The slopes of Hudson Bay ski resort can be seen from town.
Smithers struck me as the perfect mountain town. Within 20 minutes you can be at an expansive yet quiet ski resort, Hudson Bay, which also boasts unlimited backcountry access. Within 45 minutes you can be amid untouched Alpine touring terrain at the Hankin-Evelyn Backcountry Ski Area, and in an hour to its Skeena Cat skiing operation. Hudson Bay Mountain is massive, standing just under 2,600 metres tall, a marvel of a backdrop in this incredible landscape.
With a small-town vibe, it’s no surprise everyone seems to know each other. We got the feeling that they’re all there for one another, and have each other's backs. That’s the beauty of this place, where you don’t feel the completion of the big city; everyone’s willing to work together.