BV Museum Summer Camp 2021

Discover local, natural, and world history with the Bulkley Valley Museum summer camp! Details: Dates: July 19th-23rd 2021. You can register for as many or as few days as you like. Times: 8:30am – 4:30pm Location: The Old Church in Smithers (3704 1st Avenue). Ages: 7-12 Cost: $30/day or $125 for full week Instructor: Ryan […]

Now, Hear This: Oral History at the BV Museum

The following blog post was contributed by the BV Museum’s 2020-21 Oral History Intern, Cassandra McKenney. The communities of the Bulkley Valley have so many stories and perspectives that have never been recorded or publicly shared. Oral history interviews give us an opportunity to capture these voices and archive them for future research or exhibitions. […]

Job Opportunity: Old Church Custodian

This job posting closed on June 4th 2021. The Bulkley Valley Museum is seeking a Custodian for the Old Church in Smithers (3704 1st Avenue). Duties include, but are not limited to: cleaning and inspection of the Old Church between rentals, occasional deep cleaning as needed, and seasonal snow removal of entry ways. Candidates must […]

Nurse, Teacher, Veteran: The Life of Emily McLaughlin

May 10th – 16th 2021 is Nurses’ Week in Canada, with May 12th internationally recognized as Nurses’ Day. Many dedicated and hardworking nurses have called Smithers home over the decades – from those who served at Smithers’ first hospital in 1921, to those working the front lines during the Covid-19 pandemic today. We have chosen […]

Summer 2021 Employment Opportunities

Summer Employment Opportunities at the Bulkley Valley Museum The Bulkley Valley Museum is seeking applicants for two (2) Museum Assistant summer positions. Please note that the final number of positions hired, and the duration of employment are conditional on final approval from the funding bodies. Work for these positions is expected to take place onsite […]

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:

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 […]