Historical Sites

Discover the rich history of the northwest

Visitors to Terrace can discover a sense of its past and present, with family-friendly opportunities to experience the historical and cultural roots of the area. Take a look back at Terrace’s history since 1950 at Heritage Park Museum or step back in time and learn about the culture and history of the Kitselas People at the Kitselas Canyon National Historic Site.

Kitselas Canyon National Historic Site

Nestled on the banks of the Skeena River sits Kitselas Canyon – a National Historic Site of Canada. The canyon has been an essential place for the Ts’msyen people for over 6,000 years. Its soaring rock outcroppings made this a strategic site to control trade between the coast and the interior. Learn about the historic villages and the cultural importance of the canyon. Guided tours are available.

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Heritage Park Museum

Explore the the cabins and original buildings at Heritage Park Mueseum including eight authentic log structures, an artefact-storage shed, a wagon garage, a miniature replica school house, a blacksmith shop and an organic Heritage Garden. The Museum hosts special events throughout the year and also offers facility rentals and special programming.

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George Little House

Terrace’s founder, George Little, arrived in 1905 and started a homestead on what would later become Terrace. The now-restored George Little House sits at the foot of Kalum Street, where it greets train passengers as the VIA Rail Station. The house is also home to the Fix Cafe – stop in for a coffee while exploring downtown Terrace.

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George Little Park

In the heart of Terrace sits George Little Park – where the community comes together for festivals, special events, and summertime farmer’s markets and is a place to relax and visit. 

Families love the playground, spray park and outdoor fitness equipment. The Terrace Public Library anchors the park, and the Terrace Art Gallery offers easy access to all downtown amenities.

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The Old Skeena Bridge

The Old Skeena Bridge is an historical feat of engineering that spans the Skeena River and the CN railway line. The recently updated pedestrian walkway has viewing platforms overlooking the rock outcroppings and sandy beaches below. Opened in 1925, it is a critical piece of transportation infrastructure.

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The Kitsumgallum Cemetery

Here rests many of Terrace;s pioneer ancestors including George Little and his family. The Kitsumgallum Cemetery sits at the top of the first hill on Kalum Lake Drive. Established in 1909, the cemetery is a significant historic site that acts as a register for genealogies.

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The Kwinitsa Foreman’s Residence & Grand Truck Pathway

The Kwinitsa Foreman’s Residence was home to a succession of foremen who worked at CN Railway’s Kwinitsa station supporting the rail line between Terrace and Prince Rupert. It’s now home to the office for My Mountain Coop/Shames Mountain and in the summertime, people love to get some tasty treats at Chill Ice Cream Shop. 

From the Kwinitsa Foreman’s Residence, go for a stroll on The Grand Trunk PathwayThis paved walkway is perfect fo walking, jogging, cycling or rollerblading; this paved pathway spans more than 5 km and goes all the way to the community of Kitsumkalum to the west. Opened in 2000, locals call it ‘The Millennium Trail’.

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The Usk Pioneer Chapel

Visitors love to stop at the Usk Chapel – a charming little replica of a church that was destroyed in the great 1936 flood. Located approximately 22 km east of Terrace along Highway 16 the tiny little chapel is picture-perfect.  While you’re there, take a ride on the Usk Ferry, a rare reaction-powered ferry that spans the Skeena River to the small community of Usk.

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Big Bertha

Terrace’s history is rooted in the forestry industry and Big Bertha is an example of just how big logging equipment needed to be to harvest the giant trees here. This 50-ton portable spar pole holder was designed to move logs on a logging site – one of only four that were built and used in North America. It’s on Highway 16, directly across from the Terrace Visitor Centre.

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