Houston is situated 307 km (192 miles) west of Prince
George and 65 km (41 miles) east of Smithers
on the Yellowhead Hwy 16.
Houston is famous to have the largest fly fishing rod in the world.
Make sure you see this at Steelhead Park located right on Hwy 16
as you go through town.
Another world's biggest that is stationed at Houston is the world's
largest sawmill located on Morice River Road at the west end of
town towards Smithers. The mill is owned by Canfor which is one
of the biggest employers in this region.
Houston is well known in the area for the great fishing in the lakes
and rivers. If you like to fish, a good map to follow is the Pleasant
Valley Map located right in Steelhead Park. Some of the lakes you
might try are down the Morice River Forest Service Road (FSR), past
the Canfor Mill.
Imagine you're on a lake catching fish and there is no one else
there. That's what it is all about when you're in Morice River watershed
- complete solitude. The Morice River FSR eventually goes all the
way to the great fishing at Francois Lake.
Francois Lake makes a great route if you want to drive to Burns
Lake or further to Fraser Lake.
There are some great Forest Service Recreation sites in this area
if you like wilderness camping.
Just remember if you are enjoying the countryside around Houston
please remember this is Bear Country as is the rest of BC. Try to
avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel
comfortable with bears around. There is also the possibilities of
encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe and practice
good outdoor wildlife procedures.
Always a family favourite with a good selection of food is the Pleasant
Valley Restaurant right on Hwy 16. Also on Hwy 16 is an A &
W plus on 11th Street Happy Jacks Pub featuring burgers and
various pub meals.
There is the Pleasant Valley Motel, Houston Motor Inn and Idylwild
Inn, all located on Hwy 16.
For RV camping, try the municipal campground on 14th Street next
to Buck Creek or the Shady Rest RV Park located just on the east
side of town on Hwy 16. If you prefer camping at a provincial park
try Tyhee Lake Provincial Park located in Telkwa.