is a small community just east of Smithers
by 18 km (11 miles) and 49 km (31 miles) west of Houston
on Yellowhead Hwy 16.
Trunk Pacific Railway
Situated where the Telkwa River meets the Bulkley River, Telkwa
served as a service link between the coal mines located up the Telkwa
River and the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. Today the CN Railway
has a railway bridge crossing the Telkwa River near where a vehicle
bridge goes over the Bulkley River.
Although still very rich in coal deposits, the coal mines have closed
with promises to reopen in the future. Today Telkwa serves as a
service community for the outlying community of Quick towards the
east on Hwy 16 and the people living up the Telkwa River and along
the Bulkley River.
Businesses in Telkwa
The main businesses in Telkwa include a building supply store, laundromat,
Midway Gas and Café, Fort Telkwa RV Park, Telkwa Pub and
a grocery store. Telkwa also has a small museum located on Hwy 16
as you drive through the village.
You can also view some heritage buildings by taking the Riverside
Trail that starts at Eddy Park next door to the museum on Hwy 16.
This .7 km (.4 mile) trail leads to Eddy Park alongside the Bulkley
River Bridge and the Telkwa Pub.
You can continue on and eventually go on a trail system that goes
around the Village and to the abandoned town site of Aldermere.
Telkwa has a number of heritage sites all within the downtown core.
Some of these include descriptions of past events in relationship
in Telkwa's past. Unfortunately due to a number of unfortunate events
a number of these buildings have been lost or demolished during
the mid-2000's including the beautifully restored Broughton and
The recreation around Telkwa is great. There are excellent outdoor
activities in Telkwa and close by in Smithers. In the winter you
can enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing at
Hudson Bay Mountain, ice fishing, snowmobiling and hockey.
During the summer enjoy endless fishing, hiking, horseback riding,
canoeing, kayaking, bird watching and mountain biking along the
miles of abandoned mining roads.
Lake Provincial Park
Tyhee Lake Provincial Park is located nearby Telkwa just off the
Telkwa High Road. You'll find a full service vehicle accessible
campground at Tyhee Lake Provincial Park along with bird watching,
swimming and a trail to Aldermere and a connection to Telkwa.
around the area
There are lots of areas that you can 4x4, motocross or use your
ATV. Smithers and the town of Houston are also very close by and
offer excellent outdoor recreational areas. Try taking the backroad
to Quick on the south side of the Bulkley River to Morice River
Road near Houston.
One event you might want to try is the Telkwa Barbeque. This annual
event has been a Telkwa tradition for years. Put on by the local
Bulkley Valley Kinsmen Club on the Labour Day long weekend in September,
the event features weekend long festivities including a ball tournament,
beef barbeque, horseshoe tournament and dance. Lots of great entertainment
for the whole family.