- Agriculture & Food Production
- Personal Care
- Tourism, Travel & Lodging
- Adaptable talent to meet the needs of evolving regional economy and population.
- Supplying high-quality, naturally grown, local ingredients for the food and beverage sector.
- Providing hands-on learning opportunities about off-grid living using
Meet Laurie Gallant & Bill Crosson
Laurie and Bill absolutely love living in Hazelton because there are so many beautiful outdoor spaces to play and it’s easy to find like-minded people. Laurie likes to go for really long walks or ski with their dogs. They both appreciate nearby Ross Lake Provincial Park because it has a beautiful trail, great picnic areas, fantastic views of the mountains, a convenient boat launch for quiet boats, a spiffy new dock, and a gorgeous lake that supports waterfowl, trout, and all kind of aquatic plants. “It’s the best lake around for swimming in,” said Laurie, “and if you time it right, you have the whole park to yourself or you can catch others ice-fishing or celebrating a special birthday”.
The duo chose to start a business in Hazleton because the climate is ideal for farming, the land is affordable, and there are a lot of enterprising, do-it-yourself types and generous people in the community. “We’re also in between Terrace and Smithers, two major markets which are important since the local population is not large enough to support our business,” explained Laurie. They enjoy that Hazelton is constantly evolving and inviting new people and new ideas.
Laurie notes that when you operate your own business, there is a quick turnaround time for decisions and they are able to learn from their mistakes and keep moving forward. Laurie and Bill are proud of their business and their ability to find creative solutions that respect everybody’s needs to meet their economic goals while still being mindful of their impacts on the natural environment, wild and farm animals, and other people in the area. “I love it when customers are bubbling with happiness over a great experience at a fun event at our farms such as a concert or archery tournament, or after trying one of our herbal remedies, or when a three camping night stay turns into three weeks because it’s too hard to leave,” said Laurie.
Reliable. Experimental. Results-oriented.
Bulkley Canyon Ranch and Hazelton Hops are an off-grid permaculture operation that specializes in farming naturally grown ingredients for home brewing including ten varieties of hops. They also have other naturally grown vegetables and raise sheep and llamas. Bulkley Canyon Ranch regularly hosts events and educational programs including plant medicine workshops, farm tours and nature walks. On their off-grid farm, they offer rustic camping from May to November. Their farm operation has a very scenic setting and is conveniently located just off of Highway 16 near Hazelton. Bulkley Canyon Ranch is flexible to hosting events on site as they have 50 beautiful acres and many fun trails to play on.
The hop yard at Bulkley Canyon ranch features a variety of brewing hops that are available for homebrewers and commercial breweries. Their operation provides perennial starter plants, herbs, herbal remedies and various seasonal edible, ornamental and practical gifts. The regular host workshops and instructional classes for plant medicine and other homesteading skills.
In addition to farming, hop growing and hosting campers as well as events, the owners of Bulkley Canyon Ranch are handy at assistance in event planning, marketing and promotion services for non-profits and small enterprises. They can assist in literacy services for resumes, cover letters, legal documents and other publications.
Bulkley Canyon Ranch and Hazelton Hops is a member of the BC Hop Growers Association and proud recipient of the “Best Chance of Commercialization” for their hop yard at the 2016 Northwest BC Innovation Challenge. They have also won a Blue Ribbon for their Cherry Wine. Bulkley Canyon Ranch is a member of the Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF) network.
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The mailing address for Hazelton Hops is PO Box 126
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