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Main Street in Smithers has an alpine theme that fits its stunning terrain and the friendly atmosphere

Smithers alpine Main Street includes red paved sidewalks, a large alpine clock and greenery.
Smithers, B.C., is proud of its attractive alpine-themed downtown. — Photo courtesy Tourism Smithers

People who visit Smithers for the outdoor recreation are generally pleased to find that the town fits right in with its spectacular surroundings. The sidewalks on Main Street are tiled with red brick and the buildings boast a very relevant alpine theme. At the entrance to the street, Alpine Al, a statue of a man blowing an alpine horn, welcomes visitors to come discover this youthful town and its vibrant spirit.

Even in the downtown, Smithers’ wilderness appeal is apparent in a high concentration of sport shops offering everything from skis to the fashions that accompany them on the slopes. However, don’t let this fool you into thinking that Smithers doesn’t also have a cultural side.

The Della Herman Theatre often hosts performing and cultural events. Music, especially, seems to be a focal point of the Smithers art scene. Locals like to gather at the sushi bar, which hosts a blues night twice a month. A house band keeps the blues humming, but local talent will often pitch in too.

Smithers features a number of summer events. In June the community hosts a downtown fair. During this time the main street is reserved for foot traffic and is a hub of activity and entertainment. The Midsummer Music Festival features a variety of artists over three days, and concludes on Canada Day. Additionally, every Saturday the community meets for the weekly farmers market.

The market takes place in Central Park, which is right off Main Street. You can see the park from the highway, and this area also holds the visitor centre and a worthwhile museum. It’s a great place to stop and begin your discovery of downtown Smithers.

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