I've been working in the Hazeltons in northwest BC off and on, for the past few months, and each time I go, I think, I gotta get my family here to see this!
So this Friday I was scheduled to travel there, kid had no school, hubby got the day off and I got to share this lush valley with them.
Where to begin? You turn off the highway from a modern small town with its gas stations and cafes and motels, and are transported into a wild west town of 1860. It's a fifteen-minute drive down smooth asphalt.
Just before the old-trading-post downtown, with its quaint waterfront, there is a world-class museum, that people from Europe, and around the world, travel to see. The world map in the Museum's vestibule show us Germans and Australians and even people from Antarctica think it's worth the trip.
I'm a relatively-nearby neighbour, and did not know know what I was driving past on Highway 16.
The museum recreates the long houses of old of the Gitxsan people, where they lived and danced and talked and feasted and carved in the long winters. Our guide was a modern young Gitxsan, who lives in the next village, and introduces himself by his clan (Fireweed) and house (Hummingbird).
Then you see and hear the wealthy culture that existed, and still exists, as he offers you a drum to beat and feel in your heart. Here's the link to the museum: http://www.ksan.org/
More to the point, the campground has river-front camping spots for dry-camping (which I recommend!) as well as full hook-up sites just a few yards away from the river.