CLOSED Perimeter Trail Section - Public Notice

Due to creek bank erosion near the end of Schibli Street, the section of Perimeter Trail from Schibli Street to Second Avenue is closed until further notice.

For your own safety, please do not use this portion of the perimeter trail during the closure.  Instead use alternate routes, such as Toronto Street, as indicated on the map found here.

Bovill Square and Other Routine Event Requests

BOVILL SQUARE RENTAL REQUESTS: 

Bovill Square was opened in August 2013. The park is located at the corner of Main Street and Broadway Avenue. It is a public space owned/maintained by the Town of Smithers. It is meant to provide the local community a location for small and medium sized arts/music/cultural performances and special events. There is no rental fee to use the park/stage. If you wouldl like to book the use of the Bovill Square, please fill out the "Bovill Square Rental Request Form" and contact the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Culture at phone: 250.847.1600.

 

OTHER ROUTINE EVENT REQUESTS:

Please note that the Town of Smithers Events Bylaw No. 1342 prohibits the holding of certain events without a permit. For routine requests including proclamations, highway or street event closures, or banner or flag suspensions, this form must be completed in full and submitted to the Town of Smithers at least 15 days before the event.If you wouldl like to hold an event on Town owned lands, please fill out the "Routine Request  Form" and contact the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Culture at phone: 250.847.1600.

Ranger Park

Location: 3736-16th Avenue

Ranger Park is the perfect place to spend the day with the family. The new Playground will be a sure hit with the entire family. Explore the vast trail system and green space. Take in a round of "Nine Hole Disc Golf", click here for more information on the Ranger Park Disc Golf course. Below is a photo of a Disc Golf Basket at Ranger Park.

Ranger Park Disc Golf Baskets

Did you know that Ranger Park is home to the Town of Smithers licensed year round Preschool Program. Make sure to visit our Recreation Programs page to view the current offering of Preschool programs in our Community Recreation Guide.

Rooms are avialble to rent in the Ranger Park Building, for more details and rental pricing information, please contact the Town of Smithers Department of Recreation, Parks & Culture at 250-847-1600.

Please remember - motor vehicles are not allowed on any of the Town owned sport fields or trails (ie. Snowmobiles, ATV's and dirt bikes).

      

 

 

 

 

Turner Way Playground

The Turner Way Playground was officially opened on September 30, 2012. The project was constructed by the Town of Smithers, BV Weedbusters Bobcat, and LB Paving Co. Ltd. The cost of the playground was covered by funds from the Municipal Five-year Capital Budget, the BV Kinsmen and Smithers Lumber (TIMBRkids Program), Wetzin'kwa Community Forest grant, and LB Paving Co. Ltd.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      

                         
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Recreation Programs

To register online, please click here to go to our Rec-Online Registration Webpage or contact the Recreation Department via phone: 250.847.1600

RADIO ANNOUNCMENT
Please listen to our "2014 July Camps - Summer Recreation" Radio Announcement  *updated July 22nd

Please listen to our "2014 August Camps-  Summer Recreation" Radio Announcement *updated July 24th

 

COMMUNITY  AUGUST 2014 RECREATION PROGRAM BROCHURE  
Click here to view the PDF of the Community August 2014 Recreation Program Brochure


We are always interested in your skills and ideas. If you would like to teach a program or have a great idea for a new program contact the Recreation Department at 250-847-1600.

Local Sport Associations Registration Information

To find out more information about Local Sports Associations Registration, please contact them directly.

Click to view the Smithers Junior Softball Registration Form *Updated February 19, 2014

Recreation, Parks & Culture

The Recreation, Parks & Culture Department is responsible for the planning and development of recreational activities and special events for the Town of Smithers. The Town works in partnership with community groups and consults with residents to affirm our core values and to establish and achieve recreation programming which meets the needs of the community. The Department is also responsible for accessing addtional grant funding opportunities to expand program delivery, improve trails and playgrounds, and upgrade exisiting facilities. The Department administers rentals/booking arrangements at the two arenas, Town owned fields/parks/facilities.  

Click here to see all SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAMS being offered

Civic Centre Arena

Please click here to view the PDF of the Thank You Poster

 
4204 Third Avenue

The Civic Centre (widely known as the Arena) is used for everything from hockey practice to high school graduation ceremonies. The shop at the Arena has a limited number of skates and helmets available for rent. For Public Skating and schedule information, call 250-847-5719. Click here to view the "Weekly Arena Schedule".

