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: Morice Canyon
Moricetown in Morice Canyon is one of the five First Nation communities located on or near Hwy 16 of the Wet'suwet'en People who have thrived in northern BC for centuries prior to the arrival of the European settler. The special interest and popularity in the people of Moricetown is simple... there is allot to see and learn. The main attraction is the roaring Bulkley River, tumbling Morice Canyon and the cement fish ladders and leaning, wooden fishing huts used by the First Nation people for fishing.
Moricetown is located on Highway 16 between Smithers and Terrace, BC. It is easy to recognize the canyon and village by the pull-out lookout located on the highway looking down into the canyon. On most days there are cars and campers crowding the pull-out for a peek at the canyon and maybe at the First Nation people fishing.
Moricetown Village is located on the shores of the mighty Bulkley River found west of Smithers BC. Every year people visit the region to learn more about the Wet'suwet'en People history and culture. Many are very satisfied with the experience of the rumbling rapids of the Moricetown Canyon.
The canyon transforms into a chute at one point on the Bulkley River in Moricetown. The rock cliffs of the canyon start to converge, eventually tightening and squeezing the river through a 1/4 mile wide rock crevice further setting the river on edge creating, even more, white water rapids.
The high canyon shoreline of the Bulkley River provides many opportunities to view the canyon from up high and from down low. There is a wooden bridge crossing over the canyon to the opposite shore of the highway. There you will find a viewing bench and short trail leading down to the river.
Some people stay on the highway side of the canyon and walk down to explore the cement fish ladders, fisherman huts by walking the wooden blanks acting as bridges over the river. If the season is right there might be an opportunity to meet and greet with the First Nation fisherman as they catch fish - if they are out on that day.
The Moricetown Canyon is a popular attraction showing off nature's beauty and power. The region attracts fisherman also, both fly rod and gaff poles which are used by the First Nation people. A visit to the area during the fishing season is a good opportunity to view traditional and modern methods of river fishing depending on your viewpoint.
Time your visit right and view the Moricetown Canyon at its best (during high run off season) when the Bulkley River is all about white water - crashing and smashing its way down into the canyon, ingraining off the rock walls, washing over and under jagged rocks causing some fantastic kodak moments.
How to get to Moricetown: Moricetown is located 30 km west of Smithers and 31 km east of Hazelton, BC on the main highway of the region known as Highway 16. Follow the signs. Cannot miss the community.
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