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The Corporation of the Village of Telkwa[1]
Motto: Where rivers meet and friends gather.
Location of Telkwa in British Columbia
Location of Telkwa in British Columbia
Coordinates: 54°41′50″N 127°03′00″W / 54.69722°N 127.05000°W / 54.69722; -127.05000Coordinates: 54°41′50″N 127°03′00″W / 54.69722°N 127.05000°W / 54.69722; -127.05000[2]
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Region Bulkley Valley
Regional district Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako
Incorporated 1952 (1952)
 • Governing body Telkwa Village Council
 • Total 7.04 km2 (2.72 sq mi)
Elevation 520 m (1,710 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,350
 • Density 191.9/km2 (497/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
Highways 16
Waterways Bulkley River, Tyhee Lake

Telkwa is a village located along British Columbia Highway 16, nearly 15 kilometres (9 mi) southeast of the town of Smithers and 350 kilometres (220 mi) west of the city of Prince George, in northwest British Columbia, Canada.[2]

Settlement in the area began around 1904 in a townsite known as Aldermere on the hill above Telkwa. Around 1907, people began to move down the hill to be closer to water supplies and the anticipated route of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. The name Telkwa is possibly a native term for "meeting of the waters" which appropriately describes the confluence of the Bulkley and Telkwa Rivers in town.[3]

Via Rail's Jasper – Prince Rupert train calls at the Telkwa railway station several times per week.

The history of the town can be explored at the Telkwa Museum and on a tour of the historic former town site of Aldermere. Telkwa hosts an annual barbecue and demolition derby on Labour Day weekend. The town also has Eddy Park, at the riverside with a small gazebo, right off the highway.


  1. ^ "British Columbia Regional Districts, Municipalities, Corporate Name, Date of Incorporation and Postal Address" (XLS). British Columbia Ministry of Communities, Sport and Cultural Development. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Telkwa". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  3. ^ "Telkwa History". Village of Telkwa. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 

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