Welcome to Smithers to Prince George
Heading south and then east from Smithers along Hwy 16 for 146km will have you passing through Burns Lake, the center of a popular fishing district. Continue another 128km towards Vanderhoof, where you can either detour north or carry on along Hwy 16 for 100km toward Prince George. The highway passes through a region filled with dead trees typical of those seen across the north. These dark-grey specimens are victims of mountain pine beetles, whose explosive population growth is linked to comparatively milder winters due to climate change. Note the many sawmills processing the dead trees.