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Northern British Columbia
Undiscovered Destinations
Have A Cow
In Prince Rupert's historic Cow Bay waterfront district there are restored buildings filled with shops, galleries and cafes with specialty seafood menus. On a clear day, hike to the top of Mt. Hays (about 2-1/2 hours for the seasoned hiker) for stunning views of Alaska and the outlying islands.

Round The Pike
The Pike Island Archaeological Tour is a five-hour tour from Prince Rupert to the site of three Tsimshiam villages occupied long, long ago. Guided tours which include petroglyph viewing and a salmon barbecue are available.

Moon Walk
The Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park, north of Terrace on Kalum Lake Road, is literally a 'moonscape' created as a result of volcanic activity in the 1700s. The 100 metre (328 foot) cinder cone that erupted causing so much death and destruction is a fascinating feature of the park.

Land O' Lakes
Sometimes travelling in a circle is a good thing - like with this tour. You can travel into the Land of A Thousand Lakes in a circle, from Burns Lake to Francois Lake to Houston (not the one in Texas!). The fishing's great and there's a free ferry from Francois Lake to Southbank.

Ye Old Trading Post
Fort St. James, 62 kilometres (38 miles) north of Vanderhoof, is the oldest, continuously inhabited, non-aboriginal community in B.C. Explore the Hudson Bay Company Trading Post, established as a fur-trading post by explorer Simon Fraser in 1806. Five original wood buildings built between 1884 and 1889 are also here, as well as an interpretive visitor centre, period costumed staff and many special activities.

Fossil Finds
Wander over fossilized lake beds in Smithers and Hudson's Hope, where thousands of fossils were uncovered during the construction of the Peace Canyon Dam. Close to the dam, you can see an 11,600 year-old mammoth tusk. A great place to dig for your own fossils and dinosaur bones are the banks of the Peace River in Taylor.

Gone Horse Fishin'
Okay, you don't actually catch horses, but you can go on a great fishing trip with them. Guided freshwater fishing by horseback packages are available in many areas of Northern BC

The Peace Has Been Anything But
Peace River country has seen a lot of activity over the years. Not only is it rich in agricultural lands, it's also rich in mineral and forest resources. The biggest building projects in Northern BC are here. From the W.A.C. Bennett Dam (one of the largest earth-filled structures in the world) and the Peace Canyon Dam to the Alaska Highway. Industrial tours are available at the CANFOR pulp and paper mills and sawmill in Prince George, and in the summer at Alcan's Kitimat Works aluminum smelter.

Drive The Alaska Highway
Even though road construction started in 1942, it's still the road to adventure. This black ribbon of pavement slices through rolling farmland and wild and rugged terrain between Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson.

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