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The Corporation of the Village of Telkwa[1]
Where rivers meet and friends gather.
Telkwa is located 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
RegionBulkley Valley
Regional districtRegional District of Bulkley-Nechako
Incorporated1952 (1952)
 • Governing bodyTelkwa Village Council
 • Total7.04 km2 (2.72 sq mi)
520 m (1,710 ft)
 • Total1,327
 • Density191.9/km2 (497/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
Highways Hwy 16 (TCH)
WaterwaysBulkley 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]


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 to sit and have a picnic and watch the Bulkley River go by. Fort Telkwa Riverfront Accommodations & RV Campground is situated on the Bulkley River just south of Telkwa on Highway 16. It stretches over a quarter mile along the Bulkley River, world renowned for its Steelhead fishing. There is a full service gas station, a convenience store and restaurant, building supply store, bar with a cold wine and beer as well as a fish truck on the bank of the Bulkley River at the end of Hankin avenue.

There are 4 trails; The Hunter Basin Road which is 8 km long, Winfield Creek Road Trail, 12.5 km., McDowell Lake Trail 10.5 km and Telkwa Pass Trail 51 km long.

Tyhee Lake and Campground is 2.6 kilometers north east of Telkwa and offers swimming, boating, biking and camping as well as great trout fishing. Tyhee Lake Provincial Park offers 59 campsites, 2 double sites and 4 tent sites.



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


  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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