How big is Northern Health's region?
Northern Health covers an area of nearly 600,000 square kilometers in size (view a detailed map of the region). That's an area larger than France. Northern Health offers health services in over two dozen communities through 50 health facilities (including hospitals, community health centres, public health units, and long-term care facilities). The population of our communities ranges from a few hundred people to over 80,000 people.
How do you get to Northern BC?
Several all-season highways connect communities across Northern British Columbia.
The major arteries are the Trans-Canada Highway 16 which connects several communities on an east-west basis, and BC Highway 97 which runs along a north-south corridor (pictured at right is the Pine Pass along Highway 97). Highway 37 connects Northwest communities to the Yukon Territory. BC Highway 2 turns into Alberta's Highway 43, which offers an easy route from Northeast BC communities like Dawson Creek to Grande Prairie and Edmonton, Alberta.
Major airlines offer daily service to communities across Northern British Columbia. People travelling to the region from outside Northern BC typically fly in via the Vancouver International Airport, a hub for several major carriers with international alliances. The Prince George Airport recently gained international status, and is now providing charter flights to vacation spots.
By sea, BC Ferries offers scheduled service to Prince Rupert from Vancouver Island, and from Prince Rupert to the Queen Charlotte Islands.
Via Rail also offers a tourist train that runs along an east-west corridor from Alberta through to Prince George and on to Prince Rupert.
What's the weather like?
Northern BC offers a four-seasons climate. Our summers are very pleasant, allowing for all sorts of opportunities for enjoying Northern BC's spectacular natural beauty (like wakeboarding). Our winters can be brisk: perfect for a game of ice-hockey, downhill or cross-country skiing, or snowmobiling. Coastal communities experience more rain than inland centres, but are also somewhat warmer.