Battle Hill National Historic Site

Recently, I heard that there was a national historic site an hour down the road from Smithers that I has never known about before, called Battle Hill. Not wanting to be in the dark, I ventured down to Kitwanga and took a turn up highway 37. About 15 minutes off of highway 16 is a place called Battle Hill, a historic site where epic battles between first nation groups took place.

 

Essentially, it’s a grassy hill where archeologists excavated and found remains of human habitation, and through history knew that people as far away as Haida Gwaii would come to join in battle. There’s a trail you can walk from the parking lot all the way up to the top of the hill, where the people who lived there had an advantage against their enemies.

 

You can feel a sense of long-ago history, and actually see where they built these people lived. This is an important sight that shouldn’t be missed if you are travelling up highway 37.

 

Editor's note: Learn more about driving routes in the Smithers area here.

 

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Taken on July 1, 2010