Welcome to Terrace

Experience the WOW of Terrace

Welcome to Terrace, your home base for exploring northwestern BC’s spectacular outdoors. From fishing, biking, camping and exploring the backcountry, there’s so much to discover. Whether you are hitting the slopes, shopping at local boutiques or exploring the rich history of the region’s Indigenous communities – Terrace is where your adventure begins.

Quick Facts

Population of Terrace

12,017 – Terrace City Only
19,606 – Including the Greater Terrace Area

Trading Area Population


Business Licenses

About 1,100 businesses

Size of Terrace

4,222.84 sq hectares (including Airport Lands)

Median Household Income

2021: $90,000

Average Summer Temperature

22°C (67°F) 

The elusive Kermodei Bear

Spirit bears around us

Consider yourself lucky if you spot one of the rare, elusive Kermodei Bears while visiting the Pacific Northwest. These rare black bears are distinctive because of their white fur and are only found in the Pacific Northwest. Named for the scientist who discovered the recessive gene that turns their fur white, the bears are important figures to area first nations, who refer to the bear as Muksgomol.

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A message from the Mayor of Terrace

La bala sgan (the cedar mat has been laid) or welcome.

Terrace is rich in culture and history. Ts’msyen people have lived here since time immemorial, and our community is steeped in their culture, language, and traditions. You can see northwest coastal art around town in totem poles, murals, and carvings by master carvers, many of whom teach at or graduated from the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art at Coast Mountain College. You can witness cultural dancing and listen to Sm’algyax, the traditional language of the Ts’msyen, at many of our community events. At nearby Kitselas Canyon National Historic Site, you can learn more about Ts’msyen history in a stunningly picturesque setting.

Explore the mountains we are ringed by through our world-class hiking and mountain biking trails, or on the slopes of nearby Shames Mountain or Onion Lake Cross Country Ski Trails. Visit the many rivers and lakes that surround our community for fishing, swimming, or skating. Tour our vibrant art scene by trying to find all of the murals and artwork created through the Skeena Salmon Arts Festival. Eat lunch at one of our many amazing restaurants, grab a coffee, and shop our unique businesses. So many people tell me that they came to Terrace for a year and are still here, decades later. Terrace is a magic kind of place and I am so glad that you are here to experience the magic.

Mayor Sean Bujtas

The Hub of the Northwest

Terrace has always had a history rooted in forestry, prospecting, agriculture and trade. In the early 1890’s, a steamboat route was established up the Skeena as far as Hazelton and Tom Thornhill settled permanently near what is now known as “Little Canyon” on the south side of the Skeena.

Today, Terrace is a vibrant service centre that is considered the hub of the northwest and sits strategically along the banks of the Skeena River. Fishing, outdoor recreation, tourism and culture draw visitors to our vibrant small city.

Essential contacts for local services

Terrace Fire Department


3215 Eby Street, Terrace, BC

Thornhill Fire Department


3128 Hwy. 16 E, Thornhill, BC

Police Department


3205 Eby Street, Terrace, BC

Mills Memorial Hospital


4720 Haugland Avenue, Terrace, BC

City Hall


3215 Eby Street, Terrace, BC

Municipal Emergency Program


3215 Eby Street, Terrace, BC

Getting Here

Getting to Terrace can involve an exciting road trip, a relaxation adventure on the train or the ease and convenience of daily flights to and from Vancouver and Prince George.

How to get here

Kermodei Tourism Society

Kermodei Tourism Society (Tourism Terrace), is the official community destination management organization for Terrace, BC. A volunteer board of directors governs it.

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