Hundreds of former residents of Smithers, B.C., are expected to return to the small northern town this weekend to mark its 100th birthday.

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Homecoming organizer Gladys Atrill says people are coming from throughout B.C., and as far away as Australia and Europe, to celebrate.

"So, when people come this time, they'll not only be visiting their own family, but people that they grew up with, went to school with, maybe folks they haven't seen in 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50 years. So it's a great time to come home," she said.

"That's what a homecoming's about — just enjoying the fact that we're celebrating the first century of the little community that we love."

Atrill says the town has come a long way since its beginnings as hub along the Grand Pacific Trunk Railway.

"It's been a challenge for the community — it was swampy land — but we do live in a beautiful location with Hudson Bay Mountain behind us," she said. "So certainly no regrets from this Smithereen."

Atrill says the hotels and camp grounds in the town of 5,500 are fully booked.

A full week of events is planned including concerts, a golf tournament and a historical fashion show.