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Why Invest in Smithers?

A Hub of Opportunity

Smithers is the economic, recreation and cultural hub of the Bulkley Valley.  Its strength lies in its strategic location, vibrant community and skilled labour pool, making it an attractive destination for entrepreneurs, businesses and site selectors seeking growth and opportunity.

Connectivity That Powers Business

Smithers is located on a sophisticated transportation network providing direct connections to major urban centres. Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) passes through Smithers, providing an excellent truck transportation infrastructure for the movement of supplies.  Highway 16 is well maintained and “all-weather”, permitting efficient travel and easy access by vehicle.  Smithers is located on the CN Rail line, linking the bustling Port of Prince Rupert to global markets. The Smithers Regional Airport, located 5 km from downtown Smithers, services both charter flights, commercial passenger and cargo service. 


A Flourishing Economic Landscape

The prosperity of Smithers is evident in its growing population and household incomes. Anchored by key sectors such as retail, healthcare, construction, manufacturing, mining and tourism, Smithers presents a diversified and resilient economy that invites both stability and expansion, making it an alluring spot for budding enterprises.

The Smithers Experience: Quality Living

The quality of life in Smithers is exceptional, with community facilities that cater to all. From year-round outdoor recreational pursuits like skiing and fishing, to various other activities across multiple generations. The Hudson Bay Mountain hosts both local and international skiers alike to provide a renowned recreation experience. Smithers offers a lifestyle that balances work with pleasure, enhancing the well-being of its inhabitants. The Town's pedestrian-friendly streets, unique natural settings, and vibrant community culture present a remarkable example of a thriving northern community.

A Skilled Workforce for a Bright Future

With a highly educated workforce that shines in specializations such as applied sciences, trades, transportation, sales and services, Smithers leverages its wealth of knowledge to foster industry success. With a local Coast Mountain College campus, Smithers welcomes both domestic and international students to continue their education journey in the Bulkley Valley. The high number of local PhDs per capita signifies a community rich in expertise and ingenuity, providing businesses with a competitive edge. 

Retail and Economic Haven

Smithers serves a large consumer base, extending its appeal to retailers and various businesses in the region. As a well-known shopping destination in northwest BC, the Town's retail allure is amplified by its thriving local economy and the spending power of both the residents and visitors alike.  Additionally, Smithers is the supply centre for the mining and exploration industry in northwest BC, with many specialist companies choosing Smithers as their base.

Unlocking Smithers' Potential

Smithers is a town poised for growth, brimming with investment opportunities. Explore new and planned projects via our interactive map. The Town is open to attract more developments with a focus on density and optimizing underutilized land in the future.

Discover your ideal business location

Explore the properties available for sale or lease in Smithers today and join a vibrant community that's ready to welcome and support your growth.  Alternatively, please reach out to the Town’s Economic Development Officer for commercial properties that are available through private lease.

Join the Smithers Story

Smithers is not just a location; it's a strategic decision for a prosperous future. With its blend of economic vitality, accessible markets and outstanding quality of life, Smithers is ready to welcome your business. Contact us to explore the possibilities that await in this vibrant town.

Town of Smithers Economic Development