a modern city situated on the banks of the Skeena River, has rapidly
developed over the past 100 years. The city gets its name from
the terraces or benches rising up from the Skeena River in this
section of the valley.
Tsimpshian and Kitselas people were the First Nations people
in the area. This area was opened up to European settlemen in1905
when the government granted pre-emptions of 160 acres to newcomers.
The sternwheelers came up the Skeena but it was a long time
before they could pass the Kitselas Canyon to reach Hazelton.
The railway came through in 1914. At that time, George Little,
founder of Terrace, had the foresight to donate the land for
the railway station and Terrace grew around the station. The
original name was Littleton in George Little's honour, but there
was another town by the same name elsewhere. So the name was
changed to Terrace. The first settlers came to farm, trap and
prospect in the Skeena Valley. The focus changed to logging
have set up this website to collect pictures and stories which
document the evolution of Terrace from a tiny village to the
modern "hub of the north" as it is today.
Lakelse Avenue in early 1950 notice the board