Nass River

We headed north to the Nass Valley and the traditional home of the Nisga’a people. They lived here for centuries until European settlers upended their way of living. Several hundred years ago, a volcano erupted and the lava flow covered villages and killed many thousands of people. More recently in 2000, the Candadian government negotiated a treaty that returned the ancestral land and many artifacts to the people.

Highway sign north of Terrace.

Highway sign north of Terrace.

Totem pole in Nass Valley.

Totem pole in Nass Valley.


Kincolith aka Gingolx
In Kincolith, we stayed at a B&B and met many local villagers. It is the home of the Eagle Band. The town of about 300 people is at the mouth of the Nass River and has wonderful views of the estuary. Until the completion of a road in 2003, the only access to the town was by boat. We went for hikes on an overlook and up the valley. We tried fishing for salmon in the river that runs through town.
The town of Kincolith looking down from the overlook.

The town of Kincolith looking down from the overlook.

Looking across the estuary from Kincolith.

Looking across the estuary from Kincolith.

River scene upstream of Kincolith.

River scene upstream of Kincolith.

Looking north of Kincolith.

Looking north of Kincolith.

Panorama showing fishermen along the river in Kincolith.

Panorama showing fishermen along the river in Kincolith.

Panorama showing estuary and the town of Kincolith.

Panorama showing estuary and the town of Kincolith.

Hiking trail north of Kincolith.

Hiking trail north of Kincolith.

Looking downstream where the Nass River enters the estuary.

Looking downstream where the Nass River enters the estuary.


New Aiyansh aka Gitwinksihlkw
We camped at Nisga’a Memorial Lava Beds Provincial Park that is managed jointly by the Nisga’a and the province. The park includes the lava flow that erupted in the 18th century. New Aiyansh is the capital of the Nisga’a Nation. A totem pole stands here, the first raised in the Nass Valley since the late 19th century.
Lava beds stretching for miles.

Lava beds stretching for miles.

Snowy peaks behind lava beds.

Snowy peaks behind lava beds.

Lava beds and glaciers at New Aiyansh.

Lava beds and glaciers at New Aiyansh.

Lava beds, trees and mountain peaks.

Lava beds, trees and mountain peaks.

A glacier in Nass Valley.

A glacier in Nass Valley.

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2 Responses to Nass River

  1. Bianca says:

    Good afternoon travelling man,
    My name is Bianca Clayton, I’m currently looking for inspiration for my last art project, when I fell upon your website (via google).

    I’m contacting you, to ask, or let you know, that I found the much-needed inspiration upon your photo gallery.

    I live in New Aiyansh, I’m in grade 12, and will be using your photo for my last project
    (“Snowy peaks behind lava beds.”) is the best-caught photo I’ve seen so far. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

    Sincerely,

    Bianca

  2. Patrick says:

    You are welcome. Great to hear from you. You are fortunate to live in a very special place.

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