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Yellowhead Highway – West

The Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16), is a final section of the Trans-Canada Highway, heading west from Prince George, traversing spectacular scenery along the Skeena River, to Prince Rupert on the Pacific coast. The highway is dotted with super rest stops by the side of the road, picnic tables along bubbling river and under the trees – be sure to pack your picnic supplies for easy and fun lunches outdoors.

Tip: Rather than drive, take a train trip from that starts in Jasper National Park, via Prince George, to Prince Rupert. A very scenic route, the VIA Rail train travels through glorious mountain scenery, and you can even see moose as the train goes by. Click here for the itinerary.

    Prince Rupert
   

Telkwa –

      Eddy Park – Eddy Park, in downtown Telkwa on the highway, is a great spot to stop for a picnic lunch along the river, or just get out and stretch your legs.
      Tyhee Lake Provincial Park – Spend the afternoon at Tyhee Lake with sandy beaches, swimming area, picnic tables, and a large playground.
   

The Hazeltons – The Hazeltons include three villages – Hazelton (also called Old Hazelton), New Hazelton and South Hazelton.

    Ksan Historical Village (Old Hazelton) – Learn about the culture and history of the Gitxsan people, in a replica village with seven different longhouses and totem poles. Sample traditional foods in the Eagle House. The museum has collections of tools for hunting and fishing, cedar bark weavings, button blankets, and ceremonial masks. In summer there are Gitxsan dance performances. Open daily.
      Totem poles – Look for totem poles (some more than 100 years old) around Kispiox Village, Gitwangak and Gitanyow, there's more than 50. In the New Hazelton Visitor Centre on Highway 16, pick up the "Tour of the Totems" brochure that lists all totems, where to see them, and what they mean. Tip: Emily Carr the artist painted these totem poles when she visited the area.
   

Float trips – Go for a half day float trip on the Kispiox River. It's relaxing for everyone in the family; your guide will do all the paddling and you're free to sit back enjoy the scenery.

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