6th Annual Cemetery Walk: October 17 & 18 2020

Our annual Cemetery Walk returns for its sixth run in October 2020, featuring new stories of past Smithers residents. The walk will run: October 17th at 11am October 17th at 2pm October 18th at 11am Our walk will be a little different in 2020. We are restricting each walk to a maximum of 15 people. […]

Unearthing natural history in the Bulkley Valley

Driftwood Canyon Provincial Park is one of the richest fossil beds in British Columbia, and also boasts the title of most northerly fossil site of Eocene insects in North America. Besides insects, both terrestrial and aquatic plants have been found, as well as rare vertebrate fossils. Radiometric analysis performed on volcanic ash found in the […]

BV Museum AGM September 21st 2020

The annual general meeting of the Bulkley Valley Historical & Museum Society will be held on September 21st at 4:30pm at the Old Church in Smithers. All materials for the meeting will be made available in advance via email. Printed copies will be available upon request from the museum office. Due to physical distancing requirements […]

Employment Opportunity: Oral History Intern

The Bulkley Valley Museum is recruiting an Oral History Intern to join our work team. Position Description: Full-time contract position for 20 weeks between October 26 2020 – March 26 2021 (earlier start possible). 35 hours/week, generally Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Salary: $16/hour + 4% vacation pay Duties: Reporting to the Curator, the Oral History Intern will […]

Canada Day Culture Crawl Goes Virtual

Our 6th annual Canada Day Culture Crawl has gone virtual for 2020! Using Google Tour Builder, we’ve created a digital tour of Smithers historic places and buildings. Click here to access the tour. Looking for more information? Are there buildings you would like to see added? Contact us at curator@bvmuseum.org with your suggestions!

A Century of Service: the Bulkley Valley District Hospital Auxiliary

This June marks the 100-year anniversary of the Bulkley Valley District Hospital Auxiliary. This volunteer-run society, which has provided financial and material support to the Hospital since its beginning, may well be the oldest service organization in the Valley. The official centennary celebration has been postponed due to COVID-19, but we at the Bulkley Valley […]

Asian Heritage Month: Mah Yoke Tong and the Smithers Bakery

At a time when anti-Asian hate crimes are on the rise within our province and our country, the Bulkley Valley Museum strongly condemns all acts of racist harassment, intimidation, and violence towards the Asian-Canadian community. We urge Canadians to treat one another with dignity and respect. This blog post marks the close of Asian Heritage […]

Newspaper Supplements: A Peek into the (Recent) Past

  Although our doors are currently closed to the public, the staff of the Bulkley Valley Museum are still hard at work preserving our community’s heritage. Recently, we rediscovered a collection of over 125 newspapers from Smithers and the Bulkley Valley area. Many of these were supplements to the Interior News, while others were independent […]

Accusations of Arson: The Curious Case of E.C. Dawson

From January to May of 1933 a sensational story captured the headlines of the Smithers Interior News. “Fire Probe Conducted,” proclaimed a prominent title on January 25th. “Dawson to Face Charge of Arson” was the update on February 22nd. Three of the four pages of the April 5th edition were taken up by an account […]

The Dave Havard Story in World War II

The following story was written by Smithers historian Harry Kruisselbrink and is republished here with permission from the author. The year 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. The BC/Yukon Command of the Royal Canadian Legion has decided that this year it will “focus on the 75th Anniversary of […]