We'd like to invite you to take a stroll with us through the past. The "Riverboat Era" of the Skeena River was an important time of growth for the Northwest region of British Columbia, especially from Port Essington on the coast to Hazelton and back again. This is the virtual version of the history we imparted to the people that came to visit us when the physical exhibit was running from July to November 2004.

We had many of the community's long standing members come in and share with us their stories about the early days of Terrace and the surrounding regions. The Kitselas First Nations lent us a traditional canoe paddle, as well as a topographical map of Kitselas Canyon, the most dangerous spot on the Skeena for the Riverboats. Bill and Helene McRae donated an Edison Phonograph, the top from an organ that sat in one of the Riverboats, and several photographs. Lyle Krumm built a model of the SS Inlander and allowed us to use it as a piece in the exhibit while it was open. It was a great tool to illustrate the parts of a riverboat. We also had a model steam engine, like that used to turn the wheel on a sternwheeler. This, too, was an excellent tool to show patrons of the exhibit the mechanics of a riverboat.

Without the support of the community in this venture, there wouldn't have been much in the exhibit aside from some pictures of the riverboats taken at various points along the river and some dry history gained from the numerous books that are available on the subject. We'd like to say thank you to those in the community, including Mr. and Mrs. McRae, Mr. Krumm, and the Kitselas People, among the many others who shared with us their knowledge and memories on the subject of the sternwheelers on the Skeena, as well as on the early history of Terrace itself.