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Alice Arm - across the bay from Kitsault is a silver
mining town that throve during the 1930s. That was before the price of silver
plummetted, forcing the mine to shut down... an economic condition that Kitsault would
mirror less than fifty years later. A television episode featuring the two ghost towns was
produced for the aviation series, Wings Over Canada, and is included in both their
Best of BC and their
Ghost Towns box sets.
another Observatory Inlet ghost town, once used for mining copper.
The electrical powerhouse, erected in 1911, remains standing as a historical monument to this day. Anyox was also a major port because
on which the town is located, forms a natural harbour for mooring ships.
Terrace - the nearest
active city to Observatory Inlet and most accessible from there by land, located on a series
of natural flat benches, or terraces (hence the name), on the edge of the Skeena River.
Terrace is also currently involved in the owner's current plan
for Kitsault's future.
Kitlope Valley - location of the world's longest unlogged coastal temperate rainforest, now a heritage conservancy.
Smithers - next town inland
from Terrace, located half-way between Prince Rupert and Prince George. Home to about 6000
people, Smithers is a regional service centre for the Buckley Valley between the
Babbin Mountain Range to the east and Hudson Bay Mountain to the west.
Prince George - otherwise
known as BC's Northern Capital, located at the crossroads of Highways 97 and 16. The latter,
as you head westward, also passes through Smithers and Terrace all the way to the coastal
city of Prince Rupert.
Barkerville - not far from Prince George is this heritage town,
featured in Wings Over Canada
(Best of BC, Part 3) and one of their producers' other TV shows,
Discovering Great Towns.
Both are currently available for DVD purchase.
Nass Harbour - located just inside the mouth of the
Valley, which meets the southern tip of Observatory Inlet
right where it merges into Portland.
New Aiyansh (Gitlaxt'aamiks) - largest of the First Nations communities in the
area, located in the Nass Valley near Kitsumkalum Lake and Nisga'a Memorial Lava
Bed Park, where BC's most recent volcanic activity took place over 250 years ago.
Prince Rupert -
"Where Canada's Wilderness Begins". This is the largest city on the northern BC coast,
located just 55 km south of Portland Inlet. Here you will also find the third deepest
natural harbour in the world.
Haida Gwaii - also known as the
Queen Charlotte Islands, located just off the coast from Prince Rupert, this archepelago has been
labelled "a world class destination for the adventurous traveller"... in other words, anybody who
enjoys the Great Outdoors. Incidentally, Wings Over Canada
made an episode about these islands, along with Prince Rupert (above), during their Second Season
(now available as a DVD box set), and
Discovering Great Towns revisited the area almost ten years later.
Stewart - a former mining town
located at the source end of the Portland Canal, right on the BC-Alaska border. Both the canal and
Observatory Inlet emerge into Portland Inlet, which in turn drains into the Pacific Ocean. Just across
from Stewart is the Alaskan mining town of Hyder. Both communities are now popular tourist destinations.
- one of two islands separated from Alaska by the Pearse Canal, which parallels Portland
Inlet. Both were objects of a Territorial Dispute
between Canada and the U.S. until 1903, when the British Crown resolved it through arbitration.
Observatory Inlet - visit a detailed map showing other landmarks in the
area including Granby Bay, Brooke Island and Davies Point.
BC Marina - an internet
guide to travelling on the northern coast of British Columbia. If you want any visual
references to the area, this is the place to visit.
Local Wildlife - a park ranger's guide to safe co-existence with other
species that inhabit the BC wilderness, including black bears and grizzlies, which are
frequently sighted in and around Kitsault.
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