Our communities span the region, from islands and coastal enclaves to mountain towns, large urban centres, and sprawling ranchlands. Cities like Prince George and Fort St. John and resort towns like Smithers buzz with activity, while rural areas offer a quieter, more laid-back atmosphere. In between are working towns with strong industrial roots, vibrant Indigenous villages, off-grid cabin communities, seaside ports, and more.


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Access by Air

Northern BC boasts convenient, year-round air access, with regular
domestic and international flights to and from the region.

Highway Access

Well-maintained roadways, including the iconic Yellowhead, Alaska Highway and Stewart Cassiar Highway connect the region, offering easy access to stunning filming locations and picturesque communities.


Northern BC experiences four seasons, with mild summers and long snowy winters.
Fall and spring are fleeting, but bring colorful blooms and foliage.

Explore Our Regions


The Northwest stretches north to the Yukon/Alaska border and west from Prince George until it meets the edge of the Pacific Ocean in Prince Rupert. It’s home to some of BC’s most fascinating landscapes, including ancient volcanic rock formations, the impossibly green forests of the Great Bear Rainforest, and the rugged Coast and Rocky mountain ranges.


Set in a fertile, rolling valley and surrounded by a dramatic backdrop of towering peaks, Smithers is an Alpine-themed mountain town that sits directly at the base of Hudson Bay Mountain ski resort.

Burns Lake

Burns Lake is at the heart of the watery Lakes District, with more than 300 wilderness lakes and miles of pristine freshwater shoreline in the surrounding area. Dense poplar forests, dozens of world-class mountain biking trails, and convenient access to Tweedsmuir, BC’s largest provincial park, make this small town larger than it seems.


Tucked along the banks of the Nechako River in an agricultural-rich region, the farming community of Vanderhoof is home to a riverfront bird sanctuary, prairie-like rolling fields, and idyllic lakes.

Prince Rupert

This charming coastal port city sits within the Great Bear Rainforest on BC’s wild and rugged north coast and is a surprisingly cosmopolitan hub for art, food, and culture. A backdrop of crumbling salmon canneries, mist-shrouded forests, and the mighty Skeena River lends an atmospheric charm to the area’s beauty.

Haida Gwaii

Haida Gwaii is a place of profound beauty and wonder. Home to the Haida people, this remote archipelago of roughly 150 islands and islets sits off British Columbia’s northernmost coast in the middle of the Pacific. Here, Haida art and culture take inspiration from the island’s moss-grown forests, miles-long beaches, and rocky coves and bays.

Kitimat and Kitamaat Village

Kitimat is situated at the mouth of the Douglas Channel, a stunning 90-kilometre-long deepwater fjord that cuts through the Coast Mountain Range. Old-growth forests, waterfalls, and wildlife surround the townsite and the nearby Indigenous community of Kitamaat Village.


A remote border town with a big personality. Located along the Alaskan panhandle at the tip of the Portland Canal, Stewart’s mining roots are evident in the colorful pioneer-style buildings that line its downtown. The surrounding wilderness reveals vehicle-accessible glaciers, wilderness cabins, and thunderous waterfalls.


The snow-capped mountains surrounding Atlin have earned it the nickname of “Little Switzerland.” The northernmost town in the region, it sits just below the Yukon border on the shores of glacier-fed Atlin Lake. Historic storefronts and a restored sternwheeler call back to the town’s gold rush era.

Terrace & the Nisga’a Lands

The mighty Skeena River carves through a broad valley and provides the scenic backdrop for many outdoor pursuits in Terrace. Just north of town is the otherworldly Nass Valley, home to the Nisga’a people, volcanic rock formations, aquamarine rivers, and lush, green forests.

The Hazeltons

Ringed by the picture-perfect peaks of the Roche de Boule mountain range, the Hazeltons feature Indigenous culture and buildings, a colorful frontier-style downtown, impressive totem poles, and viewpoints overlooking plunging canyons and waterfalls.


The Northeast is a region that redefines the concept of “big.” Comprising 22 per cent of BC’s total land base, it’s home to wilderness areas that are larger than the country of Ireland, a UNESCO Global Geopark filled with fossil beds, and the colossal Rocky Mountain Trench, which carves through the region and is punctuated on either side by deep valleys, rolling foothills, vast forests, and pristine lakes.


Located in the foothills of the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains, Chetwynd is a former mill town with an artistic heart. Located around town are more than 50 intricately carved chainsaw sculptures.

