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Granisle
Granisle was founded in the 1960's by the Granisle Copper Mine to help service and house the employees working at the mine on Babine Lake. The mine operated until 1992 and then it closed for good.

Retirement community
Since then, Granisle has transformed itself into a recreational and retirement community in north-central British Columbia.

Babine Lake
Granisle is home to Babine Lake, British Columbia's longest natural freshwater lake. Babine Lake stretches from just north of Endako to Fort Babine for a length of 177 km (111 miles). Babine Lake plays an important role in stocking British Columbia's fishing industry.

Salmon enhancement
With the assistance of Salmon enhancement, Babine Lake now has the world's largest sockeye salmon run. This rare event happens every year and you can witness part of it at either Pinkut Creek or Fulton River hatcheries that are located in Granisle.

Free Tours
You can visit these salmon enhancement facilities and completely enjoy the free tour and watch this incredible event.

Recreation
Granisle plays host to a vast array of recreational activities which include a hockey arena, curling rink, snowmobile and hiking trails, houseboating and, of course, the fishing derby held every year on Fathers' Day weekend.

Eco-tourism
A number of eco-tourism operators can also offer you float plane tours, fishing charters, and guided lake tours along the 250 km (156 miles) of scenic shoreline featuring rare petroglyphs by the First Nations in certain areas.

Accommodation
If you're travelling with an RV and require a place to stay, Granisle has a couple of spots. There is the British Columbia Provincial Campground on the way to Topley Landing called Red Bluff or located right close to Granisle at New Beach and Lions Beach Park.

Ookpik Wilderness Lodge
For a real adventure, try the wilderness lodge, Ookpik that is very secluded and quiet.

Granisle Resort
Granisle also features the Granisle Resort a one bedroom or studio units all with kitchens units in a motel type setting. This is a really good spot to relax and meet the locals and learn where the fish are biting.

Granisle Services
Granisle has various other services including the Granisle General Store which has some convenience items, fishing gear and license plus the odd hardware item, public boat launch and emergency clinic. For a historical attraction, there is a local museum that depicts Granisle's mining past.

Babine Lodge
For entertainment there is the Babine Lodge situated in Topley Landing only 12 km (7.5 miles) away. The Babine Lodge has a small pub and liquor off sales.

Travelling and Driving
The route to Granisle and Topley Landing is reached by taking the junction at Topley on Yellowhead Hwy 16. It's 49 km (31 miles) from Topley to Granisle and should not take you anymore than 30 minutes, depending on the season.

Bear Country
Just remember if you are enjoying the provincial parks and the countryside around Granisle, please remember this is bear country. Try to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel comfortable with bears around and take the usual precautions. There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe.

Fulton Lake and Fulton River
If you like exploring and don't mind dirt roads, take a detour at Granisle to Fulton Lake and Fulton River. Continue on this road until you see the Babine Lake Road. It is at this point you can either go to Smithers Landing that is on Babine Lake or to Smithers. This makes a great circle route back to Topley or, if you decide to return to Granisle. A caution note logging is very active in the backcountry and you could run into large logging trucks travelling at high speeds so be very aware when driving and keep it slow. Also before you venture off make sure you have a good spare tire and your vehicle is well maintained.

Smithers Landing
There is a Provincial Marine Park at Smithers Landing. This lakeshore campground is very nice and relaxing. Campsite has only 6 spots and is on first come first served basis. For fishing and boating information go to the Tukii Lodge located right in Smithers Landing.

Information on Granisle and Area

 

 

Granisle-Topley Landing
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Welcome to Granisle
Welcome to Granisle

 

Babine Lake
Babine Lake

 

Red Bluff Provincial Park
Red Bluff Provincial Park

 

New Beach
New Beach

 

Granisle Resort
Granisle Resort

 

Babine Lake Marina in Granisle
Babine Lake Marina in Granisle

 

Babine Lake
Babine Lake

 

Red Bluff Provincial Park
Red Bluff Provincial Park

 

Logging Road to Granisle
Logging Road to Granisle

 

 

 
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