User Groups: Smithers Minor Hockey Association, Christian Hockey League, Smithers Figure Skating Club, Smithers Oldtimers Hockey, Rubber Puckers, Womens Hockey, CN Rusty Rails, and Smithers Recreational Hockey League..

The arena is also used by the Steelhead Hockey Club, which enjoyed another successful season in 2012-2013 with as many as 500 fans per night. The Steelhead won the 2012-2013 Central Interior Hockey League Division Championship for the second year in a row.

The arena is used by the following schools on a weekly basis as part of the Daily Physical Activity requirements: Lake Kathlyn Elementary School, Walnut Park Elementary School, Muhiem Elementary School, Smithers Secondary School, BV Christian Elementary School, BV Christian High School, Ebenezer Canadian Reform School, and St. Joseph Catholic School. Click here to view the "Weekly Arena Schedule".

Arena Users Fees:

Smithers Multiplex Feasibility Study, 2010

New Arena Schematic Design Report, 2012 (edited version)

Smithers New Arena Project 2013 - Information

 

 

 

History

The Smithers Civic Centre arena building was constructed as an aircraft hanger at Terrace Airport in 1943. It was purchased by a Smithers community group in 1954. Building changes and upgrades since that time include the following:

1957 - Building cut down to six feet in height, modified for arena use and erected on present site.
1963 - Artificial ice installed.
1965 - Ice modified with installation of existing concrete slab.
1967 - East bleachers built, surface paved with asphalt and existing metal siding added.
1970 - 1/2" plywood added to the roof deck during reroofing.
1978 - Ice plant upgraded to an air-cooled system.
1985 - Complete sprinkler system installed.
2000 - New condenser installed.
2002 - New ice plant installed, building upgraded and ice resurfacer garage built.
2003 - Water line upgraded.
2008 - 50th Anniversary celebrated in August.
2009 - New score clock.
2009 - New energy efficient lighting installed.
2010 - New boiler installed.
2010 - New brine pump installed.
2010 - Olympia Ice Bear electric ice resurfacer purchased 
2011 - Second new boiler installed
2012 - Third new boiler installed
2013 - New spectator heating

Smithers Fairgrounds

2014 Fairgrounds Schedule of Events:

Click here to download:
2014 Fairgrounds Schedule of Events  *posted June 27, 2014 
Fairgrounds Event Form and the Routine Event Liability Information Sheet

Fairground User and Licensees Information:

Click here to download:
Letter to Users and Licensees of the Fall Fairgrounds
Open Burning   
Installation and/or Modification of Fall Fairgrounds Water and Sewer Systems  
Building Permit Requirements  
Building Permit Application Guide (adapted for Fall Fairgrounds' leased areas)  
Bylaw No. 1609 - Fireworks

Smithers RV Storage:

Click here to learn more about Smithers RV Storage.Please click on the following to view:
 

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Town of Smithers Fairgrounds Business and Land Use Plan Update

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The Town of Smithers owns a fantastic parcel of land, which is utilized by many groups from Smithers, the surrounding communities of the Bulkley Valley and from around the province. The Fall Fair Management Committee meets three times per year and oversees the booking requests and capital upgrades requests for the Town owned property.

License agreements with the Bulkley Valley Agricultural & Industrial Association, the Northern Saddle Club, and Lease agreement with the Bulkley Valley Bowmen (Archery Grounds) provide the opportunity for local groups to offer workshops, rodeos, training sessions, children's activities, and more.

The Smithers Fairgrounds are home to the Bulkley Valley Exhibition (Fall Fair), the Bulkley Valley Folk Music Festival (Midsummer Festival), the 3 in 1 Breed Show, and the Annual Archery Shoot. All of these events gather together thousands of participants and spectators from all over British Columbia and Western Canada.

Located at 2701 Pacific Street, corner of Tatlow Road and Pacific Street.

Fall Fairgrounds - Rodeo Ring

Rodeo Ring at the Fall Fairgrounds.

Fall Fairgrounds - Hunter Jumper Dressage Ring

Hunter Jumper / Dressage Ring at the Fall Fairgrounds. 

Dogwood Park

Located at the end of First Avenue off of Toronto Street.

 

Dogwood Park

 

 

Yorke-Hardy Park

Located at the corner of Princess Street and 12th Avenue.

 

Yorke-Hardy Park Yorke-Hardy Park
Yorke-Hardy Park

 

 

Heritage Park

Located at the corner of Highway 16 and Manitoba Street.

Please remember - motor vehicles are not allowed on any of the Town owned sport fields or trails (ie. Snowmobiles, ATV's and dirt bikes).

Heritage Park Heritage Park
Heritage Park Heritage Park

 

 

Goat Park

Located at the corner of Highway 16 and Main Street.

