What to do
- Worth the detour
- Must see
Smithers is an attractive mountain town, set against the backdrop of the majestic glacier-topped Hudson Bay Mountain. Because of its alpine environment, the town has adopted an alpine theme. Main Street was reconstructed in 1979 with red brick sidewalks and alpine style rooflines on buildings and shops.
That may be one reason why many European immigrants, attracted by the town's setting and lifestyle, chose to settle in Smithers.
Be sure to pay a visit to the Smithers Art Gallery. Another interesting attraction is Driftwood Canyon Provincial Park, home to one of the world’s most significant fossil beds. The visitors centre offers a map to the park.
The Bulkley Valley Fair, one of British Columbia's largest agricultural exhibitions, takes place in Smithers on the weekend before Labour Day.
Where to eat
- $ Inexpensive
- $$ Moderate
- $$$ Upscale
- $$$$ Fine dining
Trackside Cantina ($$)
This small Mexican restaurant is sure to charm you. The tasty authentic Mexican dishes are always made with fresh ingredients, including produce that is organic and purchased locally whenever possible. Try one of their fabulous fruity cocktails - after all, you are on holiday!
Open Tuesday-Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Daddio’s Family Restaurant ($$)
This friendly family restaurant serves Canadian and American comfort food at its best, with such classics as soups, sandwiches, salads, burgers, pasta, pizza and a few meat dishes such as steak, pork ribs and souvlaki. Consistent quality food and friendly service make Daddio's a local family favourite!
Open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
*** Hours may vary ***
Where to sleep ?
Bulkley Valley Exhibition
Dates: late August, 2022
Bulkley Valley Exhibition is a weekend of family fun and entertainment in the heart of cowboy country. Activities include a parade, a rodeo, cattle auctions, farm animal races, live entertainment, rides, games and more.
Midsummer Music Festival
Dates: early July 2022
Every summer, people from all walks of life gather in Smithers, BC to share a universal love of music. The Midsummer Music Festival is a 3-day family-positive music and art festival featuring headliners, local and regional performers, and entertaining activities for children.
When to visit
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