Bulkley Valley Museum

About the Bulkley Valley Museum

Welcome to the website of the Bulkley Valley Museum!

The Bulkley Valley Museum has been in operation since 1967. We are located in the heart of the Town of Smithers, British Columbia at the corner of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) and Main Street in the historic Central Park Building.

The Museum is open year round, and is operated by the Bulkley Valley Historical and Museum Society. Click on the “Visiting” page for our hours and directions to get here.

Admission is by donation. The Museum is fully accessible, has ample on-site parking for cars or RVs, and is kid-friendly!

Mission of the Bulkley Valley Museum

The Bulkley Valley Museum collects, preserves and presents items of historical and cultural significance from Smithers and the Bulkley Valley, with the purpose of making our local history exciting and engaging.

About the Society

The Bulkley Valley Museum and Historical Society is incorporated under the Society’s Act of British Columbia. It is governed by a Board of Directors, who are responsible for establishing vision, policy, and resources for the Museum.

The Society and the Board are governed by the following mandate:

1.To maintain and operate a museum to house and display said artifacts
2.To provide access to archival materials for research purposes
3.To encourage preservation of historical landmarks, including buildings and monuments
4.To facilitate learning


Individual support through membership is vitally important to our Society and the operations of the Museum.  Membership fees go directly towards the Museum’s exhibits and other programs and activities, enabling us to continue to share and preserve the history of our Valley. Members are strongly encouraged to volunteer with the Museum.

Our individual membership fee is $15, family memberships are $20, corporate memberships are $100. Membership benefits include quarterly newsletters, 10% discount in our gift shop and/or photograph reproductions, and the ability to participate in the Society’s Annual General Meeting.

About the Collections

Since 1967 the Bulkley Valley Museum has built up a permanent collection of artifacts and archival materials which comprises the social and technological development of the Bulkley Valley. The Museum’s archival collections include family and corporate fonds, microfilmed editions of the Interior News and other newspapers, as well as a collection of several thousand photographs depicting Smithers and the surrounding Valley from the early 1900s to present.

The Museum’s Collections Online website is your portal to discover our artifact and archival collections. Users can share their favorite items on social media, as well as create and save or print PDF lists of items. Our Collections Online site was made possible through funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Library and Archives Canada Documentary Heritage Communities Program.

For more information on the Museum’s collections, including information on collections care, using the collections, or donating an item to the Museum contact the Curator, Kira Westby, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Curator Kira Westby grew up in Peterborough, Ontario. She received her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology and History from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2010, and a Masters in Public History from the University of Western Ontario in 2011. Prior to moving to Smithers she worked at the archaeological collections facility Sustainable Archaeology: Western in London Ontario for three years. While living in London, Kira was the Emerging Leaders Representative on the London Advisory Committee on Heritage. She moved to Smithers in 2014 to take on the Curator position.

Assistant Curator Eric Holdijk was born and raised in Smithers. He received an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Spanish from the University of Victoria in 2016. He previously worked with the BV Museum as a summer student and as a Young Canada Works Building Careers in Heritage intern before taking a permanent position with the Museum in 2017.

Archivist Manda Haligowski is originally from Winnipeg, MB. She completed a Bachelors in Fine Arts, in 2012, at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. In 2015, she received a Masters in Library and Information Sciences from McGill University in Montreal, QC. She has worked in a variety of places, including the Health Sciences Centre Archives/Museum in Winnipeg, MB, the Jewish General Hospital Archives in Montreal, QC, and the International Federation of Red Crosses and Crescent Societies in Geneva, Switzerland. Manda joined the BV Museum as Archivist in 2016.


The Bulkley Valley Museum receives regular operational funding from the Town of Smithers, the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, the British Columbia Arts Council, and the Province of British Columbia. The Museum applies for additional funding for special projects or programs as required. To learn more about our funders and the projects or programs they have supported please contact the Museum.

The Bulkley Valley Museum also receives significant support for its activities and programs from local businesses in the community either through direct donations or corporate memberships. To become a corporate sponsor or obtain a corporate membership for your business, please contact the Museum.

2016 Corporate Sponsors

Smithers Chamber of Commerce, Oscar’s Source For Adventure, Hoskins Ford, Coast Mountain GM, Bulkley Valley Credit Union, Calderwood Realty, Smithers Lumber Yard, SpeeDee Office Experts, Bulkley Valley Insurance Services, The Sausage Factory, Heartstrings, Smithers Home Hardware, Bulkley Valley Printers, L B Paving Ltd, Bulkley Valley Printers, Nature’s Pantry, Crossroads Cultural Resource Management, Aqua North, Central Valley Developments,Hankin Peak Contracting, RE/MAX Bulkley Valley


The BV Museum is always looking for new volunteers to work in such areas as artifact registration, research, exhibit design, public programming, event planning, and fundraising. If you are interested in volunteering please contact the Museum!

Research Requests

Museum staff are happy to assist with research requests that utilize our archival or artifact collections. Contact the Museum to receive a copy of our Research Request Policy and to discuss your research project. Researchers are highly encouraged to use our Collections Online website to peruse our collections prior to contacting the Museum.

Contact Info

Tel: 250-847-5322
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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May 3, 2017 | “Canada 150+ What’s Your Story” Workshop Series

October 4, 2016 | Second Annual Cemetery Walk

July 21, 2016 | Old Church & Garden 10th Anniversary

April 8, 2016 | History At Your Fingertips

Corporate Supporters

    The Museum is generously supported by many local community businesses and associations. For a full list visit the About section of our website. Thank you to all of our community supporters!