Nestled within the rugged and towering peaks of the Roche de Boule Mountain Range, and named after the numerous hazel bushes, the communities of Hazelton, New Hazelton and South Hazelton are collectively known as The Hazeltons.
The Hazeltons are located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en First Nations. The area is steeped in the dynamic and resilient cultures of these two nations. Be sure to visit the Hazeltons Visitor Centre and Museum and the Hazelton Pioneer Museum in the library building to learn more.
While in the area, walk or drive across the single-lane Hagwilget Bridge, which hangs over the scenic waters of the Wedzinkwah (Bulkley) River. Visit indigenous cultural sites such as the world renowned Ksan Historical Village and Museum, home of the Gitxsan First Nation for over 8000 years. Also known as the Totem Pole Capital of the World, you will find more than 50 authentic, amazing totem poles throughout the Hazeltons and surrounding villages while doing the self-guided driving tour, called the Hands of History.
Other recreational activities include hiking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, river-rafting, horse-back riding, or just enjoying the spectacular and pristine scenic views.
Wrinch Memorial Hospital services the Hazeltons as well as the Gitxsan communities of Gitanmaax, Kispiox, Sik-e-dakh (Glen Vowell), Gitsegukla, Kitwanga and Gitanyow, and the Wet’suwet’en community of Hagwilget. The catchment area has a population of more than 7,000 people, two thirds of whom are of aboriginal descent. The one facility houses the medical clinic, hospital, pharmacy, x-ray, lab, psychiatric observation unit, OR, dental clinic, physiotherapy, and public health. The clinic has physician offices with separate exam rooms, MOA's and clinic support staff. Physicians provide clinic-based family practice care as well as ER coverage in the hospital. Services are supported with visiting Specialists.
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Photo by David West