Celebrating Canada Day During a Pandemic

As we know 2020 has been a unique year and we had to adapt to navigate through the challenges of planning Canada Day during a global pandemic. Smithers usually celebrates Canada Day on July 1st by crowding the downtown core, we knew our plans would have to look a lot different for Canada Day 2020 to align with guidelines and precautionary measures put out by the Province of British Columbia. Due to COVID-19 the Town of Smithers had to make a decision between two options; to postpone the event date of celebrating Canada Day, or to get creative and modify the event to organize a virtual celebration for the Bulkley Valley. The Town of Smithers decided to adapt to a “new normal” and the Recreation Coordinator and the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce Manager collectively worked together to expedite a virtual plan. On July 1, 2020, the valley was able to enjoy a virtual concert with three fantastic headliners and take part in virtual contests with prizes provided by Smithers Local Businesses.

The Sunday prior to Canada Day, June 28, 2020 we had secured a private venue to pre-record the 2020 Canada Day concert for the Bulkley Valley. As organizers of the event we ensured there was a COVID-19 Safety Protocol Plan for all attendees at the event. The plan included physical distancing, providing a sanitization station, as well as personal protective equipment for each of the performers, technical crew and dignitaries. It was mandatory to have this location kept private so we could ensure there were fewer than 50 people attend to align with the public heath officer’s prohibition on mass gatherings. We had secured a fantastic lineup of headliners; Ewh Hiyah Hozdli Drum Group, Mark Perry and Alex Cuba. We had speeches from the Matriach Chief, the Deputy Mayor, the Skeena-Bulkley Valley Member of Parliament and the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako Rural District Area A Director.

We celebrated Canada in a whole new way, virtually, to bring the Bulkley Valley together with festivities, musical performers and acknowledgement speeches to promote our rich linguistic and cultural diversity, as well as our country's arts and heritage sectors. We are thankful for the talented local headliners we were able to secure, as well as all of our sponsors, helpers and dignitaries for making this virtual experience such a success. The grant we received on behalf of the Minister of Canadian Heritage helped immensely in carrying out the Bulkley Valley's virtual Celebrate Canada activities. The contribution provided to the Valley during these unique times was a true testament of what it means to be Canadian!

Click here to see more exciting coverage of the 2020 Canada Day Virtual Celebration.

Arenas

Civic Centre

Smithers New Arena

4204 Third Avenue

4202 Third Avenue

The Civic Centre and the New Arena are now closed for the ice season. Please contact the Recreation Coordinator about dry floor bookings at recreation@smithers.ca | 250-847-1600.

 

 

PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS:

 

SMITHERS CIVIC CENTRE - COVID-19 ARENA USE PROCEDURES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, March 16, 2020:

  1. The Province of British Columbia’s recent announcement with regards to the COVID-19 situation, effective, Monday, March 16, 2020, the following public facilities will be closed to the public until further notice: Smithers Civic Centre and Smithers New Arena – effective at 11:59 p.m.
     
  2. The Town of Smithers has received direction from the Province to advise all users of the arenas, due to the severity of COVID-19 precautions all remaining tournaments as well as private and public skate sessions for March 2020 are to be cancelled. Effective as of midnight the Smithers Civic Centre and Smithers New Arena will be closed to the Public and all Ice User Groups.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Please consult the Recreation Programs website for a full listing of upcoming Special Events.

 

ICE TIME CALENDAR:

Click to review Ice Time Calendar

All bookings through recreation@smithers.ca

 

CLUBS WEBSITES: 

ARENA USER FEES:

Town of Smithers Special Event Application Process

Recreation in beautiful Smithers!

COVID-19 Updates

Please refer to https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restrictions to review the Provincial Wide restrictions in place within British Columbia.

Please refer to www.viasport.ca to review specific sport restrictions and for guidance regarding ‘return to sport’.

Town of Smithers Special Event Application Process

  1. Download the Special Event Application Form for any public events held on Town of Smithers’ owned land, streets, sidewalks, parks, and/or buildings.

  2. Insurance can be obtained online by following the link: https://miabc.eventpolicy.ca or at your local insurance providers.
     
  3. To ensure the safety of those participating Event Organizers MUST include a COVID-19 Safety Plan for the event (PPE, Physical Distancing, Sanitation, etc.). Please refer to examples/templates provided on the WorkSafe BC website.
     
