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A little history….

The community of Smithers was founded in 1913 as the divisional headquarters of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. The community took its name from Sir Alfred Smithers, the chairman of the board of directors of the railway. Alfred Avenue is also named after him. Lake Kathlyn, one of the most familiar spots in the Smithers area, is named after Sir Alfred’s daughter.

In 1921, Smithers was designated the first incorporated village in British Columbia. Development of local mineral and agricultural resources were encouraged and a steady economic growth was realized.

Pioneer settlers made Smithers their home because of the fertile valley soil, its abundant mineral riches and imposing coniferous forests. Following World War II, many Europeans immigrated to Smithers, notably Dutch and Swiss families.

Now what we are really about….

The Switzerland of Canada as we are fondly known, Smithers is a world class place to ride big river waves, ski deep powder, mountain bike and fish the grand wild steelhead. Now we don’t just play, we also have a great music and arts scene, book stores, specialty shops, and of course great people. For the technical stuff read on…

Smither’s Stats

  • Population – 6 000; regional service center for approximately 20,000
  • Latitude – N 54* 49’ 29” Longitude - W127* 10’ 58”
  • Situated in northwestern British Columbia 370 km (222 miles) west of Prince George; and, 350 km (218 miles) east of Prince Rupert on the Pacific Ocean. Smithers is 1150 km (690 miles) north of Vancouver BC – yes it is a long way but well worth it, trust us.
  • The Alpenhorn is located on Main Street just off the Trans Canada Yellowhead Hwy (Route 16). Turn left off hwy, and it will be on your right at the second block.
  • Elevation 494 meters/1 621 ft.
  • Relatively warmer and drier than mountainous areas to the west; July average temperature is 14 C/59 F; January is –10 C/14 F; average annual precipitation 325 mm/13 inches.
  • Smithers sits in the Bulkley River valley between the Hudson Bay Mountain range to the west and the Babine Mountain range to the east.
  • The surrounding mountains and valleys are heavily forested with pristine rivers, the coniferous forests are dominated by lodgepole pine, spruce and sub-arctic balsam fir. Deciduous trees include aspen, birch and cottonwood.

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Alpenhorn Bistro & Bar
1261 Main St., PO Box 3688
Smithers BC, Canada, V0J 2N0
Ph: 847-5366 | Fax: 847-5453

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