This was an interesting day. To ride on a busy highway with a lot of commercial traffic and a narrow shoulder was quite an experience. I was glad to see the village of Hazelton and decided to explore a bit more and ride to Old Hazelton which was 7 kms to the left past the Info center. Along the way, i crossed the gorgeous canyon on the Hagwilget bridge.
A visit to the Village of Old Hazelton is a trip back in time when the Skeena River was the lifeblood of the area. The village is a reconstructed pioneer town complete with a Trading Post, Barber Shop, Cafe and City Hall buildings plus a sternwheeler on display on the Skeena River with the Roche de Boule Mountain Range looming in the background.
The region of Hazelton includes Kispiox Valley, Two Mile and the First Nation Villages of Gitanmaax, Glen Vowel, Kispiox and Hagwilget. The region is a mix of the past and present. Each village has restored buildings and artfully designed new buildings honoring the early pioneers and the First Nation people.
A long, long time ago the Wet’suwet’en and Gitxsan First Nation people lived near where the Bulkley and Skeena Rivers meet. The Skeena River has always been a spiritual and food source for the First nation people. It was soon later, the river became the transportation hub for the whole of Northern BC and Hazelton was a destination terminal.
The Skeena River was the highway of the times with sternwheelers delivering supplies and people, some not so nice people, to the shores of Hazelton. Once in the pioneer village some people fled into the wilderness to the mines, farms and to the more remote, rugged settlements.
Camped at: K San Campground ( run by the local Gitxsan first nation) CAD 15, showers, limited wifi near office. Average restrooms. Great scenery.
Elevation Gain: 1140 ft