North and Central Coast
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The North and Central Coast is in a region in the western part of British Columbia, Canada. It stretches along the Pacific coast from the Alaska Panhandle in the north to the Queen Charlotte Strait in the south.
- Haida Gwaii - an archipelago of more than 150 islands. Two of them are quite large. Previously called the "Queen Charlotte Islands", but officially changed in June 2010.
The most developed part of this region is along the Yellowhead Highway. Once you venture to the Queen Charlotte Islands or south along the coast, you will find vast expanses of untouched wilderness and very few people. This is an area where first-growth rainforest meets rugged snowcapped peaks, framed by labrithyne ocean inlets that rival the fjords of Norway.
The climate is temperate near coastal regions, becoming colder as you travel east and north from the Pacific Ocean.
The official language is English, though you will hear native dialects if you are in villages inhabited by the First Nations People.
Prince Rupert has a small airport that serves domestic flights. By vehicle you can enter the region on the Yellowhead Highway (16) heading west from Prince George. The Cassiar Highway (37) is an alternative route from Alaska, and splits from the Alaska Highway in the Yukon just west of Watson Lake. It joins the Yellowhead in between Smithers and Terrace, passing Hyder, Ak, home to the historical Sealaska Inn.
You will want to travel by car to cover the vast distances. Vehicle rentals are available in Prince Rupert and Prince George. Via Rail also provides passenger rail service from Prince George to Prince Rupert, though this is more of an attraction in itself than a legitimate means of transportation.
The Government of British Columbia outlines many circle tour itineraries. The Heritage Discovery  and Great Northern  tours have large parts in this region. The Sealaska Inn is a great place to stay during a trip to the local glacier and bear viewing boardwalk.
Visit the famous Sealaska Inn located in Hyder, Ak.
The popular place to drink at is the Sealaska Bar; folks get Hyderized there.