NORTHWESTERN BRITISH COLUMBIA
Northwestern British Columbia is a beautiful area, home to many diverse and wonderful people, and it is currently undergoing an economic revival fueled by mining, forestry, transportation, primary industry and natural gas. While rich in opportunities, economic development has done little to disturb the pristine environment for which the area enjoys international renown.
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TERRACE, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Terrace is located along the banks of the Skeena River, the second longest river entirely within British Columbia. With a population of more than 15,000 in the immediate metropolitan area, and 80,000 in the surrounding area, Terrace is the service hub for the region.
KITIMAT, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Kitimat is located at the mouth of the Kitimat River as it flows into the Douglas Channel, named in honour of Sir James Douglas, the first governor of the Colony of British Columbia. With a population of more than 8,000, Kitimat is in the midst of a major economic revival with the refurbishment of the Rio Tinto Alcan Smelter and LNG projects. Historically, Kitimat has been responsible for up to 11% of the province’s total industrial output.
PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Named after the German count, known as the Prince Rupert of the Rhine, Prince Rupert is located on Kaien Island at the mouth of the Skeena River as its meets the Pacific Ocean. With a population of more than 13,000 in the immediate metropolitan area, Prince Rupert is home to Ridley Terminals, a world class marine bulk handling terminal featuring the fastest ship loading system on the West Coast at 9,000 tonnes per hour.
SMITHERS, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Smithers is located along the banks of the Bulkley River. Smithers was founded in 1913, serving as the headquarters of the former Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, and it is now a vibrant community home to more than 5,000 Smithereens.