Kitimat River Estuary - over one hundred species
Radley Park - 500 year old Sitka Spruce tree (the oldest in BC)
Moore Creek Falls
Hirsch Creek Park - Humphrey Creek Falls & Hirsch Creek Canyon
Kitimat River Fish Hatchery - tours May to September
Annual Fish Derby - Labour Day Weekend, September
Kitimat Centennial Museum
Haisla Native village
Furlong Bay Provincial Parks
Lakelse Lake Provincial Parks
Onion Lake cross-country ski trails
Weewanie, Bishop Bay and Ocean hotsprings
Shames Ski Area - 75 minutes from Kitimat
Things To Bring:
Caution: wild life recommendations - appropriate footwear, airhorn, cow bells, and dogs to remain on the leash. What you carry in please carry out. Avoid drinking river waters, they may contain harmful bacteria. Bring a map, bottled water and compass.
For over eight thousand years the First Nations Haisla and Henaaksaila, which reached numbers of close to ten thousand, inhabited the areas around Kitimat today. Kitimat earns its name from the First Nations word meaning 'people of the snow'. The local Kitimat Village today is part of the existing members and their traditions are practiced amongst themselves. Earlier methods of fishing and hunting were important to their survival throughout the four seasons.
By the 1950s, the area was discovered as the future site for the world's largest aluminum smelter by the Aluminum Company of Canada, Alcan. Kitimat, as a town, was planned and layout well before development took root. This site was strategically designed to be fed directly by its coastal harbour access.
Summer average 17 degrees Celsius
Winter average 0 degrees Celsius