Riverboat Exhibit: Virtual Tour
This section of the website is a legacy from 2004 in which federal government financial assistance allowed Terrace to host a Riverboat Exhibit in a downtown retail building. The Exhibit displayed pictures, artifacts and text telling the story of this adventurous period in pioneer history. The exhibition was originally constructed by the K'san Museum in Hazelton, BC and augmented by the Terrace Exhibit staff with local history.
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. This is the virtual version of the history we imparted to the people who came to visit us when the physical exhibit was running from July to November 2004.
Many of the community's long standing members shared with us their stories about the early days of Terrace and the surrounding regions. The Kitselas First Nation 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. We thank those who supported the Riverboat Exhibit.