift and a 2,280 ft. T-bar lift.
Skeena Valley Fall Fair held annually
on Labor Day weekend
Terrace Mountain Nature Trail starts
at the Johnson St. trail head.