Ocean-fishing day-trips on the Pacific Ocean can be undertaken from Little Wolf Resort at two different outstanding ocean-fishing locations: Prince Rupert or Kitimat. The perfect time for saltwater Chinook-Salmon is end of May to the beginning of August. Saltwater Coho-Salmon are landed until the end of September as well as giant Halibut, beautifully orange-coloured Red Snapper, Cod, Dungeness Crab and other bottom dwellers. Our ocean-fishing tours take place in a secluded fjord near Prince Rupert, or south of Kitimat, in the no mens land Estavan or along the island groups close to the Alaskan border. Different sizes of high quality ocean-fishing vessels with a standard capacity of 4 fishermen per boat or big aluminum boats for groups of up to 12 people are available!
The Gray-Whale migration from Mexico begins to arrive along the West Coast of British Columbia in early February and continues until late April.
Humpback-Whales are seen throughout the season, mostly in August. The Douglas Channel in front of Kitimat is home to Killer-Whales, arriving in July and chasing the Salmon that is running into the coastal rivers. There will be a high chance of seeing Orca- , Gray- , and Humpback-Whales, Sea Lions, Eagles, Sea Otters and other amazing wildlife on the ocean! The best time to watch wildlife activities on the ocean is during the summer months. June, July and August are the peak times for whale-watching activities. Our whale-watching tours take place on the Pacific Ocean, in front of Kitimat and Prince Rupert.
Wild Animal Watching
Little Wolf Resort is situated in the untouched wilderness of the „Great Bear Rainforest“ , directly on the shoreline of the churning Skeena River. Follow the Wild Animal Trails along the river and through the forest and learn more about the different tree species, flowers, herbs and mushrooms and be fascinated of the natural beauty of the private terrain of Little Wolf Resort, situated close to the territory of the Native „Wolf Clan“.
In Winter, more than 200 Wolves are crossing over the frozen Skeena River every year, ambling through the forests of Little Wolf Resort. During the day, wildlife activities can be observed on the property. Watch Elk, Foxes and Coyotes, Eagles, Beavers, Seals, Moose, Deer, Snow Owls, Owls, Wild Ducks and Wild Geese, Ravens, Hummingbirds, local Birds and Black Bears and the unique White Kermodie Bear, the so called „Spirit Bear“, on your trails along the river, through the private rainforest and on the wild-flower meadows of Little Wolf Resort.
Sockeye Salmon Spawning Grounds
In the ocean and at early migratory phase in the river system, Sockeye-Salmon often have a bluish back and silver sides, therefore called „Bluebacks“. When they reach the spawning grounds they are very unique in appearance. Their colour turns into bright red with a green head. Therefore, they are also called „Red Salmon“. Major spawning runs are found in the Skeena, Fraser, Nass, Stikine, Taku and Alsek watersheds. Female Sockeye spawn over several days in 3 to 5 nests. The Sockeye-Salmon eggs will hatch after 6 to 9 weeks. Young Sockeye grow up in lakes where they feed on aquatic insects and plankton. The majority of Sockeye remain in the ocean for 2 years and return to spawn at the age of 4, but some may be 5-6 years old. The local Sockeye Salmon Spawning Grounds are located on a small river close to Little Wolf Resort.
Giant Spruce Park
At the Giant Spruce Park, close to Kitimat, the planet’s largest intact old growth coastal temperate rainforest can be visited. The Giant Spruce Park features a breath-taking stand of up to 800 year-old trees. One of the giant Spruce trees, measuring 11.2 meters in circumference, was registered in 1983 as the largest living Spruce tree in British Columbia. It is considered to be one of the oldest Spruce trees in the world! Take a walk along the numerous hiking trails and find out more about the tree population of Giant Spruce Park. Along the trails, Sitka Spruce Trees, Red Cedar Trees, Western Hemlock Trees and Fir Trees as well as shrub layers of Devil’s Club, Salmonberry, Alaskan- and Oval-Leaf Blueberry and young Conifers, spiny Wood Ferns, Oak Ferns, Foam-Flowers, Twisted Stock, and leafy Mosses can be found within the plant community.
Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed
The Nisga’a Lava Bed is located in the Nass River Valley, about 80 kilometers north of Terrace. Hundreds of years ago, after the eruption of a volcano, the lava completely covered two Nisga’a villages. The lava bed features numerous waterfalls, pools, lava tubes, a crater and cinder cones of a volcano, a lava lake and a drowned forest, all created by the the lava flow. Now, after three hundred years, parts of the lava field are smoothly covered with moss and wild flowers. The tour leads through the lava bed and the Nass River Valley to the beautiful harbour-town of Kincolith, home of the famous Crab-Feast, which is taking place every year in July. Numerous native villages, a suspension bridge leading over a rocky canyon at Canyon City, 4 totem poles representing the clans of the Nisga’a Valley and the famous Nisga’a Museum in Laxg̱alts’ap, which is housing a core collection of over 330 native artifacts and showing a broad collection of Nisga’a culture, featuring one of the most important collections of Northwest Coast Aboriginal Art, can be visited.
Tour to Hyder Alaska
A gravel road leads through the endless rainforest, passing mushroom picking camps, the beautiful Dragon Lake with its cristal clear water and a river, where you can watch the Sockeye-Salmon spawning. In Stewart, the famous film location of the movie “Insomnia“ (with Robert De Niro), you will stay in the town´s only hotel, the King Edward Hotel. The hotel is in walking distance to the border, to Hyder, in Alaska. Hyder is a typical American town of the Wild West. Here, goldminers and adventurers found their home. In the Salmon River, Grizzly Bears can be watched from a close distance, catching the Salmon migrating upstream. After you enjoy the famous „Hyder-Riser“, a high-percentage Schnaps, in the Hyder-Bar, you will obtain a „Hyder-Riser Certificate“. At the end of the day you will enjoy an Alaskan speciality, the original Alaskan King-Crab dinner at the King Edward Hotel. The next day begins with an extensive breakfast, before visiting the Salmon Glacier, the fifth biggest glacier in the world! On the way back to Little Wolf Resort the tour continues with visiting a local native village. There, carved totem poles are telling you the history of the local Native clans.
Tour to Hazelton
This tour from Little Wolf, on the Yellowhead Highway and all along the Skeena River, leads through the village of Kitwanga, right to Hazelton. The valley and the highway are surrounded by the massive mountain chain of the Coast Mountains and the Seven-Sisters Peaks, reaching an elevation of 2786 meters. The small settlement of Hazelton is situated at the mouth of the Bulkley River. For 300 kilometers the river cuts its way through the rocky barriers of the Coast Mountains and allowed the Natives to settle in the valley. The carved totem poles that can be visited on the tour usually last up to 300 years, depending on the weather and soil conditions. Ksan is a Historic Native Village Museum, open for visitors and is also an important cultural center of the Gitsan, housing a famous carving school. Young Native artists are educated in the practices of Aboriginal carving and the carving-skills of their forefathers. During the summertime, traditional dance performances are held every Friday evening. In Moricetown, you can observe traditional Native methods of catching Salmon. The fish are pulled out of the water, using heavy hooks, that are tied to long fishing poles. The place is ideal for this fishing practice, as the Bulkley River rushes through a narrow canyon, which makes it difficult for the fish to pass the rapids.
On your tour from Terrace to Kitimat, hot springs and a big lake are inviting you for recovery and relaxation. In warm, glacial water, with golden flakes, the Lakelse Lake offers an excellent refreshment on hot summer days. The quality of the crystal-clear, glacial water is outstanding and also smoothens and heals your skin, while enjoying a bath in the lake! Along the highway, there are several public campgrounds that are offering free parking and free access to the lake. Dressing rooms and public washrooms as well as barbecue areas are located on site. Public walkways are leading all along the lakefront and along the sand beaches.
Fishing licenses, tackle as well as outdoor- and workwear-clothing can be bought in Terrace. Restaurants, local stores, wholesale stores and a big mall in central Terrace are offering a good selection of food, clothing and goods. A hospital, a fire-rescue station, a police station, a train station, an airport, public parks and a public library as well as several post offices are close by. On the weekends, a western bar with live music might be worth a visit.
