Northwest British Columbia is one of BC’s best kept secrets for the outdoor enthusiast. There no better place than the Magnificent Yellow Cedar Lodge to stay as a launching point for your northwest adventure. Situated on the banks of the mighty Skeena River and below the snowcapped coastal mountains, the lodge is the perfect spot to relax after a day of exploring the region’s wilderness. After an invigorating day of hiking to a local waterfall or scenic viewpoint come back in relax in one of the two hot tubs overlooking the river. Enjoy a spectacular multi course dinner by one of the Northwest’s best chefs in the vaulted yellow cedar dining room. The warm and comfortable rooms will provide you with a restful night’s sleep just in time for another day of experiencing another northwest adventure.
These falls are some of the most spectacular waterfalls anywhere. Only 20 min drive west of the Yellow Cedar Lodge and up a forest service road for 10 km leads to a series of two waterfalls. The lower falls are smaller but just as magnificent as the upper falls and provide a clear pool to enjoy a swim on a hot summer day. The upper falls cascade over a 100 meters down a rock bluff into a basin surrounded by lush green vegetation. This is definitely a must see feature for any visitor to the area.
A quick 10 min drive from the lodge will have you hiking one the communities signature trails. The 4-5 km trail that begins on Johnstone Street climbs gradually through a coastal forest en route to rock bluff overlooking the city of Terrace. A wooden bench will greet you at the top and provide you with a place to rest your legs and take in one the best views in the region. The city of Terrace and the Skeena River lie in the valley bottom with the coastal mountains rising sharply all around.
The canyon is home to one of the most unique geological and historical features in the Terrace area and a place not to be missed. It is home to the Gitselasu or Kitselas First Nations who have lived at this strategic narrowing of the Skeena River for over 5000 years. The canyon has old village sites, totem poles, long houses, interpretive trails and a viewpoint over the impressive canyon. The canyon was the Skeena’s most intrepid obstacle for the late 1800-early 1900 sternwheelers that tried to navigate its churning, whirlpool filled waters. They used ringbolts to winch themselves up through the fast flowing water. These ringbolts still remain today on the island known as “Ringbolt Island”.
This beautiful sand beach lies about 20 km south of Terrace on Highway 37. The easy one km trail is a real gem as is winds adjacent to the salmon filled Williams Creek and a beautiful old growth cedar, hemlock and spruce forest. The trail ends at the sandy beach on Lakelse Lake. Lakelse is the Tsmishian name for “freshwater mussel” which can be seen in large quantities in the Lakelse River.
No trip to Terrace is complete without a stop on Ferry Island which was named after the early 1900 reaction ferry that took residents across the Skeena River to the island. The island has some great hiking trails that encircle the island and a series of carvings in the bark of the giant cottonwood trees that grow on the island. It is also a favorite fishing spot for residents and visitors in the summer time who can try their luck at casting a line for one the five species of salmon and steelhead that swim by the island shores.