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An interesting battle field on a natural fortification

Being able to walk battle fields in Canada is a rare opportunity as most native battle fields are... read more

Reviewed June 5, 2023
888slims
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Lacombe, Canada
More than just a Hill

Gitwangak Battle Hill is a National Historic Site of Canada. Designated in 1971, the site... read more

Reviewed February 11, 2020
PookyCake
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed September 9, 2016

We took a wrong turn off the Steward-Cassiar Highway and to our surprise ended up at this unique National Historic Site. No signs were pointing into the direction - which is a real shame as it offers a unique insight into Canadian History. I haven't seen many historic sites dedicated to First Nations history. This is one of them and should not be missed!

While we missed any signs pointing towards the site, the interpretive signs along the short walk (1 km return) up the Gitwangak Battle Hill were very informative. There are a number of stairs to get up the small hill. For us a welcome opportunity to stretch our legs after a long drive. A nice 20 minute break.

You don't need to be physically fit to do those stairs, but they are not the best for visitors with mobility impairments. However, even the first few interpretive signs will give you already lots of information if you can't go all the way.

Do mark your maps/GPS for this site and don't rely on signage along the highway to find your way.

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

What a neat piece of history! We enjoyed stopping here and reading the information stands they have and walking up the hill.

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed August 16, 2016

Step back in time and visit this interesting historic site in the village of Kitwanga just off #37 Highway near the junction of Hwy #16 in Northern B.C.

Battle Hill was a fortress that utilized a strategic location, with a number of different defensive fortifications: rolling things such as rocks and huge logs covered with spikes down the sides of the slopes that surrounded the fortress during raids.

The Gitwangak people would drop back to this location during raids on the village in the lower part of the Gitwangak territory. This location was never lost during battle. The legends of the battles are recorded and passed on through oral history passed on by the Gitwangak people.
All that’s left now is a huge hill, inexplicable for it’s location in otherwise flat countryside.

There is a small parking lot at the top, with room for a few cars/RV’s but can get quite busy and crowded. There is a long staircase (110 steps) down to the valley floor … a bit of a walk then about a 60 step staircase leading up to the hill itself and it’s commanding view of the area. A beautiful river runs alongside and is quite lovely. Interesting to contemplate the warfare that happened in such a beautiful spot!

There is no fee for this attraction and it is NOT wheelchair friendly. Allow about ½ hour for the visit.

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

Very interesting old aboriginal village location. Climb to the top to see how it allowed the inhabitants to watch for raiders. Poster boards describe the history and the archaeological dig that was conducted in the 1970s. You can see the hill from the parking area so if mobility is an issue, you are not left out entirely. Lots of stairs (100+) from the parking area to the top.

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

The path to the top of Battle Hill is about 1km long. You go down several steps to a flat area and back up more steps. Apparently they've just redone the stairs - you can still smell the cedar! Along the path there are some informational boards that talk about the history of the area. From the top of the Hill you can see the Seven Sisters mountain range. Definitely worth a stop.

Date of experience: July 2016
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