The history of Telkwa has ebbed and flowed with the dramatic changes of the community with the Telegraph Trail, the rush of settlers at the turning of the Century, and the arrival of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway.

Telkwa is a village located along British Columbia Highway 16, nearly 15 kilometres southeast of the town of Smithers and 350 kilometres west of the city of Prince George, in northwest BC. Settlement in the area began around 1904 in a townsite known as Aldermere on the hill above Telkwa. Around 1907, people began to move down the hill to be closer to water supplies and the anticipated route of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. The world 'Telkwa" is a native word meaning 'river flowing north'. The last syllable 'kwa' means river.

Grandpa’s Antique Tractor Collection

Telkwa | Outdoor Activities | Unique Sites |
Come in and drive an old tractor!  Visit John Boonstra’s display of 40 restored, historic tractors on his charming farm.  Located 22 km east of Smithers, at 20479 Highway 16, just across from...

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St. John the Divine Anglican Church

Telkwa | Historic Sites | Unique Sites |
At the Quick West entrance you will find St. John the Divine Anglican Church, built in 1914.  It is in its original state.  Made out of wood, it uses oil lamps (no electricity) and has a large...

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Telegraph Log Home

Telkwa | Unique Sites |
The community of Quick was named after Mr. Quick, a railroad worker who lived in the area.  The road through Quick forms a loop to Highway 16.  Located 23 km east of Smithers, you can enter the...

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Telkwa Museum

Telkwa | Museums |
Although there is some debate as to the origin of our namesake, it is commonly accepted that Telkwa is a native term meaning the "meeting of the waters" and describes the picturesque joining of...

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