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Berry & Mushroom Picking
Telkwa and area flourishes with a wide variety of berries. If you have never tasted a huckleberry here's your chance! Sweet, deep purple, shiny berries burst with juice and flavour and are plentiful in old logged areas throughout the valley. Huckleberries make the best pies, syrups, jellies, and jams. The hardest part of picking huckleberries is getting them into the pail, as it is so tempting to eat them. Some other berries that are commonly found include, high bush cranberries, blueberries, saskatoons, wild strawberries, raspberries, salmon berries, crowberries, and bog cranberries. For more information on berries found in our area stop at the local book stores, and the friendly staff will be glad to assist you. Be sure to ask locals where the best picking spots are located.
Huckleberries have a high sugar content, grow on shrubs 1-3 feet high in old cleared logged or burned areas. High Brush Cranberries are bright red, tangy tasting, berries with a large pit in the center often used for jams and jellies. They are found along many roadsides, rivers, lakes and clear cuts.
Mushrooms galore. If you are the harvesting type and enjoy adding gourmet mushrooms to your meals, check out the woods of the Telkwa area. Each spring, aspen stands flourish with morels. Later in the summer, the giant puffballs, inky caps, shaggy manes, chanterelles, boletus and of course the popular pine mushrooms pop out. There is a large commercial pine mushroom picking industry with most of these mushrooms being shipped overseas to the orient. As with any mushroom picking, one must be able to properly identify the mushroom and know how to navigate in the woods. For more information on mushrooms in our area check with local book stores.
Are you a free rider who's looking for big drops, or a cross-country rider wanting to explore some tressels and teeter-totters? Telkwa area offers a diverse group of trails for every level of ability. The rides vary from an easy trail ride around Tyhee Lake and up McDowell Lake trails, to a moderate climb into Silver King Basin, and an extended day trip over the Telkwa Pass. Into exploring? Try a day trip into Call Lake or Babine Mountain Provincial Park trails. Be sure to pick up A Guide to Mountain Biking in the Bulkley Valley Area that provides how to get to the trail head, a large scale trail map and profile, and a list of significant junctions and other points along the trail in the form of a distance log. Bike trip tours are available and can be booked through the bike shop. Happy Riding! Call Lake Provincial Park Total length: 4.9 km loop Time: 1-1.5 hours Rating: Easy - moderate Distance from Telkwa: 10 km.
Hunter Basin Road
Total Length: 8 km one-way
Time: 3 hours
Distance from Telkwa: 19 km.
* Please note: Brudge washed out - access is limited
McDowell Lake Trails
Total length: 10.5 km
Time: 1-1.5 hours
Distance from Telkwa: 5 km
Winfield Creek Road
Total length: 12.5 km one-way
Time 1-1.5 hours
Distance from Telkwa: 25 km.
Total length: 120 km one-way
Time: 1 or 2 days
Distance from Telkwa: 51 km to pass
The region around Telkwa affords great sightings of birds for the novice and experienced birder. Spring will bring migratory birds in great numbers as they head to breeding grounds in Alaska and the Arctic. The Arctic Tern is seen after its long journey from the southern areas. A walk by the river will bring sightings of the spunky American Dipper and the common Merganser. Looking up you can see great flocks of sandhill cranes, Canadian geese, swans and white fronted geese. Summer months present the birds who will stay to rear their young. Around Tyhee Lake, warblers, sparrows, belted kingfishers and eagles nest. Lots of birds on the water as well as a variety of shore birds including the American Bitterns, Yellow-Headed and Red-Winged Blackbirds. When winter returns to the land those hardy souls who remain entertain many birders who feed them. Chickadees, repolls, siskins, varieties of woodpeckers all take advantage of wild food and seed provided. A checklist of birds of this region is available at local book stores.
When the rod is bent to the near breaking point and the line is screaming off the reel, you know that you are in a truly special place, Telkwa. Our many streams and rivers with world class fishing, start their lives at the tops of snow-capped glaciers. They wind for miles through dense virgin forests to the valley floors below. Down here is where you often find yourself competing with eagles and ospreys, otters and bears, all searching for the same elusive trout and salmon hiding in the deep, crystal-clear pools. Magical names like the Morice, the Babine, the Kispiox, and the Bulkley send adrenaline rushing through the arteries of knowledgeable anglers. All the Steelhead and salmon must pass first through the mighty Skeena. Salmon over 41 kilograms (90 pounds) have been taken in the Skeena! There are 68 major rivers that flow through this vast area, each offering its own brand of excellent fishing.
If you prefer to do lake fishing, the Telkwa area provides tranquil lakes that are sources of endless pleasures. Our lakes provide magnificent opportunities to catch fish like char, kokanee, cutthroat and rainbow trout. The Babine Lake offers char that grows up to 20 pounds!
Whether you want to test your skill against the fighting spirit of a Steelhead, or to experience the therapeutic serenity of lake fishing, Telkwa offers world class fishing spots.
Review B.C.‘s fishing regulations.
Riverside Recreation Center To enjoy a relaxing round of golf, take a short drive from Telkwa to the Riverside Recreation Center, an 18 hole, Par 3 golf course with a full service club house, driving range and well-equipped rental shop. As the name suggests, the Riverside golf course offers over _ mile of river frontage and a spectacular view of Hudson Bay Mountain. Gently rolling terrain and the short distance from the green to the tee makes this an excellent walking course. Other features of the Riverside golf course include, a driving range, a RV Park, nature trails, and river fishing. After a day in the sun, enjoy a cool drink on the open -air deck overlooking the Bulkley River and Hudson Bay Mountain.
Smithers Golf and Country Club
For those seeking a more challenging golf game, check out the Smithers Golf and Country Club, just 13 km west of Telkwa. Established over 65 years ago, this Club is one of the 18-hole championship courses located between Prince Rupert and Prince George and features a driving range, full service club house and pro-shop. If you are interesting in taking golfing lessons link up with our friendly, professional golf instructor on site. Click on this website to view more on Smithers Golf and Country Club
Trek across valleys and mountain ranges for a multi-day excursion or enjoy a couple hours of easy walking on Telkwa's scenic trail system that links to Tyhee Lake's trails. There is no end to the alpine lakes and meadows to explore. Hiking is fun for all ages and a great way to see wildlife and pristine wilderness areas. Bald eagles, osprey, moose, bear, deer, furry marmots, and songbirds are just some of the animals you may see. Guided tours are available and trips can be customized to suit your vacation needs and abilities.
If you want to do some hiking on your own, be sure to pick up the local trails book which provides directions and maps of the hikes. Friendly staff in the outdoor shops will gladly assist with directions, advice and supplies as well.
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