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Hiking

Terrace has an abundance of green space, walking trails and stunning scenery.  With so many different options for spectacular hikes, you have entered into a hiker’s paradise!  From a leisurely enjoyable stroll to a heart-pumping climb, you will find a trail that will suit both your mood and your ability. 

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    Ferry Island

    Access: Located along Highway 16, just west of Terrace, on Ferry Island. Trailheads are located within the Ferry Island campground. 

     

    Trail description: An easy 2.8 km loop trail that follows along the island perimeter and the scenic Skeena River. Along the trail there are 56 unique tree carvings. Dogs are permitted off leash on portions of the trail outside the campground.

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    The Grand Trunk Pathway

    Access: Located along Highway 16 and the railway tracks, through Terrace. 

     

    Trail description: Also known as the Millenium Pathway by locals, this is an easy paved linear trail for walking and biking.  Enjoy an ice cream at the Chill Ice Cream Shop on the east side of the trail, and on Monday evening, visit the Model Train Museum located on the train caboose on the trail.

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    Howe Creek Trail

    Access:  The trail is located a few minutes north of downtown.  There are many access points to and from the trail from residential streets, but most begin the trail at Christy Park on Sparks Street near the soccer fields. 

     

    Trail description:  The Howe Creek Trail is an easy grade walking route wandering among a forest of trees, exploring alongside a creek while experiencing the side streets of the community.  The 2.5 km trail follows a hard pack dirt and gravel path. It is an easy grade walking route and suitable for all fitness levels and ability.  The trail wanders through a forest of trees, The total trail should not take longer than 45 minutes to explore.

    The Howe Creek Trail is a picturesque old timber trail along Terrace’s main creek, located a few minutes from downtown Terrace. This easy walking and biking path is home to birds and amphibians, as well as a fish hatchery at the end of Eby Street.  Keep an eye out for some amazing wood carvings by local chainsaw carver, JJ Joerg.

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    Gruchy's beach

    Access: From Terrace, drive south for approx., 14 km along Highway 37 to Gruchy’s Beach day use area.

     

    Trails description: An easy 1 km trail that follows along Williams Creek through and old growth forest.  The trail has a number of boardwalks and leads to a sandy swimming beach with good wildlife viewing opportunities.  Take the turnoff near the start of the trail to the Williams Lake Viewing Platform during August to view salmon sockeye spawning on the creek.

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    Twin Spruce Trail

    Access From Terrace, drive south for approx. 18 km along Highway 37 to Furlong Bay Campground in Lakelse Lake Provincial Park. Turn into the campground and follow the road to the beach parking lot. The trailhead is near the south west end of the parking lot.
     

    Trail description: An easy 2 km walk that winds through impressive old growth forest, wetlands and beside Salmon Creek, adjacent to Furlong Bay Campground.

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    Terrace Mountain

    Access The Terrace Mountain trails are located approx. 3.5 km from the Visitor Information Centre on Highway 16. The main trailhead is located at the junction of Johnstone Street and Walsh Ave and the second trailhead

    is located at the end Munthe Ave. Ask locally for more complete directions if required.

     

    Trail description
    This is a favourite among Terrace locals. A 4.5 km trail, with some steep sections, that has interesting and varied terrain with beautiful vistas along the way. Benches are located at a rock bluff near the top of the mountain where there are excellent views of Terrace and the Skeena Valley, the reward for a hiker’s effort!

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    Bornite mountain

    Access: Turn off Highway 16 east of Terrace at Kleanza Creek Park. As you leave the highway do not go into the park but go to the left up the Bornite Mountain road (Kleanza Forest Service Road). At 4.5 km turn left and follow the signs. This road is 4WD access for the last 4 km before the trailhead.

     

    Trail description: A moderate 4.6 km hike following an old mining trail to a sub alpine ridge. An unmarked route continues to the peak giving panoramic views of Skeena Valley and surrounding ranges. Remains of historic mining sites can be found on the ridge.

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    Red Sand Demonstration Forest & Hart Farm Recreation Site

    Access: From Terrace drive west along Highway 16, 200 meters past the Kalum River bridge turn right onto the West Kalum Forest Service Road. Drive 26 km until you reach Redsand Lake on your right.
     

    Trail descriptions:  Three separate trails.  Introduction trail: A 1.6 km self guiding, wheelchair accessible interpretative loop trail describing forest values. Lookout trail: This trail branches off the introduction trail and leads to a lookout overlooking Red Sand Lake and the Kalum valley. Operations Trail: A 2.4 km loop trail that shows examples of harvesting, planting and stand tending.

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    ClearWater Lakes

    Access: From Terrace, drive south for about half an hour along Hwy 37 past Furlong Bay Provincial Park campground. Pull into the Onion Lake Ski Trails parking lot.

     

    Trail description: Clearwater Lakes Trail is a 6 km moderate hike that begins at Onion Lake and runs through an old growth forest reserve which encompasses Onion, Big Clearwater and Little Clearwater Lakes.  The trail is fairly level most of the way, but can be a bit rough with rocks and roots.  This trail also has a short side trail to a lookout point with a view of the Lakelse Lake Valley. Recently, interpretative signage has been installed to provide information on the flora and fauna of the area. The lakes are also great for canoeing and kayaking.