 

Goat Park Goat Park
Goat Park

 

Elks Park

Located at the corner of Railway Avenue and Pacific Street.

Please remember - motor vehicles are not allowed on any of the Town owned sport fields or trails (ie. Snowmobiles, ATV's and dirt bikes).

Elks Park Elks Park
Elks Bike Park Elks Bike Park

 

 

Chandler Park Field

Located at the corner of Vancouver Street and Third Avenue.

The field will re-open in May 2014.

Please remember - motor vehicles are not allowed on any of the Town owned sport fields or trails (ie. Snowmobiles, ATV's and dirt bikes).

Chandler Park Field Chandler Park

 

 

 

 

 

Bulkley Drive Park

Located on Bulkley Drive.

 

Bulkley Drive Park Bulkley Drive Park

 

 

 

 

Facilities Rentals

The Town of Smithers owns many facilities that are available to the public for rent. These include the Smithers Civic Centre (the Arena), Riverside Municipal Campground, Fall Fair buildings and space at the Ranger Park building.

For a detailed schedule of rental fees and information, please see Bylaw No. 1745 - Recreation Feeds and Charges (2014-2015) or contact the Town of Smithers Department of Recreation, Parks & Culture at 250-847-1600.

The public can rent/book events at Elks Park, Heritage Park, and Chandler Park.

 

 

Playgrounds & Parks

Municipal Parks

Bulkley Drive Park
Located on Bulkley Drive. (Playground area appropriate for ages 2-8).

Chandler Park Field
Located at the corner of Third Avenue and Vancouver Street. (Two soccer fields).

Dogwood Park
Located at the end of First Avenue off of Toronto Street. (Playground area appropriate for ages 5-12).

Elks Park
Located at the corner of Railway Avenue and Pacific Street. (5 softball fields, all ages Bike Park).

Fall Fair Grounds
Located at 2701 Pacific Street, corner of Tatlow Road and Pacific Street.

Goat Park
Located at the corner of Highway 16 and Main Street.

Kinsmen Adventure Playground aka Heritage Park
Corner of Highway 16 and Manitoba Street. (All ages playground area. All ages skate park, 1 softball field, 1 rugby field).

Ranger Park 
3736 16th Avenue - Old Forestry Building. (Disc Golf course, walking trails, preschool aged playground, green space).

Riverside Municipal RV Park & Campground
3843 19th Avenue, Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
250.847.1600 (weekdays) 778.210.0832 (caretaker)
RV & camping sites within easy walk of downtown Smithers. Situated on the banks of the beautiful Bulkley River surrounded by a picturesque view of the Hudson Bay Mountains.

Turner Way Playgound
Located on Turner Way in Willowvale Subdivision. (Youth/adult basketball pad. All ages playground equipment).

Yorke-Hardy Park
Located at the corner of Princess Street and 12th Avenue. (Playground for ages 5-12).

Tennis Courts
The Town of Smithers maintains two public tennis courts located on Montreal Street. No fee.

 

Bike Smithers

Biking in Smithers

Biking is a fun and convenient way to get around Smithers. It is also one of the cleanest and most energy efficient forms of transportation. While bikes are permitted on all streets, the Bike Route Map provides a system of connected and convenient routes to get around town. For example, the entire length of 3rd Avenue (2.5 km) is a designated bike route with a reduced 30 km/hr speed limit, bicycle signage and painted sharrows (share the road symbols) to increase cyclist safety and driver awareness.
 

Bike Safety Tips & Regulations
It is important to remember that the Motor Vehicle Act and Town bylaws apply to cyclists too.
Remember:

  • Ride on the road (not on the sidewalk) and wear your helmet at all times.
  • Make  sure your bike and helmet are in good working order (especially the brakes).
  • Have front and rear lights on your bike if you ride at dusk, night or in low visibility conditions.
  • Keep a safe distance from the curb and parked cars.
  • Ride predictably, in a straight line, and be defensive. Remember, a conflict between a bicycle and a vehicle usually results in injury to the cyclist.
  • Stop for stop signs and red lights, and always yield to pedestrians.
  • Be alert and careful at intersections, where most collisions happen.
  • Always ride with traffic, on the right side of the road.
  • Read BC Bike Sense, a comprehensive BC guide to operating a bike in traffic.

Multi-Use Pathways
The Perimeter Trail is the main multi-use pathway in Smithers. It forms a 10 km circular trail around the edge of Town with connections to trails and recreation areas beyond the Town boundary. All forms of non-motorized transportation, including bikes, are permitted on multi-use pathways. Remember that you are sharing the path with others. Reduce your speed where appropriate and when passing other path users, ring your bell or call out to alert them.

