Ferry Island Campground
Ferry Island Trail is an extensive network of walking and hiking trails meandering through forests along the shores of the Skeena River located on the southern portion of Ferry Island near the community of Terrace, BC, Canada. The island, at one time, got its name because it was a major hub for two riverboat ferries during the 1911. At the time a ferryman lived on the island and a First Nation riverboat captain servicing the community. In 1936, the island was 8 feet underwater because of the great Skeena River Flood which took out the bridge built in 1925 and was the last time someone lived on the island. Today, the trail system follows a circle route for 2.8 kilometres and is used by joggers, dog walkers (dogs must be leashed on the trail), fly fisherman and, even, cross country skiers in the winter. On the south end of the island is an off leash area for our four-legged friends and some, from what we hear, some good fly fishing holes. One of the major highlights, besides being active, is the carvings found along the Ferry Island Trail carved into the bark of the trees. There is said to be over 55 carvings hidden in the forest. All were carved by a local artist, Rick Goyette.
The trail system is a gem, with 2 picnic shelters, 2 picnic table areas and a campground nearby with an onsite caretaker. The amenities, the trail and the Skeena River attract many every day to Ferry Island. During the winter, if there is enough snow, the locals use the trails for snow-shoeing or cross country skiing. During the rest of the year (or if there is no snow) the trails are used for hiking, biking, jogging, dog-walking, exploration, etc.
Amenities at Ferry Island include:
103 shaded campsites, 25 with electrical hook-ups
full picnic tables and fire pites
fresh drinking water
washroom facilities that include coin-operated showers
2 covered picnic shelters for larger groups
gorgeous trails covering the 170 acre island
overnight caretakers ensuring satisfaction
bundles of firewood
It once served as a landing for sternwheelers and riverboats. Ferries used to operate from both sides of the island; one to Thornhill and the other to Terrace. There is some historical information on the registration board.
A short stroll to one of the best fishing bars in the Northwest. The Skeena River requires the proper fishing licenses and permits so please check with local sporting goods stores.
The walking trails follow the perimeter of the island (2.8 km) or you can cut the hike short at the half-way point and do only 1.6 km.
Opening day for the camping season is May 6, 2013.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Campground gate opens at 7am and closes at 11pm
Only registered campers are permitted in the campground after 11pm
Rick Goyette, a self-taught local artist, has carved unique faces and other characters in the bark of the cottonwood trees. There are rumoured to be over 55 carvings and it is always fun to see how many you can find. Most of the trails are wheelchair accessible.
Close to downtown, Ferry Island is a great place to park you tent and/or RV and explore and shop, if that is your desire. There’s Wal-Mart just across the bridge, Skeena Mall, strip malls and boutiques for shopping, Canadian Tire at the west end of town, Rona Building Supplies, sporting goods stores, a climbing wall, gift shops and so much more.
Address: 4301 Highway 16