Moricetown Canyon

Moricetown Canyon, Smithers: Address, Moricetown Canyon Reviews: 4.5/5

Moricetown Canyon
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Bruce C
6 contributions
Wild water!
Aug. 2021
Watching the local fisherman patiently wait to net the fish - fighting to go upstream - as the river narrows and is forced through this narrow canyon is one of the must-sees of a trip to this area. Sounds like a mini-Niagara Falls.
Written August 24, 2021
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Teresa H
Texada Island, Canada6,061 contributions
Free
Aug. 2019
This is a must do if travelling along Hwy 16. It is free, so no excuses and it is literally only a pull off the highway. Even when salmon are not running, just the power and noise of the water going through a narrow gorge is mesmerizing- Cave Man TV. And if you want you can drive a short distance to a museum and camping.
Written August 21, 2019
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Metric Rider
Valley Farms, AZ79 contributions
A must photo stop!
Jul. 2019
The river and waterfall are beautiful and very relaxing just to sit and watch.
During the salmon run you can watch the locals gaff for fish only the sides of the waterfall. The best views are on the north side of the river which can be accessed by the bridge just downstream of the waterfall.
Written August 16, 2019
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Tara L
5 contributions
Moricetown museum and canyon
Jul. 2019 • Couples
Stopped at the canyon and attended the museum. There was some First Nations ladies teaching beading . Had a nice lesson , made this little pouch .
Written July 14, 2019
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada11,838 contributions
Witset Canyon
May 2019 • Solo
I have fond memories of the Moricetown Canyon (which is located in Witset, the former Moricetown, and NOT Smithers). Situated along Highway 16, on the outskirts of Witset, this beautiful and rugged canyon has played an integral role in the life of Wet’suwet’en for thousands of years. Part food source, part transport portal, part cultural hub, this physical space is imbued with energy and we are lucky to view and witness it as we pass by.

Our family used to trek across the Province at least once a year, beginning in the mid-1980s and continuing up until about ten years ago. Almost without fail, we’d stop at the Moricetown Canyon on our way up or down the Province. It was always such a treat and spectacle to watch the local fishermen as they spear or net the spring salmon swimming upstream. Likewise, it was a thing of beauty to watch these salmon swim with all their might up the erratic and unpredictable rapids towards their birthplace and spawning grounds. Indeed, if you want to see thousands of years of life and culture in action, this is the place to do it.

Depending on when you visit the site, there are other small amenities to be had. I recall a couple of instances whereby a local artist was selling his wares at the canyon pull-off spot. Still, at other times, you may be lucky enough to snag a fresh fish from one of the local fishermen, though this has become increasingly rare due to legal reasons.

I should note, by way of conclusion, that this historic site – and the area in general – does have something of a dark cloud hanging over it. If you walk about 5 minutes up the road, you’ll come across a powerful symbol: The Highway of Tears billboard sign. It is haunting in its imagery yet imperative that we heed what’s written on the sign: A call for help in the search for missing Aboriginal women and a warning to avoid hitching a ride with strangers.

The Moricetown Canyon, then, provides for an interesting meeting place between the historic (the canyon and all that it means) and the modern (social histories of community). If we sit back and reflect on this site we can see that, much like the rushing rapids below, life is at times turbulent but, like the mighty salmon, can be overcome for the betterment of all.
Written July 4, 2019
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Ian K
Edmonton, Canada830 contributions
A nice spot to stop for a rest
May 2019 • Family
I stopped here for a brief rest to let my dog out for a run. It is a beautiful canyon/waterfall. It was also a nice spot to let the dog have a run.
Written May 5, 2019
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sandrahQ4322SR
Smithers, Canada6 contributions
Amazing energy
Apr. 2019 • Solo
Such a beautiful ancient location, to feel the power of the falls, to hear it, the spray from the water...it’s incredible! Even under a massive making of ice, it’s spectacular!
Written April 13, 2019
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TrevorS927
Houston, Canada34 contributions
Worth a stop
Jul. 2018 • Solo
This is right on the side of the road so there is no reason to not stop and see it. Beautiful canyon that has historical significance to the local people that have lived here for thousands of years. bring a lunch and your camera and just relax.
Written December 16, 2018
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Christine M
Smithers, Canada21 contributions
Great spot
Aug. 2018 • Family
This is a great spot to visit. We normally stop by once or twice a year in the summer. I enjoy watching the locals catch the salmon as they swim up the river.
I haven't seen them jumping in the air going up the falls but our family has.
The people who are usually there fishing are very friendly also.

Our family from the East always make sure they go to the Canyon when they are in town visiting. They love it!!
Written October 18, 2018
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Sandra G
Salmon Arm, Canada52 contributions
amazing!!
Sep. 2018 • Couples
this canyon is absolutely gorgeous, we were staying in Smithers and went for drive to Moricetown, saw this canyon, it is a must see if you are up in that area.
Written September 30, 2018
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