Highway 16 Intersections
Use care when crossing the busy intersections of Hwy 16. Either ride in the lane or if you are not comfortable, dismount and walk your bike across at the crosswalk. The routes on the Bike Route Map highlight the preferred intersections for cyclists.

Bike Racks
Public bike racks are available throughout downtown Smithers, parks and at public facilities. Remember to always lock up your bike!


Bike 101
Stop by the Prevention and Community Safety Office at 3772B 1st Avenue for free bike safety pointers. All ages are welcome. Free helmet replacements and high visibility accessories are available as supplies last.

Educational Videos

Perimeter Trail and Hudson Bay Mountain Bike/Hike Trails

Click here to download the Hudson Bay Mountain Bike/Hike Trail Maps

Click here to go to the Bike Smithers webpage.

Perimeter Trail - Railway Avenue Perimeter Trail - Wetlands off of Pacific Avenue

 View from trail section along Railway Avenue.

View from trail section around wetlands off of Pacific Avenue.
Perimeter Trail - Riverside Perimeter Trail - Riverside
View from trail section at Riverside Municipal Campground along the Bulkley River.

Another view from trail setion at Riverside Municipal Campground along the Bulkley River

Perimeter Trail - Chicken Creek Perimeter Trail - Dahlie Creek

View from trail section at Highway 16 and Chicken Creek on the west side of the Town of Smithers.

View from trail section at Highway 16 and Dahlie Creek on east side of the Town of Smithers.

Riverside Municipal RV Park & Campground

CAMPSITE RESERVATIONS:

2014 Reservations, please email: general@smithers.ca to make a reservation or phone: 778-210-0832

Please note:
Emails are only monitored Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (excluding Statutory Holidays). Outside of these hours contact the Campground Attendant's cell phone direct at 778-210-0832

We invite all campers to stay at the peaceful Riverside Park Municipal campground located adjacent to the Bulkley River at 3843 - 19th Avenue. The park, operated by the Town of Smithers, is a safe and quiet place to relax and enjoy wonderful views, a beautiful river, and a laid back approach to camping. Pets are welcome on leashes.

When traveling west on Highway 16 (towards Prince Rupert), turn right onto Main Street. Follow the Riverside campground signs for 1.3 kilometres and make a left hand turn at the campground sign on 19th Avenue.

Site Amenities

  • New Playground installed July 2013
  • Shower/flush toilets
  • Nature trails - beautiful views of the Hudson Bay Mountains and the Babine Mountains
  • Bike trails
  • 15 minute walk from downtown shopping and recreation facilities
  • Firewood provided (FREE)
  • Electrical (15 amp and 30 amp) and water hook-ups
  • River fishing on the Bulkley River
  • Cook house
  • Food storage lockers in tenting area (must provide own lock)
  • Drive-through sites
  • View the Campground Map here
  • Please remember - motor vehicles are not allowed on any of the Town owned sport fields or trails (ie. Snowmobiles, ATV's and dirt bikes).
  • Free Wireless Internet- is limited to 75mb per night. We don't have unlimited internet usage up north here, like in the major centers, so it is best to keep your activities to emailing or browsing only please. 75mb is more than sufficient if you respect this. (This would mean no downloading, no youtube, no movies, no uploading, no watching streaming video online.)

  • View the "Super Camping Select Lodging Magzine" Northern British Columbia - The Great Northern Circle Tour Map 2014/15

 

2014 Season

Campground open May 16, 2014 to October 13, 2014..

To all of our visitors this year - Thank you for choosing Smithers as your place to stay, play, relax and enjoy. The campground enjoyed an increase in visitors this year.

If you would like to book a site for 2014, reservations are now being booked at phone: 778-210-0832.

2014 Park Rates:

Unserviced Campsite $23/site
Campsite with Water and Sewer Connection $27/site
Campsite with Electrical, Water and Sewer Connection $30/site
Per Tent in unserviced tenting area $17/per tent (maximum 3 tents per site)
Riverside Cookhouse (Resident Rate*)/booking $28
Riverside Cookhouse (Non-Resident Rate**)/booking $53

PAYMENT OPTIONS: 
We accept Cash/Debit/Credit Card.
We do not accept cheques.

 

* Riverside Cookhouse Fees are for event use, not fees charged to campers.
** Non-Resident means a group or organization not having a Smithers address

Community Recreation Directory

Check out our Community Recreation Directory! *Updated May 7, 2014