Welcome Message

Welcome from Mayor Dennis Sterritt:

Situated at the confluence of the Skeena and Bulkley Rivers, nestled at the foot of Stigyooden (Roche de Boule Mountain), the Village of Hazelton was founded in 1866 as the centre of navigation for our area. First by ancient trails in all directions, by canoe, pack train, dog sled, and eventually paddle-wheelers from the Northwest Coast.

The population remains a happy mixture of the original Gitxsan First Nations People and settlers that inhabit both the Village of Hazelton and the Village of Gitanmaax, which the Village shares services with.

In earlier days, Hazelton was the home of at least twenty-two "firsts" for the area between Prince George and Prince Rupert. Amongst these "first" were the first bank, first hospital, first telegraph office, and the newspaper. 

Our town is graced by a majestic view of Stigyooden, historic buildings, Gitxsan culture and a remoteness that carries the feeling of being "in another world". 

When you visit the Village of Hazelton you will be met by open friendliness and a warm welcome wherever you go. Every citizen is proud and happy to share our good fortune in living here and to warmly welcome those who come to visit. We are beginning a new chapter of revitilization and renewal and we welcome newcomers who are willing to add to the amazing environment of this beautiful and unique community.

Sincerely,
Mayor Dennis Sterritt

The Village of Hazelton