Trip 146 - August 22, 2018 (Wednesday)
Village of Telkwa Visit
Near Smithers, British Columbia, Canada
Liked: Short trails around the village, lots of shade on the trails, no bugs, river views, old church.
Of Note: Limited parking in some places, notice of "bear in the area" by one of the trails, some steep trail sections.
Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition) Telkwa Coordinates: Page 36 (Smithers) B7. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available for purchase at BackroadMapbooks.com.
A picturesque village of Telkwa is located along BC Highway 16, just East of the town of Smithers. Today, we hiked for about 50 minutes around Telkwa on many of its several interconnecting short trails, and then walked along Highway 16 back to our parking spot. We then visited Tyhee Lake Provincial Park, located just West of Telkwa, and will cover that visit in our following trip report.
1. We are eastbound on BC Highway 16, leaving Smithers and passing by the East "gate" featuring statues of a woman (on the right) and a fisherman (on the left). Zero your odometer here.
2. We have all seen people hitchhiking, and people playing instruments in public. But hitchhiking and playing an instrument at the same time? That's a first for us.
3. Entering the Village of Telkwa.
4. Turn right onto a very short Howson Avenue 12.9 km after passing the east "gate" of Smithers.
5.That's Eddy Park, and there is enough parking for four vehicles. Coordinates: N 54'42'062 W 127'03'098. Elevation: 512 meters. There is also a small round building with several toilets just a few dozen meters East of this spot (it can be seen on the photo above). Vehicles with trailers or anything but a small RV won't find enough space here, and would need to park further off Highway 16.
6. A neat view of Bulkley River from Eddy Park.
7. The trail begins in Eddy Park and goes around much of Telkwa. It's actually a series of several small trails, but they are all interconnected, so it feels like one trail. You would be walking East along Bulkley River on Riverside Street.
8. A few hundred meters later.
9. The trail comes even closer to the river, and you see two bridges ahead. Our trail continued to the left of the bridge on the left side, along Bulkley River, and then across Highway 16. And Telkwa River actually ends under the bridge on the right, where it flows into Bulkley River.
10. Here is the bridge on the right side, and the point where Telkwa and Bulkley rivers converge.
11. And here is the continuation of the trail to the left of the bridge on the left side. Riverside Street ends at this point.
12. Just a bit further.
13. It's a quiet, picturesque trail. You walk past the backyards of folks whose residences overlook Bulkley River.
14. In a few hundred meters, there is a staircase on your left, which is the continuation of the trail (called Aldermere Trail at this point).Prior to that you were on River Grade trail. The trail along the river continues, but it leads to a private RV park, so we took the stairs.
15. After the staircase, the trail gets somewhat steep.
16. You then need to cross Highway 16 and walk a bit to the left.
17. The trail then goes back into the woods.
18. No views here, just a pleasant walk in the forest. There is a split pictured below, where we took the trail on the right. However, it appears the trail on the left rejoins the trail on the right several hundred meters later.
19. Another steep section followed shortly.
20. And, finally, the end of Aldermere trail arrived where Telkwa Wagon Trail started (on the left). Cariboo Trail, which eventually leads all the way to Tyhee Provincial Park, is seen to the right of Telkwa Wagon Trail on the photo below.
21. Anyway, we took Telkwa Wagon Trail, and it ended shortly at this location. Coordinates: N 54'41'723 W 127'02'720. Elevation: 538 meters (26 meters elevation gain from the start of the trail). It took us just over 50 minutes to get to this point from the start of the trail at Eddy Park on Howson Avenue. It is entirely possible to bike on this trail too.
22. Upon finishing Telkwa Wagon Trail, we turned left onto Tower Street, reached Highway 16 within a few minutes, turned right (West) and walked along the highway, seen below.
23. Telkwa BC.
24. A picturesque St. Stephen's Anglican church is located along Highway 16.
25. Entrance to the church.
26. Church grounds.
The whole trip took 1 hour and 17 minutes. If you are in the area, the Village of Telkwa is a very good place to stretch your legs and see some fine natural views, as well as a pretty old church.
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