Skeena River Journey through Time!

One of the most unique journeys in northern British Columbia is the trip down the Skeena River from Hazelton to Prince Rupert. We retrace the journeys of the First Nations and the early explorers as the Skeena River flows 300 km through the Coast Mountains.  The beauty and awe inspiring scenery is truly remarkable!  During the  five day trip via two jet boats we will overnight at various accommodations adjacent to the river.  This all-inclusive expedition includes great culinary meals in some very unique locations.

Don’t miss out!

August 5-10, 2018
Starting in Terrace, BC

Cruising down the mighty Skeena River via Jet Boat
Checking out a local first Nations smoke house on the Skeena River
One of the local first nations showing us his smoked salmon
Going for a walk on a remote sand bar on the Skeena River
Cruising up a Skeena River Tributary
Accommodations for one of the nights
Exploring an old abandoned airstrip next to the river
A lunch spot with a view
Looking back at the travelled river
Relaxing at the end of the day
Checking out the Ghost Town of Dorreen
The old Haunted Dr House near hospital Island
Interesting Petrogylph of the man who fell from Heaven

 

The setting sun at the end of an amazing day
The guests boarding the train back to Hazelton

The Skeena River Tour!

For those looking for an adventure of a lifetime the 300 km Jet Boat Journey down the Skeena River is a must!  This trip begins the 5 day journey down the river in the town of Hazelton and commences in the historic Cassiar Cannery in the Skeena River Estuary.  The month of August typically provides great weather for the expedition.  The scenery on the trip is unparalleled as the river carves its way through the coastal mountains and snow capped peaks.  The history along the river is truly amazing as we visit many places of historical significance.  Don’t miss this August 5-10, 2018 trip that is limited to 10 guests on two jet boats!

Cutting through the Coastal Mountains
Cutting through the Coastal Mountains
Snow and water falls along the edge of the river
Guests enjoying a Cassiar Cannery Sunset
Skeena River Estuary in a Jet Boat
Our two Jet boats making their way down the Skeena River
Animal tracks on Skeena River Sandbar
A Skeena River Tributary
Skeena River
Skeena River
Enjoying a walk on lower Skeena River Sandbar

Westworld Magazine Skeena River Tour Article

Northern BC Adventure Tours Article

The Skeena River and Northwest BC are one of the most beautiful places in the world.  We were fortunate enough to share this region with writer Janet Gyenes who gave a very stunning account of her visit to the area.  We incorporated a touch of many of our Northern BC Adventure Tours during the few days.  Read the online article or the screenshots below.

Online link to the issue Page 11 for the article

UNBC Adventure Tour
Northern BC Adventure Tour Article
Skeena River Historical Journey
BCAA Westworld article on the Skeena River Historical Journey
Skeena River Historic Tour
Page three of the BCAA Westworld article on the UNBC Continuing Studies Northern BC Adventures

Webb Bennett – Kitselas Canyon Historic Site on the Skeena River

The Kitselas Canyon Historic site and home of the Kitselas First Nation is 15 minutes east of Terrace on the banks of the Skeena River.  The highlights include the longhouses, petroglyphs, totem poles, lookout, dugout canoe, interpretive signs and the flora and fauna.  None of these highlights would be complete without the interpretive knowledge and background provided by the curator Webb Bennett.

Webb is a wealth of knowledge and can tell you anything about the history of the area.  He shares his knowledge and shows us the sites as we wind along a path through the beautiful hemlock forest.  He talks about the totem poles and longhouses and how totems are a way for the Kitselas and other first nations to tell their stories as their history isn’t written down anywhere. The experience at the site is hands on as Webb  mentions “It’s a living cultural centre”.  The tour of the longhouses greatly benefits from this belief as the participants can hold and touch the various items on display to get a better feel of the work that went into making them.

We visit the Kitselas Canyon Historic site on a few of our tours.

Skeena River Historic Journey August 1-6, 2017

Ghost Towns of Northwest BC August 20-26, 2017

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Kitselas Canyon Historic site UNBC tour
Our transportation to the Canyon
Kitselas Canyon Historic site UNBC tour
Webb Bennett talking about the Kitselas History
Kitselas Canyon Historic site UNBC tour
The hands on living cultural Centre of Kitselas Canyon
Kitselas Canyon Historic site UNBC tour at the longhouse
Webb explaining the crest to our group
Kitselas Canyon Historic site UNBC tour
Webb Bennett talking to one of our tour groups

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Adventure Tour Guide Fred Seiler

Many of our Adventure Tours through Continuing Studies focus on accessing remote and rarely visited sites and to do this we utilize Jet Boats.  Running a jet boat with guests who are relying on their guide to bring them back safely after each days adventure requires someone with a vast amount of experience and skill.  For our tours in Northwest BC we utilize the services of Fred Seiler who has thousands of hours of jet boating and experience exploring the rivers of this magnificent region.  His past experience in delivering eco tours and commercial jet boat services is invaluable.  Fred also teaches a Jet Boat safety course for us and has also taught me a vast amount about the safe driving of jet boats and shared all kinds of information about areas to explore and adventure in Northwest BC.  Here are a  few photos of Fred in action on our tours.

Fred Seiler calling wolves up the river valley
Fred Seiler helping a guest with some photography tips
Fred getting ready to navigate the river with his jet boat
Fred calling wolves
Fred running his boat up the river
On the lookout for feeding Grizzly Bears
Fred Seiler explaining the importance of a Rice Root to the local bears

A Grand Welcome by the People of Segukla


As we made our way down the Skeena River through some of the rivers most notorious rapids like ‘the “Hornets Nest” and “Beaver Dam” we rounded a bend on the river and through one last set of rapids as the jet boat rolled it’s way through the last set prior to our visit with the local First Nations the Gitsegukla.  The name Gitsegukla means ‘People of Segukla’.  Segukla or ‘sharp-pointed’ being the name of a nearby mountain.  There are no shortage of Segukla’s in this part of the world.

Gitsegukla Welcome

As I backed off the throttle and glided out way to shore the first glimpse of the local community was evident.  A couple rows of children were there to greet us  as well as many  other community members dressed in their traditional regalia.  Our guests were not sure what to expect as was I before we arrived but we were all a little overwhelmed at the greeting.  We were directed where to put the boat into shore by one of the elders and as soon as the anchor was secured I began my exit of the boat but was quickly motioned to remain aboard ( Maybe the captain should be the last leave).  Elder Vern Milton greeted us and asked us to remain aboard until the “Welcome Prayer” and Songs were performed.  Vern’s prayer was followed up by the children singing and elders dancing.     Our guests were then allowed to depart the boat as we made our way through rows of children singing  one by one.

Gitsegukla Elder Vern Milton
Gitsegukla Community Welcome

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