The North and Central Coast is in a region in the western part of British Columbia, Canada. It stretches along the Pacific coast from the Alaska Panhandle in the north to the Queen Charlotte Strait in the south.
|Haida Gwaii |
an archipelago of more than 150 islands. Two of them are quite large. It was called the Queen Charlotte Islands, until the name was changed in June 2010.
- 1 Prince Rupert - Coastal city with ferry and rail links
- 2 Bella Bella
- Bella Coola
- Masset - Largest town on Haida Gwaii with 1470 inhabitants.
- Sandspit - On Haida Gwaii
- 3 Stewart - Remote village on the Alaska border.
- 4 Terrace - largest city in the region.
The most developed part of this region is along the Yellowhead Highway. Once you venture to Haida Gwaii or south along the coast, you will find vast expanses of untouched wilderness and very few people. This is an area where first-growth rainforest meets rugged snowcapped peaks, framed by labrithyne ocean inlets that rival the fjords of Norway.
The climate is temperate near coastal regions, becoming colder as you travel east and north from the Pacific Ocean.
The official language is English, though you will hear native dialects if you are in villages inhabited by the First Nations People.
By vehicle you can enter the region on the Yellowhead Highway (16) heading west from Prince George. The Cassiar Highway (37) is an alternative route from Alaska, and splits from the Alaska Highway in the Yukon just west of Watson Lake. It joins the Yellowhead in between Smithers and Terrace.
You will want to travel by car to cover the vast distances. Vehicle rentals are available in Prince Rupert and Prince George. Via Rail also provides passenger rail service from Prince George to Prince Rupert, though this is more of an attraction in itself than a legitimate means of transportation.