Smithers has advanced to the quarterfinals in the northern region in the search for B.C.’s best small town.
In round 2 voting last week, Smithers defeated Kitamaat village in a 69 to 31 per cent vote.
Previously, Smithers had knocked off Dease Lake in the preliminary with nearly 79 per cent of the vote.
Kitimaat Village had scored a lop-sided win against Lax Kw’alaams in the round of 32 garnering 70 per cent of the vote, but Smithers proved to be too much competition tiny Haisla community on the north coast.
The friendly CBC British Columbia contest is a bracketed competition along the lines of American college basketball’s March Madness. It involves 128 towns, unincorporated communities, small islands and Indigenous communities with at least 500 people, but less than 12,000 in four divisions.
In the northern division, eight towns are left competing for a chance to go up against the winners from Vancouver Island, South West B.C. and the Interior.
The other remaining communities are Atlin, Queen Charlotte, Hazelton/Gitanmaax, Quesnel, Tumbler Ridge, Bella Bella and Bella Coola.
Online voting in the northern division quarterfinals will take place next Friday (April 1) with Smithers up against Atlin.
In the round of 16 Atlin, a tiny unincorporated community in the far nortwestern corner of the province, bested a much larger rival, Kitimat, after defeating Houston in the first round.
If Smithers prevails against Atlin, the town will be up against the winner between Queen Charlotte and Hazelton/Gitanmaax in the semifinals.
Go to CBC.ca to vote and advance Smithers to the semifinals.