Room to Explore in the Bulkley Nechako


The Bulkley-Nechako contains over seventy-three thousand square kilometres of wilderness recreation—truly an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.

Located in the heart of BC along Route 16, the Bulkley-Nechako is the gateway to BC’s Northwest from the east. Vanderhoof is only 99 km west of Prince George; and if you’re starting from the West, Smithers is 350 km from Prince Rupert on the Pacific Ocean.

Photo by Christos Sagiorgis

The Bulkley Valley, which includes Smithers, Telkwa, and Houston, is a hub for sports fishing, mountaineering, skiing, and snowboarding. The Lakes District, which includes the communities of Burns Lake, Fraser Lake, and Granisle, has over 300 lakes, exceptional fishing, and world-class mountain biking trails. The Nechako Valley, encompassing Fort St James and Vanderhoof, abounds in BC and Dakelh First Nation’s history, remote fishing resorts, outfitter lodges, and hiking opportunities.

The landscape of the Bulkley-Nechako is so diverse that visitors can climb to the highest peaks in the morning and be relaxing lakeside in the evening. Even its low-land areas are high (the Interior Plateau is approximately 300m above sea level). With hundreds of kilometers to roam, the Bulkley-Nechako has open skies, clear views and lots of room to improve your golf swing, adventure through the snow, or just set-up camp and enjoy the beauty.


Pristine waters can be found at every stop on your travels from world class fishing to amazing paddling experiences. And the land within the Bulkley-Nechako is connected through thousands of kilometers of waterways, from the smallest creeks to major rivers like the Nechako and Nadina.

An area steeped in history, Indigenous stories tell of times many centuries before contact. Within the past 150 years explorers and prospectors have woven their story into the fabric of the Bulkley-Nechako.

From the snow-capped peaks of the Skeena and Babine Mountain Ranges to the endless rolling hills of the Nechako Valley, the opportunities are as varied as the landscape