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The History of Terrace, B.C. is both European and First Nation. A relationship very similar to many British Columbia, Canada communities. It was not till the late 1800's when the Europeans arrived in the northwestern part of British Columbia, Canada. Most arrived for the fertile land, forestry and fishing.

The First Nation people of the area are one of North Americas oldest populations still occupying the same land as their ancestors before the Europeans arrived. The Skeena River was the livelihood of the people back then, often used as a source for food, transportation, conducting trade, scouting and for launching war parties.

The main mode of transportation used to travel the Skeena River - better known as the K'shian River "water from the clouds" by the Tsimshian First Nation - were skillfully crafted canoes made from hollowed out cedar trunks molded with hot steam.

In 1871 the riverboats arrived with even more settlers looking for a big claim at the Omenica Goldfields. In 1893, a frenzy of claims were reported at the mines, bringing more attention and attracting more people to the region.

Soon later free land was offered and a railroad was completed to draw more people to the area. Arriving in the community by snowshoe from Kitimat, BC, George Little was the first European to locate to Terrace and call it home in March of 1905. George Little built his home in 1914 as his main residence.

The Skeena, Kalum and Nass River were the travel gateways of the time for many arriving settlers, traders, miners and trappers. The Skeena River was the main waterway for the riverboats with the big stern wheels. The last sternwheeler set course up the river in 1912.

Soon their were three villages established in the region: Eby's Landing, Thornhill and Terrace. The first road was built in 1943 connecting Terrace to Prince Rupert to carry supplies to troops in the Port of Prince Rupert. In 1950s the mills arrived and the community prospered. It was then the community saw more men started to arrive to log the rich forests of the region.

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