Houston is a community of 3,200 people located on Highway 16 in Northwest British Columbia, between Prince George and Prince Rupert. Houston is part of the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako, an area of the province with a large and diversified resource base and an area that is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination.
Originally founded as a small mill town along the Canadian National Rail Line in 1914, Houston’s economy has grown and diversified in recent decades. It has one of the largest wood processing mills in the country and serves as the home community to many of the workers at the Huckleberry copper mine, located 125km south of Houston. Houston’s commercial sector is also growing; benefiting from a combination of the above average incomes earned by many of its residents, local expenditures on goods and services by industries in the region, and tourist spending. The public sector is also a major employer in Houston, including the areas of education, health, social and government services.
The history of Houston stretches back to the turn of the Century with the expansion of the railroad through to the West Coast. Originally a farming community with the rich soils often found in valley bottoms, Houston has grown to become an industrial centre. It remains a quiet and peaceful region where the pace is slower, the people are friendly and the visitors are made to feel welcome.
Looking for something to do; try fishing in the Morice River, hiking China Nose, or just strolling through our world class Steelhead Park. If it’s indoors activities you prefer, Houston has a lot to offer. You can relax in our state of the art Leisure Facility open year round.
The Claude Parish Memorial Arena is abuzz with figure skating, hockey and ringette from September to March, and I invite you to come out to support the participants or get involved.
Our beautiful Steelhead Park is lit up during the holiday season with our Annual Light-Up event. The Park is also the home of, and showcases the impressive Hungry Hill Grizzly Bear in its natural habitat for all to see 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our friendly and helpful merchants are waiting for the opportunity to assist you with your shopping needs or dining experience.
Whatever your interests are, we are sure to have something to keep you and your family entertained.
Elevation: 594 metres (1,949 ft) above sea level.
Weather: Average: July 14.5 C (50 F) January -12.7C (11F)
Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time