Kitimat is a small port city on the North Coast of British Columbia, Canada.

Map of Kitimat


Kitimat, population 8,100 (2016), is a port city located in one of the few wide, flat valleys on the coast of British Columbia. The city was planned and built by the Aluminum Company of Canada (Alcan) during the 1950s and is now an integral part of the Northwest Corridor connecting North America to the Pacific Ocean and the Pacific Rim.

  • 1 Kitimat Visitor Centre, 2109 Forest Avenue, +1 250-632-6294, toll-free: +1-800-664-6554. Summer: M-F 8:30AM-4:30PM, Sa Su 10AM-5PM; Winter: M-F 8:30AM-4:30PM.


"Kitimat" in the Tsimshian language refers to the Haisla First Nation as the "People of the Snow". Before 1950 the Kitimat township was a small fishing village at the head of the Kitimat Arm of the Douglas Channel, a deepwater fjord.

The municipal town of Kitimat came into existence in 1951 after the Provincial Government of British Columbia invited Alcan to develop hydroelectric facilities to support the aluminum smelting industry. The company built a dam, tunnel, powerhouse, transmission line, a deep-sea terminal, and smelter. The company also designed, laid out and assisted with the initial construction of the city. At the time, the combined development was considered "the most expensive project ever attempted by private industry."

Alcan employed the services of city planner Clarence Stein in order to ensure the community design facilitated an environment that would attract and retain workers, although Alcan intended it to not be a company town. Today, Kitimat benefits from the quality of planning resulting from the Garden City design concept. Stein's design kept industry well separated from the community with large areas for expansion. He also created looped streets surrounding an urban city centre mall and linked by over 45 km (28 mi) of walkways connecting to all areas of the community.

Get inEdit

By carEdit

The only access by car is a by taking Highway 37 from Terrace, which is about a 40-minute drive.

By planeEdit

  • Northwest Regional Airport (YXT IATA), 103-4401 Bristol Road, Terrace (55 km (34 mi) north of Kitimat.), +1 250-635-2659. Northwest Regional Airport serves the communities of Terrace and Kitimat. Several carriers offer flights to destinations including Kelowna, Vancouver, Victoria, Prince George and Prince Rupert.  

By busEdit

  • BC Transit (Route 11 - Terrace/Kitimat Connector). Provides service from Terrace M-Sa 3 times a day. $2.50 cash fare, children 5 and under free.

Get aroundEdit


  • 1 Kitimat Museum & Archives, 293 City Centre, +1 250-632-8950, . Jun-Aug: M-Sa 10AM-5PM; Sep-May: M-F 10AM-4PM, Sa noon-4PM. The Kitimat Museum & Archives has exhibits on the town history with the coming of Alcan’s aluminum smelter in the 1950s, early valley settlement, and Haisla traditional arts and technology.
  • 2 [dead link] Mount Elizabeth Theatre, 1491 Kingfisher Avenue, +1 250-632-7887, . The Mount Elizabeth Theatre (MET) is an intimate 512-seat performance facility serving both school and community users in Kitimat. MET is a professional, community style theatre that offers a practical and affordable venue for amateur and professional artists.
  • 3 Rio Tinto Smelter Tours, +1 250-639-8383. Office Hours: M-F 10AM-3PM. Rio Tinto BC Works offer tours of their state-of-the-art modernised aluminium smelter. The tours take place during summer on Friday at 1PM by reservation only.


  • Fishing. Located at the head of the Douglas Channel along the Kitimat River, Kitimat offers both salt and freshwater fishing.
  • Hiking. Kitimat offers both a large network of trails inside town and hiking trails.
  • Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle Boarding on Douglas Channel.
  • 1 Hirsch Creek Golf & Winter Club, 2000 Kingfisher Avenue, +1 250-632-4653, . 18 hole, par 72, championship golf course


  • 1 City Centre Mall, 276 City Centre, +1 250-632-2433. M-W, Sa 9:30AM-6PM; Th F 9:30AM-7PM, Su noon-5PM. Small shopping mall located in the downtown core, City Centre Mall provides independent retail outlets, banks, and restaurants.


  • The Bistro, 238 City Center (City Centre Mall), +1 250-639-9333. M-Th noon-10PM, Fr Sa noon-11PM, Su 4-9PM.
  • The Chalet Restaurant, 852 Tsimshian Boulevard (near City Centre Mall), +1 250-632-4615.
  • Rosarios, 607 Legion Avenue, +1 250-632-4980. Tu-Sa 11AM-8PM.


  • Chilly & Dancer Pub, 874 Tsimshian Blvd, +1 250-632-6920. Daily 4-10PM.



Go nextEdit

Turnaround and return to Terrace. Continue north on the Stewart–Cassiar Highway (Highway 37) to the Alaska Highway.

Routes through Kitimat
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