When the bus pulled in to the Hazeltons last week, it was local tourists who stepped out.
A group of approximately 40 people from the Smithers area spent the day traveling around the area thanks to the organization of Otto Koldyk.
“The impetus around the Hazelton Express Bus Tour was a collaborative effort between The Interior News and the Village of Hazelton in coming up with a plan to have people visit Hazelton and everything it has to offer,” Koldyk said. “By combining the efforts of these organizations and their sponsorship the businesses in Hazelton and The Skeena Bakery were able to come up with an exciting day trip itinerary.”
The bus left at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Thursday June 30 from Smithers and arrived in the Village of Hazelton around 10:30 a.m. The tour started by allowing people to explore old Hazelton and they were invited to Mercedes Beans where they were provided with a complimentary coffee and gift bag.
Guests were then bused to the ‘Ksan Historical Village at 11:30 a.m. where they had admission to the grounds, the museum and the art gallery courtesy of The Village of Hazelton and ‘Ksan.
From there, the group returned to Hazelton to have lunch at The Historic BC Cafe. Three lunch specials were made available to the bus tour guests in advance to choose from.
After lunch the guests were free to shop in the area at Mercedes Beans, Omenica Streetware, Alchemy Boutique, and Cheryl’s Hair Design which all offered specials and discounts to the bus tour guests.
In addition, the Village of Hazelton administrative office directed people to the Hazelton District Public Library where there is a history display as well as the Misty River Art Gallery
The group was rounded up at 3:15 p.m. to head up to New Hazelton to visit the Skeena Bakery so the guests could get have the option to purchase some organic baking before returning to Smithers.
Of the many participants all seemed to have an excellent time, organizers said, and a few patrons said they were really happy to have such a great trip to the area and would gladly come again.