This special half-day tour from Little Wolf Resort leads down the scenic Yellowhead Highway, along the banks of the Skeena River, to the Skeena´s estuary on the Pacific Ocean and the famous harbour-town of Prince Rupert. Dense coastal forest is growing on the steep mountain slopes of the Skeena River Valley. In the undergrowth you will find a vast mixture of ferns and varieties of wild berries. At the estuary, the Skeena River is about two kilometers wide. 40 kilometers upstream tides are still noticeable. Numerous Seals and Sea Lions are swimming up the Skeena River. They are chasing Salmon and Steelhead. The Yellowhead Highway ends in Prince Rupert. This coastal town, with about 25,000 inhabitants, was founded as the final station of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in 1906. Since then it has developed into one of the most important fishing and loading ports of the north-west coast. Wheat and coal are loaded on ocean freighters, primarily shipping the goods to Asia. Numerous fishing boats have chosen Prince Rupert as their home port in order to catch big Halibut along the coast. The North Pacific Cannery Village and Fishing Museum in Port Edward is offering some interesting insights into the boom times of the commercial Salmon fishery. A large cannery and a worker’s village are maintained here. Here you can find out more about the working conditions of the Asian and First Nation workers, who once were carrying out heavy labour there.
Kispiox Valley Rodeo & Music Festival
The Kispiox Valley Rodeo is the biggest little rodeo in the West. There is nothing quite like the thrill and excitement of a rodeo and the Kispiox Valley Rodeo delivers all that. The Kispiox Valley Rodeo is a well attended annual event, drawing both, spectators and contestants from all over Canada. Witness the speed of the horses, the power of the bulls, the skill and grit of the cowboys and cowgirls. The Kispiox Valley Music Festival takes place annually on the last weekend of July on a spectacular stage on the banks of the Kispiox River. Musicians come together to perform country music, rock, blues and punk. It is always a weekend to remember. Expect great music, a great atmosphere and a great setting in the beautiful valley of the Kispiox River.
Jet Boat Tours
We are offering jet boat tours on some of the most beautiful rivers of the Skeena River Valley. We tour the Skeena- , Kasiks- , Exstew- , Kalum- , Zymotez- , Bulkley- and Lakelse-River. On these tours you will see beautiful snow-capped mountains and a variety of wildlife and Birds as well as Bears, Moose and Eagles. The Lakelse River tour is a walking sight-seeing tour. It is an easy walk down to the river, where many Eagles congregate. Usually we are seeing plenty of Birds. Sometimes you will also get to see Black Bears fishing for Salmon. We are seeing Eagles most of the time and mostly Bears in the fall. The tour on the Kasiks is another beautiful boat ride. It is a gorgeous valley for pictures and there also is a high chance of seeing Bears, Moose, Deer and Birds. The Skeena River tour is also very interesting. It starts in Terrace and leads downstream to the Exchamsiks River. The boat is going down about 40 miles of river, including lunch along the way. The Exstew River tour leads through a beautiful river valley with gorgeous scenery and the possibility of seeing wildlife activities. The tours on the Zymotez River and the Bulkley River are raft rides and a little bit more rugged.
Enjoy the natural beauty of the Kitselas Canyon, one of the cultural jewels of north-western British Columbia. The Kitselas Canyon was designated as one of Canada’s National Historic Sites. The canyon is located five miles down the river from Little Wolf Resort. The main gathering area of the canyon is surrounded by rainforest and features stunning long houses and totem poles. A nature trail leads from the main gathering area through a moss-covered forest to the Clan Totem Pole Garden and a canyon-viewing platform above the Skeena River.
A jet boat ride through the wild canyon can be arranged! When you arrive at the canyon by jet boat, you will get a real impression of how the Natives were navigating through the canyon in a canoe or how dangerous it was for the big Paddle-Wheelers to make their way through!
Kitselas Canyon is the only Native village on the Skeena River where remains of houses and totem poles from the 1800s continue to exist! The visitor will experience the natural beauty of north-western BC and will learn more about the Kitselas culture and history.