Dawson Creek

Dawson Creek marks the start of the iconic Alaska Highway, and is surrounded by rolling hills, fields of wheat, stands of quaking aspen, and wide open skies.

Tumbler Ridge

Tumbler Ridge sits in a ruggedly beautiful area in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and is home to a UNESCO Global Geopark, fossil beds, dinosaur trackways, and the stunning Kinuseo Falls, one of Canada’s tallest waterfalls.

Fort St. John

The largest city in the Northeast, Fort St. John is an industry town known for its strong sense of community, outdoor recreation, and access to nature. Set within the Alberta Plateau, the sprawling flat terrain that surrounds Fort St. John extends for miles in every direction.


Tucked along the epic Rocky Mountain Trench, Mackenzie boasts incredible access to dozens of northern lakes, including Morfee, Gantahaz, and Williston Lake, the largest freshwater lake in BC.

Fort Nelson

A remote but wildly beautiful area. Fort Nelson is set in the Northern Rockies, surrounded by boreal forests, and is home to big peaks, open skies, and winding roads that hold scenic vistas around every bend.


Prince George is a modern city with industrial roots. As the largest city in the region, it offers filmmakers convenient access to both urban comforts and pristine wilderness.

Urban Centre

Home to more than 75,000 residents, this city has busy streetscapes, modern architecture, and excellent amenities. Nature is never far, with 106 kilometres of trails and 1,500 hectares of parks and green spaces
available within city limits.


Prince George’s location at the confluence of the Nechako and Fraser Rivers defines the city’s geography. From the sloping cut banks of these rivers, rolling hills and mountains extend beyond, offering a diversity of landscapes in which to film.

Popular Locations

Prince George has stood in for everything from holiday features to war-time indie flicks. Popular locations include the downtown area, Hart Highlands ski hill, the Otway Nordic Centre, Cottonwood Island Park, and Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park.

Getting To and Around Northern British Columbia


  • From Vancouver, BC

    • You can drive from Vancouver to Prince George in 8.5 hours and Smithers in 12.5 hours along Highway BC-1 E ad BC-97 N.
    • You can drive from Vancouver to Prince Rupert in 16.5 hours along Highway BC-1 E, BC-97 N and BC-16 W.
    • Fort St. John is a 13-hour drive from Vancouver via BC-97 N.
  • From Calgary, AB

    • You can drive from Calgary, Alberta to Fort St. John in 9.5 hours along AB-2 N and AB-43 N and Prince George in 8.5 hours along AB-93 N and BC-16 W.
  • From Prince George, BC

    • Driving west from Prince George, you can reach Vanderhoof in 1 hour, Burns Lake in 2 hours, Smithers in 4 hours, Terrace in 6 hours, and Prince Rupert in 8 hours along BC-16 W.
    • Driving northeast, you can reach Mackenzie in 2 hours, Tumbler Ridge in 4 hours, Dawson Creek in 4.5 hours, and Fort St. John in 5 hours along BC-97 N.
  • From Kelowna, BC

    • You can drive from Kelowna to Prince George in 7 hours and Fort St. John in 12.5 hours via BC-97 N.


  • Prince George Airport is the largest airport in Northern BC, serving as a key transportation hub for the region. You can also fly into community airports in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Smithers, Fort St. John, Fort Nelson, and Dawson Creek.

  • Airline carriers that fly into Northern BC include Air Canada, WestJet, Pacific Coastal Airlines, Central Mountain Air, and Northern Thunderbird Air.

  • Both WestJet and Air Canada offer daily direct service to Vancouver. WestJet also provides direct service daily to Calgary. Pacific Coastal flies non-stop from Prince George to Victoria, while Central Mountain Air connects Prince George to Terrace, Kelowna, Fort Nelson, and Edmonton. Central Mountain Air offers scheduled service to Terrace/Kitimat, Fort Nelson, Kelowna, and Edmonton.

  • Local helicopter and seaplane companies are available for charters throughout the region. .


  • Accommodations in Northern BC can host productions of all sizes, from cozy cabins and charming bed and breakfasts to large hotel chains and wilderness luxury resorts.

Smithers & Telkwa
Haida Gwaii
Prince Rupert
Kitimat & Kitamaat Village
Terrace & the Nass Valley
Kitwanga & Gitanyow
The Hazeltons
Burns Lake
Prince George
Tumbler Ridge
Dawson Creek
Fort St. John & Charlie Lake
Fort Nelson & the Northern Rockies