Prince Rupert is a port city in the province of British Columbia, Canada. It is the land, air, and water transportation hub of British Columbia’s North Coast, and has a population of 12,508 people. Prince Rupert was founded by Charles Melville Hays, the general manager of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (GTP) and was incorporated on March 10, 1910. It was named for Prince Rupert of the Rhine, who was first Governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company, as the result of an open competition held by the railway, the prize for which was $250.
Terrace is a city on the Skeena River in British Columbia, Canada. The Kitselas people, a tribe of the Tsimshian Nation, have lived in the Terrace area for thousands of years. The community is the regional retail and service hub for the northwestern portion of British Columbia.
Smithers is a town located in northwestern British Columbia, Canada, approximately halfway between Prince George and Prince Rupert. Smithers is located in the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako. The Bulkley Valley in which Smithers is situated was originally inhabited by the Wet’suwet’en, Smithers was founded in 1913 as the regional headquarters for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. The new community was named after the railway’s chairman of the board of directors, Sir Alfred Smithers.
Prince George, with a population of 71,973 is the largest city and the „Northern Capital“ of BC. Situated at the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers, and the crossroads of Highway 16 and Highway 97, the city plays an important role in the province’s economy and culture. The origins of Prince George can be traced to the North West Company fur trading post of Fort George, which was established in 1807 by Simon Fraser and named in honour of King George III. The post was centred in the centuries-old homeland of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, whose very name means „people of the confluence of the two rivers“.