  4. Email the completed application form with insurance and any additional materials to: recreation@smithers.ca

  5. Once sanctioned, the Recreation Coordinator will notify the event organizer by email or phone and provide and necessary information or comments. 
     
  6. Please view the following additional information:
  7. If you have any questions, please contact the Recreation Coordinator at 250.847.1600 or recreation@smithers.ca

 

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 would like to book the use of the Bovill Square, please fill out the "Special Event Application Form" and contact the Recreation Coordinator at 250.847.1600 or recreation@smithers.ca.

 


Photo credit: Dan Mesec

Recreation Contract Instructor Opportunities

Are you interested in an opportunity to instruct an affordable recreation program, sport, or activity?

The Town of Smithers Recreation Department is looking to coordinate contract instructors who are passionate locals in their field and would like to lead drop-in sports, programs, or activities. We currently have facilities available for sports, workout programs, workshops etc. Postings for current and upcoming available opportunities are located below.

For new program proposals please submit a resume and a brief summary of the program to recreation@smithers.ca 

Current Recreation Contract Instructor Opportunities:

Skate Patrol Attendants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Town of Smithers Recreation Department currently has twelve contract Skate Patrol Attendants for this season 19-20 Public Skating. The Town of Smithers Recreation Department currently runs five different Public Skate programs out of the New Arena. The Public Skate and Family Skate sessions are supervised by Skate Patrol Attendants. Skate Patrol Attendants supervise skaters prior to, during and after public skating times, ensuring participants’ safety. This position also helps participants with skate assists, skate equipment, and maintains the skate equipment room in an orderly fashion. This contract runs four days a week on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from the beginning of the season to the end of the season (October – March). This contract can be an excellent position for adolescents to acquire interpersonal skills, credibility, and diligence. It can also be a gratifying contract for adults or retirees with a passion for skating!

Requirements:
• Able to communicate in an effective and friendly manner
• Experienced skater
• Will wear vest (provided), skates and CSA approved helmet at all times while on the ice

Programs Available:
• Season 20-21: October 2020 – March 2021 schedule to come

Billable Hours: 2hrs/session

Wage: $13.85/hour (must be 13+) $17/hour w/ First Aid (must be 16+)

Submit your resume and cover letter to recreation@smithers.ca. The subject of your email must be the job title you are applying for.

Early Bird Workouts Fitness Instructor 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Town of Smithers Recreation Department currently has an enthusiastic fitness instructor who creates a welcoming atmosphere for all levels of fitness. You will progressively build strength, cardiovascular fitness and increase mobility. Currently, we are providing a Low Intensity Early Bird Program (as per the current COVID-19 Provincial Health Order)  three days a week: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 6:00 – 7:00 am. The program location is at the Bulkley Valley Christian School gymnasium. The goal of the Early Bird program is to create an affordable way for residents to commit to being fit!

The Town of Smithers is looking for other enthusiastic instructors to provide a welcoming atmosphere for all levels of fitness. This contract would be best for any Fitness Instructor who is motivated to share their passion of health and wellness with others.

 

Programs Available:
• Morning sessions Tuesdays, Thursdays
• Evening sessions Fridays, Saturdays
 

Billable Hours: determined by length of session

Wage: determined by Fitness Instructor on a cost recovery basis
Submit your resume and cover letter to recreation@smithers.ca. The subject of your email must be the job title you are applying for.
 

Co-Ed Basketball and Volleyball Facilitator

 

 

The Town of Smithers Recreation Department is currently looking for a volleyball or basketball enthusiast to facilitate the program. The program will be located at the BVCS gymnasium, the facilitator will unlock and lock up after each session, as well as assist with setup, take down and delivery of drop-in fees to the Recreation Coordinator. The goal of the program is to help create an active and sociable community. This contract would be best for coaches or accountable enthusiasts who want to join in the fun of affordable recreation! 

Requirements:
• Able to communicate in an effective and friendly manner
• Experience in their field of choice
• Current Certification in Emergency First Aid & CPR/AED *preferred

Programs Available:
• Morning sessions Tuesdays, Thursdays
• Evening sessions Fridays, Saturdays
• Fall/Winter 2020 sessions for 20-21

Billable Hours: negotiable on a cost recovery basis

Wage: determined by facilitator on a cost recovery basis
Submit your resume and cover letter to recreation@smithers.ca. The subject of your email must be the job title you are applying for.

