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The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality is the summer destination for people wanting to experience the best of BC’s beauty, adventure, and culture.

In the northeastern corner of British Columbia lie the Northern Rockies — considered by some to be BC’s ‘gift to the world.’ Accessible only by the Alaska Highway, “it has a lot to offer people looking to reignite their connection with the wilderness and experience northern culture,” says Ryan Dickie, Adventure Photographer and member of the Fort Nelson First Nation. 

A popular destination is the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area outside of Fort Nelson, often referred to as the Serengeti of the North because of its abundant wildlife and pristine wilderness. Here you can view mountain goats, Stone’s sheep, bison, caribou, and an array of birds in their wild and untamed glory, plus enjoy a range of outdoor activities — world class hiking, camping, boating, and fishing. 

Cultural activities add to the richness of the experience

Ryan Dickie
Ryan Dickie

For the culturally-minded, there’s the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum, which offers a spectacular walking tour of the indoor and outdoor displays. If visiting in August, there are two major events showcasing the traditional activities and cultures of the local Dene and Cree First Nations — the second annual Traditional Men’s Hand Games Tournament and the Annual Celebration of Fort Nelson First Nation. “Culture celebrations are important to us because they bring our community together and bridge the gap between the non-Indigenous and Indigenous communities in Fort Nelson,” says Dickie.

For a vacation that combines natural beauty, adventure, and culture, consider the Northern Rockies. “It’s a pretty unique experience because you’re right here in BC yet in an area not many people know about,” says Dickie.

Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park
The Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park are a must-stop destination along the Alaska Highway. Photo credit: Ryan Dickie
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