Introducing the 5th Edition of our Northern BC Backroad Mapbook!

Northern BC is a vast and sprawling wilderness, interrupted by just a few highways and major cities. North of the centres of Prince George, Smithers, Prince Rupert and Fort St. John, the region is ruled by nature, with unlimited options for outdoor recreationists and a new adventure to be had around every corner. The Rocky Mountains cast their majestic shadow over the forested plateaus of the interior, intersected by pristine rivers and big, deep lakes. Massive tracts of mountainous backcountry are protected by parks such as Mount Edziza and Spatsizi Plateau, while off the coast the islands of Haida Gwaii stir the imaginations of explorers from far and wide. From hiking to ATVing, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and beyond, Northern BC is a land of limitless adventure.

 

To help you make the most of this incredible area, we have released a brand new edition of our Northern BC Backroad Mapbook. This 5th Edition includes numerous updates and expansions, including the addition of private land areas to the maps, refined road networks, labelled fish species, brand new Points of Interest, tons of new trails and new inset maps for the McBride valley. The Adventures section has also been expanded, including a new section for Backcountry Huts and charts for multi-use trails and fish stocking. To give you a better idea of all the Adventures this Mapbook can lead you on, here are a few examples:

 

Backroad Adventures

Northern BC is full of both man-made and natural attractions that are easily accessible along the region’s well-maintained road network. From heritage sites commemorating the area’s First Nations, logging and mining history to incredible geological features and breathtaking viewpoints, you could spend a lifetime exploring the attractions of Northern BC and still not see it all. The latest edition of the Northern BC Backroad Mapbook contains over 100 listings for the best things to see and do while exploring the region. Here are a couple of our favourites:.

 

Bishop Bay Hot Springs

Accessible only by boat, these springs are found about 80 km south of Kitimat and offer three semi-developed pools for bathing. The water is warm and odourless, and there is a good chance that you will have the springs to yourself if you make the journey out.

 

Bishop Bay Hot Springs

 

Tumbler Ridge Dinosaur Footprints

Originally discovered on accident by two boys tubing down Flatbed Creek, these dinosaur footprints are the oldest in western Canada and are now part of a Global Geopark that continually produces new specimens.

 

Dinosaur track near Tumbler Ridge. Image via tumblerridgegeopark.ca

 

Fishing Adventures

Throughout northern BC you will find lakes of all shapes and sizes, a huge variety of pristine rivers, creeks and streams and some of the richest ocean fishing hotspots in the province. No matter which type of fishing you prefer or which species of sportfish you are after, our Northern BC Backroad Mapbook will help you have the most successful day on the water possible with close to 500 detailed descriptions of the region’s best fishing destinations.

 

Francois Lake

This large lake has a number of different access points, including at recreation sites and private resorts, so you can take your pick of which section of the lake you want to target. Kokanee, lake trout and rainbow trout are all found here in good numbers, with the lake trout reportedly reaching up to 10 kg (22 lb).

 

Francois Lake

 

Babine River

Known as one of the best steelhead rivers in BC, this river is also famous for its rainbow trout – the mouth of the river is even known as rainbow alley. Chinook and coho salmon also run the river in the fall, adding to the already incredible fishing.

 

Steelhead on the Babine River. Photo via flywatertravel.com

 

Hunting Adventures

With a diverse landscape ranging from rain-soaked coastal forests to prairie grasslands, high alpine and sprawling stands of spruce and pine, Northern BC boasts a wide range of big and small game. Your Northern BC Backroad Mapbook contains detailed information on all the region’s main species, plus breakdowns of each Wildlife Management Unit to help you have the most successful hunt possible.

 

Fraser/Nechako Plateau

Characterized by small mountain ranges, wide valleys and numerous lakes and wetlands, this is an area rich with moose, elk, black bear and both species of deer. For upland bird hunters, this is the best choice in Northern BC for both ruffed and spruce grouse

 

Fraser/Nechako Plateau

 

Tatshenshini

Consisting of a tiny finger of BC that extends into the Alaska Panhandle, this rugged and mountainous management unit is the only place in BC where you can find the pure white Dall’s sheep.

