The sprawling Nechako River in September, which in the local Dakelh (Carrier) First Nation’s language means Big River. (Aman Parhar/Black Press Media file photo)

Big River Country: The finest freshwater fishing in Canada

This massive wilderness area focuses on the area’s great rivers and wetlands

Outdoor lovers will want to explore B.C.’s Big River Country south of Vanderhoof.

Named after the Nechako, which means “Big River” in the locak Dakelh (Carrier) language, this wilderness area extends from Vanderhoof at its northern boundary to Tweedsmuir Park, including the Entiako, Blackwater and Dean rivers.

This is a land of sparkling lakes and clear rivers, featuring some of the best freshwater fishing anywhere in Canada, and is ideal for wildlife viewing, hunting and more.

A good guide for Vanderhoof and Big River Country can be found at Be sure to contact tour and facility operators before travelling to see how COVID-19 will impact your future plans.


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The Nechako River in April, filled with swans and geese. (Aman Parhar/Black Press Media file photo)

Nechako River in Vanderhoof. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

The Nechako River in spring this year. (Aman Parhar photo)

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