5 Best Kept Secrets of the Hazeltons

Old “Historic” Hazelton was a large commercial town in the 1800s serving the northwest wilderness. Steamboats travelled up and down the Skeena River carrying goods for trading with miners, farmers, and more remote settlements. New Hazelton came into existence with the arrival of the steam train in the early 1900s. The Hazeltons are now comprised of the Village of Hazelton, the District of New Hazelton, the unincorporated villages of South Hazelton, Two Mile, the Kispiox Valley, and the four First Nations’ villages of Gitanmaax, Hagwilget, Kispiox, and Glen Vowell or “Sik-e-dakh”). Back in the day of the old frontier, the Hazeltons’ were home to heroic outlaws, daring riverboat captains, legendary packers and other eccentrics. Today, you can feel the historical charm and enjoy the outdoor and cultural activities this area has to offer!

5 Best Kept Secrets of the Hazeltons

  • Hands of History Self-Guided Tour (brochure available at the New Hazelton Visitor Centre and at the Robber’s Roost Motel)
  • ‘Ksan Historical Museum & Gift Shop (www.ksan.org)
  • Ross Lake (7 kilometers northeast of New Hazelton)
  • Hiking Trails (trail brochure available at the New Hazelton Visitor Centre and at the Robber’s Roost Motel)
  • World-Class Steelhead Trout (www.bcadventure.com/ianforbes/kispiox/kispiox.phtml)
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  • View the Hagwilget Suspension Bridge over the Bulkley River Canyon and the Seven Sisters Mountains (travel north about 1km from the New Hazelton Visitor Centre)

Author and Photographer: Linda Bradley, representing Robber’s Roost Motel in scenic New Hazelton. We bring spectacular views of Mt. Roche de Boule from all 20 units. Modern, clean, quality rooms located 1/2 block off Hwy 16 and away from the rail tracks. Motel is across from Allen Park, close to hiking trails, and its own private garden for you to enjoy. All rooms have 40″ flat screen cable TVs, Wi-Fi, fridge, microwave, coffee, and free use of BBQs on south-facing veranda. Large, well-lit paved parking lot. Kitchenettes available. Reservations: 1-877-305-2233, stay@robbersroost.ca or book on-line at www.robbersroost.ca. The Robber’s Roost Motel is your must-stop before traveling the Stewart-Cassiar Highway to Alaska. Enjoy everything the Hazeltons’ have to offer, including swimming, hiking, wildlife viewing, and many cultural activities. This is home to the world-famous, Kispiox River where record-size steelhead trout are found and totem poles scatter the landscape. Don’t miss the ‘Ksan Historical Museum & Gift Shop.

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