 

Dall’s Sheep in Tatshenshini. Image via egli.ca

 

Paddling Adventures

From the countless big and small rivers that snake through Northern BC to its many lakes and wetlands, and of course the breathtaking Pacific Ocean coast, canoers and kayakers have an astounding number of routes to choose from. Your Northern BC Backroad Mapbook contains close to 80 listings for the best places to paddle in the region.

Bonney Lake Canoe Route

Offering a great wilderness experience without a lot of hard work, this route spans five lakes and is known for its great fishing along the way. While it can be completed in one day, there are plenty of beautiful campsites to spend the night at.

 

Bonney Lake Canoe Route

 

Gwaii Haanas National Park

One of the most celebrated kayaking destinations in the country, this park is made up of thousands of kilometres of broken islands and islets and contains stunning biological diversity, with marine life of all kinds seen along the various routes through the park.

 

Kayaking in Gwaii Haanas National Park. Image via wilderthanyourdreams.com

 

Park Adventures

Northern BC’s provincial parks protect some of the region’s most scenic landscapes, along with First Nations historical sites, incredible fishing holes, epic hiking trails and much more. Your Northern BC Backroad Mapbook contains 150 detailed park listings to help you choose the park that is just right for you.

 

Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Provincial Park

This is one of the largest parks in BC and, although there is no road access, those that make their way into this beautiful area can expect to find some of the province’s best backcountry camping, hunting, paddling, fishing and wildlife viewing. In particular, the Cold Fish Lake area is a favourite destination for all types of explorers, with six cabins available for use by the public.

Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Provincial Park

 

Stikine River Provincial Park

This park is home to the 80 km (50 mi) long Grand Canyon of the Stikine, which rises up to 300 m (900 ft) in height and narrows to just 2 metres (7 ft) at some points. While exploring the canyon, you may be able to spot mountain goats and stone sheep in the surrounding mountains.

 

Grand Canyon of the Stikine. Photo via https://www.pinterest.com/

 

Recsite Adventures

Northern BC is full of recreation sites that offer rustic camping in some of the region’s most pristine and beautiful areas. Developed by forestry workers and now maintained by the government, these sites are perfect for those looking to camp a bit off the beaten path, and your Northern BC Backroad Mapbooks lists over 250 them – here are a couple of our favourites.

 

Tchentlo Hot Springs Recreation Site

Accessible only by boat or canoe, this scenic rec site is a great place to stay while visiting the natural springs.

 

Tchentlo Hot Springs Recreation Site

 

Bulkley River Recreation Site

Located on the banks of the Bulkley River, this rec site is perfect for a weekend fishing getaway. There is also a small chalet with a wood stove, two canoe pull-outs, full picnic facilities and 10 km (6.2 mi) of forested trails

 

Bulkley River Recreation Site. Image via sitesandtrailsbc

 

Trail Adventures

The gorgeous wilderness of Northern BC is a hiker’s dream, with an abundant trail network that also caters to mountain bikers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, horseback riders and motorized users. Your Northern BC Backroad Mapbook contains over 350 detailed listings for the best places to hit the trails.

 

Nadina Mountain Trail

Recently protected by a provincial park, the granite pillars of Nadina Mountain make for a popular hiking and rock climbing destination. The difficult trail up the mountain’s northeast slope gains 1,260 m (4,130 ft) of elevation.

 

Nadina Mountain Trail

 

Kakwa Lake Trail

This is a remote and difficult route, stretching for 29 km (18 mi) one-way, but reaching the beautiful lake will be worth it. Once there, you can camp outside or use the wilderness cabin as a base for exploring the surrounding meadows and mountains.

 

Kakwa Lake Trail. Image via clubtread.comc

 

ATV Adventures

With endless backcountry, plenty of developed trails and tons of abandoned logging and resource roads, Northern BC has plenty of great places to ride. Your Northern BC Backroad Mapbook has detailed listings for close to 60 of the region’s best ATVing areas.