Former programs offered by the Town of Smithers Recreation Department:

 

• Art Create
• Ball Hockey
• Choose to Move
• Co-Ed Basketball
• Co-Ed Pickleball
• Co-Ed Volleyball
• Craft Zones
• Drop-in Hockey
• Hockey Skills Development
• Kids Create
• Senior Circuit
• Skills Development
• Soccer Camps
• Turf Tots Soccer

The nature of any position with the Town of Smithers is public service. It is expected that all contractors be prepared to commit to the high standards of the department in this regard. It is essential that all contractors associated with the Town of Smithers, whether for a short term special event or an instructional program of several weeks or months in duration, recognize individual responsibility to excellence in serving the public. All contractors shall be courteous and friendly in the delivery of the program.

How to apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to recreation@smithers.ca 
For more information, please review the details below.

What should be in your resume?
• Contract Information
• Previous and current education
• Skills and certifications
• References
• Accomplishments and achievements
• Any relevant information to support the position you are applying for

Do you need to provide references?
• Please include a list of at least 3 references with your resume

TOS Recreation Contact:
Contact:  Reilly Henderson, Recreation Coordinator
Phone:    250-847-1600
Cell:        778-210-0659
Email:      recreation@smithers.ca 
Hours:     Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm

Town of Smithers
1027 Aldous Street | PO Box 879 | Smithers, BC V0J 2N0

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.
 

Please click on the photo to watch the "Tips for Safe Cycling"

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

Smithers Fairgrounds

COVID-19 UPDATE:

A sanctioned public event held on any Town of Smithers’ owned land, streets, sidewalks, parks, and/or buildings MUST have fewer than 50 people to align with the public heath officer’s prohibition on mass gatherings. To ensure the safety of those participating Event Organizers MUST include a COVID Safety Protocol Plan for the event (PPE, Physical Distancing, Sanitization etc.)

2021 Fairgrounds Schedule of Events:

Click here to download: 

Fairground User and Licensees Information:

Smithers RV Storage:

Click here to learn more about Winter Storage of Recreational Vehicles and Boats

 

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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. 

Riverside Municipal Campground

Riverside Municipal Campground & RV Park will be open from May 15th – September 30th, 2021

Online reservations for the 2021 camping season begin on April 1st, 2021. This gives campers the time to consider the latest COVID-19 measures that are in place and plan their stay with us accordingly.

We are open to BC residents and self-contained units ONLY. A self-contained unit meets the requirements for the holding capacity of fresh, grey and black water, as well as storage capacity for garbage waste. A self-contained unit is equipped with a toilet, shower, and a power source. Put simply, it has all of the utilities needed for its operation without relying on campsite facilities. 

Our shared facilities and cookhouse will remain closed.

Please review the COVID-19 Safety Plan for the Riverside Municipal Campground & RV Park (Updated April 14th 2021)

When reservations are open, a link to the reservation portal will be provided below. Alternatively, you can contact the Recreation Coordinator to book your stay at 250-847-1600. Office hours are week days from 8:30am – 4:30pm. Closed all Statutory Holidays. Reservations are recommended.

Please follow this link to book your stay: RESERVATION LINK

Please note: You MUST make an account to complete the online booking process. If you are having any trouble booking reservations online, please call the office within the office hours noted above.

 

Cancellation/Refund Policy:

  • Our change/cancellation policies are in effect for the season, and visitors must agree to these policies at the time of booking.
  • Campsites are on a first-come first-served basis, unless reservations have been made online, by telephone or three days in advance of check-in.
  • Fees are due upon registration.
  • Fees are refundable with three days' notice prior to arrival, otherwise you forfeit your fees


Thank you for choosing Smithers Riverside Municipal Campground & RV Park as your place to stay, play, relax and enjoy.

Park Entrance

Park Benches

Printer Friendly Riverside Campground Map

The Riverside Municipal Campground & RV Park offers spectacular scenic views of the Hudson Bay Mountain, and the captivating Bulkley River. The Riverside Municipal Campground & RV Park is surrounded by connecting trails to enjoy by foot or bicycle around the beautiful town of Smithers. The 13-kilometer Perimeter Trail is a scenic community trail linking together the inspiring beauty of the creeks, parks, and landscapes in the community. Many of the best scenic highlights are found along the Bulkley River and throughout the Riverside Park. The campground is located adjacent to the Bulkley River at 3843-19th Avenue. The park, operated by the Town of Smithers, is a safe and peaceful place to relax and enjoy wonderful views, a stunning river, and a friendly 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

  • Playground
  • 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
  • Electrical (15 amp and 30 amp) and water and sewer hook-ups
  • River fishing on the Bulkley River
  • Picnic Shelter 
  • Food storage lockers in tenting area (must provide own lock) 
  • 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).

