Terrace, BC
Demographic Factsheet:
Population (2011): 15,569
Population (2006): 15,420
Population (2001): 19,980
Population change since 2006-2011: 1%
Population change since 2001-2006: -22.8%
Age groups:
0-14: 19.6 %
15-64: 67.7 %
65 and over: 12.8%
Pop density / sq. km: 210.6 inhabitants / km2
Land area: 73.91 km2
Average family income (all census families): NA
Visible minority: NA
Employment rate: NA
Participation rate: NA
Median age of the population: 39.2
The city of Terrace is located at the junction of the Skeena and Kalum rivers in Northwest BC, 62 km distant by road from Kitimat and 147 km from Prince Rupert. It is the largest community in the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine (which Kitimat, New Hazelton, Stewart and Hazelton are also part of) and also where it is located the administrative office of the Regional District. Its central location makes of Terrace a regional business centre for the area.
The area was first occupied by the First Nations more than 10,000 years ago and today seven First Nations communities still live in the surroundings of the city contributing to its economy and culture with tours and attractions. Considered the founder of Terrace, George Little arrived in the region in 1905 and in 1912 Little established the present townsite. Terrace first economic activity was the forestry industry, and with the construction of the town of Kitimat in 1950s it started to serve as a distribution and commercial centre.
Today, the forestry industry is still the main economic activity of Terrace. Logging, sawmilling, and pulp and paper manufacturing are the supported activities in the city. Its strategic geographic location on the center of northwestern British Columbia and its diversified transportation models (it is a hub for highway, rail and air transportation) allows Terrace to be a service center for northwest industries such as ALCAN ALUMINUM Ltd.
Terrace downtown has restaurants, pubs, clothing stores and boutiques, and the city outskirts has bigger chains such as Walmart and Canadian Tire. The commerce is frequented not only by local residents but also by residents from nearby communities including kitimat, Prince Rupert, Smithers, and First nations villages, as well as tourists, fishers and adventures who are preparing for outdoor excursions.
Being so strongly dependent on the forestry industry for decades now, Terrace is aiming to diversify its economy, and began focusing its attention on tourism as one of the main assets that emerged as an alternative for the city. The region is a top destination for ecotourists, and it offers numerous activities such as fishing, hiking, mountain biking, camping, rock climbing, canoeing, hot springs, lava beds, fossil beds, petroglyphs and parks such as Kleanza Creek, Lakelse Lake and Exchamisiks River.

Dr. Leith Deacon PhD