Hazeltown Village is divided into New and Old Hazelton and is located 60 km (45 miles) west of Smithers, British Columbia, Canada. New Hazelton is located right on Hwy 16 while Old Hazelton is located 7 km off the highway near the Hagwilget Canyon Bridge.
A visit to the Village of Old Hazelton is a trip back in time when the Skeena River was the lifeblood of the area. The village is a reconstructed pioneer town complete with a Trading Post, Barber Shop, Cafe and City Hall buildings plus a sternwheeler on display on the Skeena River with the Roche de Boule Mountain Range looming in the background.
The region of Hazelton includes Kispiox Valley, Two Mile and the First Nation Villages of Gitanmaax, Glen Vowel, Kispiox and Hagwilget. The region is a mix of the past and present. Each village has restored buildings and artfully designed new buildings honoring the early pioneers and the First Nation people.
A long, long time ago the Wet’suwet’en and Gitxsan First Nation people lived near where the Bulkley and Skeena Rivers meet. The Skeena River has always been a spiritual and food source for the First Nation people. It was soon later, the river became the transportation hub for the whole of Northern BC and Hazelton was a destination terminal.
Today, the region is a great destination for remote wilderness activities like off roading, hiking, wilderness camping, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and fishing on the Kispiox, Babine, Bear, Bulkley and Skeena Rivers. Many arrive at these rivers for a chance to catch a prize steelhead trout, rainbow, coho, cutthroat and dolly varden.
One of the destinations to visit by vehicle when in the Hazelton region - and at your own pace - is the Kasan Historic Villlage and the Totem Pole tour visiting villages like Kispiox, Gitanyow, Gitwangak and Kitseguecia where you can view over 52 traditional totem poles. While you are in the area, check out the First Nation events for a chance to see the carvers and local dances.