Stop. Look around. See anew all the things you love about Northern British Columbia.
Have you ever wondered about the people who came before you? The fur traders, railroaders and gold miners who tamed the mountains and forests. The Indigenous Peoples who thrived long before them and who still, today, honour and respect the area’s bounty. And what about the forces of nature that forged such spectacular surroundings?
It’s time to start exploring.
Northern Routes Cultural Experience makes it easy. Launched in the summer of 2019, it’s a one-stop guide to the region’s historic and cultural resources.
The website invites you to be a tourist in your own town. It provides snapshots of 10 unique places that celebrate Northern BC’s arts, culture and heritage.
- Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George: Featuring contemporary Canadian artists and emerging regional artists, it also has a hands-on studio (and a gift-laden store).
- The Exploration Place Museum & Science Centre, Prince George: Discover Hodul’eh-a: A Place of Learning; meet live critters in the Biome; play underneath full-size dinosaurs, or take a fun ride on the Fort George Railway.
- Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum, Prince George: All aboard the steam and electric locomotives, massive wooden snowplows, box cars, baggage cars, and cabooses.
- Huble Homestead, Prince George: An early 20th-century homestead comes to life with a bustling farm, trading post, general store and First Nations fish camp.
- Mackenzie Museum, Mackenzie: Follow the steps it took to instantly build a thriving town on the shores of Canada’s largest manmade lake.
- Whistle Stop Gallery, McBride: The Heritage Train Station is filled with original works by Robson Valley artists.
- Valley Museum and Archives, McBride: Get a taste of what it was like for pioneer families after the Grand Trunk Railway was built in 1913.
- Valemont Museum, Valemont: Step inside a replica trapper’s cabin, delight in Margaret McKirdy’s sculptures, or meander alongside a model railway.
- Barkerville Historic Town & Park: Meet the characters from the Cariboo Gold Rush days.
- Fort St. James National Historic Site: Restored Hudson’s Bay Company post is home to the largest collection of log buildings from the 1800s fur trade.
Ready to start exploring? Go to Northern Routes and discover more about the 10 destination points. You’ll also find details on all their special events and operating hours.