Take a Trip to Bear Glacier
Bear glacier is located about 4 hours from Smithers located between Meziadin Junction and Stewart. Turn off hiway 16 at Kitwanga and drive to Meziadin Junction. There you turn to drive towards Stewart. The glacier will be located just off the hiway and there is plenty of room to pull over and snap some pics. It has shrunk over the years, but is still an impressive sight.
Smithers is a quaint town in British Columbia. We happened upon this little jem when we were driving from Fairbanks, AK to Watertown, NY. A trip that will never be forgotten. A 14 day excursion from the interior of Alaska, through the Yukon and then into the lower 48's. We had to detour from our original plan of going through Ft Nelson, because of the horrible forest fires and ended up taking the Cassiar Highway. Which, was exquisitely beautiful. Lush foliage and snow topped mountains were perfect for photographs. And after a 3 day detour we came upon the only "bustling" town we had seen in 2 days. Our vehicle needed some repairs and Smithers was the only place with a mechanic shop. So we stopped and stayed. A small mainstreet with quaint boutiques and art galleries, reminded me of the nostalgic ideas of what used to be "small town" America. The only difference was, that it actually was exactly the way it looked. Kind people, good natured and just enjoying their little piece of heaven.
Home Sweet Home
Smithers has been my home on and off for most of my life. It is a small town in British Columbia located at the foot of Hudson Bay Mountain in the Bulkley Valley. The town is situated about half way between two of the norths larger cities, Prince Rupert, the port city, and Prince George, the unoffical northern capital (so they tell us). The town is designed to look like a swiss alpine village which gives the main street a very european flavour. There are many recreational opportunities available in our town and an abundance of natural scenery that can wow even the most seasoned traveller. Smithers is a place most travellers will use as a stopover on their way to Alaska or Queen Charlotte Islands via Prince Rupert. Smithers has daily service by air (direct flight to Vancouver) and bus, as well as regular rail service.
Located at the junction of Hiway 16 and Main St. is the Alpenhorn man. He is your welcome to our themed Main Street. To the right in the picture is the very unalpine themed video store....always one in the crowd.