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North and Central Coast

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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.


Map of North and Central Coast
  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.


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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.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Prince Rupert has a small airport (YPR IATA) that serves domestic flights. Also Northwest Regional Airport (YXT IATA) in Terrace

By car[edit]

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.

By boat[edit]

Another way to enter the region is to take BC Ferries Inside Passage route from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island to Prince Rupert.

Get around[edit]

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.



The Government of British Columbia outlines many circle tour itineraries. The Heritage Discovery [dead link] and Great Northern [dead link] tours have large parts in this region.




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