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Village of Hazelton, British Columbia

The Village of Hazelton is a vibrant community with a welcoming atmosphere and some of the most stunning natural beauty in British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province.  The Village – or “Old Hazelton” as it is also called, is steeped in history and adventure.  Even today, people who choose to live and work in the Village are adventurous spirits. It is located at the junction of the Bulkley and Skeena Rivers in northern British Columbia along a 10 kilometre corridor west from Highway 16 and beginning with New Hazelton.

The Village of Hazelton is adjacent to Gitxsan First Nations’ (First Nations refer to Native American or Aboriginal peoples in Canada) territory, which encompasses approximately 33,000 square kilometers of land, from the basin of the Upper Skeena River at Legate Creek to the Skeena's headwaters and its surrounding tributaries. 

Throughout its history, the residents of the Village and the First Nations people have respected and shared the rich cultures both traditions possess.

Fast Facts

  • The Village is a full-service, welcoming community located in a beautiful natural setting.
  • Land, housing and commercial property prices are extremely affordable in contrast to other communities in British Columbia. 
  • The Village of Hazelton is an ideal community for recreation and adventure-minded professionals and teleworkers.
  • Few places have “Main Street” views like those found in the Village of Hazelton.
  • The area’s rivers offer some of the best trout fishing in the world.

Getting Down to Business

Opportunities exist for various technical trades, as well as commercial, retail and professional businesses that serve the local and regional economy.  Additionally, there is potential for an expanded tourism sector, including hospitality businesses that complement the natural and cultural assets currently bringing tourists to the Village. British Columbia’s reputation as a premiere outdoor destination, as well as its potential for increased commercial recreation and adventure tourism, aligns well with the Village of Hazelton’s focus on adventure and recreation tourism and cultural tourism.

British Columbia has one of the largest and most diverse agriculture and agri-food sectors in Canada.  From berries to vegetables, wine to seafood, the sector continues to grow and embrace the province’s many micro-climates.  The province’s Highway 16 region has historically supplied vast quantities of the province’s agricultural product.  Despite its northern location, the Hazelton area’s climate is milder and wetter than the neighbouring interior plateau, due to warm Pacific air. Consequently, it has a strong tradition of agriculture production resulting from the unique micro-climate, rich river valley soils and a Zone 5 rating on the Plant Hardiness Zone classification.

British Columbia is also one of the world’s largest exporters of wood products and the Village of Hazelton has a rich forestry history.  Today, that wood sector tradition creates new opportunities for producing and delivering value-added wood products (millwork, containers, doors and window frames, etc.) to the rest of Canada and foreign markets.

British Columbia is a globally-recognized centre for mining activity. The province possesses abundant mineral, coal and gas resources the bulk of which are located in northern British Columbia.  The Village of Hazelton’s strategic location can serve as a low-cost, central base from which supplies, services and support are delivered to mining operations.

Recreation and Outdoors

For those who love the outdoors, the Village of Hazelton and surrounding area offer pristine forests, mountains and waterways that are increasingly difficult to find anywhere in the world.  This stunning natural beauty begins from Main Street and offers endless opportunities to experience nature on walking paths, hiking trails or back-country adventures.

The Village is a fishing enthusiast’s paradise, with opportunities to catch salmon and steelhead from four pristine rivers: the Kispiox, Skeena, Bulkley and Suskwa. In fact, the area has been recognized as one of the best steelhead fishing spots in North America.

Arts, Culture and Social Scene

The Village of Hazelton is blessed with two rich cultural traditions.  The community proudly showcases both First Nations and early settler culture and history and the role it has played in shaping the community today.  Visitors to the Village will find original arts and crafts in local shops, as well as many historical spots of interest. 

No trip to the Village is complete without a stop at the ‘Ksan Historical Village and Museum, a First Nations (Canadian term for Native American) cultural centre dedicated to illustrating the richness of Gitxsan First Nation culture and history.

Getting To The Village of Hazelton, British Columbia

Village of Hazelton Links and Resources

The Village of Hazelton Municipal Government website: