Saturday, August 8, 2009

Kitselas Canyon

We had a chance to go to Kitselas Canyon today. The canyon, a National Historic Site of Canada, is considered sacred to Gitselasu people. Gitselasu which means "people of the canyon" have been living off the land here for thousands of years.

The canyon is located just east of Terrace near the small hamlet of Usk. To get here travel on Hwy 16 either west of Terrace or east of Kitwanga Gitwangak).

Kitselas Canyon also used to be the site of where they would take the sternwheelers through the dangerous waters of the Skeena River on the way to Hazelton. The captains of these vessels took extreme measures when travelling through perhaps the most difficult navigational river in North America.

Kleanza Creek Provincial Park is situated across Hwy 16 from the entrance to the historical site. You can find a small vehicle-accessible campground here. The park features riverfront campsites,a small canyon,river pools and river walkway.

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