We can’t even count the many ways to enjoy Terrace in winter
It’s all here, from heli-skiing to ice fishing and a cool small-city vibe
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A city shaped by the Skeena River, Terrace is a wildly raw and beautiful place. Freshwater rivers bound for the ocean and the mountains reach for the sky. This dramatic landscape entertains outdoor lovers with endless opportunities for adventure. Naturally, we have a few ideas about where to start for your next Terrace visit.
The only downside to this place is when you have to leave its powder-filled slopes. Shames Mountain provides access to an astonishing amount of terrain. The clever layout of the resort lets you get around with ease to groomed cruisers, natural steeps, gladed trees and even a snaked run with banked corners by the name of Python. The best part about Shames is the amazing powder and not having to share it with anyone. Lap after lap, you’ll never see a lift line here.
That cold, smoke snow you hear so much about? It’s fully stocked and ready for you in Terrace. Luckily, not everyone knows that, which means you can probably snag a heli-ski booking a bit more last minute than you could at some of the well-known interior operations that fill up years out. But I cannot imagine this place staying a secret for long with all its offerings. A quick 50-minute WestJet flight from Vancouver will have you in Terrace, and another 30 minutes later your shuttle will drop you at a serene heli-ski lodge nestled in the mountains. Talk about convenience. Both Northern Escape Heli Skiing and White Wilderness Heliskiing operate out of Terrace and have unique terrain to call their own.
Terrace is heaven on earth for anyone who likes to fish. The powerful yet peaceful Skeena River and many of its headwaters offer incredible year-round fishing. The untouched white snow and contrasting deep blue river provide a feast for the eyes. The experience is tranquil offering a beautiful change of pace, not to mention a thrill when you get a tug. If there’s one thing you should know about winter fishing in Terrace, it’s that you should call Rob Bryce from University of Northern British Columbia for a guided excursion.
“For those that love to fish, winter steelheading can provide that ‘fix’ to tide them over until the warmer days of spring and summer (and) provide more fishing opportunities,” he says.
Bryce knows where the steelhead hide, where the rivers are open because of ice flow and tons of other useful tidbits. “To pursue steelhead in the winter in northwest B.C. is a special thing as only those willing to put in the extra effort and brave the elements will realize the enjoyment it brings,” he adds.
New eateries of all kinds have refreshed the already trendy core of Terrace. A surprising amount of variety lines the main street, pleasing tastebuds of all kinds. Blue Fin and Ninja both have their own sushi flare and thorough menus to boot. Elephant Ear and Xanders serve up fresh coffee and hand-crafted bistro style eats for those adventurists not wanting to sit still for too long.
Bowling and skiing just seem to go together don’t they? For a triple threat grab a pint or a flight, for that matter, at the Sherwood Mountain Brewery and then gear up for a friendly game at The Terrace Bowling Alley next door. Thornhill is another healthy choice when it comes to pub vibes to celebrate after a day of adventure.
From the peaks of the mountains to the deep valley waterways and everything in between, Terrace will only make you feel like winter is where its at. It’s why we come back year after year – for its out-of-this world adventures.