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Place Category: Creative Communities
As the sun hits the highest snow-capped mountain peaks and descends into the valleys, illuminating the moss-drenched rainforest and glacial rivers, you know you have arrived in an extraordinary place. This is where the First Nations’ legends come alive, the legendary white Kermode Bear roams free, and the world-class fishing experiences draw anglers from around the world.
Visual Art: Terrace is alive with music, theatre, festivals and visual art! The Terrace Art Gallery is the main centre for visual art in Terrace. Located in downtown Terrace in the basement of the Terrace Public Library, it regularly exhibits contemporary and traditional works that cover an array of mediums. The Red Raven Gallery is an artists’ co-operative and features the work of 35 to 40 local artists at any one time. You are sure to encounter something unique and perfect whether it is a wood carving, canvas painting or print, a stained glass feature or a piece of coveted cement art.
First Nations Art: The Freda Diesling School of Northwest Coast Art is located at Northwest Community College to honour, recognize and continue the legacy of Haida artist, Freda Diesling. The school brings all nations together in the pursuit of higher education, and is the only school of its kinds in Canada focusing on traditional First Nations Pacific Northwest Coast art with the view of developing skills into fine art. Visit the House of Sim Oi Ghets in Kitsumkalum for local art work, and Kitselas Canyon in Gitaus.
Festivals: Visit Terrace in early August and take in Riverboat Days, a week long celebration to appreciate the history, the culture and the unequaled natural setting around Terrace. This annual festival has grown to become the premiere community festival in Northwest BC. Longstanding favourites such as the Legion Parade, the Fireworks over Ferry Island and Concerts in the Park are sure to please. There is also the Skeena Fall Fair in early September and the Downtown Terrace Festival of Lights in early December. Every Saturday morning from May to October, check out the Skeena Valley Farmers’ Market – the largest farmers’ market in Northern BC. Enjoy the culinary treats, the visual arts and crafts, and lively entertainment from local musicians.
Theatre: Be sure to catch a performance by the Terrace Little Theatre, BC’s longest continuously running community theatre group, in their cozy venue at McColl Playhouse. The Terrace Concert Society hosts a variety of musicians, dancers and theatre performances at the REM Lee Theatre.
Music: Experience musicians at a variety of venues in Terrace, from annual outdoor Concerts in the Park, to weekly performances at the Skeena Valley Farmers’ Market, to small events at local restaurants and cafes.
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