2021 Park Rates Taxes Included:

Unserviced Campsite $30.50/site
Campsite with Electrical, Water and Sewer Connection $37.90/site
Per Tent in unserviced tenting area $24.20
Riverside Cookhouse /booking* $35.80
1 Bundle of Firewood $8.00
3 Bundles of Firewood $20.00
Showers $2.00

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

 

STREET ADDRESS:

3843 19th Avenue, Smithers, BC

 

* Riverside Cookhouse Fees are for event use, not fees charged to campers.

For assistance or inquiries, please call: 250-847-1600 or email: recreation@smithers.ca. Monday to Friday; 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Recreation, Parks & Culture

Contact information:

Recreation Coordinator
250.847.1600     recreation@smithers.ca

Bylaw No. 1886 - Fees and Charges

Facilities Rentals

The Town of Smithers has the following facilities available for public rentals:

For a detailed schedule of rental fees and information, please see:

Bylaw No. 1886 - Fees and Charges

Playgrounds & Parks

To reduce the potential for COVID-19 transmission, please follow ALL of the posted guidelines in all parks and recreations spaces.

 

All Town of Smithers Playgrounds are now open as of June 1, 2020.

Bulkley Drive Playground Signage:

Dogwood Park Playground Signage:

 

 

Smithers Bike Park Signage:

Smithers Dog Park Signage:

Smithers Skate Park Signage:

Smithers Tennis Courts Signage:

 

Town of Smithers - Playgrounds & Parks Guide

Click here to view the Bovill Square webpage

Click here to view the Ranger Park webpage

Click here to view the Riverside Municipal RV Park & Campground webpage

Click here to view the Smithers Fairgrounds webpage

  

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

 

Perimeter Trail

Trail length: 13km   
Difficulty: Easy – Family friendly!

The 13km Perimeter Trail is a scenic trail which connects neighbourhoods, streets, rivers, and parks together within the community of Smithers. This trail circles the Town, connecting the north end of town near the Bulkey River, to the south end of town which lies below Hudson Bay Mountain. The trail provides viewing benches to watch the beautiful surrounding scenery, while meandering through local parks which provide the use of outhouses, picnic tables and opportunities for various diverse types of recreation. Many of the best scenic highlights are found along the Bulkley River and throughout Riverside Park. Please see the map below to find out how to access this trail.

TRAIL MAP

 

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 section 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.

Community Recreation Directory

To list your non-profit recreation group or edit your information, please contact Reilly Henderson, Recreation Coordinator at recreation@smithers.ca

Recreation Funding Opportunities

Jumpstart Online Application


Boarding4Brant

Athletics 4 Kids Application

Kidsport Canada Application

Recreation Programs

EARLY BIRD LOW INTENSITY FITNESS PROGRAM

Due to the current Provincial Health Officer order, The Town of Smithers has postponed the Early Bird program until further notice. We will resume when it is safe to do so.

Please review the COVID-19 Safety Plan if you are considering participation in the Early Bird Low Intensity Program.

 

RECREATION REGISTRATION PAYMENT 

We accept payment by cash, cheque, Interac, Visa or Mastercard. If you are paying by cheque, please make it payable to the Town of Smithers. There will be a $40.00 charge levied for NSF cheques.

Customer Cancellations
No refunds will be granted once a program commences unless a class is cancelled or in exceptional cases involving sickness or relocation. In these cases refunds will be pro rated. Contact the Recreation, Parks, and Culture Department if you require more information on our refund policy.

Registration and Programming Policies

  1. Registration is on a first come, first served basis.
  2. Payment in full must be made at the time of registration.
  3. No refunds will be granted unless a class is cancelled or in exceptional cases involving sickness or relocation. In these cases refunds will be pro rated.
  4. The Recreation, Parks, and Culture Department reserves the right to cancel any course which does not meet the required minimum registration.
  5. Classes will not be held on statutory holidays.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Town of Smithers
Box 879, Smithers BC, V0J 2N0
Phone:    250-847-1600
Fax:        250-847-1601
recreation@smithers.ca