In the Museum


Yin tah of the Witsuwit’en

The Bulkley Valley Museum is located on the traditional territory (yin tah) of the Witsuwit’en people. This permanent exhibit area features artifacts, images, and information about the history and culture of the Witsuwit’en, past and present. In 2017 this exhibit was expanded to feature items and documents loaned from the family collection ‘Ilhdesinon Birdy Markert.


Broken Arrow: The Story of the Crashed B-36 Bomber

On the cold, dark night of February 13th 1950, an American B-36 bomber carrying a deadly weapon mysteriously disappears from the skies off the coast of British Columbia. Several years later, its wreckage is found on a remote mountain hillside in northwestern BC. Our exhibit on America’s first “Broken Arrow” incident delves into the unanswered questions of what happened on that ill-fated flight, and features original pieces of the B-36 plane salvaged from the crash site at Mount Kologet.


Joseph Coyle: Egg Carton Inventor

Did you know that the humble egg carton has its origins right here in the Bulkley Valley? The Bulkley Valley Museum welcomes you to learn about one of Smithers’ most famous residents and his “gift to civilization”: Joseph Coyle, inventor of the modern egg carton.


A Century of Steam and Steel: The Rail History of Smithers

Without the railway, the Town of Smithers as we know it today would not exist. Smithers was created by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in 1913, and generations of Smithereens have been employed directly and indirectly by its successors Canadian National and Via Rail. As we reflect on the past 150 years since Confederation, we also reflect on the story of our community, and the rail lines that connected it to the broader tides of history.

Self-Guided Historical Walking Tour

The BV Museum’s historical walking tour is your guide to local history in Smithers! Pick up a brochure in the Museum or download one here.