Welcome to the fourth edition of the Northern BC Backroad Mapbook!
Covering a vast area from Prince George to Haida Gwaii and all the way up to the Yukon Border, this book contains an immense number of adventure opportunities for hikers, anglers, hunters, ATVers, snowmobilers, campers and more. From the prairies and open farmland around Dawson Creek, along the spine of the Canadian Rockies, through the heart of the Central Plateau and all the way to Pacific Ocean, Northern BC has some of the finest landscapes and opportunities for outdoor recreation in the country. With a surface area greater than the country of Sweden, the part of BC covered in this book is expansive, to say the least. In fact, with so much ground to cover, planning a Northern BC adventure can be overwhelming. Fortunately, our Northern BC Backroad Mapbook is the perfect tool for getting you started on the adventure of a lifetime! Whatever your activity of choice, you’ll find a detailed guide to getting the most out of the outdoors in the newest edition of our Northern BC Mapbook. With industry leading topographic maps, detailed trip planning resources and meticulously researched adventure listings, there is no better publication available for exploring Northern BC.
Featuring 112 detailed topographic maps, complete with labeled recreation sites, amenities, highways, backcountry roads, oil and gas sites, trails and other points-of-interest, this durable, heavy-duty, spiral bound 21.5 cm x 28 cm (8.5" x 11") Northern BC Mapbook represents the leading industry standard for cartographic sophistication – our maps are even the top choice for Search and Rescue teams. Twenty-seven of the maps in this book are new to this edition, making this the largest Mapbook in our series.
In addition to our maps, we list Northern BC accommodations, services, tours, and amenities, including information on the top outfitters in Prince George, Fort St. John, Haida Gwaii, Dawson Creek, Prince Rupert and the surrounding regions. We also list where to find hunting guns and sportfishing equipment for sale in the area.
New to this edition, we have divided the index into Map and Adventure sections to make it even easier to use. You’ll find page numbers and map coordinates for each activity and location, plus important numbers, distance charts and an advertiser list for easy referencing.
New to this edition, we have included detailed profiles for the major communities of Northern BC. In the 4th edition of the Northern BC Backroad Mapbook you will find information on the best things to see and do in and around Prince George, Mackenzie, Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, Hudson’s Hope, Fort St. John, Vanderhoof , Fort St. James, Fraser Lake, Burns Lake, Cranisle, Houston, Telkwa, Smithers, Terrace, The Hazeltons, Kitimat and many others
No other BC map gets you out into the backcountry with confidence like this one. Northern BC communities like Prince George, Atlin, Fort St. John, Haida Gwaii, Dawson Creek, Terrace and Smithers offer many heritage sights and attractions, but it’s the endless backcountry that really makes this a special place to visit. With enough virgin wilderness to spend a lifetime exploring, our maps keep you on track with the best backcountry adventures, from the Grand Canyon of the Stikine to the Tumbler Ridge dinosaur footprints.
From BC’s largest lake, Williston Lake, to the literally hundreds of other untouched lakes teeming with fish, the water bodies surrounding Prince George, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Prince Rupert, and the neighbouring backcountry offer some of Canada’s best fishing. Your northern BC map book lists more than you will find in any other resource, plus tips on the best BC fish species and how to catch them. From lake fishing to stream and river fishing to ocean fishing, we’ve got you covered. We also tell you where to get a BC fishing license.
With habitats as diverse as rain soaked coastal forests, spruce and pine, prairie grasslands, and mountains crowned with alpine, the Northern BC backcountry areas around Vanderhoof, Fort St. John, Haida Gwaii, Dawson Creek and Prince Rupert thrive with big game. For unbeatable moose hunting, as well as thinhorn mountain sheep and elk hunting, look no further. Our map book lists the area’s WMUs (wildlife management units) along with info on BC hunting regulations.
The paddling section of our map book uses a modified version of the International River Classification System to mark the scenic waterways throughout northern BC. From the paddling in Gwaii Haanas National Park in Haida Gwaii – some of the world’s most sacred and renowned ocean paddling – to the Nechako River and the dozens of small rivers that snake through northern BC, our maps detail dozens of paddling adventures. Whether whitewater paddling or gliding peacefully across a lake, we offer everything you need to know about canoeing and kayaking in Northern BC.
One of the best ways to explore Northern BC is through the region’s many provincial parks. Our map book lists the abundance of parks in this region, including Gwaii Haanas National Park, replete with First Nations history, and Khutzeymateen Provincial Park, where you will find the province’s greatest number of grizzly bears – plus map coordinates and lists of amenities. Let us show you the beautiful backcountry around Prince George, Fort St. John, and beyond, like you’ve never seen it before!
Rec Site Adventures
Those looking for the best of BC camping need look no further. Rec sites offer a more rustic way to camp out in BC’s backcountry than formal provincial campgrounds. Your Northern BC Mapbook contains hundreds of rec sites that were developed by forestry workers and are now maintained by BC’s Ministry of Tourism. From the Agate Point Picnic Site to the Wright Lake Rec Site, we put it all on the map.
The gorgeous northern BC region covered in these maps is a hiker’s dream. In the wild backcountry that stretches beyond Mackenzie, Prince George, Fort St. John, Haida Gwaii, Dawson Creek, and Prince Rupert, you will find an unbelievable abundance of trail systems. From the expansive network of trails through Babine Mountains Provincial Park, to the three-week journey along the Yukon Telegraph Trail, this BC map lists it all.
With dramatic mountain terrain, endless backcountry, abandoned logging roads and mining sites, the northern BC region boasts exciting ATV riding. Bigger communities like Prince George, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Prince Rupert offer tours, rentals, dealerships and often an ATV club. Our map book lists the best spots for BC ATV riding, from popular runs like the Sibola Peak trails to the lesser known areas ripe for exploring, like the Core Lodge Area.
From the Coast Mountain snowfields near Terrace, east to McBride in the Canadian Rockies, and through the communities of Chetwyn, Tumbler Ridge and the Peace River area, northern BC is yours to explore. This mountain paradise comes alive during winter, with endless riding opportunities. Our maps and listings show you the best spots to hit some fresh BC powder and explore the mountains, glacier and snowy meadows of Northern BC.
Northern BC is an expansive, wild area where Mother Nature rules the backcountry, from the foothills of the Northern Rockies to the rainforests of the Queen Charlotte Islands. Wild creatures roam in abundance, most notably moose, deer, elk, mountain goats, grizzlies and black bears. Our maps and listings give you the rundown on where to spot wildlife, including Cecil Lake Ecological Reserve, Williams Creek, the Tumbler Point Bird Sanctuary and more!
Northern BC is a west coast winter wonderland. Throughout the backcountry around Bulkley, Prince George, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Haida Gwaii, Dawson Creek, Prince Rupert and beyond, you will find endless opportunities for winter fun, and our maps break them all down for you. Grab your map and hit the trail for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and more – we’ve got you covered!
If I buy the print edition, can I get a copy of the PDF included? The print makes sense for planning while the PDF would be useful on the road.