Smithers is located in the Bulkley River Valley, 229 miles west of Prince George and 218 miles east of Prince Rupert on Yellowhead Highway 16.
|Incorporated as a village in 1921, Smithers officially became a town in Canada’s centennial year, 1967. The original site was chosen in 1913 by construction crews working on the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (the town was named for one-time railway chairman, A.W. Smithers). Today, Smithers is is the largest town in the Bulkley Valley and a distribution and supply centre for farms, mills and mines in the area. Sitting amidst rugged mountains, the downtown area was reconstructed in 1979, and given a Swiss village character with alpine-themed storefronts and buildings murals. The alpenhorn player statue on Main Street is a favorite photo subject.
Smithers offers complete visitors services: Food and lodging at Hudson Bay Lodge, Stork Nest Inn, Aspen Inn & Suites, and Capri Motor Inn and Family Restaurant. Harley-Davidson Motorcycles has a shop in Smithers. Camping at Smithers Municipal Campground & RV Park in town and at Glacier View RV Park and Cabin Rentals west of town. Dining at major-chain restaurants and fast-food outlets; 6 service stations (gas, diesel, propane); liquor store; laundromat/car wash; and many shops.