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The Region

Omineca or "North by Northwest", was once the home of a vast fur trading empire. North by Northwest is a truly exceptional place. In this land of majestic fjords and snowcapped mountain ranges, you can be in absolute wilderness at one moment and enjoy an elegant dinner in the center of town just an hour later.

Explore the silent, primordial rainforests on the Queen Charlotte Islands or experience adventure along the Stewart-Cassiar Highway, gateway to Alaska and the Yukon.

The Lakes District stretching from Ootsa Lake in the south to Babine Lake in the north (100 km or 62 mile radius), is situated between the Fraser and Skeena River watersheds. There are over 300 lakes providing good fishing for some of the largest rainbow trout and char in the province as well as excellent canoeing, kayaking and hiking. Access to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park is from Burns Lake and Smithers (floatplane) or Ootsa Lake (boat), as there is no road access. Visitors must enter the park on foot, by water, or air.

The wilderness of Tweedsmuir Park is very attractive for some, while others prefer rockhunting for opals and agate found in the Eagle Creek Deposits

Tweedsmuir Provincial Park is one of the largest in B.C., encompassing more than 981,000 hectares in the west-central part of the province. The Ootsa-Whitesail Lakes Reservoir is to the north and northwest, the Coast Mountains to the west and southwest and to the east is the Interior Plateau. The Dean River is the natural dividing line between the north and south regions of the park.

Mountain goats, mule deer, moose, bear and wolves are resident in the forest of lodgepole pine, white spruce and Engelmann fir. The park's lakes and rivers are home to fish such as mountain whitefish, rainbow trout, kokanee and burbot. Boating, angling, camping, hiking, hunting and horseback riding are just some of the features that bring visitors to the park.

Water access from the Ootsa-Whitesail Lake Reservoir is the most popular method of entry to the park. Boat launches are accessible by roads from the communities of Vanderhoof, Burns Lake and Houston. Charter float planes are available from Smithers and Burns Lake.

Even though this is a remote area, you can reach "civilization" pretty fast, and also the next airport for your travels.

To the east, Tweedsmuir Park borders the nature reserve Kitlope. It encompasses the largest intact rainforest with a coastal climate in the world, with trees more than 800 years old.

So, this region offers something for everyone - and whoever has been here will know how lucky one can be to live here!