Welcome to Telkwa

Welcome to Witsuwit’en territory!

The Witsuwit’en have lived in this vast and bountiful river valley for thousands of years.


A riverside jewel bursting with charm and hospitality, Telkwa’s warmth embraces visitors from around the globe.  Nestled on the banks of the world-renowned Bulkley and Telkwa Rivers, the picturesque, historical village borders Tyhee Lake Provincial Park and is surrounded by snow-capped mountain ranges and a myriad of lakes and streams.

person fishing on a river bank

        Telkwa's spectacular natural setting offers extensive outdoor adventure and recreational opportunities.  Whether you love to hike into an alpine lake, raft through whitewater rapids, ski down fresh powder slopes or battle the will of large steelhead; Telkwa has year-round wilderness adventures.  Local sightseeing and adventure tour operators offer world-class hunting and sport fishing, hiking, canoeing, rafting, kayaking, bird watching and wilderness photography explorations.  The adventures continue in the winter with phenomenal ice climbing; cross-country, backcountry and downhill skiing; snowmobiling, and snowshoeing. 

        It was in 1906 that the valley's first European settlers put down stakes at a place that First Nations people referred to as "Where the Rivers Meet".  The first townsite in the area, Aldermere, was originally established on the bluff above the Bulkley River located on the Telegraph Trail system and a central restocking spot for prospectors following the call of the Gold Rush.  As the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway began constructing the western section of their railway in 1907, many businesses and settlers began to move down the hill to the present site of Telkwa to be closer to the anticipated railway and an easier water supply.  Today, over 100 years later, the community of Telkwa continues to be called home by its' nearly 1,500 residents.  An extensive walking trail system winds through the original townsite of Aldermere and embraces Telkwa's parks and historical buildings, including the restored 1910 St. Stephen's Anglican Church and the Pioneer Museum.  Many of Telkwa's historical buildings, including the library, remain as testaments to our past and can be seen with a self-guided walking tour.

We invite you to explore our friendly village.  Whether you prefer to stay at the provincial campsite with kid friendly beaches or a local private campsite, B&B's or lodges in the area or just visit for the day, enjoy our beautiful riverfront walks and numerous trails, watch local fisherman try their luck on the river, or float down the river and watch for wildlife.  To discover a piece of British Columbia's history, stop at the Telkwa Museum, 1620 Highway 16 or the Village office at 1415 Hankin Avenue and pick up our walking tour brochure.  You will be assured to have enjoyed your time spent with us.

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Mission / Vision Statement

The Corporation of the
Village of Telkwa's Mission is

to serve the community
through smart growth,
community involvement and
the creation of partnerships
to realize its vision of a
healthy, friendly, diverse and

thriving community.

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