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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns >  Yellowhead Hwy > Kitimat

Kitimat is located 58 km (36 miles) south of Terrace on Hwy 37. Situated at the end of Douglas Channel and surrounded by large mountains with an abundance of fresh water, Kitimat was chosen for Alcan Aluminum during the 1950's for the location of a large smelter.

Economy today
Today, Rio Tinto Alcan , forestry and the possible construction of the Enbridge oil pipeline plus the development of Liquefied Natural Gas make up the economic engine that fuels the businesses in this area.

Rio Tinto Alcan
All this industrial activity can be viewed as you drive past town and head towards Rio Tinto Alcan. You will pass the various plants and machine shops that support the main industries. Once at Rio Tinto Alcan, you can view the aluminum plant and Douglas Channel in the background.

Haisla Nation
Kitimat is also the traditional home to the Haisla First Nation located at Kitamaat Village on the east side of Douglas Channel. Access to Kitamaat Village can be made on Hwy 37 just past the tourist information centre.

Fishing and Boating
Douglas Channel and the Kitimat area are also home to some great ocean fishing. The two main areas where you can launch a boat are at MK Bay Marina and the free launch at Hospital Bay.

MK Bay Marina
To get to MK Bay Marina and the Kitamaat Village, take the Kitimat Village Road. MK Bay Marina is probably the best area to launch a boat because there is a small breakwater present to help protect your boat from any wind or rough seas.

Hospital Bay
Hospital Bay is located past Alcan on the west side of Kitimat Arm. The free-launch facility at Hospital Bay is provided by Alcan so please respect their property.

Kitimat River
If you prefer angling on a river, Kitimat River is just excellent. One area to try is just upstream from the Haisla Bridge that is located as you drive towards Alcan. Situated near the campsite at Radley Park, this fishing bar will give you the very best in trying to catch a Coho during the August run. The area is very convenient to get to with an easy trail leading from Radley Park.

Bear Safety
If you prefer solitude, there are some remote areas on the Kitimat River upstream towards Lakelse Lake. Remember when walking along the Kitimat River to take the usual precautions for bears that reside in the area.

Besides the world-class fishing that you'll find at Kitimat, there are lots of other outdoor activities to do. Bird watching is also very popular, especially along the Kitimat River estuary. For golfing, Kitimat has a course located at the Hirsch Creek Golf and Winter Club.

Forest Service Roads
Hiking, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing all exist with some great areas made accessible by the . A good area to try is by Onion Lake Recreation Site located about 31 km (19 miles) north of Kitimat towards Terrace on Hwy 37.

Lakelse Lake
Another area to visit is Lakelse Lake Provincial Park. This park contains some very nice large campsites and has a great area for swimming Located 40 km (25 miles) north of Kitimat on Hwy 37; Lakelse Lake is very family-oriented with lots of fun available for kids. The lake is very clean and fishing is available.

Information on Kitimat





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Douglas Channel
Douglas Channel


Hospital Beach
Hospital Beach


MK Marina
MK Marina


Kitimat River
Kitimat River


Kitimat River
Kitimat River towards Lakelse Lake


Water Falls at Hospital Beach
Water Falls at Hospital Beach

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