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Hazelton BC: Tourism, Scenery, Adventure, K’san Cultural Centre


Hazelton

You’ll find Hazelton – really, the Hazeltons – under the towering cliffs of the Roche de Boule mountain range, where the Skeena and Bulkley rivers meet.

The catchment area has a population of more than 7,000 people, two thirds of whom are of aboriginal descent. There are several First Nation villages in the area, plus New Hazelton, Old Hazelton, South Hazelton and the communities of Two Mile and Kispiox Valley. Ranches and scattered homesteads add to the rural feel.

For centuries, the area has been home to the Gitxsan and Wet´suwet´en Nations. In the late 1800s, it was the upriver terminus for sternwheelers who traveled the Skeena River, and a bustling frontier town. Today it is a popular tourist destination, renowned for its scenery, totems and the famous K´san Cultural Centre.

Remarkably, three Past-Presidents of the College of Family Physicians of Canada have hailed from Hazelton. The most recent, Dr. Peter Newbery, was awarded the Order of Canada for leadership in health care in rural and remote Canadian communities. This legacy, as well as the long teaching tradition at our hospital here, makes it an inspiring place to work.

More Information

The Interprofessional Rural Program of BC has an excellent introduction to Hazelton as well as our health care services.

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