The oldest community in Northern British Columbia that was settled by Europeans is Hazelton. During 1866 men were working on the Collins Overland Telegraph, installing poles and running wire. The goal was to run from San Fransisco, north through the Colony of British Columbia, through Russian America (Alaska), across to Siberia and on toward Moscow. By 1866 an Atlantic under water cable had been strung and that ended the quest to complete the Collins Overland Telegraph.
Though Old Hazelton is the original community, New Hazelton is back up along highway 16 and has been there for quite some time. The other Hazelton is South Hazelton. It is a few miles west along highway 16. Between New Hazelton and Old Hazelton (or Old Town as the locals call it) is an area called 2 Mile. This was notorious for the bar and Red Light district that was evident during the 1800’s.
Hazelton has a rich Native history and is well worth exploring. Ksan Historical Village is a wonderful find and demonstrates the richness of the Gitxsan peoples.
The area is well worth exploring. Itis beauty is something to behold. Ask questions, walk all three villages and enjoy the history of the area. Try to find the Bulkley Gate, a natural phenonmenon of molded rock that spans the Bulkley River east of New Town.
Whatever your dream, follow it. This region is full of surprises and wonder. Enjoy it and learn more of the history of this area.