Our Hometowns


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. Helpful Resources: Destination BC Website – Northern British Columbia Terrace is Aging Down – Business Examiner Article Invest in Northwest 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. Helpful Resources: The City of Terrace The Visit Terrace Tourism Website The Terrace Economic Development Agency The Terrace Chamber of Commerce


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. Helpful Resources: The City of Kitimat Tourism Kitimat The Kitimat Economic Development Agency The Kitimat Chamber of Commerce


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. Helpful Resources: The City of Prince Rupert Tourism Prince Rupert The Prince Rupert & Port Edwards Economic Development Corporation Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce


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. Helpful Resources: The Town of Smithers Tourism Smithers The Bulkley Valley Economic Development Agency Smithers District Chamber of Commerce
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