 

Core Lodge Area

Found to the south of Tumbler Ridge, the trails here lead you past several mountain peaks and both active and abandoned mine sites, providing access to Mount Clifford and the Wapiti Forest Service Road to the east.

 

Core Lodge Area

 

Telkwa Pass Route

Linking the Telkwa Forest Service Road near Milk Creek with the Copper River Forest Service Road east of Terrace, this epic ride stretches for 130 km (80 mi) return.

 

ATVing the Telkwa Pass. Image via ridingfullcircle.com

 

Snowmobile Adventures

From the open snowfields of the Coast Mountains to the unplowed logging roads of the interior and the many groomed trails maintained by the region’s snowmobile clubs, Northern BC is a great place to snowmobile. Your Northern BC Backroad Mapbook contains almost 70 detailed listings for the best places to ride in the region.

 

Babine Mountain Provincial Park

One of the few provincial parks in BC that is open to snowmobiling, Babine Mountain has plenty of rugged terrain to ride and a couple of day-use snowmobile cabins to stop at and warm up.

 

Babine Mountain Provincial Park

 

Sibola Snowmobile Trails

This remote, sprawling area is found about two hours from Houston and offers some incredible big mountain riding with a mix of developed trails and open alpine for more experienced riders. A warming cabin found in the shadow of Mount Ney offers the perfect place to take break during a long day of sledding.

 

Sibola Peak Trails

 

Wildlife Adventures

With so much open backcountry, Northern BC is a haven for wildlife and there are endless options for incredible animal viewing. From birds to bears, we show you all the best places to spot the region’s wild residents with over 50 detailed listings spanning the region.

 

Tumbler Point Bird Sanctuary

Situated close to the Continental Divide, this sanctuary provides protection for birds from either side including golden eagles, ptarmigans, red-tailed hawks, trumpeter swans and warblers.

 

Tumbler Ridge Area

 

Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary

While a guide is required to access BC’s first grizzly bear sanctuary, your chances of spotting a grizzly here are better than anywhere else in the province.

 

Photo via : grizzlytour.com

 

Winter Adventures

With long winters and heavy snowfall, Northern BC offers all sorts of opportunities for winter recreation. From developed ski resorts to remote cross-country trails and backcountry riding areas, we show you all the best places to get outside during the winter months.

 

Bulkley Valley Nordic Trails

Found just outside of Smithers, there are 45 km (28 mi) of groomed trails to explore here, including 5.5 km of trails that are lit for night skiing. The trails lead you through scenic forest and there is even a specific dog-friendly trail to enjoy.

 

Bulkley Valley Nordic Trails

 

Powder King Ski Resort

Boasting the second-highest annual snowfall in the country, Powder King is a hidden gem in BC’s north. With 24 named runs and endless unofficial options, any serious skier or boarder should make an effort to cross Powder King off their list.

 

Powder King Ski Resort. Photo via ski-resorts.ca

 

Backcountry Huts

Brand new to this edition of the Northern BC Backroad Mapbook, we list close to 40 backcountry huts and cabins along with information on capacity, access, reservations and more. From snowmobile warming shelters to backcountry ski cabins and hiker’s huts, we’ve got you covered.

 

Sugarbowl Grizzly Den Provincial Park Cabins

There are three cabins found within this mark, all located within 5 km of each other. They are accessed by trail from the Hungary Creek Forest Service Road, with the largest cabin sleeping up to 15 people.

 

Cabins in Sugarbowl Grizzly Den Provincial Park

 

Harold Price Cabin

Popular with cross-country and backcountry skiers, this cabin sleeps up to eight people and is found at the headwaters of Gramaphone Creek. There are a couple of trails that access the cabin, but neither are plowed in the winter.

 

Harold Price Cabin. Photo via explore-mag.com

 


 

Check out these adventures and more in the 5th Edition of our Northern BC Backroad Mapbook. Your ultimate guide to one of the country’s most stunning natural areas!