As Highway 16 leaves Smithers heading west, the first campground en route is Seeley Lake Provincial Park. The Hazelton Mountains and the sheer pyramid of Mount Roche Deboule form a dramatic backdrop, and Seeley Lake provides trout fishing, canoeing, and wildlife viewing.

You’ll also find a fascinating Native legend about a mythological monster associated with Seeley Lake posted here. The tale was used to instruct children on the need to respect all of nature’s creations, a lesson that is still timely today.

At Seeley Lake, cutthroat and rainbow trout fishing is a peaceful experience, as there is car-top-boat launching only. Seeley Lake Provincial Park provides 20 vehicle/tent campsites. Facilities provided include water, firewood, pit toilets and a picnic/day use area. The campground is open from May to September and fees are collected during this time.

Nearby is the “Ksan Historical Village and Museum, the village was originally called the Skeena Treasure House, and with good reason, judging from its rich display of totems, jewelry, and clothing. A museum in one of the long houses honours the Gitksan ancestors, who were graced with such abundance that they had time to beautify the items they carved for everyday use. Seven lovingly decorated long houses are grouped together here at the confluence of the Skeena and Bulkley Rivers. Several of the long houses are open to visitors at no charge, while guided tours are offered of the Fireweed, Wolf, and Frog clan houses for asmall fee.

Seeley Lake Provincial Park is located in Northern British Columbia, 6 miles (10 km) west of Hazelton on Highway 16.

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