Are you tired of hitting up the local playground or indoor play space? Maybe you yearn for history, adventure, and something else. No fear, we’ve got you covered. Think outside the box and consider taking the toddlers, preschoolers and bigger kids to these historic sites in Northern BC.
Historic Sites are amazing places to visit with kids and the locations in Northern BC not only offer an abundance in history but an opportunity for awe and inspiration.
Starting close to Prince George, and moving into the depths of the North we hope to inspire you to visit some of these historic sites with the kids and break out of your playground funk.
Pro Tip: Some of these sites are part of the Golden Raven Experience. Pick up a brochure at a local tourist destination for coupons.
Prince George: Railway & Forestry Museum
The Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum is open year round and offers an incredible space for the train enthusiast in your life. This large site features an array of trains, forestry equipment, and trucks to keep littles entertained. Best yet, you can climb on board and check out all the levers, buttons, and cramped spaces a train has to offer.
Make the splurge and jump on the train for a quick zip around the site.
Prince George: Huble Homestead
Huble Homestead opens the May Long weekend and is located 40 minutes North of Prince George. This historic homestead is open daily and offers a wide array of special events sure to please any Family.
Located on the Nechako River, you will find a cool breeze on a hot day, as well as a variety of livestock and historical buildings to explore.
Quesnel: Cottonwood House
Learn about the history of the gold rush and the Cariboo at Cottonwood House located just east of Quesnel on the way to Barkerville. Open during the summer season, by donation, the Cottonwood house is a provincial historic site worthy of stop.
Wells: Barkerville, BC
Barkerville is a classic historic site not to be missed in the North. This abandoned townsite from the Gold Rush era is full of things to do, explore, and experience.
Stay for a day, or better, stay for 2 days, and check out a horse ride, old fashion treats, and an array of historic buildings. There are no cars in town so let the kids run, play in the dirt, and just explore.
Dawson Creek: Walter Wright Pioneer Village
Step back in time at Mile 0 Park in Dawson Creek and experience the early pioneers of the region and history up until the building of the highway at the Walter Wright Pioneer Village.
The park is open for self-guided tours.
Dawson Creek: Kiskatinaw Bridge
Historic wooden curved trestle bridge remains standing in Kiskatinaw Park as a legacy of the building of the Alaska Highway. This one of a kind bridge is a historical site to be seen in the ridge.
Fort St. James: Fort St. James Historic Site
Come for the chicken races and stay for the view. Fort St. James Historic Site is located in the town of Fort St. James on Stuart Lake. This HBC trading site offers a selection of historic buildings and green space for kids to explore. Take a moment to check out the pelt room and experience animals you’ll never get to see (or want to see).
Don’t forget to check out their calendar for special events.
Valemount: Valemount Museum
Museums can be tough with kids but the Valemount museum features a great outdoor space for exploring with kids. Pop inside and check out the running model train.
Hazeltons: Ksan Historical Village
If you’re travelling with kids under 6, skip the tour. It is INCREDIBLE but I wouldn’t recommend the tour for hard to manage young children. Regardless, if you’re in the area, take the detour and take in the magnificent buildings of the local Gitxen at the Ksan Historical Village. It’s a great stop for lunch if you love a little local culture.
Kitwanga: Gitwangak Battle Hill National Historic Site
This historic site is not the pomp of Barkerville but as an outdoor space full of stairs its great for burning off energy for highly enthusiastic kids. Located outside of Terrace, Gitwangak Battle Hill National Historic Site signifies a strategic location in the region. It’s kinda cool for a leg stretch and mini adventure – but it’s also just a hill with stairs.
Prince Rupert: North Pacific Cannery
North Pacific Cannery is located just outside Prince Rupert in the community of Port Edward. This historic site features a refurbished cannery with machinery to investigate, docks to dance on, and the smell of the sea to enjoy.
We’ve tried the tour, but with little people in tow, it’s a bit of a challenge.
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