In BC's north, history doesn't just repeat itself, it's worth reliving.
Here follows a few draws that help you do just that:
To start, make your way to Fort St. James Historic Site, northwest of Prince George. Set on the southern shores of Stuart Lake, this draw was once a hub for interactions between fur traders and the local First Nations. Today, hands-on experiences with interpretive guides in period costume include tactile insight into the pelts that paved the way, tests of archery, feeding time for the fort's livestock and even a few historic games. Tug of war or croquet, anyone? www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/bc/stjames/index.aspx
Modern travel will take you further northwest to âKsan Historical Village and Museum, a site in Hazelton that has painstakingly replicated many features indicative of an ancient Gitxsan village. Here, you can view cedar longhouses and towering totem poles, or settle in â the smell of woodsmoke in the air â as a narrator describes the many uses of tools and artifacts key to day-to-day survival. www.ksan.org
The North Pacific Cannery beckons visitors further southwest to the Prince Rupert area, where the history of a once-thriving salmon fishery, and the diverse ethnic backgrounds of those who called the cannery's remote setting home, promises to intrigue. Designated a National Historic Site, the cannery, which ran continuously for close to 100 years just outside of Prince Rupert in Port Edward, is a quaint location to delve into the fishing industry history, grab a bite at the Cannery Cafe or take a leisurely stroll along the seaside boardwalks. www.northpacificcannery.ca
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