Family Day FUN for 2021 – Take Home Activity Kits

Already have your kit? Watch the instructional videos! The Province of British Columbia has provided the Bulkley Valley Museum and Smithers Art Gallery a grant in support of our free, community Family Day activity. To learn more visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/celebrating-british-columbia/bc-family-day

Analyzing the Babine Lake Mammoth

Forty years ago, on June 30th 1971, the following headline could be found over a small article buried on page 13 of the Smithers Interior News: “Mammoth found in mining dig“. Despite not being considered front page news, the discovery of a mammoth skeleton at the Noranda Bell Mine site on the Newman Peninsula of […]

The Glentanna School

The following was written by Tony L’Orsa, and is republished here with permission from the author. It is a continuation of his work exploring the history of local rural schools. To read Tony’s post about the Driftwood School, also celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020, click here. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the […]

Recollections on Driftwood School at 100 Years

The following story was written by Tony L’Orsa, and is republished here with permission from the author. This year (2020) marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of both Driftwood Creek and Glentanna schools. A bit of history and a few pictures of the former Driftwood Creek schools are presented below to commemorate these events […]

Are you missing a family photograph?

***November 10th 2020 update: this call to retrieve photos has now ended. Unclaimed photos will be discarded. If you sent a photograph to be published in the Interior News prior to 2003 and have never received it back, we may be able to help! While cleaning out our storage space, we recently came across two […]

6th Annual Cemetery Walk: October 17 & 18 2020

****October 16th update: All spots for all walks are now filled. Only those preregistered will be able to join us, thank you for your interest! 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 […]

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

November update: this position has been filled. Thank you to all those who submitted an application for your interest. 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, […]

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. After July 2021 please click here to visit the tour on the new Google Earth platform, as Google Tour Builder is discontinued. […]