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    Pine Lakes

    Access: From Terrace, drive west along Highway 16 about 200 meters past the Kalum River and turn north onto the first road (West Kalum Forest Service Road). At 11.3 km, turn left and follow along road for approx. 800 meters where a short road leads to the right to the site and the trail.

     

    Trail description: An easy 6.1 km loop trail around Pine Lakes. The trail offers scenic views of the surrounding mountains, wetlands and lakes. Caution is required during wet periods as trail has extensive board walks and bridges which can be slippery.

    Pine Lakes is a moderate 6.1 km multi-use loop located just north of Terrace along a forest service road near the Kitsumkalum community. The trail offers scenic views of the lakes, wetlands and mountains.  The lakes are also great for canoeing and kayaking. 

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    Hai Lake

    Access From the junction of Highway 16 and 37 in Thornhill, head towards the old bridge and turn left onto Queensway just before the bridge. Follow along Queensway and keep left at the junction of the Beam
    Station Road. Continue along the Beam Station for about 6 km and watch for the South Thunderbird Road, about 1.1 km past the power lines, to the right. Follow the South Thunderbird for approx. 1.5 km to the trailhead. Caution: the South Thunderbird Road is not maintained regularly so it may be necessary to walk from the Beam Station Road.

     

    Trail description A moderate 1 km hike through an old growth reserve to a lake with a small rustic campsite. Fishing opportunities both summer and winter.  Good swimming spot.

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    Sleeping Beauty

    Access From Terrace drive west along Highway 16 and approximately 200 m. west of the Kalum River turn north onto the West Kalum forestry road at the Tempo gas station. At 8.6 km turn left and follow the road for another 9.6 km to the trailhead. The last km before the trailhead is rough 4WD access. 

     

    Trail description: A moderate hike of 2.5 km leads to sub alpine meadows and lakes. An unmarked route continues to alpine ridges giving excellent views of the Kalum and Skeena Valleys.

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    Gunsight lake

    Access: From Terrace drive south for approx. 18 km along Highway 37 to Furlong Bay Provincial Park campground. The trailhead is accessed via the gravel pit road. Walk past the first gate and keep to the right prior to the gravel pit. Follow the old road paralleling the power line for approximately 200m. Until you reach the trailhead. Note: Parking is limited. Do not park in front of any gates or block access to the gravel pit.

     

    Trail Description: A moderate to difficult 6.5 km trails that leads to a scenic alpine lake and ridges. From the highway the trail follows along the north side of Granite(Hatchery) Creek past a number of small waterfalls. Of special interest, located approximately 0.5 km form the trailhead, the remains of the original Dominion Government hatchery can be seen between the trail and the creek. After 3km the trail crosses the creek and begins to climb steeply for another 3km into alpine. The last half km takes you through an alpine meadow to Gunsight Lake. For hikers not interested in undertaking on the steep climb to the Lake, the bridge at 3 km is a good location to take a break and return to the trailhead.

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    Maroon Lake

    Access: Follow the Nisga'a Highway north of Terrace for 34.5 km. Turn right onto the Wesach Creek forestry road (1.3 km north of the Maroon Creek highway bridge), and follow the signs for the next 2.5 to the parking area at Hall Creek.  The Hall Creek bridge has been removed so cross the footbridge and walk an additional 1.5 km along the road to the trailhead.

     

    Trail description: A moderate to difficult 7.2 km hike following an old mining trail to alpine. As you reach the sub alpine, the trail splits with an unmarked route leading to the right towards the peak. The left hand route follows along the North side of the mountain to the remains of old mining claims. Once alpine is reached there are excellent views of Kalum Valley and surrounding mountain ranges.

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    Seven Sisters

    Provincial Park

    Seven Sisters Provincial Park and Protected Area are named for the spectacular set of peaks visible from Highway 16 between Hazelton and Terrace.  Several trails run from Highway 16 into the Seven Sisters Protected Area:  Oliver Creek Trail, Watson Lakes Trail, Hell’s Bells Trail, Cedarvale Trail, Whiskey Creek Trail and Coyote Creek Trails.  The trails offer a wide variety of experiences. Families with small children and novice hikers can easily reach the scenic lakeside picnic/camping site 1 km along the Watson Lake Tail.  The Cedarvale Trail offers a half-day trip to treeline and goat viewing.  The Oliver and Whiskey Creek Trails provide more challenging hikes to treeline, and access to backcountry routes.  Snowmobilers travel to an alpine basin along Flint Creek Road, the Hell’s Bells Trail and upper Oliver Creek Trail.  Mountaineers use Coyote Creek Road or the Flint Creek Road and Oliver Creek Trail to reach Weeskinisht Peak.

Kermodei Tourism- Visitor Centre 

4511  Keith Ave.

V8G 1K1 Terrace BC

Phone: 250-635-4944

Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm

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