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Accessible by paved road, ferry, and plane, the Skeena River Valley is filled with both unique wilderness experiences and the 'standard' British Columbia fare of deep fjords, dramatic canyons, sheer mountains, rivers thick with salmon, old-growth forests, and an abundance of wildlife.

Nestled up under the Alaska Panhandle, the province's northernmost coast, the Skeena Valley is home to the Skeena River, the second-largest river in British Columbia. The Skeena River originates at the southern end of Spatsizi Plateau, in a valley between Mount Gunanoot and Mount Thule, south of the Stikine River watershed. The Skeena is approximately 580 kilometres long and drains some 54,488 square kilometres.

Over five million salmon return to the Skeena River every year, making this a premier salmon-fishing area. The Skeena watershed offers some of the largest steelhead and salmon in the world. The average chinook caught weighs in at 16 to 23 kgs, but they can be 40 kgs or larger. Fish for coho in the Skeena River and its tributaries, the Kasiks, Gitnadoix, Exchamsiks, Exstew, Lakelse, and Kitsumkalum Rivers, as well as the Kitimat and Nass River systems.

Runs peak in September and October, although coho start to appear in July and don't completely disappear until December. Be sure to get a license and read up on the latest rules and regulations before hitting the rivers and lakes. You can pick up a list of local guides and outfitters from the nearest Visitor Centre.

The Skeena River is an important transport artery, particularly for the Tsimshian and the Gitxsan First Nations. Their names mean "inside the Skeena River" and "people of the Skeena River" respectively.

The rare Kermode bear (Spirit Bear) lives in and near the Skeena Valley from Prince Rupert to Hazelton. The region is also home to many black bears and brown bears. Grizzly bears are less common in the area but the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary is located nearby.

Nearest Towns: Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, Kitwanga, Hazelton, New Hazelton, Kispiox

Nearest Parks:
Exchamsiks River Provincial Park
Gitnadoiks River Provincial Park
Foch-Gilttoyees Provincial Park and Protected Area
Kleanza Creek Provincial Park

Seven Sisters Provincial Park & Protected Area
Kitwanga Mountain Provincial Park
Bulkley Junction Provincial Park
Seeley Lake Provincial Park

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