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Smithers is a paddlers dream! Whether you're seeking a peaceful paddle around the lakeshore, drifting on a placid stream or experiencing the thrill of adrenaline pumping whitewater - we've got it all.

The Bulkley Valley is studded with lakes - large and small and the surrounding mountains ensure a good supply of river water all season long. Rivers like the Bulkley, Babine, Morice and Kispiox are all within easy reach. Smithers is also home to great instructors in the paddlesports - canoeing, kayaking and rafting - if you want to develop or improve your skills.

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  • Aldrich, Dennis, & McDonell Lakes

    Aldrich, Dennis, & McDonell Lakes These three lakes form a chain each connecting down the Zymoetz (Copper) river, and are accessible via hiking trails and boats passages through the lake and slower moving river regions.

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  • Alpine Lakes Air

    Alpine Lakes Air, your first choice for float plane charters. Plan your Northwestern BC Adventure or flightseeing tour with us. 

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  • Aquabatics

    "Paddling is our passion"

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  • Aspen Bay Cabins

    Five rustic squared log cabins with wood heat and propane appliances. Fire pits, picnic tables & BBQ's available. Only 40 km from Smithers.

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  • Babine Lake

    The largest natural freshwater lake in BC, home to several Provincial Park Campgrounds. Access from Smithers is approximately 65 km via an all-weather gravel and paved road.

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  • Boomerang, Pinetree and Tanglechain Lake

    These three, with Doris Lake, create a chain of lakes excellent for exploration and recreation.

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  • Bulkley Adventures

    Experience the Bulkley Valley like you've never seen it before with Jet Boat Tours, Outdoor Adventures such as tubing on local lakes, and Heli Hiking through Alpine Meadow behind Hudson Bay Mountain.

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  • Bulkley River

    The Bulkley River - World class steelhead river has its origins near Houston BC. Flowing westward forming the Bulkley Valley, it passes in and around the regional center of Smithers BC. Eventually, the Bulkley joins the Skeena River near Hazelton BC.

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  • Bulkley River Recreation Site

    10 kms of maintained trails suitable for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. These trails are not maintained. There is a warming cabin at the parking lot.

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  • Call Lake

    A small parcel of forested and non-forested wetlands.

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  • Canadian Outback Rafting

    Combining the beautiful narrow canyon rapids of the Babine River, the massive exhilarating waves of the Skeena River, the amazing scenery of the Coast Mountain Range, and more wildlife than you can count, this 6-day rafting trip is the best adventure expedition in all of British Columbia.

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  • Chapman Lake

    Medium size lake, 37.5 km from Smithers. Boat launch and camping. Rainbow, cutthroat & Char (lake trout) available.

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  • Dennis Lake - Bulkley/Cassiar Forest District

    A small, forested site with an excellent view of Hudson Bay and Hazelton ranges. Parking accomodates only smaller vehichles. Tenting pads but no RV sites.

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  • Guess (Paradise) Lake

    A hidden gettaway with beautiful scenery!

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  • Kispiox River

    Kispiox River - This beautiful river is a major tributary that joins the Skeena River north of Hazelton. Famous for its Steelhead, Chinook and Coho salmon.

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  • Kitseguecla Lake

    Kitseguecla Lake, This high elevation lake has excellent scenery, fishing and camping within a short distance

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  • Lake Kathlyn

    Lake Kathlyn public beach offers year round access.  Summer time swimming. Winter time skating or cross country skiing.

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  • Maincurrent Rafting Expeditions

    From float trips to whitewater thrills - join Maincurrent to explore the rivers of the Bulkley Valley.

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  • McDowel Lake

    Thousands of acres of undeveloped crown land for nature lovers who like to walk, bike, canoe, swim, ski snowshoe, and look for wildlife.

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  • Morice River

    Morice River is situated South of Houston and is an excellent river for summer recreation. It is a world class Steelhead river.

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  • Nanika Kidprice

    Part of the expansive Babine Lake water system, Nilkitwa supports Rainbow Trout up to 14 pounds, Cutthroat Trout up to 2 pounds and Lake Char up to 25 pounds.

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  • Nilkitwa Lake

    Part of the expansive Babine Lake water system, Nilkitwa supports Rainbow Trout up to 14 pounds, Cutthroat Trout up to 2 pounds and Lake Char up to 25 pounds.

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  • Northern Sun Tours

    Outdoor recreation and education specialists!

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  • Ross (Six Mile) Lake

    Ross (Six Mile) Lake - Located just outside of New Hazelton, Ross Lake offers excellent rainbow trout fishing and year round recreation.

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  • Round Lake

    20 km east of Smithers, popular with canoeists and fishermen.

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  • Seymour Lake

    Small lake, 5 minutes drive

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  • Skeena River

    Skeena River - British Columbia's second largest river and world renowned for Chinoonk (King) and Coho Salmon and Steelhead fishing.

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  • Starvation Lake - Bulkley/Cassiar Recreation Site

    A small, remote, user maintained site. Minimal facilities. Used primarily by hunters. Lake provides opportunities for boating and fishing. Rough access road.

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  • Telkwa River - Bulkley/Cassiar Forest Recreation Site

    A small site used primarily as a day use area. Access point for kayakers and canoeists wishing to use lower Telkwa river; close to village of Telkwa.

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  • Torkelson Lake - Bulkley/Cassiar Forest Recreation Site

    Medium size, open site with heavy herbaceous vegitation. Canoeing, small boats, fishing and wildlife viewing. Access road too soft for motor home use.

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  • Tyhee Lake Provincial Park

    Tyhee Lake Provincial Park offers camping and day-use facilities on Tyhee Lake.

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