BV Museum AGM September 23rd 2021

The 2020 annual general meeting of the Bulkley Valley Historical & Museum Society will be held on September 23rd at 4:30pm at the Old Church in Smithers. AGM attendance is vital to our organization, with some grants requiring a certain level of attendance for the board’s appointment. In order to elect our board, we need […]

Fiddling in the Museum 2021

Fiddling in the Museum is back for 2021! We have 10 seats available for a free fiddling concert on August 14th at 10am in the museum, featuring Kiri Daust, Tirion Grice and Marion Rose. Register for your seat by calling 250-847-5322. This event is part of the Spirit of the North Classical Music Festival and […]

July 1st Special Edition Cemetery Walk

If you’ve never had the chance to attend one of the BV Museum’s annual cemetery walks, this is the event for you! On July 1st we’ll be holding a special edition of the cemetery walk, featuring some of our Curator’s favourite stories from past walks. Join us at 11am or 2pm and learn about the […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]